Today I’m going to talk about the very first fountain pen I bought myself the Lamy Al-star (Goulet, Amazon, Jet Pens). The Al-Star and the Safari are very similar with the Safari being a little smaller and the Al-Star having an aluminum casing. I won’t lie, I bought this pen because it is a sexy pen and the color is even more impressive in person.
The pen won’t roll off your table (though I’ve managed to drop it, so there are a few dents and scratches on this one).
This is a pretty standard-sized pen in length, but is a little wider around than a lot of pens.
It has this cool little porthole in the side so you can see how much ink you have left. This one currently has no ink in it. I use this pen with bottled ink.
It does require a proprietary converter so I’d recommend picking one up at the same time. So here’s a few pictures of how to fill a pen with bottled ink. If you’re really curious, YouTube is always a good place to look for how-to’s.
This is a very nice pen. It writes REALLY well. It doesn’t write as fast as last week’s pen, but it is smooth and steady.
It is a little big and I do find my hand becoming fatigued after awhile.
Oh another thing, it has an ergonomic grip which forces you to hold the pen properly. This is good and bad. Good, cause it makes sure you hold the pen properly, bad if you don’t normally use that exact grip.
- impressive (people notice it)
- writes REALLY nice
- ergonomic grip
- solid without being really heavy
- can use a converter
- ergonomic grip
- proprietary cartridge
- proprietary converter
- slightly more expensive pen
- aluminum can dent and scratch pretty easy
- I have not had this one leak, but the cap feels like it MIGHT fall off in certain situations
- I will admit I’m just not a fan of the pocket clip on this pen. I think it would be even sexier without it
Overall grade: B+
I love the look and feel of this pen. I wish it was just a tiny bit lighter and thinner (I suspect I’d like the Lamy Safari). I did carry this as my every day pen for awhile (hence the dents and scratches) but prefer to use less expensive pens for that now.