Lamy Al Star Fountain Pen
The Lamy Al-Star cannot be beaten as an everyday user. The pen is solid, writes well and has an attractive Bauhaus design .Nibs are easily swapped and you can use regular cartridges of bottled ink with a converter. At the price there are few pens that come close for design, dependability and durability.
September 25, 2014
This is my first non-Levenger True Writer pen (I have several of different weights).
Looks: Beautiful color (grey). A little bit larger than I expected (thicker).
Function: Snap cap seems pretty strong, (although I do like the twist cap of the True Writers) and the wire clip is very sturdy. The grip is nice - non-slip. The weight is a bit lighter than I'm used to, and so I'll need to practice writing with it for a bit before I really start using it at work.
Writing: I love the fine-tip. It's finer than the True Writer (I think this is Japanese fine tip, as I read). Will also need some getting used to, but I do like it.
Overall, not a bad second fountain pen. I wish it was a bit heavier, but I'll get used to it.
December 22, 2014
This pen is great! It is easy to replace the cartridges looks great and is comfortable to use
Ive gotten many compliments on it so far
October 30, 2014
Perfect Everyday Pen
Just started using this pen last week. Its light, well made, writes and sketches superbly. I'm not afraid to stuff it on my pocket or messenger bag. A great all around everyday fountain pen indeed!
April 5, 2014
Very happy with this pen. I need several more just like it.
January 27, 2014
This pen just glides along the paper, it is so stylish and I love the grip. I think it will be my favorite pen from now on.
October 27, 2013
I am impressed with the quality of this pen for the price. It writes very smoothly and every time. The "fine" point in my view is more like a medium.
June 22, 2013
A workhouse fountain pen
This is a workhouse fountain pen. I use it daily to write in my journal and I write about five 8X10 pages a day. It takes Lamy ink cartridges and bottled ink in the converter extremely well. The best part is you can purchase additional Lamy nibs to fit (like Calligraphy nibs) and enhance your cursive writing with just a nib change. I keep the pen standing up in a pencil cup and I clean the pen every week and it keeps on writing beautifully.
October 3, 2012
A pen I'm not afraid to use
I've had several fountain pens over the years, beginning with a very inexpensive Scheaffer. A few months ago, my backpack was stolen, which contained both my Namiki Retractable and a brushed chrome True Writer. I was more bummed by the loss of the True Writer because it flowed so well and was more comfortable to hold than the Namiki, but I had always liked the Namiki because of the fineness of the nib. I'm a leftie, and fountain pens have always meant accepting the fact that my palm was going to blot the page as I wrote unless I used a fine point and quick-drying ink.
I decided, post-Christmas, to stock up on some Circa supplies and maybe replace my two lost pens with at least one pen that would write well, look good, and have the option of a fine nib--all at a reasonable price. I can't afford a pen that I can't afford to replace, if that makes sense.
I've looked at the Lamys for years in the catalogue, and I decided to take a chance on a blue AL Star with an Extra Fine Nib (even though I'd still like an Obsidian True Writer).
It arrived two days ago, and I am really pleased with it. I'm a college professor, and I decided purposely NOT to use my cheapo ballpoints for the last couple days but to treat my Lamy as my everyday pen. It clips to my shirt securely or caps tightly enough for me to trust shoving it into my pants pocket. I went with the AL Star instead of the Safari because the housing is metal, which looks better, and because the AL star is available with an EF nib.
The pen writes great! I'm using it with Levenger Cobalt Blue (I already had a bottle on hand), and the ink flows well. The EF is a true fine line, but without the scratchiness that can come with that.
As I said in my title, at $45, I'm not afraid to take this pen with me, instead of leaving it on my desk.
January 20, 2012
Received my Ruby pen with a extra fine nib and was expecting it to be rather scratchy as EF nibs can be. Well, to my surprise this has to be the smoothest nib I've written with. It glided along so well that I had to make an effort to slow down and catch up with it! Love this pen!!!
January 2, 2012