Review: Lamy Vista - Extra Fine
I’ll be plain, simple, and straightforward. I think this Lamy Vista-Extra Fine is a great all-around pen.
OOTB + Aesthetics
The Vista is simply a demonstrator of the Lamy Safari. For me, the clear resin enhances the aesthetics making a “vista” out of the inner workings I find proportioned to a harmony of function accentuated well by the chrome colored trim.
The cap snaps open and closed with ease, yet securely. I don’t worry about this pen uncapping in my pockets.
I can count on the inner cap to help keep the pen from drying out.
The clip is very sturdy, easy to use, and doesn’t damage a pocket.
The Nib + Feed
Lamy nibs may vary. This Extra Fine steel nib runs about the size of my Pilot Metropolitan Medium or a typical Western Fine. I find this size is great for EDC. It doesn’t cut into cheap paper nor does it write too wide a line.
OOTB the EF nib was smooth and reliable. I haven’t had any hard starts, nor skipping, nor worries.
This Vista has a moderate inkflow and paired with a wetter ink, in this case Iroshizuku Take-Sumi (A favorite of mine), the writing experience is splendid.
The feed is not only reliable, but its roof can be separated allowing for easy cleaning of the ink canal, which is especially helpful for higher maintenance inks.
The Triangular faceted section is something I very much disliked at first. Yet, I soon realized it taught me how to write properly with a fountain pen and helped me to use my arm instead of my fingers to write. Holding it in a tripod position with my fingers against the flares gives me a secure balance around the sweet spot of the nib in a uniquely comfortable way. It’s like a sweet spot for the grip.
I like how the section is set further back from the nib. It prevents the pen from feeling too small for me.
I also like that there’s only 2 facets along the section instead of an extra third along the bottom like some other pens have. This prevents the section from feeling too small for me.
All together I find the section very comfortable for longer writing sessions.
The Body + Converter
The body is basic as evidenced by Lamy Safari’s the Vista is a Demonstrator version of, but I like the clear resin and the “vista” of the converter with the soft red piston knob transitioning along the brushed metal to the ink reservoir.
I also like how the converter itself has nodules that secure it into the section to help withstand excess roughness.
The pen does post securely, but I prefer it unposted because it still has a nice full-sized length to it.
As a whole/Conclusion:
I do like how the Lamy Vista is lightweight. My hand does not fatigue during long writing sessions.
Being made from ABS plastic this is a very durable pen and it doesn’t feel cheap.
I also like how the entire pen is easy to dismantle and clean.
Overall, I have found the Vista to be a dependable writing instrument that not only helps beginners write, but keeps up with seasoned fountain pen users.
This is a pen I grew from disliking to loving.
And I have grown to appreciate how remarkable this pen is for only around $30 (I picked mine up from jetpens.com - Excellent Customer Service and Purchasing Experience as always).
Among all the starter pens I’ve tried, and I think I’ve tried just about all of them, this is the only one I’ve stuck with. I use it as an EDC and a daily writer for long sessions.
I look for an excuse to put this pen in my hand, especially when inked with Take-Sumi.
To be plain, simple, and straightforward: The Lamy Vista has proven to be a pen I can’t not have.