Body Material: Aluminum
Length (capped): 6.1"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.28"
Length (posted): 6.7"
Barrel Diameter: 0.46 - 0.50" (flat surface to round surface)
Section Diameter: 0.36 - 0.48" (flat surface at smallest point to widest point)
Nib material: Steel
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Price: $48.00CAD ($3.00CAD extra for stub nibs)
Where to buy: Wonder Pens
Safari, I'm content with this packaging - if the packaging will increase the price of the pen, then it should just stay like this. I'm also pleased that there is no plastic.
micro mesh. I inspected this nib closely before inking up and was pretty pleased to see it was perfectly aligned and had a beautiful space between the tines. Fantastic.
On to ink selection! I finally picked Diamine Soft Mint because in this broad nib, I expected decent shading. The nib wrote very well, it was smooth with a little bit of feedback, and much to my satisfaction, it was a very wet writer. The ink selection, in my humble opinion, was perfect, because the Soft Mint shades really well and looks fantastic in this wet writer. Lovely. If you want a wet writing broad nib that is reliable and a work horse, this is a good choice.
The Al-Star is the kind of pen that may or may not work for you. The reason is the shape of the grip. For me, I can adjust my grip quite easily because I don't have a set writing position/grip, so the Al-Star is right up my alley - affordable, interchangeable nibs, easy to disassemble to clean, and fun colours. The grip has two flat sides on the top and a rounded surface at the bottom, meant to force you to hold the pen in a particular way.
The body is smooth to the touch and warms nicely when held, though the material can scratch. The clip is not too tight, but if you pull too hard, there is some give where it attaches into the cap so be careful with it.
- No exposed threads.
- Interchangeable nibs (and affordable nibs).
- Ink window - so you can see your ink level.
- Beautiful blue green colour.
- Easy to disassemble and clean.
- Great pen for beginners and experienced users alike.
- With so many colours to choose from, it's easy to find one for anyone you're trying to turn into a fountain pen addict.
- Nice wet writing nib brings out great shading.
- Clip feels weak at point of attachment.
- Converter is a separate purchase (~$5).
- If the grip doesn't work for you, the pen is just not an option for you.
I most certainly recommend the Lamy Al-Star, but especially in this colour. The only other Al-Star colour that really appealed to me was the purple. When I saw this one, it stole my heart. (Okay, in fairness, a lot of pens do that, but still). The colour is so fresh and fun, and think of the joys of pairing this with the perfect ink! OH YES. The advantage of having interchangeable nibs, a converter, and endless ink options? Not too shabby. Hit up Wonder Pens (see below), say hi, and definitely add this blue green to your
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I received this pen free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.