That said, I'm a bit of a pen brat, I get a handful of faves and ignore the
other hundred, sticking my nose up at the thought of using them, over my present
faves. Then, I reluctantly pull-out one of the exiled pens to try again and
realize that it is has NOW become my new favorite. Or I get a new fountain pen
and start to write with it, always comparing it to the last one that I just
used. I usually give the new pen an unfair shake - it's gotta prove itself
before I will allow myself to rejoice over it. Sometimes that process takes a
few pages and an ink or two.
Some pens get my approval and are welcomed into the collection within minutes,
however some, especially fountain pens take a little patience before they feel
right. So I'm learning to be patient.
This is my second Lamy. (I have the Safari EF) It seemed as though the Safari
wrote beautifully right off. Now, upon first using the Vista it - of course -
wrote well right out of the box! However, the line seemed so bold. I was
almost convinced that it was a different nib than was on the Safari. Upon
comparison they are the same nib. Before getting frustrated, I kept
writing/drawing and trying to enjoy this beauty. YAAAAY!! My patience paid
off. I'm learning that some fountain pens take a little finessing. That's all.
Even the exact same model with the same nib may write differently
(temporarily). These nibs are responsive, not "flexi" nibs, but the do have
If you have a light touch you get a finer line, if you have a heavy hand then
you will get a slightly bolder line.
I will buy more!
LOVE IT!! If you love fountain pens, and love an extra fine line then this is
the pen for you!!!!!!! As usual, my Jet Pens order arrived on the third
business day!!!!!! It always seems that I place an order, turn around and there
Oddly enough the line quality of this pen (and the clear body which I also
purchased) is like the Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.25. Seems like I'm always happy with a
This pen started up right out of the box (not really a box). It writes a smooth
I use this pen and my other fountain pen for drawing/sketching so they have to
be able to make a line with all stroke directions - side to side, up or the
usual down stroke.
Additional note for lefties:
I am ambidextrous, albeit right hand dominant. So, though I use most fine-point
pens with my right hand I checked the writability of this pen with my left hand
and it worked just fine.
I bought this pen 6 months ago and fell in love with it! At the same time I
bought the Sailor Desk Fountain Pen, extra fine which I also love. The two
pens are very similar both in body and performance and the differences are
slight but welcome.
I just received my latest order from JP and as usual I see that there will be at
least one or more "favorites" in the new bunch.
All the new pens reminded me of how happy I am with this great little pen, and
left me wondering why I hadn't just ordered a second one for use with other
Oh well, it gives me an excuse to place another order next month - or next week.
It's not my favorite low-priced fountain pen, but it's pretty good for
sketching. The nib is sturdy yet quite stiff. It writes/draws a bit scratchy
(which can be good for sketchie drawings). It's a very fine line and I usually
like the extra-fine nibs, however this one seems "sharp".
The sepia ink is a bit lighter than I'd have liked.
Over all, for the price it's a "must-try"!!
My first Lamy, and it won't be the last!! LOVE IT!! I have been using other
less expensive fountain pens for drawing, and though I am happy with them, the
look, feel and performance of the Lamy clearly makes it superior.
I look forward adding other Lamy fountain pens to my small but growing
NEW-NOT-IMPROVED-VERSION (July 7, 2012)
I bought this pen and the Platinum Carbon back in January 2012. Love both pens
for slight differences. And for their great price I was able to buy both.
My complaint is that when I received my new, second Sailor today I noticed that
it looked a little different than the one that I bought in January. After I
compared it the the two I see that the nib and nib casing are completely
different. The body looks the same to the naked eye but the cap fits
This new pen is scratchy and the nib is stiffer than the one that I bought in
January. I will continue to work at breaking this one in, though I don't
remember having to "break-in" the older one. It's still a nice product, but if
I'd have bought this version first I may have never bought a second one.
I read all the reviews and no one has seemed to notice this idiosyncrasy. So I
write this mostly for those of you who are purchasing a second or third pen and
expecting the old version.