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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sneak Peek: Lamy Studio Royal Red

Lamy Studio Royal Red, 14k

Lamy is coming out with a new Studio with a 14k gold nib, called Royal Red. Personally, I think the color is borderline red at best, it's really more of a coppery-orange color. It's really nice looking, I just think the name might give an impression that it's more red than it really is. It's not expected to arrive until mid-October, so it's a ways off, but I had the chance to take a picture of one and jumped on it. This will be a really nice color for a fall pen.

The price is going to be the same as the other Studios with 14k nibs in extra-fine, fine, medium, and broad for $195 list (we plan to offer it at $156 like we do the other Studios).

Lamy Studio Royal Red, posted

Lamy Studio Royal Red, takes Lamy cartridges or a Lamy Z24 converter (included)

Lamy Studio Royal Red with the classic Studio 'propeller' clip

Lamy Studio Royal Red, I busted out some apple potpourri for this one ;) 

The nib is Lamy's 14k nib, which write incredibly smooth and wet. I really love their gold nibs.

Nib Nook writing sample of the Lamy 14k nibs.




Even though it'll be a ways off, I knew pics of these would leak sooner than later. It's not often I get to be the first to show something, so I jumped on the chance as soon as Lamy gave me the okay :) I'd love to hear what you think of the new color!

44 comments:

  1. Man, that's pretty...but it's definitely not red, is it?

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  2. Nice! I almost bought a bright blue Lamy Studio about a year and a half ago while visiting Berlin (it's equally stunning, and would probably really suit Liberty's Elysium). I would have bought it, had the shop not also had a solid blue Pelikan M605 in the display case that caught my eye at the last minute.

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  3. Personally, I love it. A full on red would have been too much. I love my studio with gold nib and even though I promised to buy no more pens, I want one. How do I get on a notification list?p

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  4. I like the colour red but that is too much. Though would go well with my Black, Blue and Stainless versions - one day maybe

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  5. It's beautiful and I definitely like the color to a pure red.

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  6. Yeah, not so much. Still, it's a gorgeous color though!

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  7. I have one of those blue Studios, and boy do I love that color :) But wow, shopping for Pelikans and Lamys in Germany? Nice... 

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  8. Haha, that's how it always happens, right? ;) You can sign up here, just put your email on the 'email me when back in stock' list: http://www.gouletpens.com/Lamy_Studio_Red_Fountain_Pen_p/l068.htm

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  9. Understandable...I do like that it's at least a color though, all of the other Studios are pretty neutral. They used to have the bright blue and violet to round out the palate a bit, so this color is a welcome addition in my view :) 

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  10. Really? Interesting, I though I'd hear a bunch of disappointment about it not being red. Maybe this is a preferred color for most?

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  11. Love the colour but the steel section means it's not a viable purchase for me. They should call in Sunburst Copper or similar though as it ain't red.

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  12. It's Vermillion :D Well, at least on my screen. I love it. 

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  13. Love the photos (stunning, as always), but not the color of the pen (not deep enough, methinks).

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  14. Pen shopping in Germany? That's like my dream holiday!

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  15. Sunburst Copper, I like that! Ah well, they're already calling it Royal Red, so it is what it is. I know what you mean about the metal section, it's the one thing about this pen that I'm not crazy about. 

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  16. Vermillion, that's a pretty darn good word for it!

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  17. I liked the color!  Even though I have a lot Lamy Safari's and Al-Star's, I was reluctant to get a Studio. But the color, it is tempting.

    By the way, photos are great! Bursting the orange-red effect. 

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  18. I think it's a pretty colour. On my screen, it looks red but it's a coppery, orange-based red. It looks nice and bright, too. 

    The "is it red or orange?" question reminds me of a confectionery we have down under called Jaffas. I'm not sure if you have them in America but they're basically chocolate balls covered in orange flavoured candy, like a big round M&M. There's been a long running friendly debate among Aussies as to whether they're orange or red coloured (they also get used to roll down the aisles at the movies and Jaffa races aren't unheard of.) I suspect the new Studio may become the Jaffa of the fountain pen world and the "is it red or orange?" debate will cross generations. If nothing else, if I get one I'll call it Jaffa (yes some of my FPs have names.) 

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  19. If it were really red, it might have been a nice one to pick up despite the metal section. The orange color is a match to the Blogger logo, though, if that's something someone would want...

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  20. I'm glad you like the pics! Lamy's definitely got it down when it comes to making enticing colors :) 

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  21. I've never heard of Jaffas, but they sound delicious! We don't have them in the US, but I bet I could find them at a specialty candy store :)

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  22. Yeah, I was hoping for more of a red, but despite that, I do actually like this coppery orange color, it's actually quite unique. 

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  23. It's a shame all of the coloured ones use it. I've got one of the Palladiums and the matte section is great. I guess you could always purchase the spare black section from Lamy USA and frankenpen it :)

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  24. Yeah, I'm with you on that. I personally love the rubbery black grip from the Stainless Steel Studio, I wish they'd use that on every pen!

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  25. That colour is gorgeous! Very striking. It really is too bad I've already got a Studio in Platinum Grey, or I'd spring for this one... :P

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  26. Lovely color. Still more "autumn red" than royal, though, in my opinion. I think it's funny how you mentioned it'd be a nice fountain pen for fall. That's a dangerous idea to put in my head...before you know it, I'll start designating fountain pens for each month...or for special holidays...or for days of the week...and my wallet will implode in the process. XD


    The little gold stripe on the nib makes me think that ink creeped out and stained the metal or something...

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  27. Yeah, I have to admit I have a few Studios in different colors in my own collection... ;) If it wasn't so expensive I'd probably add this one too as the color is pretty unique from any pens I've seen...it's not a rip-off or anything cuz that 14k Lamy nib is pretty awesome, it's just a bit outside of 'impulse purchase' range, y'know?

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  28. You uncovered my plan! :) Haha, no seriously. I actually don't know too many people who change their pens with the seasons, though I'm sure it happens. I know a LOT of people change their ink color with the seasons.

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  29. wow, an almost edible Jaffa red Studio (as Niky said). Very artistic arrangements with the potpourri too.

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  30. Haha, yes, between the apple potpourri and Jaffa color of the pen, this pictures make me hungry :)

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  31. I think that pen looks awesome. I love the color. The price tag on those really makes me hesitate, though.

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  32. I hear ya, it's not a cheap pen. It's the gold nib that makes it so expensive!

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  33. I wish they were offering it with the same nib as the Imperial Blue which doesn't have a gold nib. I have both the Imperial Blue and the Palladium and I'm not impressed with the gold nib on the Palladium. Maybe I'm not sophisticated enough to notice the difference or maybe it's because the Lamy steel nibs are so good.

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  34. Yeah, unfortunately these ones will only be with gold nibs. You really don't notice a difference though? I mean, the Lamy steel nibs are good, but I personally really love the Lamy gold nibs. They write a little wetter, they're incredibly smooth, and they have just a little bit of spring to them while you write.

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  35. I'll have to pay more attention when I use the pen with the gold nib. "I'm not impressed" was a poor choice of words. I'm trying to learn cursive italic and I sometimes don't use the best paper which is probably part of the problem. So I'll have to use it more on the Clairefontaine paper that I have. I suspect I'm not holding the pen correctly much of the time. The grip on the Palladium is a bit slippery

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  36. Yeah, i would try giving closer attention to the gold nib, they're quite enjoyable! And though I don't condone thievery, it would make a pretty interesting headline..."Man robs store with a pen to get money to buy another pen" :P

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  37. I was disappointed when delivery moved from October to November...but that gives me more time to anticipate it. :) I love the color, and this is a very likely purchase for me--just don't tell my wife!

    Asking as a relative noob, when you say the 14k nibs write slightly wetter than the steel nibs--should I expect a thicker line? My ideal thickness is between a Lamy F and EF nib (slightly closer to the F, but not much), and I'm not sure which 14k nib would be right for me. I can't really see any appreciable difference between the 14k F and EF lines in the nib nook. (In fact, the F nib sample looks thinner than the EF nib in several places...)

    Suggestion?

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  38. Yeah, a pretty standard rule of thumb it seems for all brands launching new products is that it's always delayed by at least a month. :P I would say you'll want to get the EF 14k nib, the nibs write wetter, meaning they put more ink down on the paper, which usually results in a thicker line, especially if your paper is absorbent at all.

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  39. i, too, have been worried about the steel section. i am totally ignorant of the studio line; would this mod really work with no issues of fitting the cap, having a gap or "step" from the body to section, etc.?


    and is the section part L65F on their website really the black one? i am a bit wary because they don't list any alternatives, and lamy has gotten their photos wrong before.

    for only $25 more, it may well be worth it, aesthetics aside.

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  40. Completely understandable. Originally this pen was rumored to be a Ferrari red, that would have been hot.

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  41. The section should be the same, it's just that for whatever reason the Stainless Steel Studio comes with the rubber black section and all of the others are the polished metal. You could always shoot Lamy USA an email about the section before buying it.

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  42. Dear Brian,

    I see this writing sample and the fine looks thinner than the extra fine. I would like to buy one (but in palladium), and unfortunately I don't know F or EF, because the thinner is the more I like. Thank you for your answer.

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  43. They are similar, especially with a heavier hand like mine. This was just one ink on one paper, but the EF will be thinner in general than the F. In my writing samples, the dots are 5mm apart, if that helps.

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  44. Brian,

    Hello! I hope you're all doing well. I bought one of these pens from you several months ago and love it--though due to the grip we have a complicated relationship. I was looking for this thread to comment on because I had a question I wanted to ask, and then I decided to look through the comments to make sure it hadn't been asked before.

    Imagine my surprise when I read that this cap posts. I've had this pen for, I think, 4-6 months or longer and I'm so used to friction fit/threaded/magnet posting caps I never forced it when the barrel didn't grip the cap, and just assumed all this time that it didn't post. It never occurred to me to press it hard enough to snap it in place. It's the only snap-post pen I have. I guess I thought I'd break it/scratch it.

    I just tried it and it posted great. So even if I'm feeling like a bit of a dingbat right now, I'm actually pretty excited to know it will do this. It feels really nicely balanced with the cap posted. :) I suddenly feel the need to write with it for a while.

    I wanted to comment to ask your opinions on the stainless steel grip. Like I said, I have a complicated relationship with the pen, and this is why. Do you find it, well, slippery? ... Really slippery? When I first got it, I thought it was covered in manufacturing oil/grease and used an alcohol swab to try to clean it. I was stunned to realize that's actually how it feels all the time. At first I couldn't stand it (or grip/write well with it) but I love the pen too much to give up on it, so I adapted. I still have to put a lot of extra effort into gripping the pen and fatigue with it faster than I otherwise would. It's also a bit harder to control for me and affects my writing if I'm not careful.

    Do you have any suggestions about making it less slick? I've had dark fantasies of going after the grip section with a brillo pad or steel wool. I'd love to replace it with the rubbery grip some people have mentioned in the thread, but I know I'd never manage to get the pen back together right again if I took it apart. My hands are too shaky.



    Do you think Lamy would cover something like that under warranty?


    I love the pen too much to give up on it, as I mentioned above. Right now I'm strongly considering duct-tape. :P


    Thanks!

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