The Lamy Logo fountain pen is yet another Bauhaus, industrial-looking pen. The first time I saw it, I thought it reminded me of one of my first fountain pens, the steel Parker Vector. Thanks to Pen Chalet‘s sponsorship, I got a chance to touch and feel this pen, but all opinions in this piece are my own and not influenced by Pen Chalet or anyone else.
I have been hoping to get the brushed steel Lamy Logo, but instead received the matt stainless steel one. The brushed one reminds me a bit of the stainless steel Lamy 2000, with a more special and elegant look to it, while the matt one looks a little more “raw”.
It was interesting to unbox the pen. When you slide the box out of the cardboard covering, it looked like two cuboids of plastic stuck together. The mechanism of opening the box was also interesting –
First, you push the two sides of the box apart in the directions of the arrows:
It reveals a platform inside, on which the pen is supported via a rest…
… then you open the other side of the box and voila, the whole platform is exposed, as if the box never had a cover at all.
I definitely give Lamy extra points for having such an innovative packaging design!
In the box, there is a plastic C-shaped ring on which the Lamy Logo is rested. Below the pen, a blue Lamy ink cartridge was tucked nicely in. Lamy uses its own kind of cartridge, so it was useful to have a cartridge on hand to try out the pen immediately after unboxing.
Unlike the Lamy 2000 (reviewed here) which was a one-piece, piston-filling fountain pen, the Lamy Logo is like a regular fountain pen, where you unscrew the section to separate it from the barrel for refilling the ink. The section is ribbed, providing some texture and variation in appearance from an otherwise plain-looking pen.
Zooming in to the nib: you notice that the nib is the same as used on the Lamy Safari or the Lamy Al-Star fountain pens. It is a stainless steel nib, and I had chosen an F size because I prefer to write with finer strokes lately. This means that if you have other Lamy nibs similar to this which are of other sizes, you could do a nib exchange if you wanted to. Here’s a writing sample, where I used J. Herbin Perle Noire (my go-to ink for reviews, generally). The nib behaves nicely. The writing experience was pleasant, and the nib is very smooth, being similar to the Lamy Safari range nib. The flow was excellent and the black was saturated enough. However being a steel nib, it is not springy, nor was it expected to be so.
Something interesting about the pen which I wanted to point out is the cap. The cap is a pull-off, snap-on cap, which is pretty common. It posts well at the back of the barrel, on a black plastic knob. The posting is sturdy and has even a slight click where you know that the cap has been secured at the back of the barrel.
However the interesting aspect I wanted to mention was the clip on the cap. Most clips we see are solid pieces of metal with varying flexibilities, giving different types of spring to the clip. This clip on the Lamy Logo actually literally has a spring loaded at the spot where it attaches to the cap. The clip functions like a peg or a binder clip, where you can apply some pressure at the head of the clip/cap and it pivots a little on the spring to open up the clip. Definitely if you tend to be worried if the paper or surface may be hurt by sliding the clip across it. With this peg-like system, there is no need to worry about scratching or tearing of paper when you clip the pen onto it. This is something I really like and found was the most interesting part of the pen!
Overall, I would say the Lamy Logo performs its function as a fountain pen very well, with a simple and sleek design. But being all-metal (which is not brushed), it is not really my kind of pen. I still chose it for review anyway, just to have a feel of it (I like to give pens chances). The Lamy Logo is not a pen I often see everywhere or being commonly used. It definitely makes a very decent beginner’s pen, especially if you are looking for something different from the Lamy Safari or Al-Star.
What is your experience with the Lamy Logo?