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Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body

by Lamy
$38.50

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
  • Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Graphite Body - LAMY L26M
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Includes one blue Lamy T10 cartridge. A variety of ink refill colors and Lamy converters available separately.

Lamy is a world-famous pen company headquartered in Germany. Their Al-Star line consists of high quality pens featuring aluminum bodies, steel nibs and self-sprung metal clips.

Conveniently refillable with ink cartridges. No need to push in cartridges yourself, just insert cartridge and twist the barrel, and the pen tightens to puncture the cartridge itself. Great look, great design.


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Specs
Model NumberLAMY L26M
Shipping Weight1.26 oz
Body Color Metallic Gray
Body Material Metal (Aluminum)
Cartridge-Compatible Yes
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Converter-Compatible Yes
Design Style Beginner-Friendly, Modern
Diameter - Grip 11.2 mm
Diameter - Max 12.9 mm
Grip Color Transparent Black
Grip Material Plastic
Length - Capped 13.9 cm
Length - Posted 16.7 cm
Length - Uncapped 13.0 cm
Mechanism Capped
Pre-Installed Ink Color Blue
Tip Length 17.0 mm
Tip Material Metal (Stainless Steel)
Tip Size Medium

Reviews
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  My Lamy Al-Star fountain..., August 28, 2012
By arn... - See all my reviews
My Lamy Al-Star fountain pen (medium nib) arrived the other day, and right off the bat it's performance is stellar. It comes with a Lamy ink cartridge (blue ink) that is not trouble to install. Well... for a newbie like myself, there was one little hiccup. When I installed the cartridge, I thought it was in securely - but there was no audible "pop" of the cartridge seal. I didn't want to force it in... that hasn't proven the best solution in experiences past. *ahem* Anyway, I proceeded to twist on the body of the pen back on and felt resistance as I was twisting it. I saw that the threads were not entirely hidden so I gently twisted the body and heard the "pop" of the ink's seal. The pen wrote almost instantly! No skipping, no dripping... smooth like butter (can you imagine lumpy butter?)!

As expected, the medium nib gave me the sort of ink flow that I desired. The blue ink looks great, although this is my first "blue" ink so my basis for comparison is well.... not a whole lot.

Still, the Lamy Al-Star is lightweight, reliable, and doesn't disappoint. The aluminum body is just a touch heavier than the Safari, but not so heavy that you'll experience fatigue whilst writing your autobiography. ;-) I'm still on the fence whether or not I'll get the converter - the ink cartridge seems to work fine... for now. As my ink and pen collection grow (cross your fingers), I may take advantage of the converter to keep the cost of the ink cartridges down.

This pen is a little more pricey, but still affordable. There are much MUCH more expensive ones out there, and their improved quality is marginal. In the world of economical "bang for your buck" deals, the Al-Star should be given serious consideration.