The Lamy Studio is one of those pens which I waited a long time to purchase but now that I have one, I’m really kicking myself for not taking the plunge and buying one sooner. I have almost purchased a Studio several times previously but always ended up spending the money on a different pen. Recently, however, Lamy announced that they would be launching two limited edition colours in the Studio range for Autumn 2018, Terracotta and Olive Green (these two colours are a direct nod back to the original colours which the Lamy Safari were manufactured in back in the 1980’s; Terracotta and Savannah Green). Being a big fan of all things orange, I was immediately struck by the Terracotta version when Lamy released the pre-launch photographs of the new colours and so decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to add a Lamy Studio to my collection.
The Lamy Studio Range (which aside from the fountain pen, is also available as a ballpoint and a rollerball) was designed by Swiss born Hannes Wettstein (1958-2008) who also designed the Lamy Scribble.
The Lamy Studio is an all metal pen and the Terracotta version has a lovely matte finish which feels very nice to hold.
What you immediately notice about this pen is that it has a very sleek, attractive and modern look to its design. Your eye is drawn straight away to the unique design feature of the pen which is its clip, the twisted design giving the look of a propeller, a design which is very different to the style and design of the clip you would normally expect to find on a pen.
The pen is well built and feels very solid in the hand. Being a metal pen it does have some weight to it but it is not overly heavy, having a nice balance.
The Lamy Studio fountain pen is a cartridge convertor and as with other Lamy pens takes proprietary Lamy T10 cartridges or a proprietary Lamy convertor, in this case the Z27. (Note that the Lamy Z28 convertor which you would use with the Safari/Al-Star will not work with this pen due to the two small protrusions that convertor has on its side).
The pen does however come supplied with the convertor in the box so you are able to start using it with bottled ink straight away if you wish to. This is something which I always appreciate from a manufacturer when they do this.
The pen arrives in the Lamy double-flap cardboard presentation box.
In addition to the convertor, the pen was supplied with a single, blue, Lamy T10 cartridge. There was no paperwork included in the box.
Aside from the special edition colours, the Lamy Studio is available in a number of standard colours/finishes, these being; Matte Black, Brushed Steel, Palladium & Imperial Blue. Some of the special editions of the Studio which Lamy periodically manufacture are supplied with the Lamy 14K Gold Nib (which can also be purchased separately and swapped-out from the normal steel nib if you so desire).
LAMY STUDIO (2018 Terracotta Limited Edition) FOUNTAIN PEN: SPECIFICATIONS:
Country Of Manufacture: Germany
Material: Metal – Matte Finish
Nib Options: EF, F, M, B
Filler Type: Cartridge/Convertor
Length (Capped): 139.6mm / 5.49″
Length (Uncapped): 128.6mm / 5.06″
Length (Posted): 155.0mm / 6.10″
Barrel Diameter: 12.9mm / 0.51″
Section Diameter: 11.8mm / 0.46″
Cap Length: 57.8mm / 2.27″
Weight (Cap): 9.5g
Filled Weight (Body + Cap): 33.6g
Filled Weight (Body): 24.1g
Empty Weight (Body + Cap): 30.9g
Empty Weight (Body): 21.4g
Note – These weights and measurements have all been taken by myself and as such may differ slightly from officially published figures or those available on other websites.
Moving on to a closer look at the pen, beginning with the cap.
The Lamy Studio’s cap is round and tapers down to the finial which is chrome and is rounded with a flat top. Below this is the clip which as I have mentioned is the unique design feature of the Studio, being twisted to give it the look of a propeller. I think it is a very elegant feature which really adds to the overall look of the pen. The clip itself is quite springy. At the top of the cap, printed in silver on one side is the Lamy logo. The cap is snap on and very secure.
One small point to note is that when the pen is capped, there is a very small gap between it and the barrel allowing you to see a small amount of the metal section. The cap is very secure and not loose but it is something you should be aware of. (See photograph below)
Continuing on to the body of the pen which is also round and again tapers down to a flat, round, end piece and as with the finial on the cap, is also in chrome. This has an almost unnoticeable metal lip around it which is part of the mechanism for holding the cap in place when posted by engaging with the inner cap liner to provide a nice, secure fit.
The cap does post securely on the body with a satisfying click into place. When posted, it makes for a nice length of pen, but being metal pen it will add some weight but not overly so as to make it uncomfortable to use. The pen is long enough to be used unposted and again it is comfortable to do so.
The section of the Lamy Studio is probably one feature which will either be to your liking or not and possibly whether this would be a pen which you would enjoy using and that is because the section is all metal.
The section is round with a taper down towards the nib and there is as small ring around the base of the section. It is a nice, long section which I personally find comfortable to grip and write with.
Metal sections are quite a polarising feature on pens due to comfort issues and the potential for your grip to slip down the section. Of course, being metal, it is by default, a fingerprint magnet.
My best advice, although I understand that it is not going to be possible for many, would be to, where you can, try this pen before you buy, to get a feel for the metal grip section and whether you feel that it would be right for you.
The nib on the Lamy Studio is the standard Lamy Z50 Steel Nib. On my pen this is a medium point. The Lamy nib design is fairly minimal and one which most of us are familiar with, having just the breather hole, slit, designation and the logo.
The medium nib on my pen is nice and smooth and a very good writer, which is what I have come to expect from Lamy. Aside from the standard nib options, you can always purchase an extra Lamy 1.1, 1.5 or 1.9mm stub to swap out if you so wish thereby giving a lot of writing flexibility.
I purchased my Lamy Studio from Cult Pens for £55.80, which I feel is a very reasonable price for an excellent quality pen. (Please Note that this pen has now sold out here and is no longer available)
After finally adding this pen to my collection and using it continuously for a full month, I have to say that so far I have been very impressed with its performance.
Lamy Studio – The Good Points
- All metal construction, improved durability
- Smooth writing experience
- Variety of nib options available
- Well designed and constructed
- Great value for a high quality pen
Lamy Studio – The Not So Good Points
- Metal grip section (may be an issue for some re. comfort to hold/write with, also a fingerprint magnet)
- Very small gap visible between cap and barrel when the pen is capped
The Lamy Studio is a very sturdy, well made fountain pen which I could imagine being used as a daily carry/daily writer pen by some. It is an affordable pen for the quality it returns both in it’s construction and the writing experience, the nib is smooth and writes very well, everything you want from a pen, and one which has a great design and a pleasing aesthetic.
It is always worth remembering that the best way to experience a particular fountain pen is to try it out first where possible, although for many I realise that this may not be a viable option. When you read a review like the one above, you are getting the personal experiences, opinions and reflections of the reviewer, which may differ from your own experience with the pen.
This review was originally published in April 2019 and republished in July 2019.