JUST A MOMENT

     

Lamy remains one of my favorite all-around stationery brands, particularly for those of us who both use our pens on a daily basis, & appreciate the ability to lớn dabble in the special và limited edition fun from time lớn time. While Lamy"s implementation of its limited edition strategy has been hit and miss over the years, they regularly release some exceptional pens, and the 2020 Safari special editions are no exception.

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For the second year in a row, Lamy chose to release not one, but three, special edition Safaris. Building on last year"s "Pastels,” the company chose "Candy" as this year"s theme, and released three pens in shades of purple ("Violet"), turquoise ("Aquamarine"), & yellow ("Mango"). Mango is my favorite, probably because the yellow-orange hue is completely different from anything Lamy has released in the past. While I love the standard yellow Safari, the matte texture and matching đoạn clip lend the Mango a warmth the yellow fountain pen lacks.


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What will be curious to lớn see going forward is whether Lamy continues the three-pen releases. Amid growing economic uncertainty for much of the world, will we see companies scale back the number of special & limited editions pens, and maybe even discontinue certain slower-selling items from their standard lines? Lamy tends lớn make fairly large runs of Safaris, and it"s not unusual khổng lồ see last year"s special edition pens on sale a year (or more) later. For example, the 2019 "Pastel" special editions continue to be available for purchase. In the case of Lamy, however, I wouldn"t be surprised if things stayed status quo (or if sales even increased) since the company"s lower price point pens might actually see an uptick in demand as pen enthusiasts look for less costly ways lớn indulge in their hobby.


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The standard Lamy Safari in yellow, on the left, and in Mango (with matching ballpoint) on the right.


Takeaways và Where khổng lồ Buy

This is a great Lamy Safari release. As a proud thành viên of #teamsafari (as opposed lớn #teamalstar), I immediately sprung for all three pens to địa chỉ to my collection of recent special editions. In my opinion, the Mango pen in particular has the potential to lớn be one of the better Safari"s Lamy has made.

A combination of high demand và Covid-19 related shipping issues delayed the initial launch of the Candy Safaris, but most Lamy retailers now have them available for purchase. I purchased the pens featured in this review from site sponsor Pen Chalet, which currently has all three fountain pens available, in addition lớn the rollerball & ballpoint versions. The fountain pen is priced at just under $30, the rollerball $20, và the ballpoint $16. I"m something of a latecomer to lớn the Safari ballpoint, and plan on reviewing that pen separately soon. If you’re interested in picking up one of the Pastel fountain pens, Pen Chalet is currently offering a không tính tiền converter with purchase.

Disclaimer: This post contains tiếp thị liên kết links. I am a participant in the Pen Chalet affiliate program, which allows me khổng lồ earn store credit that I can use to lớn acquire items for nhận xét on the blog, lượt thích the pens featured here.


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The Lamy Studio LX “All Black” (bottom) is shown here with the Lamy Studio “Piano Black” (top).

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Workhorse Pens: The Lamy Studio LX All đen
November 16, 2019

If there’s a single series of articles that epitomize what I’m about here at The Gentleman Stationer, it’s the “Workhorse Pens” series, which focuses on those pens most suitable for everyday writing. I always end up talking about the Lamy 2000 in this context, but what about Lamy’s other popular “higher end” pen, the Studio? I consider the Studio lớn be one of Lamy’s best designed writing instruments, despite it receiving far less attention than the 2000 or the Safari.


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The design of the Lamy Studio is streamlined & minimal, with just enough quality touches lượt thích the “propeller” đoạn phim to keep the pen interesting.


The Lamy Studio tends to lớn fly under everyone’s radar, even my own. I often forget how great these understated pens are, và when I break them out after a long rest I end up pleasantly surprised. Recently, Lamy has shown more love to lớn the Studio line, releasing 1-2 special editions per year. The Racing Green Studio was a favorite, and I just acquired this year’s Lamy Studio LX “All Black” release. The latter may solve a key concern that many have with the Studio - the metal section that can be slippery. The “Studio LX All Black” features a coated đen section with a grippy texture, nudging this pen into potential “workhorse” territory for a wider audience. The coating also feels more durable than that found on earlier editions of the Studio, which tended khổng lồ chip and flake off with heavy use, especially under the video where it rubs against the cap.


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The grip section on the Lamy Studio LX All đen is coated, which will reduce slippage for those concerned about the standard Studio metal section. To complete the “All Black” look on my Lamy Studio LX, I separately purchased a black 14k nib intended for the Lamy Imporium.

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So what bởi I personally enjoy about the Lamy Studio? First of all, it’s an incredibly well-balanced pen, even posted, despite having full metal (aluminum) construction. Second, the streamlined design & “propeller” clip have the potential to lớn become as iconic as that on the Lamy 2000, though the Studio hasn’t been around as long. Third, I continue to swear by the 14k Studio nibs as one of the best values out there. Typically, Lamy only sells one or two versions of the Studio with the 14k nib included - in year’s past it has been the “Palladium” và “Piano Black” pens (the latter of which is shown here in this review). Otherwise, you’ll have lớn order a gold nib separately, which will run anywhere from $90-110, depending on the retailer. I used to think this was a steep markup, but now I think it’s worth it - Lamy’s 14k nibs have a touch of bounce, và on some of them I’ve even noticed some slight line variation reminiscent of an architect’s nib. Plus, any time you can have a gold nib pen for less than $200 in today’s market, you’re doing well.


a separate mã sản phẩm of pen called the “Lamy LX,” but now LX is also being used as a modifier for special editions?

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The Lamy Studio LX All black posted. Though I love this pen, I’m now even less sure what “LX” is supposed lớn denote. So Lamy is releasing a separate mã sản phẩm of pen called the “Lamy LX,” but now LX is also being used as a modifier for special editions?


Takeaways & Where lớn Buy

I have a hard time coming up with a reason why every Lamy fan hâm mộ should not have at least one Studio in their collection. In addition lớn being an exceptional daily writer, the pen is widely available & relatively inexpensive: The standard Lamy Studio with a stainless steel nib is priced at around $80 at most retailers, with the 14k pens priced around $180. With a 10% off coupon code - easy to come by at most retailers - that gets the price to just above $160 for a gold-nib fountain pen, which represents real value.

The pens featured in this review were purchased from Pen Chalet in the U.S. Và Appelboom in the Netherlands. Both retailers carry the full Lamy Studio lineup, though if you want to opt for a 14k nib, you’ll either have to purchase the “Piano Black” mã sản phẩm or pick up a spare 14k nib from Appelboom. (If you want lớn build the ultimate Lamy Studio LX “All Black” model, opt for the black PVD coated 14k nib, which I believe is intended for the Lamy Imporium but fits the Studio just fine.)

Disclaimer: I purchased the two pens pictured in this reviews using store credit provided by Pen Chalet và Appelboom.


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Two Lamy Studios (LX All Black and Piano Black) compared against the Lamy 2000 (in 100th Anniversary Bauhaus Blue). The Studio is a slightly slimmer pen than the 2000, but just as well balanced & comfortable to use.