My first post, but felt strongly enough about my experience with this pen that I signed up just to put this out there.
I have somewhere close to a hundred fountain pens, and the Lamy Studio in EF is still my favourite for everyday use. It disappeared from my office a few months ago (just ordered another a few days ago) and I purchased the Dialogue 3 EF as a replacement thinking that it would be a great pen to write notes with during business meetings as it is much easier to close between 20 minute periods of non-use. Here is what I found with the pen:
Overall I was rather disappointed actually. Although the nib had a nice amount of flexibility and flowed nicely once working, it had a very sharp edge at a particular angle that would require grinding. Thankfully, this sharp spot was around 10o off normal writing position. Also the nib was very heavily oblique (extra fine nib) and has nearly twice the stroke width horizontal as it does vertical. Also, I found that I often had to work to get the pen flowing when I picked it up.
The mechanism when clean is simply a work of marvel. It really is. Very solid completion of open / close. However, I have had the pen for approximately five weeks and have had to clean the pen twice to return it to normal function. In my experience, any fountain is going to leak at slightly into the cap over a period of time if you are carrying in any fashion; briefcase, shirt pocket etc. With this pen, that slight amount of leakage is enough to gum up the mechanism, making it impossible to open or close until it has been cleaned. Also, the large body of the pen does make it somewhat uncomfortable and tiresome during extended periods of writing despite the fact that I have rather large hands. It really is like writing with a cigar—which incidentally a few people have mistaken the pen for when it is in my shirt pocket.
Given it's price, if it weren't such an interesting design I would very much consider selling it—which is something I have never before done with any of my pens. I am very much looking forward to receiving my Studio replacement.
Edited by Dan308, 26 June 2011 - 18:04.