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#1 officesupplygeek

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 19:54

I know there are plenty of reviews of this pen out there, but it is my first FP so I thought Id give it a shot and see how I did. Hope you enjoy.


The Lamy Studio Fountain Pen with an Extra Fine nib was my first fountain pen purchase, and I conducted a good deal of research before actually buying the pen. Once of the most useful places I found for information regarding fountain pens in general was The Fountain Pen Network where you can find a ton of knowledgeable people discussing fountain pens, inks, and stationary.

After doing my research, I finally settled on the Lamy Studio in Blue with the Extra Fine nib. I shopped around a bit online and was able to find a good price at Goldspot Luxury Gifts who has a huge selection of pens and very competitive prices. It is also worth noting that Goldspot was very quick with their shipping of the pen, which is great for someone like me who can be incredibly impatient. So far I have been completely satisfied with this pen, so I thought I would write up a review to share some of what I find to be the most enjoyable and positive qualities of this pen.



I’ve included some of the basics about this pen in a writing sample that you can see in the photo below:


The pen itself has a solid feel, and the blue coating on the surface makes for a very comfortable and smooth feeling in the hand. In addition to the way that this pen feels in your hand while writing, I also like the secure “click” that you get when you either post the cap on the back of the pen or when you place the cap back over the section to close it.

Speaking of the cap, one thing that you will notice is the design of the clip on this pen. When I started my initial research on the Studio, I discounted all of the commentary I read about how great the clip was and how unique the design was. I remember wondering what the big deal was, I mean it looks nice and it is a little bit different, but it was not something that I felt strongly about until after I held the pen in my hand. I now find myself almost obsessively playing with the clip when I am on the phone at work or sitting in a meeting. Something about the smooth metal surface and the way that the surface and lines run into one another makes it almost therapeutic to fiddle with.



One piece of feedback that I picked up on in my research was that many people worried about an extra fine nib being very scratchy to write with. I can say with certainty this extra fine nib is incredibly smooth to write with on many different types of paper. I have used this pen mostly on Levenger paper, but have also tried it on a Moleskine notebook, and even in every day loose leaf paper and the nib is not scratchy at all on any of these surfaces.

As for the inks that I have used with this pen, the writing sample above was written with Noodler’s Black (Bulletproof) and I do like the results that I get with it. I do however notice quite a bit of nib creep with this ink and also with the Luxury Blue, especially compared to using the Noodler’s Borealis Black and Noodler’s Tiananmen which are not as bad in that aspect. To date I have only used Noodler’s ink with this pen, so I am looking forward to trying out some other inks to see if the nib creep is strictly associated with those few Noodler’s variations that I have tried.

Considering the fact that this was my first fountain pen, I was apprehensive that I would not want to make this a daily usage kind of pen, but I have been pleasantly surprised because this is now my preferred pen when writing almost anything at work. I also feel that it has helped me to slow down and write much neater, which is a huge benefit when I need to be able to go back and actually be able to read what I just wrote…it can be embarrassing when you cant read your own handwriting, and I feel like this pen has reduced the number of times I have had that happen.

Overall I am very satisfied with the Lamy Studio, it has been as good or better than I expected, and I look forward to writing with it every day. The only thing I don’t like about this pen is that it has made me realize how much I like writing with a fountain pen and now I want to go out and buy a Lamy 2000, and find another brand (possibly a Pelikan) to try out. Just for the heck of it, here are a few more photos that I think came out fairly well of my Lamy Studio.




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Posted 23 December 2008 - 20:24

Buying a Lamy Studio (Black F nib) led directly to my purchase of a Lamy 2K. Very happy with both. thumbup.gif
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 22:28

Very nice review, especially for being your first! Your photography is quite good with nice composition and lighting. Yes, there are quite a few Lamy Studio reviews, but the more the merrier. And adding the awards list in your handwriting sample was a great idea--I don't think a lot of people are aware of the Studio's accolades. biggrin.gif

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 23:07

QUOTE (digitalnative @ Dec 23 2008, 03:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Buying a Lamy Studio (Black F nib) led directly to my purchase of a Lamy 2K. Very happy with both. thumbup.gif


It is funny that you mention that, the 2K is definitely high on my list for a next pen, but I do want to try something other than a Lamy, so I am not sure. I was thinking about a Pelikan, but dont know enough about them yet.


QUOTE (MYU @ Dec 23 2008, 05:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very nice review, especially for being your first! Your photography is quite good with nice composition and lighting. Yes, there are quite a few Lamy Studio reviews, but the more the merrier. And adding the awards list in your handwriting sample was a great idea--I don't think a lot of people are aware of the Studio's accolades. biggrin.gif


Thanks so much for the positive words, I was stretching for stuff I didnt see in all the other reviews, so that is how I got the idea for the awards. The photography is something I've been working on, I probably took about 50 pictures total to get those few that I actually liked....good thing for digital cameras and the delete button. smile.gif

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 23:49

Thanks for the review. I've got one of these coming in the mail, and I am pretty excited!
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 23:57

Thanks for the excellent review, OSG! clap1.gif

Any thoughts on the shiny metal section? (ie. did it feel slippery? etc.)

I have a Studio in Stainless Steel (1.1 mm factory italic nib) with a rubberized section which feels very comfy for my fingers, but I sometimes wonder about my section's long-term durability....
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Posted 24 December 2008 - 00:02

I got a Studio M Special Edition (the bronze color) for my birthday - it's spectacular! Writes very smooth, and I've loaded it with PR Chocolat to match the pen's body. Absolutely superb.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:02

QUOTE (Beardy @ Dec 23 2008, 06:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the review. I've got one of these coming in the mail, and I am pretty excited!


Beardy, I am sure you will love it! Is your name here in reference to the show "The Office" by any chance? smile.gif

QUOTE (Maja @ Dec 23 2008, 06:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the excellent review, OSG! clap1.gif

Any thoughts on the shiny metal section? (ie. did it feel slippery? etc.)

I have a Studio in Stainless Steel (1.1 mm factory italic nib) with a rubberized section which feels very comfy for my fingers, but I sometimes wonder about my section's long-term durability....


Maja...thanks for the feedback, glad to know you enjoyed it. I've been trying to tune up my writing skills and these pen reviews, along with some other stuff on my blog have been a big help...it also helps to get feedback from folks like you, so thanks again! smile.gif

I actually meant to comment on the section, but I guess I forgot. I've never had it get slippery on my, but I can see where it might be a problem for anyone who either uses hand lotion frequently, or just has instances where their hands have a little moisture on them. I do like the stainless version of the Studio for the specific reason that the black rubberized section looks nice, and it wont get fingerprints on it like mine does.




QUOTE (goaliedad30 @ Dec 23 2008, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I got a Studio M Special Edition (the bronze color) for my birthday - it's spectacular! Writes very smooth, and I've loaded it with PR Chocolat to match the pen's body. Absolutely superb.


goaliedad30, how does the PR ink work out for you? I am looking for something to use with mine besides the Noodler's to see if I get less nib creep.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:01

Hey OSG,

First of all let me tell you that your review was quite good! I've been eyeing the Studio for a while now. The secial edition bronze studio looks a little pricy for what you get but get but then again you get a quiality Lamy Product. If you wondering about other inks...I've been using PR Arabian Rose and PR DC Super Show Green with wonderful results in my Lamy Al-star (fine nib) and little or no nib creep.

As far as other pens to investigate you have to find out why you use your pen? Are you a daily writer? Office writer? Artist? Or you just letting your creative side foward and enjoying the lost art of writing with a fountain pen? I'm quite a bit of the last user. I don't really use a fountain in my job but none the less I really enjoy writing. So may I suggest a Pelikan M200 as a next step, it's a german piston filler that holds a ton of ink. Or if you what to go vintage may be a Parker 51 either of these can be found at a reasonable price here on the Marketplace or Fl-Ebay.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 13:35

Nice review!

I acquired the same pen one month ago and love it. I too was concerned about an EF after hearing concerns about scratchiness. It is so smooth, I love writing with it. Also, the section has presented no problems, other than a few fingerprints which wipe off easily.

I've been using PR Ebony Purple for the last 2 weeks and still get a little nib creep but not as much as what I get with Noodler's.

If you get a Pelikan, please post a review and let us know what you think.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 15:27

QUOTE (stjimmy @ Dec 23 2008, 09:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey OSG,

First of all let me tell you that your review was quite good! I've been eyeing the Studio for a while now. The secial edition bronze studio looks a little pricy for what you get but get but then again you get a quiality Lamy Product. If you wondering about other inks...I've been using PR Arabian Rose and PR DC Super Show Green with wonderful results in my Lamy Al-star (fine nib) and little or no nib creep.

As far as other pens to investigate you have to find out why you use your pen? Are you a daily writer? Office writer? Artist? Or you just letting your creative side foward and enjoying the lost art of writing with a fountain pen? I'm quite a bit of the last user. I don't really use a fountain in my job but none the less I really enjoy writing. So may I suggest a Pelikan M200 as a next step, it's a german piston filler that holds a ton of ink. Or if you what to go vintage may be a Parker 51 either of these can be found at a reasonable price here on the Marketplace or Fl-Ebay.

Happy hunting and best regards.


Thanks so much for the positive comments on the review. Sounds like another vote for PR for my next ink too.

I am mostly someone who uses the pen for daily writing in the office, but also the occasional card or letter is mixed in. You are the the 3rd person now to suggest the Pelikan M200, the, the only thing with those though is that I am not a big fan of the gold accents on my pens, I much prefer the nickle, silver, or platinum so I am looking at the Pelikan 215 series.

Thanks again for the feedback, it is very much appreciated.


QUOTE (TMac @ Dec 24 2008, 08:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice review!

I acquired the same pen one month ago and love it. I too was concerned about an EF after hearing concerns about scratchiness. It is so smooth, I love writing with it. Also, the section has presented no problems, other than a few fingerprints which wipe off easily.

I've been using PR Ebony Purple for the last 2 weeks and still get a little nib creep but not as much as what I get with Noodler's.

If you get a Pelikan, please post a review and let us know what you think.


I totally agree with you, I do love writing with the pen, sometimes I find myself just making up excuses to write things down. smile.gif I think I am going to buy one of those microfiber cloths to keep around with the pen so that I can wipe off the finger prints on the section when it starts to bug me.

I will most certainly post a review of the Pelikan if I do get one, and I might also go back and do a comparison of the Studio with some sort of PR ink which seems to be the one that everyone is suggesting.


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 16:22

So far, so good with the PR. I also use PR Ultra Black Fast Dry (my primary note-taking ink at work) and PR Naples Blue (just because). On my Black & Red notebook at work, the Ultra Black works great and dries fast. The Chocolat and Naples Blue dry too slowly on that paper, but work very well on a variety of other papers, including my Levenger note cards.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 16:30

The blue of the Studio is so pretty that I've considered getting one. Alas, there always seems to be a pen ahead in line.
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Posted 24 December 2008 - 23:46

Excellent review. I have the same pen and your captured my thoughts.
The only observation I would add is the nib section (for me) is quite slippery so I roughed it up with 400 grit sandpaper. Lost the shine but still writes perfectly.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:58

QUOTE (goaliedad30 @ Dec 24 2008, 11:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So far, so good with the PR. I also use PR Ultra Black Fast Dry (my primary note-taking ink at work) and PR Naples Blue (just because). On my Black & Red notebook at work, the Ultra Black works great and dries fast. The Chocolat and Naples Blue dry too slowly on that paper, but work very well on a variety of other papers, including my Levenger note cards.


Good to know regarding the fast dry, I was curious about that one because I, like you would be using it for note taking at work.


QUOTE (Deirdre @ Dec 24 2008, 11:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The blue of the Studio is so pretty that I've considered getting one. Alas, there always seems to be a pen ahead in line.


It really is a nice looking blue, that is one of the first things that drew me to it, you wont regret it when you break down and get it. smile.gif


QUOTE (JayLo @ Dec 24 2008, 06:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Excellent review. I have the same pen and your captured my thoughts.
The only observation I would add is the nib section (for me) is quite slippery so I roughed it up with 400 grit sandpaper. Lost the shine but still writes perfectly.


Thank you. smile.gif I can completely understand why you would rough up the section, however it still made me cringe to read. smile.gif

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:28

Nice review on an interesting pen. Well done!

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 01:58

QUOTE (Peter from Sherwood Park @ Dec 24 2008, 11:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice review on an interesting pen. Well done!


Thank you, it is very reassuring to hear feedback like that from someone who has been around the forum for a bit.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 15:23

Nice pen and a great review!

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 16:20

is it a rollerball pen cap? the top is different.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 20:32

QUOTE ((bleep) @ Dec 26 2008, 10:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice pen and a great review!

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Thank you. smile.gif


QUOTE (kmpn @ Dec 26 2008, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is it a rollerball pen cap? the top is different.


Actually yes, I forgot about that. I own both the FP and the rollerball...when I got them I noticed that the cap on the FP had the slightest bit of wiggle on it, so I switched them and neither pen had the problem. But yes, the difference between the two is that the rollerball has a small dimple on the top of the cap. Very sharp eye there kmpn. wink.gif

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