December 25, 2013
When I first got this pen, I was highly disappointed with the writing
experience. It skipped often and would not lay down a straight line without
some unevenness. I was going to throw this pen away, which was a shame since
the golden pearly body is so beautiful, but decided to give it one last shot
after reading reviews about faulty Lamy nibs.
I took it to an FP shop, and after they cleaned out the ink channel and
re-aligned the tines...well, now I understand all of the hype behind the Lamy
FP. With the exception of some skipping when I start up the pen, this Al-Star
provides a smooth, fine writing experience. The aluminum body is surprisingly
very light, and I've experienced no writing fatigue after 2 hours of straight
writing. I absolutely love the plastic ink cartridge view on the side of the
pen because it helps me gauge how much ink I have left--invaluable for when I am
Overall, this is an excellent FP in a beautiful, feminine color. The JetPens
product image provides an excellent representation of the pen's true color, so
if you like how the pen looks on the web, you'll like it as well in real life.
If you do experience irregular writing and/or skipping, I would recommend taking
it to a FP store and see if there are any problems with tine alignment.
Definitely worth the money and more!