Lamy Tipo Rollerball Pen - Graphite Body - Medium Point - Black Ink

Lamy Tipo Rollerball Pen - Graphite Body - Medium Point - Black Ink

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The Lamy Tipo is a fascinating pen that combines unique style, a convenient push button mechanism, and smooth-writing rollerball ink. By incorporating the push button mechanism into the Tipo's clip, Lamy has engineered a clever safety system to ensure that the tip can never extend and cause ink stains when the pen is in your pocket: When the clip is pushed down, it hooks into a slot on the pen body. As soon as the clip is unhooked so that it can be slid onto a pocket, the tip retracts automatically!


  • Smooth-writing rollerball ink installed.
  • Sturdy plastic barrel.
  • Plastic grip section with a ridged texture.
  • Safety system built into the clip that prevents the tip from extending while the pen is clipped onto a pocket.
  • Compatible with a variety of rollerball and gel ink refills, which can be found under Recommended Refills/Parts.

Note: When extending the tip, be careful not to press the top of the clip toward the body of the pen, as this can prevent the clip from latching onto the barrel. For best results, pull or press the top of the clip gently away from the body of the pen as you push down the clip.

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I've been a long time...
August 27, 2012
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I've been a long time fan of just about anything Lamy makes. I've owned more than a few of their Safari fountain pens and have owned (and, sadly, lost) one of these Tipo pens. I first found the Tipo at a local shop in my hometown. I went in looking for a good everyday roller that I could throw in a pocket or messenger bag that I could jot notes with. And I was looking for one that wouldn't break the bank. I got one and loved it. I used it for quite a while until it slipped out of my pocket one day, never to be seen again. It was cheap enough that I didn't fret about it and moved on.

I had forgotten about the Tipo and when I saw Jet Pens was selling them, I eagerly added one to my cart and proceeded to check out.

Just a few minutes with my new Tipo and I remembered why I loved this pen in the first place and felt sad that I had gone this long without replacing my original Tipo.

These pens are lightweight and compact. Carrying them in a jeans pocket is effortless and carrying them in a messenger bag will leave you hunting to find it in a deep pocket. Despite their plastic construction, they feel well-made and the grip is wide and comfortable to hold, albeit a little slick. I would prefer some rubber in the grip area rather than smooth, textured plastic. It's not uncomfortable though and unless you're pressing monstrously hard, you won't lose grip.

The most notable feature of the Tipo is its integrated clip/plunger. The shirt clip is also the plunger for extending the retractable tip. Give it a click from the top of the clip (which sticks up from the end of the pen by about a quarter of an inch) and it slides down with positive resistance and comes to rest happily in a circular notch in the body of the pen with the top of the clip just flush with the end of the pen. Push the top of the clip in (there's even a handy little detent for your thumb or finger) and the tip retracts, pushing the clip back to its extended home position. This whole process has a very solid, sturdy feel and my only complaint would be that when extending the tip for writing, the plunger doesn't really 'snap' into place, but sort of comes to rest gently in its groove. It's also handy for people that clip their pens in a shirt pocket as the pen can't be extended and the clip pressed over a shirt at the same time. So you'll save on your dry cleaning bill and avoid those embarrassing moments when your co-worker points out that you have yet again ruined a perfectly good pocket bottom with a slurry of unwanted ink.

The Tipo comes with what I believe is a 0.7mm tip (similar to your run-of-the-mill gel roller from any major office supply store). It's nothing to write home about (pardon the pun), but it offers a smooth, skip-free writing experience with little resistance. Put that pen tip to finer paper (i.e., Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm) and you're set for a day of note-taking and doodling. I normally prefer a finer tip for everyday writing and doodling and was happy - no, ecstatic - to find that the cartridge from a Pilot G-2 0.38 fits PERFECTLY into the Lamy Tipo! Double score! The value of this pen increased exponentially. I may even invest in one of the aluminum counterparts for when I want to be really fancy. :)

Anyway, if you're looking for a good, well-made, everyday roller that you can slip in a pocket or bag, and that can accept some cheaper refills, the Tipo is the way to go. Especially at its meager price point.
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I wish I could give this...
February 10, 2015
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I wish I could give this pen a better review but since I am a lefty, it has effected how the pen writes for me. I had some right handed people try them out to confirm & lefties might have a harder time with this pen but once you figure it out, oh man it is beautiful black bold crisp lines. I thought the plastic might come off as cheap looking but the all black clolor makes it look cool and the plastic makes this a very light pen. So to summarize its a light pen that writes beautifully, just a little tought for those who are left handed but its priced so reasonable that its worth trying out.
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Great pen. Worth every...
August 26, 2016
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Great pen.
Worth every cent.
Use it everyday.
This is my go to pen...
January 25, 2016
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This is my go to pen for class! Its fast, smooth and the feel it perfect! I am never without one! I am pretty sure I have one in the car, house and school bag. I enjoy them and always buy the refill ink so i can keep using the body! BUY THIS PEN at least ONCE. You wont regret it and if you do just give it me !
(Note: I did not purchase...
June 18, 2015
(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 feels 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 very 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 does have.
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