Lamy is known for their high-tech looking, modern writing instruments. They continually innovate style, design, color options, and value in everything they create. Why am I writing about pens that have been around for ages? Perhaps it’s nostalgia. Lately, I’ve been on a kick where I feel it’s important to remember amazing pens already in existence. With so many new pens constantly being created and released for mass consumption, there are a ton of beauties that become forgotten. So, what happens when you take the already loved, fan-favorite Lamy Safari and Al-Star collections and upgrade them? You get the Lamy Studio Pen Collection.
Everything about the Studio makes it significantly more valuable than you might first suspect. From the solid metal cap and barrel to retaining the same customizable nib, this is a formidable writing instrument. I’d have to say that even the proprietary Lamy cartridges/converter required for use don’t bother me. Unlike the Cross and Pilot Vanishing Point converter, this proprietary converter actually holds a normal amount of ink.
In addition to being available in three modes of writing (fountain pen, rollerball, and ballpoint), there are a ton of color options to choose from. The Lamy Studio Pen Collection even has six main colors and finishes, as well as special editions for your selection. The “bottom tier” consists of Black, Imperial Blue, and Brushed Stainless Steel. The next level up is the newer LX, currently only available in All Black. And then finally, the last two are Palladium and Piano Black.
Notably, the Black, Imperial Blue, Brushed Stainless Steel, and even the LX All Black come with the standard steel nib found on the Safari and Al-Star. I find this to be fortuitous since that makes all three models easy to swap nibs back and forth. Since Lamy is one of the few pen companies that allows you to buy nibs separately from the pen itself, you can also get the 1.1 Italic, 1.5 Italic, or the 1.9 Italic nibs and get a little fancier with your writing. The Palladium and Piano Black come with 14k gold nibs. Standard gold nib options are extra fine, fine, medium, broad. But you might be surprised to learn (as I was) that oblique medium and oblique broad are options as special orders.
The rollerball uses the Lamy M63 refill. The M63 refill is available in the whopping color choices of black, blue, green, and red. This is sure to please the practical writer in all of us. However, the ballpoint is the polar opposite in choices. With its smooth twist-action retraction, you can either pick the Lamy brand M16 ballpoint refill or the Monteverde for Lamy ballpoint refill. The Lamy brand refill is available in fine, medium, or broad in black, blue, or red. Even though the Monteverde for Lamy is only available in medium, they offer almost the entire color spectrum.
Regardless of your preference, the Lamy Studio Pen Collection is nicely weighted due to the all-metal cap and barrel. It provides a sturdy surface to grip. And as a medium size pen, you don’t have to worry about gripping too tight when using it. Last but not least, you can easily recognize the Lamy Studio due to its distinguished clip (as you can with most of Lamy’s recognizable clips). It looks like they took a normal clip and twisted it.
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