What’s the Best Lamy Fountain Pen?

What’s the Best Lamy Fountain Pen?

Lamy is a great brand to get you started in the world of fountain pens. They make a variety of different shapes, sizes, and styles of pen with easily interchangeable nibs. Lamy pens were hugely helpful to me when determining what my preferred nib size is. Prices start at a reasonable ~$25 and go up from there. The question is, which Lamy fountain pen is the best for you? Read on to find out!

best-lamy-fountain-pen-2Safari

My first “legit” fountain pen was the Lamy Safari in Charcoal. The modern aesthetic is appealing to me and the triangular grip ensured proper hand positioning. What makes the Safari great is that it can take both cartridges and a converter, allowing you to get writing right away or use bottled ink. The nib on the Safari can easily be swapped. Replacements are around $12. The ability to buy several nibs from the same manufacturer makes the Safari more versatile. I suggest starting out with a fine nib and working your way out from there. Fine nib too wide? Get an Extra Fine. Want to put more ink down on the page? Grab a medium or broad. Is the Safari the best Lamy pen? I don’t think so, but it’s very close for me. BUY

best-lamy-fountain-pen-4Al-Star

The Al-Star is essentially the metal version of the Safari. It takes the same nibs (they’re interchangeable with the Safari and Studio). The metal version isn’t any heavier, as it’s made from aluminum. The main difference is the way the pen looks. They’re shiny and feature translucent smoke grey grips. I’m a fan of the Al-Star line, but that extra $10 isn’t getting you much more for your money. BUY

best-lamy-fountain-pen-3Studio

The Studio is in an awkward place in the Lamy lineup. At $80, it’s rather expensive for a steel-nibbed pen. There’s a version with a gold nib, but it’s even more expensive at $160. There’s some more heft to the pen, but the slick metal grips are a huge turnoff for me. A heavier pen that’s harder to control? No thanks! The price also puts it into the same range as the Lamy 2000, which offers unique materials, a classic aesthetic, a gold nib, and a piston filling mechanism. The Studio is one of my least favorite Lamy pens. BUY

best-lamy-fountain-pen-12000

Lamy’s 2000 fountain pen was designed in the 1960s and has been mostly unchanged since then. It’s modern, ergonomic, and writes great. The body is made of makrolon (a special resin) and stainless steel and features an integrated piston mechanism to fill it with ink. It’s a great everyday fountain pen thanks to the large ink capacity and reliability of the nib. The Lamy 2000 is often the first “expensive” pen purchase after beginner pens. The price is right, at around $120, especially given the features. There’s also a stainless steel version, but it’s really heavy and more than twice the price. BUY

best-lamy-fountain-pen-5My Pick: The Lamy 2000

For me, the Safari is a great start in the world of fountain pens. They’re reliable, durable, and have a uniquely modern look. I still think the Lamy 2000 is the best pen that Lamy makes. The cost:value ratio is just right. It feels premium, has a great gold nib, and fills with a ton of ink via the piston mechanism. I have two regular makrolon versions and a stainless version in my collection, and I’m not against adding more. The Al-Star is just okay, and I think the Studio can be skipped altogether.

What’s your favorite Lamy fountain pen? Let me know in the comments below!

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14 thoughts on “What’s the Best Lamy Fountain Pen?

  1. I cannot disagree with the choice of the 2000. It is utterly timeless. I do however, disagree on the Studio. Admittedly, it’s a stepchild, but it’s metal and does write well. I like to think of it as an upgraded Safari. Lamy’s metal nibs are particularly good, certainly on party Kaweco’s metals nibs and others in the Schmidt range, too. I like the heft of the Studio, the clip is definitely unique and the smooth metal bothers me not one bit on the grip.

    That said, the 2000 is singularly unique. It’s on par with the truly great fountain pens of the past; Parker 51, Pelicans, Watermans and others. The Makrolon is warm to the touch, it’s just the right size, has copious ink capacity, is infinitely easy to disassemble yourself should you want to do so and writes luxuriously.

    You cannot go wrong with a Lamy 2000.

  2. Great review and fabulous question. On first thoughts I agree with your conclusion: the Lamy 2000 has a lot of things going for it. Its a great design, a piston filler, made of a great material, good size, good nibs, etc. But you know what? While I use my Lamy 2000 here and there, it’s my Safaris that I keep going back to – so I would end there. (PS. if only Lamy would make an Alstar with a matching metal grip…)

  3. Where have you ever found a Lamy 2000 for $120? Usually they’re around $200, and some places sell them for even more.

  4. I love my Lamy Scala in titanium. It is slim and sleek and beautiful without ostentation. I don’t like to post my pens, and this one is long and substantial enough that I don’t need to post. I have small hands, so I like the slim grip. It has the same nib as a safari or allstar and I love the flexibility of that. Why didn’t you include it in your review?

  5. I have both a makrolon 2000, and a palladium colored Studio 14k. They are both incredible. Obviously the 2000 is an all-time classic, but the studio in this particular finish is also excellent. The finish extends to the grip section, so it’s not raw slippery metal. I also love the design of the studio. It’s a flush fit from cap to barrel, but the metal of the cap is extremely thin which means the step from the barrel to the grip section is tiny. It’s the smallest step from barrel to section on any pen I’ve seen (that has one, of course). And the gold nib on the studio? Soft and springy, with character. In short, if you have the cash for just one pen from Lamy… make it the 2000. But if you have cash for two? The Palladium-Finished Studio couldn’t be a better compliment to the 2000.

  6. I just bought myself a Lamy Al-Star for Xmas a couple weeks ago (8 more days until I can try it!). The price difference on JetPens was only $6, and I was OK paying that for metal construction. And I also think the Al-Star’s grip section is more interesting visually.

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