Clear demonstrator pens are among my favorite pens, and the LAMY Vista is a pleasant writer for both the eye and the hand. At a glance, you can easily see how much ink remains in the pen, so you can either refill your pen with the converter or drop an extra cartridge into your pocket or purse before you leave home. The cap securely snaps off and on without being so tight that it might make a mess. You can post the cap on the barrel of the pen while writing, but I prefer not to post my pens, and you do not need to post this pen for it to feel right in your hand.
From the very first down stroke, this LAMY Vista wrote perfectly and smoothly right out of the box. The blue LAMY ink provides a true blue color that is neither too dry nor too wet for this pen on white copy paper. Made in Germany, the LAMY Vista with the Extra Fine (X-Fine) steel nib writes about the same line width and as smoothly as my Japanese Pilot Custom 823 Fine (F) gold nib pen (currently filled with Pilot iroshizuku yama-budo ink); so, I am very pleased with the writing quality of this LAMY Vista pen. LAMY ink cartridges are available in six different ink colors from Jetpens, and are easy to insert into the pen. The LAMY cartridges will puncture properly by just screwing the pen barrel back on to the pen after replacing the cartridge; this is an excellent feature for fountain pen beginners, because they do not need to try to push and puncture the cartridge into the pen section before replacing the pen barrel. Of course, you can use any color or brand of ink by using the LAMY Z 24 Converter. With LAMY ink, the LAMY Vista nib requires no pressure when writing, so it is suited for long writing sessions and note taking. The pen does not skip so you can quickly and without frustration write class notes or record your thoughts before you forget them. The LAMY Vista is a pen that I can take with me anywhere, and it is a ready to write pen that you can carry with you all day without fear of losing a more expensive pen. I am not afraid to loan this pen to a person (even a beginner) who wants to borrow it. (When I loan a pen, I always keep the cap in my hand so we will both remember that the pen needs to be returned to me.) I highly recommend the LAMY Vista to someone who wants to experiment to see if they would like to write with fountain pens, to someone who wants to give a first fountain pen to someone as a gift, and to the person who likes to collect and write with a variety of pens. The LAMY Vista is a very pleasing fountain pen at a reasonable price.
All the Best,
Edited by Tumbleweedtoo, 03 April 2012 - 13:06.