So I went to the store today to pick out a pen for my dad for Christmas. I did some research and narrowed it down to 2 pens/models. One being this, and the other being the Faber-Castell Ambition. I got this pen with a bottle of Private Reserve Velvet Black and Dakota Red. And an international converter. Not only was it the incompetence of the salesman (REALLY bad!) it was my lack of common sense. Of course you can't use converters in these pens, I even commented how small the barrel was! *facepalm* But in the end I fell in love with this pen and decided to give my dad my LAMY Studio!
Appearance and Design 8/10 (7/7 on the pen, 1/3 on packaging)
The pen is absolutely GORGEOUS! It's called 'Lava' and it looks fantastic!!!! The orange swirls The Copper clip and cap, it's stunning! The same can't be said for the packaging though sadly... Boring box, but it does have an aluminum cigar tub, which I will use for other things So overwhelmed by the pen itself, underwhelmed by packaging
Construction and Quality 9/10
Body is resin. I like it, nothing wrong but nothing that blew me out of the park. Very sturdy, feels like it can last A LONG time! Cap screws on/off quite seamlessly, although if you try to post it you need to push quite hard on it, no screw on the end which is disappointing. And sometimes the cap just falls off when it's posted which is a HUGE nuisance! Tip on the cap is copper or bronze or some brass colored metal. Feels good The plastic grip does feel quite cheap but all in all it's a very well constructed sturdy pen!
Weight and Dimensions 6/10
Ahhh.... Here's where it get's annoying. It's a small pen, only 5 inches in length capped. Take the cap off it becomes 4.25 inches. Post the cap and it becomes 5.75 inches.... HUGE jumps in length, really hard to write unposted since it's SO small but way to long to write posted, Oh and the cap weighs more than the body! Very weird, I don't like it, but I'll get used to it!
Nib and Performance 10/10
Wow... WOW!!!!! One of the smoothest nibs I've ever written with, easily the smoothest that I own, it is just incredible, it is BEYOND buttery! It is a medium so you get a full ink flow it is a very wet pen. I wouldn't advise taking notes with this because you will run out of ink fast, this is one of the best nibs just for writing. I LOVE it. I believe it is 14K gold plated? I'm not sure, but the tip is Iriduim. Oh and the nib is GIGANTIC
Filling and Maintenance 7/10 (Filling 2/5 Maintenance 5/5)
Cartridge filler, UGH! The catch is I have been unable to find a converter that can fit in the tiny body that this pen has! So for now it's cartridges. Very easy to maintain, I popped the cartridge in and it started writing, no need to flush it out of fix the tines or do anything! Since it's Retro 51 they are quite easy to maintain too, and they are nearly impossible to break
Cost and Value 10/10
I got this pen for $47.50!!! It's a VERY good price for the quality of this pen. It writes like it should be past $100 and looks are up there too!
Not the highest score, but the nib is outstanding! I love writing with this pen, THE best pen I own right now. Granted I don't own a lot of pens and the ones I do own aren't fantastic but this is so far beyond the pens that I own now. If you have $50 dollars and you want a fountain pen. GET THIS you won't be disappointed! I love it
Edited by MassTahDohn, 28 November 2010 - 20:52.