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#221 Intensity

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 23:44

Lamy's design choice regarding nibs seems pretty clear in recent years.  :) 

 

I'm talking about the design of the barrel, how it ends before the nib.  However the Aion has a new nib design too, so the above is not entirely true either.



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#222 catbert

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 01:09

 

I'm talking about the design of the barrel, how it ends before the nib.  However the Aion has a new nib design too, so the above is not entirely true either.

 

Yup, I get that, and maybe a different transition would have looked better. Will have to wait till I get one in hand to see what I really think of this one. The modified nib shape looks like an attempt to address the concern you expressed originally. It is still generally the case that one interchangeable nib and feed design serves (not saying it always fits aesthetically) all their current pens except the Lamy 2000 and is consistent with their style in the past few decades.



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Posted 18 November 2017 - 21:04

My Aion was an Anniversary gift in October. Michelle paid £47 for an F nib OliveSilver and I bought a converter for £5.
I opened it and was upset by the tone of the aluminium. The catalogue portrayed the Olive Silver as having an earthy green tone, but its just bog standard aluminium. I'd have bought the black knowing what I know now.

The unit is solid, feels very well built and because is aluminium, incredibly light. The cross section is big but the weight offsets for it. The machining is great and everything fits together with typically German high standards.

I loaded it with Iroshizuku Tsuki Yo and when the ink started flowing the pen came into its own. The new nib is so smooth and the pen is well balanced. I have a habit of catching the fleshy part of my thumb- hand joint on the cap of some pens when posted, but the pen is long enough for it not to catch. It didn't take any traditional breaking in and worked straight from the box.I don't think the box suited the design of the pen, and could have been better thought through.

The pen itself doesn't have any classical character as such and this is in part because the Aion is a very post modern design. I don't think this is a negative, just a statement.

I don't think the Aion will go on to be a classic and collector piece, but for anyone that wants a well machined writer that is comfortable for less than £50, its worth considering

Edited by Darth_Roo, 18 November 2017 - 21:07.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 19:12

I'm not getting on with mine. Its tail heavy and thick and too long. I think Lamy should have made it shorter and less thick. It writes well though.



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 20:57

Maybe a Sheaffer Sagaris would be more your style then? 



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:28

I just made a quick video reviewing this pen

 

let me know what do you think

 



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 23:37

I just made a quick video reviewing this pen

 

let me know what do you think

 

 

I think your initial statement about new LAMY models is wrong. There have been other new models, most prominent of which is the Lamy Imporium.

 

 

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 03:23

My Aion was an Anniversary gift in October. Michelle paid £47 for an F nib OliveSilver and I bought a converter for £5.
I opened it and was upset by the tone of the aluminium. The catalogue portrayed the Olive Silver as having an earthy green tone, but its just bog standard aluminium. I'd have bought the black knowing what I know now.

The unit is solid, feels very well built and because is aluminium, incredibly light. The cross section is big but the weight offsets for it. The machining is great and everything fits together with typically German high standards.

I loaded it with Iroshizuku Tsuki Yo and when the ink started flowing the pen came into its own. The new nib is so smooth and the pen is well balanced. I have a habit of catching the fleshy part of my thumb- hand joint on the cap of some pens when posted, but the pen is long enough for it not to catch. It didn't take any traditional breaking in and worked straight from the box.I don't think the box suited the design of the pen, and could have been better thought through.

The pen itself doesn't have any classical character as such and this is in part because the Aion is a very post modern design. I don't think this is a negative, just a statement.

I don't think the Aion will go on to be a classic and collector piece, but for anyone that wants a well machined writer that is comfortable for less than £50, its worth considering

That's an accurate review. I just got mine and having read the thread, tried a few in store to find a cap that is relatively tight fitting - one was pretty loose.

The pen writes well, and the metal parts are machined to perfection. I like the clip although it could be more glossy or matte - it's shiny, but not a mirror finish as the 2K.

What I find fascinating is the tactility of the pen. My hand loves the silky textures, and I like to play with the weight distribution which comes from the placement of metal parts on the inside of the aluminum barrel. I think Jasper Morrison was thinking more about the tactility of this hand held object than about making a design statement (or the perfect fountain pen). For the price, this is a satisfying object to hold.
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Posted 24 December 2017 - 13:17

Anyone else has a cap that's a bit loose? It posts securely and doesn't feel like it will fall out anytime, but it spins fairly easily and you can feel just a tiny bit of give when pulling on the pen. Is that normal?



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 20:21



"The unit is solid, feels very well built and because is aluminium, incredibly light. The cross section is big but the weight offsets for it. The machining is great and everything fits together with typically German high standards."

 

 

I don't find anything "incredibly light" about it. Most consider it a heavy pen.

 

By my measure, it's 35.7 gm overall. Cap alone is 11.7 gm. Body with inked converter is 24 gm.


Edited by pararis, 24 December 2017 - 20:24.


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 20:22

Anyone else has a cap that's a bit loose? It posts securely and doesn't feel like it will fall out anytime, but it spins fairly easily and you can feel just a tiny bit of give when pulling on the pen. Is that normal?

 

Mine is exactly as you describe.



#232 dapprman

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 20:35

For a Lamy it is quite heavy, until you compare it to a Imporium or Dialog3.  Having said that I would not say it is a heavy pen but a lot of people are used to light ones so it may be a bit of a surprise to some.



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 22:30

I agree it's a large and heavy pen (compared to my EDC Pelikan M605). The cap does spin, which bothers me a bit. The closure is nevertheless tight (and goes in two stages, or am I making this up?).

The nib is fairly firm (nail), and writes a bit like a rollerball.

It's not often that we get a newly designed model. I'm enjoying playing with this - it feels thoroughly contemporary. I give Lamy credit for this.
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Posted 24 December 2017 - 23:53

On Jasper Morrison's design philosophy "supernormal":

https://jaspermorris...normal-dialogue

Not visual, flashy, spectacular, but objects that become special with use and over time.
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Posted 25 December 2017 - 13:21

The closure is nevertheless tight (and goes in two stages, or am I making this up?).


Yes, neve managed to close it in one step. Always two, but then it stays tight.

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:57

I find the cap a smidge wobbly -- is that a quirk of the single one I've handled, or are they all like that?



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 09:32

Hellokloh,
Mine is not wobbly. Seems to snap pretty firmly. Ive been using mine with Arctic Blue over the last few days and its been a surprising pleasure to my stable.

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 21:31

I find the cap a smidge wobbly -- is that a quirk of the single one I've handled, or are they all like that?

Mine is not wobbly, but it turns relatively freely. The closure is tight though - it takes a bit of pull to open it.

I'm surprised that Lamy didn't manage to do a better job on this - there are tons of mid-priced pens like Japanese Tombow that seem to have no problem making a tight fitting snap on cap.
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Posted 30 December 2017 - 22:27

So, after having it for some time, here is what I think: I really wanted to like the Aion. And it is an excellent pen that performs well. But its "extra fine" nib is WAY too broad for my taste, so it doesn't fit my writing style. I just don't use the Aion anymore. It was worth a try (because I do like the design), but now I think I'll sell it.



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 01:00

The black model was a Christmas present for me, and I'm very happy with it.

Mine doesn't have the rattle (unless I shake it violently by the cap).

I understand that the standard Lamy nib will fit, but any idea when the Aion nibs will start being sold separately?







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