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I have big hands. Not giant hands, but big enough that I like some size to my pens. Note Maker, which is an online stationery store based out of Australia and a new sponsor of the blog, gave me the opportunity to try a pen that I usually wouldn’t try, a super thin pen. This super thin pen is the special edition Lamy Logo in “Twilight.”
The very first thing I noticed when I opened up the box was the colour. The Twilight finish is a very dark purple, way darker than the Dark Lilac Safari, which almost looks black depending on the lighting. I absolutely love it! It is super understated, but yet still interesting enough for me to have that little “wow” moment every time I pick it up. Now a colour is just a colour and doesn’t mean anything if the pen sucks, so let’s hope the Lamy Logo doesn’t suck.
I am going to assume that most of you have used a Lamy fountain pen of sort before (either a Safari or Al-Star), so you might know where this part is headed. The Logo uses the same nib as most of their fountain pen line (Safari, Al-Star, Studio, Scala, Accent, CP1, Logo, and ABC. This means a few things: 1) you are going to be fairly sure that you know what you are getting, a solid writing pen, and 2) the nib is swappable with all of your other Lamy pens (besides the Lamy 2000), so you can by just one pen and use any sized nib for a minimal investment. I decided to swap out the usual chrome nib with one of my black nibs and looks unreal!
I’ve already commented on one Lamy nib in my Dark Lilac Safari review so I won’t get into to it too much, but I got a good one with this pen. It comes with the standard stainless steel nib when you purchase it, but I decided to add a bit of stealth to mine and swap it out for a black medium nib, both of which write great.
My first thought for which ink to put in it was Diamine Eclipse because of how similar the colour is to the pen. This is where I came across my first major disappointment, a Z24 Lamy convertor (the standard one with the red handle) does not fit inside the pen! What!?! Apparently it fits the black Z26 according to Goulet Pens, but I don’t have one of those lying around and wanted to use one of the 3 Lamy converters I already have. This was a major bummer since I had no empty Lamy cartridges for me to fill with a syringe, so I took the opportunity to use one of the many Lamy inks I have lying around to use. I ended up going with Lamy Blue-Black for some reason, thinking that I would have a better experience than the previous time I used it. That was a fail. I now remember why I didn’t like the ink the first time, way too boring. After suffering through it for a few days, I felt zero remorse flushing the rest of the ink from the cartridge down the sink to make room to Diamine Eclipse. This has been by far the best decision surrounding this pen that I have ever made. It is a match made in pen heaven!
As I mentioned earlier, I usually prefer larger pens. To me, they look better and feel better in the hand. The Lamy Logo is super thin pen compared to what I am used to, but I went into this review with an open mind.
Has this pen made me change my mind on how I feel about thin pens? Not entirely. I have recently been getting into the (apparent) rabbit-hole of wood cased pencils, so that has been conditioning me to be more used to thin writing instruments. This doesn’t mean I love thin fountain pens, but makes me appreciate them a little bit more. This particular one actually isn’t that bad to hold. There are little ridges on the grip section that gives you a little bit of grip while writing, but can still be slippery if your fingers are sweaty. The main thing that I like about those ridges is that it allows me to grip it kind of like a pencil with my finger tips and still maintain control of the pen.
Let’s shift our focus further up the pen to the cap. Aesthetically, the cap, especially the clip, looks a bit bulky. However, that bulkiness serves a purpose which is the spring loaded clip mechanism that is just incredible. It has just the amount of spring where it is easy to open, but is still tight enough to hold securely on anything that you clip it to. The best part? You can open the clip pressing on the very top of it, so it very easy to clip it on anything with one and. Why doesn’t every pen have this?
The next aspect of the clip is not so positive, depending who you are I guess. My problem is that the cap is way too tight to put on and take off. I suppose this is a good thing if your cap falls off a lot, but it is more annoying than anything in my opinion.
The last part that irks me a little is that the finial is constructed in a way that will be able to post the cap easily. It does a decent job of holding the cap, but it is way too long when posted, and the finial itself is kind of ugly. I haven’t found myself posting this pen ever, so I guess I just have to get used to those groves in the finial.
This pen has been a brand new experience for me, in that I have never really used a pen this thin before. I have discovered that it is actually usable for me and won’t be a pen that gets stored away as soon as this review goes live. Another part that I really like about this pen is that you own a little part of history. The special edition Lamy Logo was one of the many special editions that Lamy rolled out this year as a part of their 50th Anniversary, alongside their limited edition Black Amber Lamy 2000.
I would like to thank Note Maker again for sending me this pen for review. You can buy this pen here, and be sure to check out their Fountain Pen Day deal of 15% off of all fountain pen ink bottles! Happy Fountain Pen Day!