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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lamy Al-Star Black, Limited Edition



If there was one color that I could have chosen for a Lamy Al-Star, it would have been this matte Black. It's awesome, with all black details. They did it right! While it's not yet available in the US (we're told late-May/early-June), it has been released in other parts of the world. I was originally told that it would be available later in 2013, but the date was pushed up for one reason or another, thank goodness! I'm so excited for these pens to come in, seriously. I did get my hands (temporarily) on a pre-production sample and I was able to squeeze out a video for you here. So here's what I cover:
  • Overview of the pen (1:58)
  • Comparing to the other Al-Star colors (2:38)
  • Comparison to the Charcoal Safari (3:17)
  • Changing a Lamy nib (4:20)
  • Choosing a converter (5:25)
  • What Limited Edition means for this pen (6:30)
  • Inking it up and writing with it (7:25)
Lamy Al-Star Matte Black, Limited Edition

Lamy Al-Star Black, Limited Edition, all black accents


The way that Lamy has been doing either Limited Edition pens these days is that instead of doing them for a set period of time (a year or so), they are instead a set production run. Sometimes it's one run, sometimes two, but we never really know how or when the pens will be gone. I'm not 100% sure why they are doing it this way, but what I can say is that the LE pens are not available as long as they used to be. So while I don't believe that these will be bust-open-the-doors-and-elbow-people-in-the-face-to-get-one limited, I would say you'll probably want to budget for this pen in the first month or two after it arrives (in the US that is, I can't speak for availability overseas).

If you're interested in being notified as soon as we have this pen in stock at Gouletpens.com, go here and sign up for the email notification list. This pen, though limited edition, will sell for the same price as the regular Al-Stars at $47 list ($37.60 at GPC).

So what do you think? I know I'm a total tease by showing you this weeks before I even have any to sell…I just want to know your thoughts! You can comment below, on YouTube, @Gouletpens on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

20 comments:

  1. I thought I was done with buying more Al-Stars, but now I'm reconsidering...

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  2. What sniffy said.
    My entire reason for choosing safari over al-star is that the shiny metal is difficult to hold compared to the matte charcoal finish. Thought I was done buying those, but maybe not, lol.

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  3. I am in the UK and I received mine today, but Write Here in Shrewsbury said they have had them for a few weeks. I normally buy high end pens from Conway Stewart, Onoto, Pelikan and Mont Blanc and felt like a change. I only bought the Al- Star for the colour but have enjoyed writing with it.

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  4. I loved the "stealthy" beginning of this video! I wanted to laugh, but couldn't because I had a mouthful of soda.

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  5. If there was only one to buy, I would do this one. The Ocean Blue is pretty great though, I do love that one, but the black I feel a little more 'free' to put different colors of ink into it.

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  6. This one is a little less smooth than the other Al-Stars, not quite as textured as the Charcoal Safari, though.

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  7. I know they've been available in Europe for a little bit, why the US is delayed is a mystery to me. Originally, I was told they'd be here in the fall/winter, so I was kind of shocked to see them available overseas so early. It wasn't until about two weeks ago that I was told they would be coming in late-May/early-June....

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  8. I'm glad you liked that! It came out a little creepier than I initially thought it would, but I went with it anyway : )

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  9. As a side issue, Although Import duties, taxes and shipping costs preclude me doing business with you (I live in the UK and most of my collection consists of British and European made pens and inks.), I really do appreciate your help to pen aficionados like me. Your reviews are informative, your site is full of information and your enthusiasm for the business and customer service is second to none. I really look forward to postings from Goulet to feed my addiction. Many thanks from the other side of the pond. Terry.

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  10. If I'm not mistaken, the stub Lamy nibs are NOT available in black, only in the silver color. Is that the case with this pen too? I hope not.

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  11. write to me oftenMay 9, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Dear Brian,


    I got it two weeks before along with Safari Neon from UK. I am quite surprised that it has not been launched in the States yet.

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  12. Yep, I think I might need this one. It'd very sleek & sexy.

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  13. Funny thing is...i was mailing to Lasmy's consumerservice and i asked"can people tell you what colors they would olike for the Safari and the al star?" the answer was yes......Then i said"i would love a gold one, a black one and a turquoise"
    The pearl looks like a light gold....the black is here now so i a crossing my fingers for a Turquoise to come out next!

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  14. Sometimes it is the other way around too.
    The Ruby Al Star was available in de US first and after almost 3 months in europe .......don't know what the reason is

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  15. Yes, that should have carried a "Swallow before watching" alert. So you kinda like the pen? A little bit? LOL. Thanks again for another thoroughly enjoyable and informative video.

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  16. You got a rare chuckle out of me when you rolled out of frame. I'm glad you left it in.

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  17. Whoops, I should have watched the video first. Nope - no stubs in black.

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  18. I will have this one! One thing I wish is that Lamy would go back to putting the black clips on all of the Safaris. I have a red one that I bought years ago and it looks so much nicer than the metallic clips. For a work horse pen, this thing is definitely a beauty!

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  19. I really prefer the black clips too, especially on the darker colored pens (like the black Safari, which just doesn't look right with the polished stainless clip).

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  20. I also find that the Al_Star is slightly bigger leading to a different feel in the hand.

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