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Lamy Aion Review

The Lamy Aion was sent to me to review here on the blog by Pen Heaven. All the thoughts on this fountain pen are entirely my own.

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The Lamy Aion was a welcome addition to the Lamy line of fountain pens and the mid-range fountain pen market as a whole. It’s priced at approx £50 and you get a lot of good pen for the money.

Pen specifics.

The Aion comes in two colour options black and silverolive similar to the colour options from the Lamy 2000 and Lamy Studio range. The design of the Aion positions this fountain pen with Lamys premium products and separates it from the playful entry level pens in Lamys line.

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I have the silver Aion which almost has a brushed aluminium finish. It gives the pen some grip and texture but also looks really nice. The grip section of the pen is smooth, there isn’t any knurling or the moulded grip you get on the entry level pens. In use its been fine but this smooth grip section isn’t something that’ll work for everyone.

The Aion grip section and nib close up

The Aion grip section and nib close up

The Aion also has its own nib, the Z53 again setting it apart from entry level pens. It’s a firm steel nib that takes my heavy hand well and writes really smoothly. Although it’s new I can’t say I noticed a huge difference from other Lamy nibs. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I really enjoy my other Lamy pens.

Size comparison versus the LX and AL Star

Size comparison versus the LX and AL Star

Impressions.

The first thing I was struck by was the size of the Aion. It’s a hefty pen and feels pretty heavy. Most of this weight seems to come from the cap and once you remove that and begin writing the weight and length of the pen give you a nice balance especially if you are using the Aion for long periods of time.

Posted the Aion doesn’t look much bigger than Lamys other pens, however take the cap off and you really see how long that barrel is.

Posted the Aion doesn't look much bigger than other Lamy fountain pens

Posted the Aion doesn't look much bigger than other Lamy fountain pens

I have a medium nib which seems to be standard, at least here in the UK. If you want an extra-fine, fine or broad nib these are special order. I have come to really like a medium nib from Lamy because it means I get too appreciate the ink I am using a lot more. The ink flow has been excellent, I haven’t experienced any issues with skipping. Considering this is a different nib to the Lamy Safari/AL Star/LX ranges I didn’t notice too much difference. The progression from these entry fountain pens to the Aion felt seamless.

Overall thoughts.

The Aion is a really good fountain pen at a great price point. I had high hopes for this pen and there were a few elements, such as the size which threw me off initially. However after using it for a while and getting used to it, how it felt and how it wrote I am really impressed. More than anything a pen from Lamy at this price point is a very welcome and much needed addition into their range bridging the gap from the Lamy AL Star/Safari to the Lamy 2000.

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I would like to thank Pen Heaven for sending me the Lamy Aion to review.

Why I love Lamys entry level fountain pens.

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I have come to notice in recent months how much I use Lamy fountain pens and how much I am drawn to use them. The Safari, AL Star and LX are pens I reach for every day because of how well they write and how versatile they are meaning there is something for everyone. You can choose from a range of colours, you can add/change/swap out nibs to your hearts content and you can use cartridge, or convertors and really open up the world of ink. I’m an advocate for the Lamy entry level fountain pens and wanted to share with you how I use mine.

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I use my Lamy AL Star in Copper Orange as my sketching fountain pen which I have inked up with Noodlers Black ink. I love using this bright and vibrant pen for sketching. The size and weight is comfortable especially when sketching for long periods of time. The nib is sturdy and gives good line variation with different pressures.

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My Lamy LX in Rose Gold has become a daily use fountain pen. I have this inked up with the lovely Sailor Blue Black. I love this pairing, its simple and feels classy. The LX has an aluminium body like the AL Star and comes with a black steel nib.

I have several Safari fountain pens and usually have one inked up. The Safari is the plastic barrel fountain pen that comes in a whole host of colours that have a matte look finish. I tend to swap out my Safaris a lot more but I always have one in use.

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There are so many plus points for the entry series of Lamy fountain pens. Over the years I have acquired a small collection without realising it. I don’t have a preference between any of these ranges, I am driven by colour and finding something that works for me. Because of their materials and durability I always recommend and gift these pens to people.

Lamy Safari Petrol 2017 Limited Edition Review

Every year Lamy release a limited edition colour set of pens and ink in their Safari and AL Star lines. This year’s Safari limited edition was a petrol coloured pen and a matching ink. I have written about the Lamy Safari fountain pen before and my opinions have not changed, if anything my liking for the Safari has increased.

The 2017 fountain pen

When Lamy announced this years limited edition I was immediately drawn to the fountain pen. The matte finish dark teal is a great colour and looks smart with the blackout clip and nib. There is an underlying shimmer to the barrel which you notice in bright light.

Black trim on fountain pens can be rare but it works really well on this Safari edition. It compliments the matte finish and the barrel colour but it also makes it stand out. Also a chrome finish on the petrol barrel would have looked awful so this was a wise move from Lamy.

I find this colour very similar to the charcoal Lamy Safari. This was the first fountain pen I bought years ago because I really liked the minimalist look and the blackout finishes. The petrol Safari feels similar but the subtle colour makes it that little bit special.

The 2017 limited edition ink

Initially I wasn’t going to try the petrol ink as I have quite a few teal inks that I really enjoy using, but…before long I was tempted into giving this a try and rather than buy another bottle of ink I opted for cartridges.

The teal shade is really dark, almost black and doesn’t really have a lot of depth to it. When looking at the ink closely you do get some subtle shading on certain paper stocks such as tomoe river paper and midori paper but it isn’t visible on everything. In terms of use I have found it to be quite a wet ink with a good flow even using a fine nib.

The petrol colour is nice but it’s not an ink shade that is particularly exciting. If you enjoy dark or teal inks then you won’t be disappointed with this ink. It has already sold out in most places, but if you know where to look in the UK (cough Paperchase cough) you can still find some ink there with relative ease.

Final thoughts

I think this has been a very successful 2017 limited edition from Lamy. Last years Dark Lilac was a big hit, I passed on the pen but bought some ink cartridges and enjoyed the colours a lot. This year seems to be another big winner gaining a lot of buzz with the stationery community.

I’d love to see some variation next year from Lamy. There have been a lot of greens and blues over the years and personally I’d like to see some other colours. Saying that, this years Lamy Safari is a great release and one I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Lamy LX Rose Gold Review

When Lamy announced their new range of fountain pens, the Lamy LX to celebrate their 50th anniversary and I caught a glimpse of the photos I knew I would needed to have one of these pens. They copy the iPhone colours and I immediately fell in love with the rose gold. I bought my LX from the London Pen Show after seeing them in the flesh.

Pen design

The LX design is a staple Lamy design resembling the AL Star with its anodised finish. The uniqueness of the LX range comes from the available colours and the pens packaging. The rose gold is really pretty and the main reason I snapped one of these pens up.

Lamy LX, Lamy AL Star Copper Orange and the Lamy Safari

Lamy LX, Lamy AL Star Copper Orange and the Lamy Safari

The packaging however is unnecessary. It’s a long tube shaped design with padding to protect the fountain pen which is all fine, but this sways from the standard Safari and AL Star packaging added an additional layer, that I’m paying for. The design reminded me of Retro 51s packaging. I just don’t need it and it serves no purpose for me once I have opened the pen up and started using it. This additional added extra, plus the novelty of the iPhone colours makes the LX a steep £45. If I hadn’t fallen in love with the rose gold colour I wouldn’t have given this pen a second look purely based on the price.

Lamy LX packaging

Lamy LX packaging

The nib

One of the other unique features with the Lamy LX that sets it apart from the Safari and the AL Star is its black nib. This nib works really well with the rose gold pen giving it a premium, slick feel.

The sleek black nib

The sleek black nib

In terms of performance I have found the nib to be a little firmer than my AL Star and Safari fountain pens. It writes very smoothly on the page and the medium nib gives me a nice line width and flow of ink.

So, is it worth it?

Probably not. The colour range on the LX line is lovely and the rose gold and gold are definitely different in the Lamy line-up. The anodised finish works well and gives these pens a quality look and feel. However the price just edges this into the realm of ‘do I really need this pen?’ Had Lamy kept the LX in a similar price band to the AL Star then I would jump at this fountain pen and recommend it to everyone. I probably would have bought more than one. However, the additional cost makes me question whether its needed.

Despite my reservations, and to completely contradict what I have just said, I am really happy with my LX based on its sheer beauty, I just didn’t need this pen.