Lamy Vista Fountain Pen

After taking a cold shower and a lot of crying due to my reviewing ballpoint pens recently I thought I would return to my warm happy place. Step up the Lamy Vista!

Design and Quality

The Lamy Vista was designed by a Mr Wolfgang Fabian who also design the Lamy Safari. It explains why these two models look pretty much exactly the same.  What makes the Vista different however is that it is a clear pen.  By the I mean it is made from a clear plastic material.  This style of pen can also go by the term “demonstrator”.  It means that when you have the Vista inked up you can see the cartridge/converter but also the ink in the feed section.

There is the silver Lamy logo at the base of one side of the barrel and this silver theme is continued with the strong clip and the top section of the pen cap. The cap also clicks nicely in to place.

Weight and Dimensions

As the main material for the Vista is plastic this makes it a light weight pen.  However there is a lot of issues with the balance of the weight.  With the cap posted it makes the pen very top heavy.  I actually found I couldn’t have the cap posted while writing for long periods as it made the Vista very heavy at the end and uncomfortable to hold.  It felt the most balanced with the cap on posted.

  1. With the cap it comes in at 13.8cm in length.
  2. Without the cap it is 12.9cm in length.
  3. With the cap posted it is 16.5cm in length.

Filling System

You can use a Lamy T10 ink cartridge or a Lamy Z24 Converter for bottled ink.  I am using the converter.  This actually makes the Vista shine for me as using a bright ink colour looks wonderful in the clear body/feed, almost themes the sections of the pen.

Nib and Performance

The model I purchased came with a medium nib and this is my first experience using a medium nib in the Lamy range. My overall experience is that I don’t like it, I find it way to wide for my own personal taste.  A silver cloud to this doom and gloom is that it is insanely easy to change a Lamy nib. Plus the fact it is very easy to purchase Lamy nibs. I might order a EF nib at some point. I did find the nib to write smoothly though.

The Cost and is it worth it?

The Lamy Vista costs roughly £13-14 from any good retailer.  I actually got mine from eBay for £10 if I remember correctly. My two main issues with the Vista are; 1) It feels a cheap pen to me, it just doesn’t feel as sturdy in the hand. 2) The weight balance is completely out, the cap adds so much weight to it.  I think I will go back to my Safari.

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Lamy Logo

Another ballpoint review?!?! This was a free gift that I received when I ordered my Lamy 2000 from Cult-Pens.

Design and Quality

This is a retractable pen that looks really smart.  The model I have is a combination of a navy barrel, light grey clicker and nib cover.  The plastic pen clip is located at the end of the barrel and is also incorporated in to the clicker mechanism.  I have found the click mechanism feels very strong as you get a good level of feedback while the nib is exposed and retracted.  The material used is a standard plastic but works really well for this price point.

The grip area has grooved lines were the rest of the pen is smooth.  This allows for a good gripping area.  I would say this is great for the everyday pen user but I found this to cause a big issue for me. Were the the grip area ends and the nib section begins there is a sharp change in the width of the Lamy Logo. I do hold the pen pretty low down while writing so this means the grip area digs into my finger and becomes very uncomfortable for me to write with for extended periods. My fingers covers both the smooth nib area plus the line grooved grip area section.

Weight and Dimensions

As the Lamy Logo is made from plastic it is a really light weight pen.  Even with the refill loaded it is still a very light pen.

  1. With nib retracted it comes in at 13.5cm in length.
  2. With nib produced it is 13.5cm in length.
  3. At the end of the pen where the clip is it is 1.4cm wide.
  4. The other end of the pen is 1cm wide.

Filling System

The Lamy Logo takes refills.  The refills used is the Lamy M16 Ball Pen Refill which comes in a Fine, Medium and Broad Nib. I have been using a medium nib refill. You have also the choice of three colours; Black, Blue and Red.  Each refill costs £3.16 which is pretty costly when you consider the Logo only costs £4.00.

Nib and Performance

This is a very standard medium nib. It lays down the same line with as the Caran d’Arche Goliath Refill.  I would say the Lamy M16 refill is a tad bit more consistent in the depth of colour than the Caran d’Arche Goliath Refill would be. It does suffer from random bouts of pale blue tones during writing. I am getting convinced this must be a common thing with Ballpoint refills as this happened with the Caran d’Ache 849 Classic I reviewed.

The Cost and is it worth it?

As I received this for free I can’t really be too down on the Lamy Logo.  I wouldn’t pay £4.00 for one but as of yet I haven’t come across a Ballpoint Pen that has blown me away.  A common theme I am noticing is the entry barrels for ballpoints aren’t that dear but the cost of the refills are nearly the same as the barrel.  How cost effective in the long this is I’m unsure.

Is there one out there that you would recommend to me? If so drop me a comment below!

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