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Lamy Studio Platinum Grey 14k Nib Fountain Pen Review

Lamy Studio Platinum Grey
14k Nib Fountain Pen Review
– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji
  • Review Paper: Rhodia Graph Pad

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4116Specs:

  • Description: A modern cousin of the Lamy 2000 featuring a Safari style 14k gold nib
  • Nib: 14k gold, fine
  • Filling Mechanism: Lamy Converter (proprietary)
  • Weight: 4.6oz
  • Measurements:5.5″ capped, 6.2″ posted, 5.1″ uncapped
  • Color Options: Several

Writing Sample:

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Intro/About:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review Black-6039I’ve been super on the fence about the Lamy Studio for years now. I think the most appealing part about it is the Safari / Al-Star style 14k gold nib. When I received the pen from Pen Chalet, the real test was to see if I was excited about the pen as a whole, or just the fact that I could trick out my Lamy Safari with an awesome gold nib… Read on to see how the Lamy Studio holds up!

Huge thanks to Ron at Pen Chalet for sending me a
Lamy Studio over for review!

Appearance & Packaging:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4114The Lamy Studio comes in a nicely designed cardboard box, just like the Lamy 2000. I’ve said it about a million times now, but packaging isn’t a huge deal to me. The box is nice, not wasteful, and more than enough to make an impression should you decide to give this pen as a gift. The pen itself is a torpedo shaped, completely flush pen with a bright silver end cap on both the tail and cap of the pen. There’s a super glossy (fingerprint magnet) metal grip and propellor style clip made from the same material. There’s definitely a sense of style about the pen – it just looks sleek. I would say it looks like a Lamy 2000 that had to dress up for a slightly more formal occasion — less utilitarian and a bit more classy.

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review Black-6055The shining star of this entire pen is the 14k nib. It’s the same style as that seen on the Safari / Al-Star / various other pens in the Lamy lineup. It can easily be removed for cleaning or swapping over to another pen.  It lays down a super wet, silky smooth line with just a tiny bit of cushion, courtesy of the 14k gold. I really like writing with this nib, and yes, I’ve already put a gold nib on a $24 Safari, and yes, it’s also great.

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4117Unlike the 2000, the Studio fills via a proprietary cartridge/converter. I’ve never had an issue with this Lamy filling system, and I don’t foresee any problems with this one either. I can’t help but compare this pen to the 2000 again, because for the same price you get an awesome piston filling mechanism.

Feel & Construction:

untitled-4118-2Feel. This is where my issues lie with the Studio. The platinum grey coating has a wonderful textured feel to it, but it all goes out the window thanks to the grip. The super shiny, fingerprint magnet of a grip is incredibly slippery. It makes it hard to hold the pen for long writing sessions, and even then it takes me a few tries to find a comfortable grip where I don’t feel as though I’m going to drop the pen. The Studio does come in several other finishes and materials with different grips. I’d definitely recommend checking one of those out over this version BUT most of the better performing  (hopefully) grips do not include the 14k gold nib.

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4123Overall, the finishing on the pen is pretty decent. There are no blemishes, the grip fits into the body nicely, the nib wrote well right out of the box. There’s a small gap when closing the cap that makes me feel like the pen isn’t completely closed. If you look closely, you can see the grip shining through in the image above. It’s not ideal, but I’ve yet to have the pen pop open. I’ve also found that the cap snags a little when being put back on. This could be user error, so just make sure you’re putting the cap straight on should you pick one up.

Pros:

  • 14k gold nib is great
  • Matte body texture is very nice
  • Sleek design

Cons:

  • Slippery grip
  • Some less-than-ideal finishing
  • Highly competitive price range

Conclusion:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review Black-6066By this point, you may be able to tell that I’m not a huge fan of the Lamy Studio. It’s by no means a bad pen, but the $150ish price range is highly competitive and there are plenty of better options out there. If it was between this pen and the Lamy 2000, I couldn’t see myself recommending this over it. The pen is highlighted by its 14k gold nib, but the ergonomics and finishing have me swapping the nib over to an Al-Star before reaching for the Studio. Let me know in the comments below if you have a Lamy Studio, I’d love to hear your experience with the pen!

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J. Herbin Orange Indien – Ink Review

J. Herbin
Orange Indien
Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin Orange Indien Fountain Pen Ink Review-2PenLamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Broad
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes:

Despite the name, J. Herbin’s Orange Indien is not an india ink, and it will perform just fine in your fountain pen. The ink writes a bit “thin”, which results in great flow, but low saturation. It’s not the brightest ink on the page, but it does exhibit some nice, low-key shading. The color isn’t very bright like Noodler’s Apache Sunset, making it a nice middle of the road orange. Orange Indien is definitely legible on bright white paper, but maybe not as much on cream or off-white. I’m not huge on this orange, but the small bottle is just enough to get a few good fills out of it! Thanks to JetPens for sending the bottle over for review!

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Check out this video I produced for J. Herbin for the new ink:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmlW9eS3GB4

All photos are uploaded in hi-res, click to enlarge!

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Pros:

  • Really Good Flow
  • Nice Shading
  • Good Performance
  • Cleans Out Easily

Cons:

  • Low Saturation
  • A Bit Light

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Maruman Mnemosyne 182 Inspiration Book Review

Maruman Mnemosyne 182
Inspiration Book Review

Maruman Mnemosyne 182 Notebook Review-9

Specs: 

  • Book Size – A5 (5.8 x 8.25″)
  • Ruling – grid / blank
  • Grid Size – .5mm
  • 70 Sheets, perforated
  • Top wire binding
  • Plastic cover
  • 80gsm, fountain pen friendly paper
  • Made in Japan
  • $10.50 from JetPens

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Notes:
The Mnemosyne line of notebooks by Maruman are definitely amongst my favorite. They look great, they’re filled with fountain pen friendly paper, and they come in a variety of convenient sizes and ruling. The inspiration book was designed with the creative in mind, featuring both blank and grid rulings. It’s the perfect size to toss in a bag and go. It also doesn’t take up a ton of desk real estate, but still provides enough room to sketch out ideas, take notes, and more. I’ve found that I tend to go through Maruman notebooks rather quickly. If that’s not a testament to how much I like them, I don’t know what is. This configuration is fast becoming one of my favorites. Make sure you check out the gallery below for a ton more pictures, all at full resolution!

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Thanks to JetPens for sending the book over for review!

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Disclaimer: This book was received as a review unit, free of charge. All opinions are my own.

PSA: Tactile Turn Gist Has 1 Day Left!

Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen-1

Only One Day Left!

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up, there’s only one day left on the Kickstarter campaign for the Tactile Turn Gist. This is definitely one of my favorite pens that has come out recently. You can check out my full review of the pen here.  This pen brings something new to the market, yet oddly familiar. I’ve been carrying the pen in my pocket, next to a Tactile Turn Shaker, and it’s held up well to abuse. I haven’t been overly careful with it, and it still looks as it did on day one. I can definitely say I’m a fan. After shooting the product photos for the campaign, I immediately backed it for a brass grip/finial model with a steel nib, in addition to the titanium grip/finial model with titanium nib I have on hand. If you’ve been on the fence about it, might as well snag one now before the prices shoot up to retail after the campaign ends. Did you already back the project? Let me know which combo in the comments below!

J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean – Ink Review + Video

J. Herbin 1670
Bleu Ocean (New w/ Sheen)
Fountain Pen Ink Review

J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean Fountain Pen Ink Review Sheen-13PenLamy 2000 Stainless Steel – Broad, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes:

J. Herbin caught some flak when they released a blue 1670 ink a few years back and it had no gold flake. Well, no need to worry any more, as they’ve added a good amount of it to their deep blue 1670 ink. The gold flake (shimmer, whatever you want to call it) is a very fine powder, so be careful about leaving it in any one pen for too long. I haven’t had any clogging issues with regular use, but there’s no harm in being a little bit more cautious with this ink. Flow and saturation are good, and the gold flake really pops against the darker blue. Although some may have preferred a silver sheen, don’t knock it until you try it. The blue and gold looks pretty great in my opinion.

Check out this video I produced for J. Herbin for the new ink:

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Pros:

  • OMG GOLD FLAKE
  • Nice Color

Cons:

  • Watch for clogging

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