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Lamy All Star, Alumium (Uncolored), Fine Point
Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:59
2 things I like about the pen, in no order: 1. length. A longer pen seems more elegant or substantial to me, even if it is too lightweight. The pen is a little over 6-5/6 inches posted (cap on back). 2. The grip section is plastic. I suspect that a smooth metal grip section would be harder for me to grip well.
3 things I do not like about the pen:
1. Compared to the wood pencils and skinny cheap disposable bic ball point pens I learned to write with in grade school, my first impression was that the grip section was too fat, it writes too boldly with the fine nib, and it is too lightweight. I was disturbed by the idea of spending more than $50 and didn't consider a more expensive pen.
2. It is too lightweight for me to write with without the cap on the back. With the cap on it is still little too light, although for all I know my hand would get tired taking notes in class with a heavier pen.
3. The pen is too bold. Line width varies slightly depending on the paper, with computer paper causing the boldest writing.
I'm not too bothered by the characteristic front piece or grip section with the two flat indentations, one for the index finger and another for the thumb. I'm too cheap to try an extra fine nib or another pen at the moment. I would have to somehow sell this pen first, in which case, for all I know, I might not like another pen and I might decide that I should have just been satisfied with the All Star.
I'm using the converter and Lamy black bottled ink. I will only bother with a pen if it can be filled with bottled ink. The Lamy nib has just a little bit of scratchiness, but it varies a little bit depending on which paper I'm using. When I bought my Lamy Vista in June 2009, it was $30, and I bought three 50 ml (about 2-2/3 ounce) bottles of Lamy ink just because the Lamy website offered free shipping for orders over $55. I haven't even used up half of one bottle. I made a mistake buying so much ink; I wish I could try another kind but I won't until I use up what I have.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 10:41
Edited by KrazyIvan, 19 February 2011 - 10:41.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 10:50
Edited by beak, 19 February 2011 - 10:51.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 19:05
When I bought my Lamy Vista in June 2009, it was $30, and I bought three 50 ml (about 2-2/3 ounce) bottles of Lamy ink just because the Lamy website offered free shipping for orders over $55. I haven't even used up half of one bottle. I made a mistake buying so much ink; I wish I could try another kind but I won't until I use up what I have.
Why don't you wonder over to the Trade page in the Marketplace and offer to trade inks with someone. I don't see Lamy ink around much; you might find someone curious to try them. Then, for the price of postage, you can try some new inks.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 22:19
Edited by Lyutsin21, 05 April 2011 - 22:20.
Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:32
Edited by SnowLeopard, 08 April 2011 - 07:46.
Posted 08 April 2011 - 16:13
I bought three 1-2/3 ounce botles of Lamy Black ink in June 2009 and so far I've used about half of one bottle. I should have bought different colors but I made a snap decision without realizing how long ink lasts me. I bought this much just to go over $55 U.S. dollars to get free shipping from the Lamy website, when I ordered at lamy Vista and converter at the same time. I was also considering some kind of Levringer pen that was $30 USD but I don't remember what kind it was now, and I didn't buy it because I bought the Lamy Vista instead. The cotton ball at the bottom of the shot glass just protects the glass shotglass and and pen cap or pen barrel from getting scratched or chipped. I thought the characteristic molded frontpiece of the Lamy Sefari, Vista and All Star was to prevent the pen from rolling around in your hand, because I learned to write with a wood pencil and I kept rolling the pencil in my hand to keep writing with the most pointy part of the exposed graphite. After I bought the Vista, I had the impression that fountain pens were obsolescent and that Lamy pens were made with features meant to preserve fountain pen technology in the face of "clear" knowledge that ball points pens are "better."
Edited by Lyutsin21, 08 April 2011 - 16:15.
Posted 14 April 2011 - 02:37
An italic nib has a point that writes wider in one direction, and thinner in another depending on how you hold the pen. They can add a bit of flare and interest to your handwriting, and are one of the many reasons many of us FP nuts prefer fountain pens over ball pens. I will say this, since you seem to prefer finer nibs the italic may not be the most practical. They are fun to noodle around with though, and I have to agree with SnowLeopard; fountain pens are all about finding what works for you and enjoying it, so experiment!
Lots of online retailers allow a grace period in which you can try out a pen by dipping it, and then return it if you don't like it. If you're interested in trying out some pens it would be advantageous to find out if there is a brick & mortar pen store near you. Any store that carries a sizable selection of fountain pens will probably let you dip them and try them out.
You might check out the TWSBI Diamond 530 as well. It is big, hefty, and relatively cheap for the amount of pen you get.