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After spending one year, capped, in the drawer, my LAMY Studio Fountain Pen, Imperial Blue, Fine Nib, started like a champ. Ink was Lamy Purple, from a cartridge. #impressive  

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inkstainedruth

Very cool!  I keep looking at the Studios (and also the Scalas) but then just go buy another Safari/al-Star color instead....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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2 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

Very cool!  I keep looking at the Studios (and also the Scalas) but then just go buy another Safari/al-Star color instead....

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I recommend the Studio, too, if you don't mind the weight.  I've never tried the ol' "neglect it for a year and write again" trick, but mine has never failed to write, so long as it has ink, and it's a nice, understated pen.  One of my favorites.

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I like the look of the Studio, then look to see how much it weighs and go oh yeah, heavier than I like.

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12 hours ago, Retrouser said:

After spending one year, capped, in the drawer, my LAMY Studio Fountain Pen, Imperial Blue, Fine Nib, started like a champ. Ink was Lamy Purple, from a cartridge. #impressive  

 

I have a couple of Safaris that behave like that (i.e., tend to close and seal very tightly), and a couple more that, let's say, don't (i.e., have the air-tightness of a Cross ATX--for those to whom that doesn't mean much, I would say it is necessary to check the cartridge/converter for ink-level/dry out every few of weeks, if you don't want any unpleasant surprises.

 

 

12 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

Very cool!  I keep looking at the Studios (and also the Scalas) but then just go buy another Safari/al-Star color instead....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

Next time you have a few extra $$ burning a hole in you pocket, try a Studio.

 

If you were to try a Studio in the new "Black Forest" color, and then decide you don't like it, I know someone who might be willing to take it off your hands (or trade for something else) if you were to decide to re-sell it. ;)  So, in that sense, you are probably only risking PA sales tax and a bit of postage (or less if you like what I can offer in trade)...send me a PM if this could be an interesting possibility.

 

Personally, I am attracted to the clean, no-nonsense styling of the Studio, and the general performance seems, well, very "LAMY-like"...

 

Many folks seem to dislike the smooth metal grip section. I like it myself.

 

9 hours ago, Checklist said:

 

I recommend the Studio, too, if you don't mind the weight.  I've never tried the ol' "neglect it for a year and write again" trick, but mine has never failed to write, so long as it has ink, and it's a nice, understated pen.  One of my favorites.

 

My mileage has varied on the dry-out front. My Terracotta and Glacier Studios are good for at least 6-8 months (the time it takes me to empty a cartridge in a pen that get used only intermittently--I imagine undisturbed in a drawer, they would still be good to go after a year), while my Olive and Aquamarine Studios can dry out in less than 2 months.

 

30-ish grams is a substantial weight if you are used to really light pens (When I am not using a Lamy, I typically use Edisons and Pelikans in the 15-25g range), but is it not out of line compared to a lot pens in the FP universe). I very much like the subtle styling.

 

 

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Amazed any pen would instantly start up after that much time! Very cool!

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My MB ballpoint once started up after five years in storage. That’s what a $10 cartridge buys, I guess! 

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23 hours ago, Runnin_Ute said:

I like the look of the Studio, then look to see how much it weighs and go oh yeah, heavier than I like.

YOWZAH!  I just looked up the technical specs for a Studio on the Goulet Pens website.  And 31 grams capped?!  That's heavier than the TWSBI pens I have (the 580-AL and 580-ALR top off at 28 grams...) -- and that's the benchmark for me between "manageable" and "too heavy".

I'm in agreement with Runnin_Ute here.  Too heavy for me.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Oh. The weight will be a problem for me too. Drats. Early in the thread I was getting ready to add it to the one day list because I'm always keen to know about pens with an extended non-dry-out time - it means I might get normal performance here!

 

I love the Safari, Al-Star and Lx, but the ink evaporates from the cartridge or converter - I thinks it's due to the open ink window - pens in my dry climate need a well sealed barrel as well as the cap. They can be bone dry in the back and still have a word or few of ink left in the nib.

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Actually the different finishes of the Studio weigh different amounts, interestingly enough. The stainless steel finish (which also has a grippier section, not slippery chrome metal) only weighs 25g capped, and the LX All Black finish 27.6 g (from Goulet website). So maybe one of the lighter versions would work for you. 

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1 hour ago, HobbitLife said:

Actually the different finishes of the Studio weigh different amounts, interestingly enough. The stainless steel finish (which also has a grippier section, not slippery chrome metal) only weighs 25g capped, and the LX All Black finish 27.6 g (from Goulet website).

 

The gripping section diameters (and geometries) are different between variants as well. I love the feel of the Lamy SLAB (Studio Lx All Black), so much so that I bought a spare (at a good price) just in case my primary one needed replacement one day; but I can't deal with the ‘standard’ design in the Studio with the glossy, convex metal section, although it's not quite as ‘bad’ for me as the section on the Cross Peerless 125.

 

Alas, in my experience the SLAB won't keep a fill of ink from being completely lost to evaporation after six months.

 

To my recollection, out of all the Lamy models I have here, the Accent seals best.

 

2 hours ago, AmandaW said:

The weight will be a problem for me too. Drats. Early in the thread I was getting ready to add it to the one day list because I'm always keen to know about pens with an extended non-dry-out time

 

Entry-level Platinum #3776 Century models PNB-10000, PNB-13000, PNB-15000, etc. are light and seal well. (Come to think of it, I figure all the models with the PNB prefix are fitted with Slip & Seal.)

 

The discontinued Sailor Promenade (which is still available from some Japan-based sellers on eBay, as well as Chinese sellers on AliExpress) also has a spring-loaded inner cap, even though the feature was not advertised. They're also quite lightweight.

 

Fine Writing International Planet series pens, which are slightly heftier but still just plastic, also have that feature. Wancher Crystal II (which is essentially the same design, and probably made in the same factory, just branded differently) and the ‘original’ Crystal models as well.

 

The Natami Inception has that feature too, but its implementation feels worse and less refined than even that on the Platinum Preppy, Monami Penna and Daiso Air-Seal fountain pens.

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