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My second Lamy Al-Star! They're sturdy and beautiful pens. And the colors they come in! This one is my favorite color of the bunch (but I just had to get that limited blue green first). It's a lovely wine color, and I paired it with Iroshizuku Yama-budo ink. It's a heavenly match! I drool over the colors of both pen and ink when I use them. As for function, it's perfect! I find the extra-fine nib to be just right, as most fine-nibbed pens are too thick to truly be considered fine-lined on paper. The Lamy nibs do the trick, putting down a line the same thickness as a Pilot Precise V5 rollerball pen. The weight is nice and light, though I had to get used to the added weight of the cap while it's posted. And the grip's shape feels comfortab...
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.