Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA

A review of the popular Lamy Studio!
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
ABOUT

Body Material: Anthracite/Stainless Steel
Trim: Chrome
Length (capped): 1393. mm/5.48"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 128.3 mm/5.05"
Length (posted): 155.0 mm/6.10"
Barrel Diameter: 12.4 mm/0.49"
Section Diameter: 9.3 mm - 11.6 mm/0.37" - 0.45"
Nib material: 14K Gold
Weight: 34 g
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Price: $159.22USD
Where to buy: Amazon

PACKAGING
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The Studio comes in simple, straight forward packaging. It's a pamphlet-folded type card box with a Lamy logo plaque on the top. Inside,, the pen is nestled in the fold of the box, along with the usual pen guarantee/warranty. I think the way the pen looked when I opened the box was really cool. However, I didn't keep it.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The pen comes with a Lamy Z26 converter.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
APPEARANCE
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The Lamy Studio is an attractive, business-like fountain pen. The body is smooth to the touch, and is a slate grey. The finial is a smooth flat top in shiny chrome.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The clip joins to the top of the cap, also in shiny chrome, starting wide, then thinning out, and widening again, like a propeller. The pen has tapered ends and is wider at the center. The end plug is also shiny chrome with a small lip. The trim is all shiny and complements the platinum grey body nicely. The section is also shiny chrome and is very smooth, tapering towards the nib.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
NIB & PERFORMANCE

The two-tone 14K gold nib is simple and quite attractive. It is gold around the breathe hole and slit, extending towards the tip. Bonus: it's also an interchangeable nib.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The nib is very smooth, far more smooth than the steel Lamy nibs I have so many of; there is no feedback, and it is a wet writer, even for a fine nib. It wrote out of the box with no issues at all. I absolutely love its performance. It also has a fair amount of spring to it, offering some decent line variation with little pressure.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
IN HAND

I love the shape of the clip! It's unique and works really well. Unposted, the pen is a comfortable length and is slightly heavier towards the front of the body. I find it quite easy to write with based on the weight, shape and size.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The main issue I have with the pen comes with the section - it can get slippery easily and becomes hard to hold during extended writing without rotating/re-gripping the pen constantly.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The pen posts securely but it remains heavier towards the front, so it isn't completely balanced when posted. I rarely use my pens posted though.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
The pen is a little more compact than the popular Lamy Safari pens. Looks and feels good.
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
PROS & CONS
Review: Lamy Studio Platinum Grey Fountain Pen - 14K Fine @Lamy @LamyUSA
OVERALL

I was very impressed with this pen. I wasn't expecting much from the nib - I had just dip tested it in store before I bought it but the more I use it, the more I enjoy it. The nib is a great performer; wet, smooth, and springy! I think it's well worth the price difference from the steel to the gold nib. The only downside is the slippery section. Other than that, I absolutely love this pen and nib.

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9 comments:

Pentulant said...

That section is REALLY slippery even for people with normally dry-ish hands. Someone on IG mentioned that a solution could be to put a bit of washi tape around it, but...well...I don't know :)

Roeland De Groot said...

Still hoping they will come with this nib in black and gold for my black AL-star...

pepperpath said...

if you had $150.00...would you recommend a Lamy Studio 14 k, a Franklin-Christoph (ststeel), or a Pelikan M200 (st steel)?
I know it's a bit like comparing apples to oranges.

Jay Karlson said...

Hi, Azizzah! This was a fun and informative post.


I have a custom request here--could you see how that gold Studio 14k nib performs on a standard Lamy Safari? I know that's like putting a Ferrari engine in an Opel, but the chiseled edges of the Safari section fit my grip perfectly, and it doesn't slip at all. The Studio is the cheapest way to get a Safari-compatible 14k nib in the United States.


The more sinister reason for this request is that I'm creating a Frankenlamy eyedropper fountain pen. It features a Safari rollerball barrel with some Loctite epoxy, added to a section from the (previously limited Black) Al-Star. To cap it all off (groan) I'd like to add a Studio 14k nib, but it would be fun to see if it works before spending $140. Brian Goulet says there's no reason this shouldn't work.



They called me "mad" at university...

Azizah Asgarali said...

PSHHH you're not mad at all. That sounds like a great idea. It does fit. It looks pretty delicious on the Neon Coral... the gold tone on the nib matches the warmth of the pen so well. NOW YOU HAVE ME WANTING TO DO THIS ALWAYS.

Azizah Asgarali said...

Hmmm... probably the Franklin-Christoph then, because you can eyedropper it, but also put any other #6 nib on it (assuming you'd get something like the Model 02)

Azizah Asgarali said...

It's such a weird design. I don't know why I'm so insane to buy it. Washi tape... interesting...

Jay Karlson said...

Thanks!


Based on your response, I ordered a 14k Lamy nib from FontoPluomo, but it's temporarily out of stock. You can't order Lamy parts from the US, so $46 (vs. $140) is worth the wait and shipping costs.

Jay Karlson said...

I just got my 14k nib from FontoPlumo today, and I can tell you that the FrankenLamy LIVES!!


Lamy Safari Cap and Section
14k Lamy Studio Nib
Lamy Rollerball Barrel w/ Locktite seal on barrel end.


Capacity for days and a nib (that many pens had) to die for.

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