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?

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen

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.

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen

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...."

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen

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.

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen

Standard Lamy cartridges work in the Studio, and it can also use a Z26 converter, which is supplied when purchasing the pen new.

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen

Close up of Z26 converter.

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen on Moleskine

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.

Blue EF Lamy Studio Fountain Pen on Moleskine

$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 Fountain Pen Test in Cartesio Journal

Lamy Studio Pen Test in Cartesio Journal with Noodler's Bulletproof Black ink.

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Test in Moleskine Journal

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.


Speedmaster said...

Not bad at all. Almost seems like an Al-Star level pen dressed up in Lamy 2000 clothes.

Ann said...

Great review! Now I know it's not for me (I prefer lighter pens). What I'm really waiting for, is your Sailor Sapporo review. ;)

Biffybeans said...

Hi Ann, I did review the Sapporo here:

Not sure I'm going to get around to doing a photo essay on it -pens for me are more difficult to review than paper. The paper either suits my needs or it doesn't. i think pens are much more subjective because there are so many more factors to consider. Design, weight, nib, flow, filling system....

So I have a Medium Sapporo that I really like - it's well balances and a fat wet writer. It is a little on the small side. I also have a Sailor 1911, which is a much larger pen, that has a very fine nib that I like, but I wish I could instead have something that writes in between the Sapporro and the 1911, and I'm not sure that exists.

Hope that's helpful!

Ann said...

That does help, a lot. I must have missed your Sapporo review, thanks for that link. I heard Sapporo has a bit of flex, do you feel that with yours?

The Sapporo sounds like my ideal pen. I have a Waterman Phileas and Lamy Vista, and while I love Lamy's smoothness, the barrel is uncomfortable to grip. Meanwhile the Phileas is comfy but the nib skips.

You're right, pens are subjective. But of course they're your opinions and where you think it doesn't suit you, it might suit me (case of point: pen heaviness) so I would love to see more pen reviews from you in the future. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Biffybeans, I love your blog, the objects you review, your photographs, and your painstaking analysis (and your artwork!), but to my eye the writing sample of the Sailor F 1911 in blue ink still evidences a thinner line than the EF Lamy Studio in Noodler's Bulletproof Black. I think the problem here is that you are comparing apples to oranges, blue ink to black. In my inexperienced opinion, any ink which is highly opaque is likely to result in the APPEARANCE of a thicker line width than inks which are non-opaque and subject to shading. Why this might be the case I haven't the faintest. An interesting test would be to compare these two nibs using the same ink and to see if one could still reasonably make the same objection. I think I understand why you used two different colors for your comparison--in your photo the blue obviously stands out by contrast. But though not as pretty in terms of presentation, you could separate two nib samples using identical ink through the expedient of leaving a blank line above and below the second sample.

Keeping in mind that I'm just a piker when it comes to fountain pens, I have to ask if you've ever come across the surprisingly smooth Chinese-made Jinhao X450?

Barrel Of A Pencil

Biffybeans said...

Hi Ann - I do not think that the Sapporo H-M (Hard Medium) nib has any flex, but it is surely smooth. I'm also finding that I'm starting to prefer thinner nibs. AT some point, I might sell mine for a fine nib.

Biffybeans said...

Barrel Of A Pencil - thank you for your comments on my reviews!

I agree that in comparing the 1911 to the Studio would have been better if I had used the same inks, but I just wanted to show that the EF Studio was a relatively thin line compared to what I've experienced from their Safari and 2000 nibs. To me, the 1911 F writes very fine compared to all my other pens.

Brassing Adds Character said...

Hey Steph, I'll bet you could get some of that heatshrink rubber stuff and fit it on to the Studio's section if you wanted to put the slippery-ness issue to bed. I'll bet it'd work great! I'm going to try it on my Conklin Victory and see if it works. I'll let you know!

Office Supply Geek said...

Wish I saw this review before I bought the same exact pen, I was little apprehensive at first but I've had it for about 2 weeks now and I love it! :)

Henry said...

Wow, I like this pen. Unfortunately, I already have a Lamy 2000 (which gets a little slippery sometimes), and 1 safari and 1 vista. Maybe It's time for a brand change, no? Or should I go for another lamy?

Biffybeans said...

Hi Henry -

The Lamy nibs have a particular character to them that I really love. I have Sailor's and Pelikan's and it's just not the same. I think I'm up to 8 Lamy's now....

Raphael Rosen said...

I want one!

Wilson Hines said...

Biffy, my Lamy Studio ( failed on me right out of the box. Writing with the thing was like carving a turkey.
HOWEVER, I took it back and the only acceptable thing the supplier had was another Studio that was like the one you have reviewed here and it was an upgrade of almost double the money. The difference between yours and mine is the nib is a two tone 14k gold. I don't know what difference the gold makes, other than the cost, but it sure looks nice and WOW, boy, does it write. My wife said, "Now that's a good writing pen!"
I am very happy preferred supplier, Office Supplies & More in Chapel Hill, NC, was a very ethical person. He didn't tell me, "Oh you have to deal with Lamy!" No, ma'am, he took just a couple swipes with my old pen and immediately started pulling some pens out to replace it.

I read you review the night before I took the pen back. I was trying to do some research on what to replace it with and I was almost set against Lamy, but then I had to remember this was my first fountain pen, let's give Lamy another shot. The next day, when I saw him pull "your" pen out of the case, I had to grab it. We dipped some ink and immediately I saw how great it could write!

Thanks for the review, it helped me quite a bit!

Biffybeans said...

Wilson, glad that you got the issue worked out with the Studio, and that you got the free upgrade to boot! The Safari, Studio & Accent all use the same nib. They are machine made and sometimes you just might get a dud. I had a dud once, sent it off to Pendemonium and had them make it into a cursive italic. Those nibs run about $12 to replace, but yours is not $12.... In fact, your nib might have spoiled you for when you go looking for other pens. Cause we all go looking for other pens. :o)

FPNBallboy said...

I have this pen in brushed steel and a black rubber grip - no slipping, plus great weight and balance.

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