Hello, and a wonderfull...
Hello, and a wonderfull (whatever daytime you might be reading this...)
Over the years, LAMY Fountain Pens have been a trustfull companion on the go.
I nearly always have one around.
LONGEVITY / DURABILITY:--------------------
The Aluminium Metal Body (thus "Al-Star") gives a wonderfully smooth feel to the
hand, it's looks is a lot more elegant than the slightly cheaper "sturdy
And the "cool feeling" of the metal let's it shine, gives the pen the feel of
twice the price.
The Metalic character of the body looks even stronger with the clip just going
into the cap, while with the plastic version you can see how they attached it,
The same time the transparent front barrel part shows vitally the "blood of a
fountain pen", the ink, flowing through your fingers until it finally channels
onto the paper, bringing your desired thoughts to paper.
Writing with a good fountain pen is thinking with your fingers.
The body only got scratched once, while dropping out of my pocket, around 160cm
to the asphalt ground of an old walkway. It is very durable, but got some small
scratches from it. Store it safely in a pocket and nothing should ever happen.
Unlike a lot of other geman brands, LAMY Fountain Pens have changeable nibs, and
you can (at least in germany) rebuy every single part, the cap, the nib
("feather", in german), the front part and the barell.
The only disadvantage is, these Fountain Pens are strictly not for sketching,
they are for writing. After a few weeks of intiensive sketching the nib will be
bent to much and the ink will not flow continuously any more.
So you need to replace it or buy a completely new tip-part.
If you want a steel nib like a classical dip-pen for sketching, seek something
else like the Rotring / Sanford ArtPen.
For the Rasperry Red, the pictures show a deep red, it is more of a pinkish
colour, if you want to check the colour scheme, take a look at the producer'S
page on "Lamy.de", there you even get an english version of the page.
The Converter number 24 fits nicely, the only problem I have with it, it reduces
the amount of "carry-able" ink drastically, therefore I use the normal
cartridges and a syringe.
The "steel-feather", or nib, is sturdy and can stand a lot, it is even great for
fountain-pen newbies, since it can last a long time even when treated harsh.
Over the years the LAMY Company from Heidelberg has improved these pens a lot
and have brought a dozens of great colours and models to the customer.
When I bought my first one, only black, white, red and yellow where avaiable,
only plastic barrels, and take a look at what JetPens and other customers can
Even though I dislike it when a pen "forces me" to hold it in a special way, you
really barely feel that the shape of the front barrel influences you.
Elseway, any pupil in germany, at least, got to write with fountain pens, and
they show your true way of writing, ballpoint pens are a nice invention, but
destroyed the "Schriftbild", means something like "the picture of your writing",
the pittoresque and personal part within it.
Want to improve your writing and never tested a Fountain Pen before?
Give these a chance, you will not regret it.
Since 5 Stars is perfect a 4 is a very good choice, far above mediocre. And for
the price you are paying it is the best you can get in quality.
If I could I would give them a 4,5 of 5 Stars, but 5 is a little to high for
these Fountain Pens. Anyway, best choice for the price.
Believe someone using these pens for 21 years now.