(Note: I did not purchase...
(Note: I did not purchase this pen from JetPens.com, but from a bookstore. I
very much like JetPens and their customer service, and want to point out that
this review does not reflect on them in any way, just the Lamy product itself.)
I really liked the design of this pen as soon as I saw it, especially it's
minimalist clip/button, and I liked how smoothly it wrote when I tested it in
the store I bought it in. I bought all six colors, including the one with an
aluminum body, for myself and for the office I work in. Unfortunately, after
using them for a couple of weeks, I realized that their high price ($12+ each
where I bought them) does not reflect the quality of the pens. I noticed several
flaws that were hard to ignore:
- The pen is larger in diameter than I'd prefer, about the same width as a
Crayola marker. This makes it feel a bit awkward in your hand.
- The pen is also heavier than you'd expect. The aluminum body pen is slightly
heavier, but not by much. (The aluminum was the only one I liked)
- The ink is very smooth and consistent, but takes a long time to dry and is
VERY easily smudged by anything damp, even when fully dried. I have to be
careful to not let my arm and hand touch the paper when I write with it, which
is really annoying.
- The cool clip-plus-button "bar" is badly designed. Even though this was what
sold me on the pen's looks, I later realized that you can't clip it onto
anything that moves (like a pocket on your clothes), because the bar slides
around, extending and retracting the pen tip and getting ink onto anything it
touches. The plastic that the bar is made from is also made from what feels like
very cheap plastic, and is too flexible to be used as a tension clip or pen
button. In fact, because the bar extends past the tail-end of the pen, I often
worry that something will catch on it and snap the bar off completely.
Worst of all though, is that the little "hook" on the end of the bar that
catches onto the hole in the body doesn't catch well at all. Just to click the
pen "open" so the tip is extended for writing usually takes several tries,
because the smooth hook won't catch on the smooth hole in the pen body. Then
when it finally does catch and stays there, it sometimes pops out and retracts
the pen tip while you're writing with it.
It's a real shame, because I've gotten lots of compliments on my "beautiful
pen", but I rarely use it because it's such a pain to write with. If Lamy had
made the clip-bars out of metal or a better grade of plastic, this would
probably be a pretty decent pen. Not excellent, but alright. Sadly though, the
flimsy plastic the bar is currently made of ruins what good qualities this pen