Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be cautious when you disassemble, because the silver section is removable. (And apparently interchangeable- though I'm not sure where you can buy replacements.)
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...
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