Appearance and Design (9/10)- For its price, the Lamy Nexx is quite well designed. The plastic used is sturdy and it has survived numerous drops without a single crack. The grip is probably the best part about this pen. It is made of rubber and is far thicker than the grip of a Lamy Safari and more comfortable to hold in my opinion.
My sister's Lamy Safari and my Nexx
The pen would fit in at school, university or at work. If you do want something a bit more formal, you can get the Nexx with a black cap.
My only gripe about the pen is that it doesn't post very securely and the cap can keep falling off. It is well balanced posted or unposted so it isn't a very big issue but this could be a problem for those who always post their pens.
The Nib (8/10):
The nib is a standard Lamy stainless steel fine point that is also used with the Safari and Al-Star. The nib is quite smooth but writes thicker than other fine nibs that I've used. Lamy's quality control regarding their steel nibs is not very good and I've had quite a bit of variation in the 3 steel fine nibs that I have bought for my Nexx so far.
Filling system (8/10)
Lamy has its own proprietary cartridge/converter system for this pen. A pack of 5 cartridges costs 1.50 euros while the converter costs 4.50 euros in Germany. I would highly recommend buying the converter as it works well and will save you money if you use this pen frequently. The cartridges are medium sized and hold a decent amount of ink for 3-5 days if you're an engineering student like me.
Cost and value (10/10)
The pen costs around 14 euros in Germany compared to 18 euros for the Lamy Safari or 20 euros for the Pelikan Future. Mine has sustained heavy use for a year and stills looks brand new. It's a great alternative to the Safari if you don't like the Lamy Safari grip. It is also built to last unlike Parker Vector, which is prone to barrel cracking.
I would highly recommend this pen to fellow students or to older fountain pen users who would like a pen that can withstand the rigours of daily life while being able to write well.
There has been quite a variation in the inks that I've used with this pen. I'll share my experiences with you and hope that you can share yours as well. I have tried Parker Quink Blue (washable), Lamy Blue and Pelikan 4001 Black.
Over the last one year I've used over 30 cartridges and an entire bottle of Parker Quink with this pen. If you get the F or EF nibs with this pen, it is possible that the nib will be on the scratchy side.
In such cases, I would recommend trying out Parker Quink as it made the previous scratchy F nib buttery smooth.
Sometimes Parker Quink can be too smooth and the Lamy ink works well if you want a bit more tooth and control.
The Pelikan ink is a bit too dry in my opinion. I personally just alternate between Quink and Lamy Blue as I like using them both.
Overall: 35/40 or 8.75/10
Edited by anchorschmidt, 21 March 2012 - 23:22.