Sunday, October 12, 2008
Like the way the Lamy Safari writes but want something a little classier? A little Sexier? How about a Lamy Studio?
Like the way your Lamy Safari writes, but want a sleeker, sexier looking pen for not much more money?
Then take a look at the Studio.
I want to start by saying that this is my 7th Lamy fountain pen, I currently own 6. 4 Lamy Safari's, an AL-Star, and now the Studio.
The Safari was my first fountain pen, and it's difficult for me not to compare all subsequent pens against it- and I don't just own Lamy's. I have two Pelikan M200's and two Sailor's (Sapporo and a full sized 1911 ) that I love just as much as the Lamy's.
I did at one time own a Lamy 2000 that I purchased used, but I ended up selling it because I couldn't get used to it not having some kind of grip for me to grasp the pen. I was concerned that the Studio might be problematic for me in that department, especially with the chrome front section, but I'll get to that in a minute.
The nib on this pen is un-be-liev-abley smooth, and the strange thing is that it's the same nib as the Safari. It's actually smoother than all of my EF & F Safari's, which are all pretty darn smooth in their own right. I can't really put my finger on why this Studio is writing so much smoother than the Safari's, except maybe for the fact that it's it's got more weight behind it.
Look at The Writing Desk on the Lamy exchangeable nibs:
"Genuine steel nibs that are direct replacements for the Accent (95 and 97), Studio (65 and 67), cp1, alu, linea, ST, Joy, Al-Star, Safari, Vista, Smile, abc and other models that are fitted with a standard Lamy steel nib...."
There is no doubt in my mind that this combination blue and silver pen is striking both in it's colors and design.
When you post the pen, it has a stopper built into the cap to keep the cap from marring the body of the pen. Nice touch.
The blue feels more like powder coated metal then the painted aluminum AL-Stars.
Compared to every pen I've ever used, this is a fairly heavy pen. It's balanced quite nicely, whether cap on or off. In my experience with this pen, I'm finding that when I write on a flat surface, I'm gripping the pen tighter than is probably necessary - or it might be due to the weight of the pen and the lack of a distinctive grip - it is balanced quite well, but it just might be heavier than I'm used to. I actually get an indentation in the side of my middle finger when I use this pen on a flat surface. I do NOT have this problem if I am sitting in a chair with the book propped at an angle on my knee. Perhaps the weight counterbalances to a place that's more comfortable to me- and I do spend a lot of time writing in this position.
As for the chrome grip, if my hands are cold & dry, it can get a little slippery. Otherwise, I don't have a problem with it.
Standard Lamy cartridges work in the Studio, and it can also use a Z26 converter, which is supplied when purchasing the pen new.
Close up of Z26 converter.
From the Writing Desk Website: "Finished in soft-touch black (model 67) or brushed stainless steel (model 65) (both with stainless steel nib). All models have a cartridge or converter filling system (converter supplied). This Lamy fountain pen is available with a wide range of nib sizes from EF to B plus oblique (OM and OB), LH (left-handed) and 1.1/1.5/1.9mm italic."
There is also a Palladium version, which includes (at a higher price) a two-toned 14K gold nib with rhodium plating.
$70 seems to be about the going rate for a Blue Lamy Studio. (The prices vary per pen color)
In the US, you can buy the Studio online from Pear Tree Pens or in the UK from The Writing Desk
Lamy Studio Pen Test in Cartesio Journal with Noodler's Bulletproof Black ink.
Lamy Studio Handwritten Pen Test in a Moleskine Journal with Noodler's Bulletproof Black ink.
So do I like it? You bet! The weight will take a little getting used to, but for a metal pen, it's wonderful.