My Lamy Al-Star fountain...
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
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