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.
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.
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.
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.
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.