Some online stores have the LX on sale for only a bit more than regular Al-Star. MSRP difference is $23. That difference constitutes the following:
- The nib is not just the standard Lamy black nib but has some matching accents and a breather hole, although the pen is compatible with standard Lamy Safari/Al-Star nibs.
- The metal clip for the cap and the ends of the pen and cap have shiny matching metal finishes compared to the black or silver of normal Al-Star.
- There's also a high quality anodized aluminum storage case, which normal Lamy Al-Star doesn't come with. Personally I don't really care about the case and don't plan to use it, I care about the pen. You could argue that the case alone is worth $10-15. I don't know if I'm in the minority, but I think if Lamy skipped the aluminum storage case and priced the total kit lower, it'd be more useful for the customers.
I got mine in Rose Gold because I love that color. If you don't care about the case, or the different nib, or the LX color range, then Lamy Al-Star will do you just as well for a bit less. Here's a comparative review done by someone else:
Edited by Intensity, 11 November 2017 - 23:14.