First Impressions (8/10)
If memory serves the pen came with no more than a clear plastic bag.
Appearance & Design (9/10)
The bare bones presentation fits the style of the Logo, plain even by Lamy standards. "Minimalist" barely does justice to the severe functionality of the pen. At first glance it resembles nothing so much as an elongated can of tomatoes. The tubular stainless steel, less shiny than in the photograph, is austere, but then this is a workaday pen, with the charms of a workaday item. The pen is solidly and precisely put together, so that apart from the clip, which seems a bit flimsy, it does not feel cheap. Not a bling item certainly, but not disposable either. It feels like it will last a good few years of constant use.
Snap-on cap that closes and posts securely (although I don't post).
Weight & Dimensions (9/10)
The Logo is thinner than most Lamy pens, but it has (for me) a crucial difference from the other "reduced girth" pens (cp1, alu ): the barrel is flush with the nib section (see photo). This makes all the difference. I have an alu which I'm fond of, but which is sharpish where the barrel meets the section, and which after a while gets uncomfortable. This trouble is gone with the Logo, and the section is non-slippy and comfortable steel. It's a light pen, relatively short at about 116mm from barrel to nib-end, diameter 10mm-ish. It's perfectly balanced, at least unposted, so I can (and do) write for hours with this thing with no fatigue or handache. The only problem I've encountered is that the barrel sometimes unthreads a bit when I'm writing, but that's infrequent and easily resolved
Nib & Performance (9/10) –
The Logo takes the standard Lamy detachable nib–glassy, dry, crisp. I chose the Logo partly because I wanted an alternative to the faceted nib section of the Safari line, which does not fit my grip, while still having a low-cost pen featuring this nib. The Logo is c/c (hurrah!) and I'm currently using Lamy's beautiful blue-black to good effect. The nib starts every time, doesn't dry out and will write effortlessly on any conceivable paper in the known universe.
Cost & Value (10/10) –
I believe I paid 20 Euro–maybe 25. Lamy MSRP is $40 for the stainless steel, $50 for the brushed stainless steel, which is a bit smarter. It's probably available cheaper, but the Logo FP is not as widely available as some other models. Considering how well the pen is put together, and how much I like the functional style, it was a great purchase. It's a solid pen, without the school pen feel of the Safari, uncheap-feeling like the Kultur can be.
Conclusion (Final score, 6/6)
Every time I find a pen I like at a reasonable price I want to get a couple more just in case. That's certainly the case here. If you like the Lamy nib but want an alternative to the Safariesque, or if you just want a good reliable straightforward pen at reasonable price, or if you like a pen where form really does follow function, the Logo might just be it, as they say.
Edited by ericthered2004, 29 January 2009 - 18:59.