Body Material: Anodized aluminum
Nib material: Steel
Cap: Snap on
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 138.9 mm/5.46"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 130.1 mm/5.12"
Length (posted): 167.6 mm/0.42" - 0.50"
Barrel Diameter: 10.6 - 12.7 mm/0.42" - 0.50"
Section Diameter: 10.3 - 12.2 mm/0.40" - 0.48"
Weight (all): 26 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body): 14 g
Fill type: Lamy cartridge/converter
Price: € 55,00 (with VAT)
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte
DISCOUNT CODE for 10%: GOURMET10
I actually like the Safari/AL-Star packaging because it's quite minimal and can be recycled. However, the Lamy LX is presented in a color matched anodized aluminum case. It is a tubular case with a rubberized base and a foamy top, so it won't accidentally open and the pen is safe inside from dings and scratches.
The Lamy LX shares the same design as the Safari, Vista, and AL-Star. It is a full size, flat top pen. The finial is a glittery gold colored cross and the end plug is glittery and gold to match, engraved with 'Germany'. The clip is attached through two small holes in the cap. It is shiny, gold, long, sleek, and curved upward at the end. The section is a translucent grey plastic with the grip shape you may love or hate, and you can see the black feed through it. There are no exposed threads - something that is likely overlooked by a lot of people, but is a great thing for those who are bothered by sharp threads.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The nib is shaped like Lamy's regular AL-Star/Safari steel nib. It is small, with a black PVD coating, a single slit, and a round breather hole. It is engraved with LAMY and M. It's a neat looking nib, especially in contrast with the bright gold of the pen.
The shape of the clip with the curve at the end of the cap allows it to slide easily on to papers or on to shirts. It's not very snug, but it's not a heavy pen either, so it doesn't really need much tension to stay in place.
As I mentioned, the section shape is one of those triangular types that may bother you. The seams are a little sharp if you get one that was roughly done, but it works for me. I don't have issues gripping the section, but I know some people hate it.
PROS & CONS
I definitely do not need another Lamy. I really don't. If you are trying to convince yourself you don't need this because you already have five AL-Stars, you probably don't need it. It doesn't offer anything different aside from a different look, but functionally, it's the same pen. The fun is that it comes in four great colors and the attention to detail (clip, finial) is hard to ignore. It's pretty, and it's neat. It's a solid writer, it's reliable, it doesn't skip or hard start. I find it a bit dry but that can be adjusted to user taste. It will last you a long, long time. The first Lamy I ever bought has been used in over 300 ink reviews and it's still going strong. That's pretty incredible, isn't it? The nibs are interchangeable, the pen is comfortable and robust. It has a lot going for it - so much that it's easy to add to your pen collection, even if you don't need one.
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