Lamy’s Gold Standard
February 19, 2011 § 1 Comment
Much has been written about the superb qualities of the Lamy steel nib. Its excellent writing characteristics, low price, range, ease of changing and interchangeability across the range of Lamy fountain pens, sets standards unmatched by any other manufacturer. The pens themselves are just as good from the entry-level Safari with its excellent grip, styling and practical materials, through to the Accent with its metal components and grip variations. But, for a really wonderful writing experience, wait until the nib has enjoyed a little mileage and see how even a steel nib can be broken-in. I have written about my Lamy Studio gash pen in an earlier blog, but having swapped nibs for a new calligraphy 1.5 to demonstrate the characteristics to a customer, the degree of edginess surprised even me. Restoring my faithful nib to its rightful place, all was well with the world!
However, what happens when you want to move to the next level. Lamy has most of the trump cards but you want the slightly softer characteristics and flexibility usually only found in a gold nib. Enter the Lamy Studio 68. This has the same modern styling of its brothers but finished in matt anthracite, a warm dark grey colour with a fine lacquered finish. The nib is a 14 carat, bi-coloured, gold unit but with styling common to the lower priced all-steel nib. However, start writing with it and its softer side becomes immediately apparent. It is a bit like my well-worn 1.5 calligraphy number in smoothness, but with a little extra spring.
Despite the superb characteristics of both the steel and gold nibs, the Lamy brand struggles to achieve recognition for its higher-priced models. Although I might suggest that some of the higher-end Accents fail to live up to their price tag in the detail of their finish, the Studio 68 , in my opinion, at £110.00 must represent the best value for money for an entry-level gold nibbed fountain pen. Unlike its gold-nibbed competitors in this price band, the Studio 68 is also available in a range of nib fittings from extra fine through to broad, oblique medium and oblique broad, but only to order. However, unlike the Lamy steel nibs, Lamy do not recommend changing the gold nibs because of their inherent softness making them easy to distort during the removal process. If you are considering your next move up the fountain pen hierarchy, we recommend considering the Studio 68. It is contemporary and stylish, with high quality of finishing detail. Although not featured on our website at present also available to order in platinum and matt palladium finishes at £230 and £110 respectively.