Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Updated Review: Lamy Accent Fountain Pen

Lamy Accent 1

I first reviewed this pen back in March of 09, and having had the opportunity to use it this long, I feel the need to make a few additional comments about this really great pen.

The Lamy Accent.

This pen was a bit of a surprise, because it's very different in design than the Safari, Studio, and 2000. An aluminum bodied pen, it's got some weight to it, though not as heavy as the Studio. To me, it's very comfortable in the hand.

Lamy Accent 2

The first thing you will notice is that it's got a screw cap. The Safari, 2000 and Studio are all pull-off caps. The cap is removed with barely a third of a rotation - and though I initially wished it was secured with a few more turns, I never had a problem with the cap coming unscrewed.

Lamy Accent 3

The nib on the standard Accent is the same as the Safari, AL-Star and base model Studio. You would think they all write the same, though I have found that the weight of the pen affects the smoothness. Don't get me wrong - all of my Safari's are smooth writers, but the Studio and Accent seem even smoother with their weight behind it.

Lamy Accent 4

The cap can be posted securely on the back of the pen and it stays firmly in place with a small pair of retractable "ears." When posted, the cap does add considerable length to the body - but it's a well balanced pen with or without the cap on the back.

Lamy Accent 5

I found the grip on the Accent rather unusual. I initially thought that I would have to hold it in the wider silver section (it does come in other colors) as shown above which creates a rather high writing angle, but after using it for several months I found it much easier to hold it at the front black section which is comfortable and also lends itself to a more natural writing angle.

Lamy Accent 6

Disassembling the pen is a little unusual. You hold the silver section and as you unscrew the back half of the pen, the pen section moves forward. which you then slide out.

Lamy Accent 7

Be cautious when you disassemble, because the silver section is removable. (And apparently interchangeable- though I'm not sure where you can buy replacements.)

Lamy Accent 8

The Accent uses a cartridge/converter filling system (converter is included) but it's a different converter than what the Safari/Studio uses. This Z26 converter is screw mounted (Which I REALLY like) and it might just be me, but it seems to hold a little more ink than the Safari's Z24 converter.

One thing I discovered in the last several months of using this pen, is that it seems as though the nib section is easier to flush that the Safari or the Studio. After having tested over 100 different kinds of fountain pen inks over the last year, I sure do love a pen that's easy to flush...

Lamy Accent 8

Exploded Lamy Accent.

All in all, I do like this pen. There is a slight learning curve with regards to it's design, but it's all good. It's a nice step up from the Safari - especially for people that want a professional looking pen that still writes as sweet as a Safari.

Several body options exist - prices below are for the standard models.

$56 at Swisher Pens

$60-$65 at Pear Tree Pens

Additional pictures can be found Here


Reginleif said...

*sob* Just when I've told myself I don't need any other pens. Thanks for this review, it answered quite a few questions I had about the pen. :)

Biffybeans said...

Reginleif - No problems! Glad I could be of assistance -

A.J. Axline said...

This was my first "serious" fountain pen when I started buying them a year ago or so, pre-dated by a Lamy AL-star and a Lamy Safari in the special edition white, which I refer to as my "Mac pen".

I love the little design quirks like the grip section (I have the aluminum grip too), the way the cap posts, and opening up the pen to refill. I keep my Accent filled with Aurora Black, and it is a mainstay in my pen rotation.

Biffybeans said...

AJ! I've missed you!

A.J. Axline said...

Yeah, my employer keeps expecting me to do this "work" stuff. Crazy talk, I tells ya...

Speedmaster said...

Nice review and pics!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I found a place where you can order extra grip sections if you're in the EU: http://www.fuellhalter.de/index.php?list=KAT85

molly z. said...

Thanks for the review - I was considering another Al-star with a stub tip, but I think for a few $ more I will try the Accent. Maybe even try some white ink !
thanks a bunch - molly z.

Biffybeans said...

Hi Molly! It's a great pen - thinner than the Al-Star which I find kind of pen. This pen has really nice balance. PS - Don't use the Bombay White in this pen - it's shellac based...

Annie said...

I absolutely love your work and your blog! Very detailed and helpful review!

Biffybeans said...

Much thanks Annie!

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