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I have mixed feelings...
June 6, 2012
I have mixed feelings about this pen. Aesthetically speaking, it has excellent symmetry and gentle curves in a minimalist design. All of the pieces fit together perfectly. Well, almost perfectly (more on that later). The problem is that it's quite long. I think it would be a very elegant looking pen if not for the length.

In terms of handling, it's very well balanced, but again it is too heavy to be comfortable for long writing sessions. Apart from the 2000, Lamy's top tier pens tend to be relatively heavy, so anyone who is happy with their Lamy Accent or CP1 might not mind so much.

The clip retracts into the front element of the pen when it is rotated, which is a pretty cool piece of engineering, although relatively pointless.

Now for the real problem. The lid on the front of the pen suffers from a poor seal. In my opinion it is not nearly as robust as it could be. The nib often dries out even when left with the lid closed, and numerous other users have reported this problem. My pilot vanishing point, at 1/3 of the price has a comparatively simple mechanism with a spring that appears deceptively weak, but it has been working fine for years.

The mechanism that opens and closes the lid may be too mechanically complicated, because it often has trouble closing fully, especially if there is any ink inside. The cartridge converter is quite nice, and probably has the best build quality that I've ever seen, but the ink capacity is too low, especially for a pen of this size.

The nib is pretty nice, but nothing special. If you are looking for bang-for-your-buck writing quality, then look somewhere else.

It attracts a lot of attention (not always a great thing), but it is pretty fun to play around with. My favourite of the dialog series, but decidedly mediocre when compared to fountain pens at the same price point.
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I could hardly believe...
January 16, 2016
I could hardly believe it when I saw a two star review for a Lamy and felt impelled to disagree. These things are naturally subjective, but I would argue that no Lamy, even the lowliest, deserves two stars. This pen deserves five stars.

I've been using the Dialog 3 for a while now and am thoroughly enjoying it. The design - again, subjective, I know - is quite beautiful: minimalistic and modern; the construction is superb in every way - to watch the elegant full nib (not hooded!) reveal itself with a simple twist of the barrel, one-handedly or using both hands is a delight. A student watched me use it today and remarked, "Wow!". That's the word I think of each time I twist the barrel, too. Holding the pen is simply a natural feeling. I have large hands but this pen feels exactly right. I really prefer the slightly larger than usual diameter of the barrel and the way the diameter stays constant. It is the most comfortable pen I own.

The writing experience is typically Lamy: smooth, controlled, solid and not overly wet. It's superb to write with and, so far, has never skipped, not even for a millimetre. The ink is laid down beautifully on various kinds of paper. I wouldn't call Lamy "buttery smooth" as it has some slight, but sufficient, feedback: perfect. I do tend to press more heavily than I ought with all my fountain pens, but that's me. This pen is kind to varying pressures. It simply creates its smooth line, whatever I do.

It is a pen that I think will delight many kinds of user. I've read from a couple of users that it's weight makes it less suitable for long writing tasks. I completely disagree. It is so very comfortable to write with and is in no way tiring.

You can tell I'm enjoying owning this Lamy Dialog 3. For a comparison, I'd say my Faber Castell is my other favourite. It lays down a similar, firm, quite wet line but the steel nib has, of course, less give. Both pens delight me when I use them.
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