Oh, and another thing about Lamy…
June 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Gold is regarded as the finest metal for fountain pen nibs. They offer softness, malleability, and even a degree of springiness to mould their way in your personal style of writing. Arguably therefore, gold is the optimum material for the finest writing experience. However, its attributes are also its weaknesses. When you knock the pen off the desk the law of Mr. Sod comes into play and it always goes down, nib first, onto a hard floor.
Gold ain’t cheap! And under most circumstances, unless you know a highly skilled nib-smith and go without your pen until they can fit it in, it’s a new nib.
At PenFountain.com we have had our share of returned pens under warranty with tines splayed at 30 degrees to each other claiming ‘It’s never been dropped or abused’. The tines obviously just fell apart on first use! Sorry folks, it’s a new nib. Nibs are the most significant component of the pen and therefore, represent an equally significant proportion of the cost of a complete replacement pen making them relatively expensive. To many pen users the risk is enough to put them off using their favourite pen on a regular basis.
Our belief in Lamy pens has been well documented in earlier blogs, with the Studio having been discussed in the blog, Lamy’s Gold Standard. Not only is this a beautiful, contemporary pen with its 14kt gold inlaid nib, it is also practical. Lamy, unlike other manufacturers, offer a part exchange service on damaged gold nibs. If you have had the unspeakable happen to your gold nibbed Lamy, we can return it to the factory and have the nib replaced, usually for the price of another manufacturers’ replacement steel nib. Usually within a couple of weeks you can have your pen returned ready to be Sellotaped to the desk to stop a repeat performance.