In front of me lay my own Lamy AL-stars. I’ve got four now, in different colours and with different nibs. One of these four is a rollerball, but I will write about that another time. The Lamy AL-star is a fountain pen that is available all around the world at a reasonable price. I get tricked into buying a new model every time again.
The evolution of the Lamy AL-star
Through the years the AL-star got prettier and prettier even though the shape didn’t change much. In the early days they were made out of plastic, which didn’t always have the best quality. Especially the see-through models got yellow and dull quite fast. But for a price around 20 euros, you can’t complain. At the moment you can buy the Lamy AL-star in an aluminium edition too. It’s about 10 euros more for this version. If you want a good fountain pen for a reasonable price and you are charmed by its robust design, choose the aluminium version. These are a lot prettier and survive a lot better.
The fountain pen that tells you when you’re out of ink
With the AL-star, Lamy has found an ingenious solution for the never-ending problem. Does my fountain pen still have enough ink to last the rest of the day? Lamy made a hole in the sleeve of the fountain pen, where you can always check if there is still enough ink left. Before a lot of fountain pen manufacturers came up with complicated systems and materials to show the amount of ink that’s left in the fountain pen. With the hole the Lamy AL-star has something fearless. The robust form, a combination of angular and round parts give this fountain pen a powerful and modern look. Combined with a big cap with a simple but unbreakable clip this pen has a fitting design.
The nib of the Lamy AL-star
The nib holder of the AL-star is round at the bottom and has two flat pieces for your index finger and your thumb. This leads to a fountain pen that can only be held in one way. Personally I’m not really fond of this part, I prefer the hourglass shape in the nib holder. If I’m honest this nib holder does fit well with the design of the pen. Almost all Lamy’s have the same nibs, this means that this fountain pen writes almost as well as the more expensive models.
Cap and filling system of the Lamy AL-star
The Lamy AL-star can be used to write both with and without the cap. The pen is well in hand because it’s relatively light. If you put the cap on the back, the pen gets quite large, about 17 centimeters. The AL-star uses a cartridge filling system, but can also be used with a converter. The clip is fine and strong, you can carry this fountain pen around with you in lots of different ways.