Another review for an older and now discontinued pen… but, as only a little information is out there on the LAMY Lady, I thought I would contribute my part.
Introduced in the early 1990’s and discontinued later that decade, the LAMY Lady is an unusual pen that is worth a second look. With its odd size and boldly-accented porcelain body, it stands out, and I like to think that it has an awkward beauty. It is perhaps the Elsa Schiaparelli of pens designed for women.
The barrel of the Lady is made entirely from Rosenthal porcelain, and I believe that LAMY were the first to produce a pen using this material. Other porcelain pens include:
- Montblanc Marquise de Pompadour (2001) (Meissen)
- Montblanc Sakura 333 (2001) (Meissen)
- OMAS Giacomo Casanova (2003)
- Loiminchay FuShou (2005)
- Loiminchay Golden Arabesque (2006)
- Sailor Arita (2007)
Of course, the above-mentioned pens are hand-painted limited editions which retail for thousands of dollars, so they are hardly in the same league as the LAMY Lady. However, I think the Lady deserves a league of its own, since no other manufacturer has produced a porcelain-bodied pen for the masses.
Appearance / Design / Finish
The Lady is available in three distinct designs, two with matte gold trim, and one with matte silver-palladium trim:
LAMY Lady. (Models 240, 241 and 242.)
The bold wave-like and geometric designs are achieved when the kiln-fired white porcelain barrel tube is printed (or painted) with black and/or blue glaze, followed by liquid gold or liquid silver luster. The barrel is then re-fired to ensure a permanent bond of the glaze and lustre decoration. The liquid gold or silver is comprised of gold / silver chloride and an acrylate polymer – this is the same hard-wearing liquid lustre which is used on quality porcelain dinnerware, jewelry and other decorative porcelain pieces.
Being a pen styled with a lady in mind, the LAMY Lady lacks a clip, and instead has two little black buttons set into the side of the cap and barrel end. These stop the pen from rolling when placed on a flat surface.
I was surprised by the size of this pen – it's actually one of the longest pens in my entire collection. Capped the Lady is 142mm (5.5") long, and uncapped it is 136mm (5.3"). The cap does not post on the back of the barrel, due to the little black anti-roll button. This is probably a good thing given the weight of the pen and length of the uncapped barrel. The Lady weighs 35g, uncapped.
Everything about the Lady says quality. The pen is perfectly assembled with every part well-made, flush fit and secure.
Nib / Section / Performance
The Lady 240 and 241 models have a 14K Yellow Gold nib, while the 242 Lady has a 14K White Gold nib. The 14K Lamy nib has a kind of conical style which is similar to the Sheaffer triumph, but is a little more angular, and only wraps around part of the way. The nib is slightly springy with longish tines.
The pen I bought was advertised with a 14K M nib, which I thought I would get customised if I liked the pen enough. I was surprised when the pen arrived with a factory Broad Left-Oblique nib. While this is an interesting nib, it’s completely unsuited to my writing. I have had the nib customized by Richard Binder, and now it is a stunning 0.4mm Cursive Italic.
The Lady takes the generous LAMY Z 26 converter or LAMY T 10 cartridges.
Cost / Value
The US RRP of the Lady was ~$265 when it was released, and the matching case LAMY made for this pen was ~$65. (LAMY Nappa Leather Case, Palladium Fastener, A 40).
I bought my Lady in wonderful condition for $95. A couple of tiny light scuffs on the cap were the only visible signs of use.
I use this pen often, but carefully, and it is one of the few pens I do not take to work with me. Not for fear of something happening to the porcelain barrel, but due to the matte gold finish of the trim – in general, this type of finish can be sensitive to marks and scuffing.
Since this pen arrived back from Richard in May 2007, it has been a constant in my pen rotation, just perfect for my journaling or correspondence.
I hope you have enjoyed this review!
Edited by Phthalo, 21 July 2008 - 11:31.