The Lamy Studio Fountain Pen with an Extra Fine nib was my first fountain pen purchase, and I conducted a good deal of research before actually buying the pen. One of the most useful places I found for information regarding fountain pens in general was The Fountain Pen Network where you can find a ton of knowledgeable people discussing fountain pens, inks, and stationary.
After doing my research, I finally settled on the Lamy Studio in Blue with the Extra Fine nib. I shopped around a bit online and was able to find a good price at Goldspot Luxury Gifts who has a huge selection of pens and very competitive prices. It is also worth noting that Goldspot was very quick with their shipping of the pen, which is great for someone like me who can be incredibly impatient. So far I have been completely satisfied with this pen, so I thought I would write up a review to share some of what I find to be the most enjoyable and positive qualities of this pen.
I’ve included some of the basics about this pen in a writing sample that you can see in the photo below:
The pen itself has a solid feel, and the blue coating on the surface makes for a very comfortable and smooth feeling in the hand. In addition to the way that this pen feels in your hand while writing, I also like the secure “click” that you get when you either post the cap on the back of the pen or when you place the cap back over the section to close it.
Speaking of the cap, one thing that you will notice is the design of the clip on this pen. When I started my initial research on the Studio, I discounted all of the commentary I read about how great the clip was and how unique the design was. I remember wondering what the big deal was, I mean it looks nice and it is a little bit different, but it was not something that I felt strongly about until after I held the pen in my hand. I now find myself almost obsessively playing with the clip when I am on the phone at work or sitting in a meeting. Something about the smooth metal surface and the way that the surface and lines run into one another makes it almost therapeutic to fiddle with.
One piece of feedback that I picked up on in my research was that many people worried about an extra fine nib being very scratchy to write with. I can say with certainty this extra fine nib is incredibly smooth to write with on many different types of paper. I have used this pen mostly on Levenger paper, but have also tried it on a Moleskine notebook, and even in every day loose leaf paper and the nib is not scratchy at all on any of these surfaces.
As for the inks that I have used with this pen, the writing sample above was written with Noodler’s Black (Bulletproof) and I do like the results that I get with it. I do however notice quite a bit of nib creep with this ink and also with the Luxury Blue, especially compared to using the Noodler’s Borealis Black and Noodler’s Tiananmen which are not as bad in that aspect. To date I have only used Noodler’s ink with this pen, so I am looking forward to trying out some other inks to see if the nib creep is strictly associated with those few Noodler’s variations that I have tried.
Considering the fact that this was my first fountain pen, I was apprehensive that I would not want to make this a daily usage kind of pen, but I have been pleasantly surprised because this is now my preferred pen when writing almost anything at work. I also feel that it has helped me to slow down and write much neater, which is a huge benefit when I need to be able to go back and actually be able to read what I just wrote…it can be embarrassing when you cant read your own handwriting, and I feel like this pen has reduced the number of times I have had that happen.
Overall I am very satisfied with the Lamy Studio, it has been as good or better than I expected, and I look forward to writing with it every day. The only thing I don’t like about this pen is that it has made me realize how much I like writing with a fountain pen and now I want to go out and buy a Lamy 2000, and find another brand (possibly a Pelikan) to try out. Just for the heck of it, here are a few more photos that I think came out fairly well of my Lamy Studio.