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!
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
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
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
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
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!