I've been using this pen for a few months now. I love the shape, the grip, the weight, and the all black appearance. (I installed a black EF nib on it.) It's among my favorite pens, and I use it daily. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 has to do with ink flow. Every Lamy I buy feels a bit dry when I first get it. The nib isn't scratchy, but even with the modest ink requirements of an extra-fine nib, the feed just doesn't provide an adequate flow of ink to the point. At this point, I routinely pull off the nib on a new pen and widen the ink channel in the plastic feed with a very sharp knife. It's a minute adjustment, but it makes the pen a pleasure to use. I don't know why the CP1 isn't more popular.
Mr. Josef Lamy, formerly a salesperson for The Parker Pen Company in Germany, founded Lamy in 1930. To-date, Lamy maintains itself as an independent family-owned enterprise in Heidelberg, Germany.
Lamy is the market leader in the writing instrument market in Germany, with many award-winning models. The Studio fountain pen won the Good Design Award and iF Design Award in 2005. The Safari fountain pens and Scribble drafting pencils are also widely recognized for their modern and functional designs.