Today we'll have a look at one of my favorite pens, a fountain pen no less. The Lamy logo is a simple, no-frills cartridge converter pen from the German marque more famous for its timeless Safari and 2000 writing instrument families, and is a fine example of the Bauhaus-inspired "form follows function" design philosophy. I thoroughly enjoy using this pen with the Lamy Turquoise ink you see here [below].
Hi-res images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1wUKe8
-country of origin: Germany
-filling mechanism: cartridge-converter
(Lamy proprietary Z26)
-nib type: F steel
-cap type: snap fit
-Nibs easily exchanged, simple slide-off
-When I got it: 2011, in Germany
-This ink: Lamy Turquoise
Fit/Finish: Excellent, as can be expected from Lamy. The cap snaps on firmly, and posts just as securely, making the pen equally suited for posted or non-posted writing. It is not a flashy pen, but nevertheless it's an elegant and attractive design that seems timeless, equally at home in a classroom or a boardroom.
Performance: I have had mixed results with Lamy nibs in the past, and am happy to report that this one, despite being a (European) fine, writes very smoothly. Though there is a bit of feedback, it is not scratchy. The nib's "sweet spot" is very forgiving as well, and it writes well from the moment you touch the nib to paper. The feed keeps the ink flowing - rarely do I have any problems with skipping or hard starts. (Using a Lamy ink certainly doesn't hurt.)
Overall: I thoroughly enjoy using the Lamy logo for everything from quick notes to essays, and at this price, it's a great deal. A wide variety of nib options is available online, and they are very easily exchanged. If you like fountain pens and don't mind Lamy's proprietary cartridges, this is for you!