Well, it's not a pen for me, it's for my wife, and I really hope she likes it. I'll get her opinion on it later tonight after she's used it. I don't know what to say. I guess it's sort of lackluster really. The box it comes in is cheap, but as somebody who throws that kind of stuff in the trash as soon as I open it, I could care less. And honestly I appreciate that b/c it means I'm not paying extra for a box/presentation. I want to pay for a pen, not the box.
lamy joy 1.9
appearance and design. 8/10
not bad looking, love the red on black combo. it DOES post too, by the way. quite well in fact. it looks funny though b/c the cap is bigger than the barrell where it fits. the inside of the cap has some kind of rubber gripper in there to hold on to. I love the clip design on these things.
Construction and Quality. 6/10
Having only 2 other Lamys (safaris) I was really dissapointed with the sharp edges on the section and where the barrel touches the 'o-ring' when screwed on. I assumed it would be finished to the same quality as the safari, but it's not. But it's not TOO bad when you're writing with it. It feels okay. I was just sort of dissapointed at that.
Weight and Dimensions 6/10
Not sure what I think about the length of it, I know it's a caligraphy pen but geez. it looks cool, but it could be a tad shorter. just my opinion. it's a good 7 or 7.5 inches long capped. Somebody else might really like it though. It is well balanced, though. It doesn't feel top heavy when writing unposted, but posted it's kind of uncomfortable. Just me though.
Nib & Performance 8/10
Writes well, smooth, not too wet but not dry. Can't write too fast or it will not lay down a line. I can write quickly without any problems but sometimes a crossed t won't come out right. This is the only nib I would use the Lamy cartridges with. The M nib I have on another pen writes WAY too dry with the Lamy cartridge.
Filling and Maintenance 10/10
cartridges couldn't be any easier could they? I could also stick a converter in there if my wife wants.
Cost and Value 10/10
at $20.02 from the writing desk dot UK I'm quite happy with it. Even with the sharp edges it seems like a great price. For some reason it's cheaper for me to buy from them and have it shipped overseas than it is for me to buy CONUS. Maybe I just haven't found a good source locally???
Not Bad. Could have been finished a bit better, or made with a different plastic.
Edited by watch_art, 06 March 2010 - 18:01.