I've been carrying my Lamy Vista as an every-day carry pen for around five years
now, EF nib. It's fantastic.
This pen is durable, writes fantastically, and looks great. I use the piston
converter in mine, and I'm /very/ pleased with the red/black converter in the
clear pen. It looks great! For those that are critical of the
'easily-scratched finish'; sure, you can tell that I've carried this pen for
years, but it still looks great. The clip is also fantastic; the spring-steel
has managed not to get bent, even after years of riding in my pocket. All the
seals and rings are as tight as when I first got the pen. Once a week, I go
over the cap with a damp q-tip to remove the small amount of ink that gets
As to the people who are critical of the nib... yes, these tend to be broader
points than they say, but it's because they're going by German standards. The
German EF nib is more like a standard American nib, I would say the line width
runs about as thick as a Pilot V7. And my nib was a hair scratchy when I first
got it; I believe that many pens are supposed to be, so that it will wear to
your writing style. This "issue" was a non-issue within a few days, this pen
writes smoothly and offers fantastic results.
If you've been considering trying out a decent fountain pen, or just need an
every-day pen to carry with you, this is a /great/ start.
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