This nib width is equivalent to "Fine" of most other brands. Lamy makes the
width a bit broader than de facto standard. Gives a great line but feels a tiny
bit scratchy. Not as soft as "F" and definitely not buttery as "M", this nib is
excellent for small-letter writers (like me). I regrect the fact that almost no
store, on-line or birck-and-mortar, sells these in chrome finish version. I
can't change my Vista nib because of this. Lamy makes EF in both chrome and
black, but only 2 online stores (in Europe) sells them. Help us, JetPens!
Almost forget: this nib has a bit of difficulty in flowing the ink as fast as F
or M, but a bit of "exercising" in a piece of paper makes the ink flow.
I originally bought my Lamy Al-Star with just the Fine nib. The extra fine is
much closer to my writing style for everyday notes. I absolutely love how easy
it is to switch out nibs on these pens. This EF is not as fine as on the Kakuno, if you have ever tried that pen before.
In other words, it doesn't go by Japanese EF standards- its slightly larger than
that. Its still fine enough to work with my small handwriting. I got the black finish so I could easy tell the difference from my silver finish
Like most Lamy nibs where I've tried several of the same marked width, there's
variation. I can't find my old EF (I'm guessing it's on a pen and in hiding
instead of in my bag of nibs), but I'm pretty sure the new EF I got on a
charcoal grey safari is finer and smoother. The new one is really nice. EF isn't
a favorite width for writing, but I've been doing pen and ink drawing and I'm
liking finer options for that.