I purchased this pen because I wanted another knock around pen to take to Disney on vacation and all impressions are based on that concept.
First Impressions 5/5
I bought this pen as my second knock around pen... for when I am out and don't want to take one of my better ones
Based on that reasoning this is a great pen
I opted for the All Star because I saw them up close and person at the Michigan Show and really liked the slight extra weight and feeling that they were more durable than the Safari I already had.
When the Ocean Blue came out I knew this was the color I wanted, prior to that I was really leaning toward the green also a super color.
The Ocean Blue is the only All Star that has a very deep anodized finish, almost opaque anodizing. All the others have a more translucent finish...
The pen is absolutely gorgeous... of course time will tell how good the anodizing is and whether it rubs off easy if I don't treat the pen with a modicum of care.
This is a pure and simple a good basic knock around pen.
I doubt you are going to do any serious damage to this pen unless you try real hard.
It has a simple wire clip that will definitely hold the pen in your pocket.
The cap is a simple snap on that mates to a plastic ring on the section...
The body has two flats and two windows so you can see the ink capacity.
The section has two flats that position your fingers... a good idea for new FP users and students.
Here I was very pleasantly surprised. The nib is bright steel and kind of reminds me of the Pelikan GO nibs.
I ordered a x-fine nib and was a bit worried about the actual width and reported dry scratchy writing.
To put it mildly, this nib is very smooth right out to the box and dead on in width.
It was a bit dryer than I liked, but a touch of flossing took it up to a nice 6.7-7/10 with Noodlers La Couleur Royale that I loaded it with
Filling System 3/5
Only because I am not a big fan of C/C fillers...
You have to purchase the converter separately, but no big deal. The converter fills well
Cost and Value 5/5
I paid $29.00 for the pen and $4.50 for the converter... where are you going to find a good writing pen for $33.50 today.
I purchased the pen from Pear Tree Pens. James seems to always have the best deal on the All Star and Safari line of Lamy pens
This is my third pen in the Safari line... My daughter decided the first one was for her so I ordered a Vista for myself and now this All Star.
Would I buy another Safari/All Star Lamy.... definitely... but not unless I lose or break the ones I already have and I doubt that is going to happen. They are built to last, despite the price.