Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: Lamy Pico Ballpoint Pen @BureauDirect @LAMY

Thank you to Bureau Direct for sending me a Pico!
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ABOUT

Length (retracted): 9 cm
Length (extended): 12 cm
Barrel Diameter:
Section Diameter:
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all):
Weight (cap):
Weight (body):
Fill type: Lamy M22
Price: £27.50
Where to buy: 


PACKAGING

The Pico has a small box - it slides out to the side from a plastic sleeve. There is a clear part in the top in the shape of the pen, and the top corner says LAMY Pico. The pen sits in a felt-lined plastic bed. Nice, simple, minimal. I like that.
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APPEARANCE

The Pico is, not surprisingly, small and cute. The pen is round from nose to end, with matching rounded off ends. In the closed position, the pen is small and definitely pocketable. There is a black ring near the tip, which is where you open the barrel to change the refill. The ballpoint refill is fully retracted through a small, black, plastic-ringed hole. The knock is the back end of the barrel.
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In the open position, the tip extends, and so does the knock, adding some length to the pen. The extended part of the barrel is black-ribbed plastic. The pen itself is a matte imperial blue - a beautiful, deep, majestic color. On the side of the barrel, there is a small LAMY logo on a little raised plaque. It's small and cute, just like the pen.
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PERFORMANCE & FEEL

I like ballpoints. There. I said it. I think they can be useful, and I love a smooth, intense refill. This broad, blue M22 refill is tiny and cute, the ink is a nice, dark blue with good coverage. Smudging is minimal, and it feels like a bold, intense broad tip. I'm definitely a fan of it.
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The fine, black refill is also a top notch performer - a nice, solid black ink with good coverage, and it feels like a decent fine. It's not too fine, but I think it is great for every day use. I found it a little more smudgy than the blue, but I assume that's because of the color. I mean slight smudging here, very slight.
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Both of these are very nice refills, and although there aren't that many colors to choose from, these perform well. Too bad they're proprietary!
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The pen, as a pocket pen, also works well. You have to press the knock firmly to extend the pen tip, and the same to retract it. If you don't press it hard enough, nothing will happen.

It's a comfortable size when extended and it is pretty solid, so it feels good in hand. There is no grip section, and it feels a little thick to me. it's not terribly uncomfortable; my grip just feels a little extended. Since I do not expect to be writing a novel with this, that's not a big deal. It's more of a pocket pen - scribbling and jotting notes.
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PROS

  • Several really nice colors to choose from, and even better that they match the Lamy Studio series. 
  • Pictures don't do the finishes justice. They're really pretty.
  • Compact, portable, pocketable.
  • Simple, convenient mechanism that is quiet to operate - perfect in meetings or classes when you don't want to draw attention to yourself.
  • Smooth, reliable refills.
  • Solid in hand, even though it's small. It doesn't feel like a small, cheap pen.
  • Well made. 
CONS
  • Proprietary refills. 
  • Not many refill colors to choose from - generally the issue with ballpoints, isn't it?
  • Pretty easy to lose, given its size and shape. 
OVERALL

This is a great little pen - useful, practical, attractive, with good, reliable refills. They are not too expensive, and they are pocketable, portable, and convenient. Perfect to keep on you at all times. Because it's so small, they're relatively easy to lose.

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.

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