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#1 Spratticus

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:05

I'm new to fountain pens and this forum but wanted to post a review of this pen here as I couldn't find many reviews on it. I got this pen around 4 days ago.

Appearance and Build Quality

The pen is available in three designs: grid, herringbone and stripes. I bought the grid design. The pen is made of anodised aluminium and the grid pattern is thin, but can be seen easily from a distance. The pen is slim with an inconspicuous and simple, clean look that I happen to like. It is also rather heavy for its size and has a good weight. Overall, it looks and feels very solid. I believe it can take cartridges and a converter. I bought mine with the converter.

In Use

Writing with the cap on and off is very different with this pen. I prefer it with the cap on for extra weight as when I do this it fits my hand perfectly and automatically positions itself halfway between my thumb and index finger. When the cap is off, it is very light but I find the position doesn't suit me and it feels unbalanced. My hands are somewhat small and I think the thinness of this pen could cause problems and be uncomfortable for someone who has large hands. The grip has taken some getting use to as it is not very large and I tend to hold the pen where the grip meets the body. It felt weird at first but I don't really notice it while writing; only when I think about it. Definitely try before you buy for these reasons! I've been writing with Lamy blue/black ink and it is pretty smooth (my pen has an italic 1.1 nib). I have noticed ink creeping up the nib even when stored upright, but this could be the ink not the pen.



Overall

I would buy this again and I really like the clean simple design. But, if you can, try it out first.

Edited by MYU, 06 November 2008 - 03:25.
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#2 joaogmoreira

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 13:22

Spratticus, thanks for the nice review.

Lamy linea is in my wish list and the information you provided will be very useful. I have a Lamy Safari with the same italic 1.1mm nib, and it is very fun to write with. This is another advantage for the Lamy Linea, the fact that you can exchange nibs with any other lamy pen that uses Safari nibs.

#3 Have Fun

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 19:14

It is indeed a nice pen - superb bit of design I'm not sure if it ie easily available in the USA most comments here have been from Europe

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 09:17

Nice pen. Although I lean toward thicker, fatter pens, this is a nice metal piece, solidly built. The pattern you chose is nice. The mentioned nib interchangeability is a big plus, good choice.

Found this pic at the lamy site ;Lamy Linea Grid pattern

#5 Spratticus

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 03:20

QUOTE (Ondina @ Nov 5 2008, 07:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice pen. Although I lean toward thicker, fatter pens, this is a nice metal piece, solidly built. The pattern you chose is nice. The mentioned nib interchangeability is a big plus, good choice.

Found this pic at the lamy site ;Lamy Linea Grid pattern


It is a very nice pattern. It looks much better in person than in pictures. It is rather thin, in fact I would say it is more like a ballpoint if that makes sense.
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#6 MYU

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 03:27

Welcome aboard, Spratticus and thanks for your review of the Lamy Linea. I had seen these pens before, but never got the chance to try one. The nib reminds me of a CP1, Safari or Studio--which means it must be pretty good. smile.gif

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#7 Spratticus

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 04:39

QUOTE (MYU @ Nov 6 2008, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Welcome aboard, Spratticus and thanks for your review of the Lamy Linea. I had seen these pens before, but never got the chance to try one. The nib reminds me of a CP1, Safari or Studio--which means it must be pretty good. smile.gif

W2FPN.gif


Thanks. If you get the chance, try it! I find it very comfortable. If all Lamy's are like this, call me a fan smile.gif
Father Dougal McGuire: Spider Baby - it's got the body of a spider, and the mind of a baby.

Lamy Linea (grid), Vintage Montblanc (144?), Lamy Lime Safari, Parker Sonnet (stainless steel), Monteverde Invincia (chrome/carbon fibre), Parker 51 Aerometric (1949, burgundy), Waterman Phileas, Sailor Sapporo (Rhodium plated)

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 19:22

QUOTE (Spratticus @ Nov 6 2008, 05:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MYU @ Nov 6 2008, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Welcome aboard, Spratticus and thanks for your review of the Lamy Linea. I had seen these pens before, but never got the chance to try one. The nib reminds me of a CP1, Safari or Studio--which means it must be pretty good. smile.gif

W2FPN.gif


Thanks. If you get the chance, try it! I find it very comfortable. If all Lamy's are like this, call me a fan smile.gif



I have one of these in a sort of matte black finish. I love Lamys, though didnt really like this one. Here's why-

1. Lamy's usually have something special about their clips (safari, 2000). Here- nothing. just plain boring. Also its a bit weak mine bent a bit towards one side after a few weeks and refuses to go back (you might want to be careful how you use it).
2. the girp are is a bit too small. I have big fingers and since I got this as a gift I couldnt test it. If I could have, I wouldnt have bought it.



#9 dedalian

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 19:23

QUOTE (dedalian @ Nov 8 2008, 08:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Spratticus @ Nov 6 2008, 05:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MYU @ Nov 6 2008, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Welcome aboard, Spratticus and thanks for your review of the Lamy Linea. I had seen these pens before, but never got the chance to try one. The nib reminds me of a CP1, Safari or Studio--which means it must be pretty good. smile.gif

W2FPN.gif


Thanks. If you get the chance, try it! I find it very comfortable. If all Lamy's are like this, call me a fan smile.gif



I have one of these in a sort of matte black finish. I love Lamys, though didnt really like this one. Here's why-

1. Lamy's usually have something special about their clips (safari, 2000). Here- nothing. just plain boring. Also its a bit weak mine bent a bit towards one side after a few weeks and refuses to go back (you might want to be careful how you use it).
2. the girp are is a bit too small. I have big fingers and since I got this as a gift I couldnt test it. If I could have, I wouldnt have bought it.








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