The pen arrived from The Pen Gallery in Malaysia. Although they had despatched it the same day and it was in the UK the next day, it took 5 days to travel from Newcastle to Shetland by truck and ferry. What I really need is someone reliable on the UK mainland who could have them posted to them and then send them by Royal Mail to me! This pen was eagerly awaited! The Pen Gallery likes to wrap their packages well. I would be very surprised if they have ever had a pen damaged. Yards of bubble-wrap paper later I had the box in hand. There is a brown cardboard sleeve over the nicely designed black ribbed cardboard box, which has a Lamy logo poking out from the layer below acting as a catch for the box. A nice packaging touch that impressed me.
This is one of those pens that has been reviewed a great deal on FPN and there are plenty of pictures to be seen, so I knew exactly what it would be like. Plain, matte, black and understated is about the best description. Made from Makrolon, a material that I hadnít seen since my bomb disposal days, I knew that this pen was built to last. A plain brushed metal clip adorns the outside. You would never know that it was a piston filler as the join is almost invisible.
Itís about a centimetre longer than a Pelikan 200. My scales are not to hand so I canít tell you the weight. Something to add later. The design is as absolutely unassuming as I have seen in a pen. Even the Lamy Safari shouts louder than this, so if you need pocket jewellery there is nothing for you here, move along please. The only person that is likely to be impressed by this pen is the person who uses it, or rather that would usually be the case, but sadly not in my case. More of this later. I was worried about the ears, but need not have worried for a moment. If my fingers are anywhere near them then they are unnoticeable to me.
Pens are L - R Duke D2, Parker 51, Waterman Hemisphere, Rotring 600, Cross Century (?), Pelikan P1, Lamy 2000, Pelikan M205 and Pelikan M200 Citroenpers.
I like a broad nib. I just havenít matured to the F and XFs that so many appreciate here. I should have taken more notice when I read that the Lamys are broader than their size suggests. Thst is certainly true. This writes more like my Pelikan 200 fitted with an OBB. I usually write my letters on cheap legal pads, but the Lamy was putting down so much Mont Blanc black as to be causing spotting on the page below. I have only seen that once before with a Parker 51, allegedly medium nibbed, but writes like a good broad filled with Caran díAche black. What I wasnít prepared for was the fact that the nib skips on the uphill strokes. I thought that it was due to the way I was holding it, but I tried different ways and with no success. Eventually I noticed that it was skipping on the downward strokes as well on some occasions. I have contacted Lamy through their website to see if I can send the pen to them to be looked at and probably have the nib replaced with an oblique medium. I have to say that the obliques seem to be cut at more of an angle than the Pelikans, so I hope that it is the nib and not my holding style that is causing the problem. My loupe, ordered from electronicBay should be here tonight so I will get to have a look at the nib and see if my inexpert eye can spot anything amiss.
Itís a piston filler. That should say enough really. Reliable and holds a decent amount of ink. All pens should be filled this way. There seems to be an unnecessary level of frustration involved with dismantling a pen to twist a convertor when the convertor could be bigger and able to be twisted from the outside of the pen. Perhaps itís me being a moaning old Jessie again though! Judging by the level of joy that Pelikan owners comment on their piston filling systems, perhaps others might agree with me! The mechanism is a little stiff compared to the Pelikan so I will ask Lamy to attend to that if the pen ends up back in the hands of its maker.
Cost and Value
At just over half the UK cost including delivery you have to say that this is a bargain. It is just unfortunate that mine isnít to the standard that others on this forum have found theirs to be. Under normal circumstances £56 for a bullet-proof piston filler would be a gift.
Initial excitement soon tunred to disappointment when I found that my pen wasnít working, but I know from the excellent reviews that this pen has had by almost every other reviewer on this forum and elsewhere that I was just unlucky. Once Lamy have looked at it I am sure that it will be absolutely brilliant. I intend to keep you up to date with the progress.
Edited by AndyHayes, 10 September 2007 - 17:54.