Lamy CP1: Quick Look

The Lamy CP1 is a thin, light pen that doesn’t get as much fanfare as I feel that it probably should based on the number of people I know that love using this pen. Surprisingly it’s one of the most popular pens that new Goulet team members choose as their personal pens (perks to working here!).

It’s thin, only slightly larger than a #2 pencil. It’s 17g, as light as a Lamy Safari even though it’s a metal pen. It has a spring clip and accepts all of the swappable Lamy nibs in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1mm, 1.5mm, and 1.9mm stub italic. So if you already have another Lamy pen (except Lamy 2000) you can swap your nibs onto this pen.

With it’s straight lines and functional design, the Lamy CP1 is a workhorse pen that many of the Goulet team use as their daily writer. Personally, it’s a little thin for me but I definitely see the appeal! A mid-priced pen at $70 list ($56 at GouletPens.com), I’d recommend this as a really good second or third pen. And you can get it in any color you want, as long as it’s black! Learn more about it here.

I’d love to hear what you think of the CP1, leave me a comment below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T03:42:51+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Pen Reviews|47 Comments
  • Becca C.

    This is the second fountain pen I ever bought and it remains one of my absolute favorite pens.

    • Nice! So my recommendation as a second or third pen is spot on 😉

  • Becca C.

    This is the second fountain pen I ever bought and it remains one of my absolute favorite pens.

  • Norman Lee

    I don’t like the way it posts. The heaviness of the metal cap combined with the shortness of the actual postable part makes the pen very back-heavy when posted. Other than that, I love the slim and clean profile and the standard Lamy nib interchangeability.

    • Well, very back-heavy is relative, this whole pen is pretty light! I did notice that but didn’t feel it was so critical to point it out in this video. I’m glad you brought it up though. I think it’s the clip that does it.

  • Norman Lee

    I don't like the way it posts. The heaviness of the metal cap combined with the shortness of the actual postable part makes the pen very back-heavy when posted. Other than that, I love the slim and clean profile and the standard Lamy nib interchangeability.

  • TJ

    This looks like a very functional, practical, no-nonsense pen. The Lamy 2000 has the same clip design, and that is one of the features I love on my 2000. Great review, Brian! The CP1 has now moved into my radar.

    • Yup, it’s a pretty straight-laced pen. Very utilitarian!

  • TJ

    This looks like a very functional, practical, no-nonsense pen. The Lamy 2000 has the same clip design, and that is one of the features I love on my 2000. Great review, Brian! The CP1 has now moved into my radar.

  • Nice! So my recommendation as a second or third pen is spot on 😉

  • Well, very back-heavy is relative, this whole pen is pretty light! I did notice that but didn't feel it was so critical to point it out in this video. I'm glad you brought it up though. I think it's the clip that does it.

  • Yup, it's a pretty straight-laced pen. Very utilitarian!

  • Heart of Virginia

    Count me among the CP1 lovers, too. And, Brian, you’re right–it’s not often on the radar. But for those of us who really love the contemporary design of Lamy pens (thinking here of the 2000, the Studio, and the Accent), the CP1 is another winner. Thanks, Brian, for reminding folks about this awesome pen–and for introducing it around the party to those who haven’t met it before!

    • You’re welcome! Honestly, I didn’t ‘get’ this pen for a while. It’s never really going to be my personal daily writer, it’s just too thin for my monster hands, but I totally get the appeal. I’m not joking when I say it’s the single-most popular first pen among new Goulet team members, Drew is one of the biggest proponents of it!

  • Heart of Virginia

    Count me among the CP1 lovers, too. And, Brian, you're right–it's not often on the radar. But for those of us who really love the contemporary design of Lamy pens (thinking here of the 2000, the Studio, and the Accent), the CP1 is another winner. Thanks, Brian, for reminding folks about this awesome pen–and for introducing it around the party to those who haven't met it before!

  • Andrew

    I say bravura on all Quick Looks. It is like a little bit of Goulet magic everytime you watch one. The pen is cool too 😉

    • Haha, so glad you like it Andrew! This kind of pen is why I really love doing the Quick Looks. The CP1’s a pretty straightforward pen, it really doesn’t ‘need’ a 10+ minute comprehensive review. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it talked about in any other video before, so I’m thrilled to be able to show it off even in a limited capacity. I feel like I’m going to be able to feature all kinds of lesser-known pens out there with this format.

  • Andrew

    I say bravura on all Quick Looks. It is like a little bit of Goulet magic everytime you watch one. The pen is cool too 😉

  • Really enjoyed this – adding to my wish list

  • Really enjoyed this – adding to my wish list

  • Reilly Irvine

    Wow, it looks like something you would buy in a pack of ten… future discount, maybe? 😉

    • Haha, you really want 10 of these? We could figure something out 😉

  • Reilly Irvine

    Wow, it looks like something you would buy in a pack of ten… future discount, maybe? 😉

  • Alexander Faust

    I really like the lamy industrial/functional design. I wish they would make a fountain pen in the Lamy Spirit product line. Currently i got a Lamy joy with the 1.9 stub italic, one with a semi-flex xxf/needlepoint i sanded myself from the steel F nib as a test and one that hasn’t got a nib on it at the moment. Got 1.1, 1.5 italic and M nibs on spare currently. And I got a Lamy Vista with the 14k Gold nib in EF installed, very smooth writing while looking like an ordinary students pen – especially here in germany where pretty much everyone in my age started with a lamy, writes about as thick as the steel f nib.

    • Haha, that’s awesome! I love it when I hear of people sticking the 14k Lamy nib on a pen like the Vista or Safari. I do love the 14k nibs, they write great but just aren’t widely available in the US right now.

      • Alexander Faust

        Actually they are not widely available in germany too. Most shops won’t sell them and when they do they don’t sell them under their original store name. Lamy seems to want to stick these nibs on the pens themselves, so if you officially would want a gold nib you would need to send it to Lamy.

      • Guest

        Here’s a picture of it 🙂

  • Alexander Faust

    I really like the lamy industrial/functional design. I wish they would make a fountain pen in the Lamy Spirit product line. Currently i got a Lamy joy with the 1.9 stub italic, one with a semi-flex xxf/needlepoint i sanded myself from the steel F nib as a test and one that hasn't got a nib on it at the moment. Got 1.1, 1.5 italic and M nibs on spare currently. And I got a Lamy Safari with the 14k Gold nib in EF installed, very smooth writing while looking like an ordinary students pen – especially here in germany where pretty much everyone in my age started with a lamy, writes about as thick as the steel f nib.

  • Da

    I’ve had two (red and black ink) for years. Totally reliable, as you say, a goto / biro replacement.

    • Nice. At first glance I read your comment and thought you said you had a red CP1 and did kind of a double-take, then I realized you were talking about the ink 🙂

      • Da

        Sorry no, I wasn’t very clear. Yes, as you say, and just like the red and blue biro on my desk, I now have two CP1 (black!) pens. Real go to pens.

  • Da

    I've had two (red and black ink) for years. Totally reliable, as you say, a goto / biro replacement.

  • vikramguliya

    The image and description given is nice and the details you added in the 2nd para is nice information about is weight and thickness. I have planned to Buy Gifts For Men Online so i think i can look for one like this.

  • truth

    Nice, I think I am ordering one you have convinced me. I think I will either order off Cultpens (they have a great range even though UK ) or amazon as they have free delivery.

    • Sorry it’s not as practical for my company to be considered in your purchase, but I understand with your being in the UK.

      • Alexander Faust

        By the way, have you considered eBay as a shop solution in parallel to the website? They offer something called global shipping or worldwide shipping where all the customs is handled by a shipping partner, so neither the seller nor the buyer needs to care about that. They basically take packages from sellers in the us on a us address, repackage them, declare customs etc, ship them to their office in the EU or elsewhere and then ship it as a national package again. So all the customs etc have to be paid by them because they are the ones importing, moving away all the hassle of customs declarations from the seller/buyer.

  • truth

    Nice, I think I am ordering one you have convinced me. I think I will either order off Cultpens (they have a great range even though UK ) or amazon as they have free delivery.

  • Haha, so glad you like it Andrew! This kind of pen is why I really love doing the Quick Looks. The CP1's a pretty straightforward pen, it really doesn't 'need' a 10+ minute comprehensive review. I don't know that I've ever seen it talked about in any other video before, so I'm thrilled to be able to show it off even in a limited capacity. I feel like I'm going to be able to feature all kinds of lesser-known pens out there with this format.

  • You're welcome! Honestly, I didn't 'get' this pen for a while. It's never really going to be my personal daily writer, it's just too thin for my monster hands, but I totally get the appeal. I'm not joking when I say it's the single-most popular first pen among new Goulet team members, Drew is one of the biggest proponents of it!

  • Haha, you really want 10 of these? We could figure something out 😉

  • Haha, that's awesome! I love it when I hear of people sticking the 14k Lamy nib on a pen like the Vista or Safari. I do love the 14k nibs, they write great but just aren't widely available in the US right now.

  • Nice. At first glance I read your comment and thought you said you had a red CP1 and did kind of a double-take, then I realized you were talking about the ink 🙂

  • Sorry it's not as practical for my company to be considered in your purchase, but I understand with your being in the UK.

  • Da

    Sorry no, I wasn't very clear. Yes, as you say, and just like the red and blue biro on my desk, I now have two CP1 (black!) pens. Real go to pens.

  • Alexander Faust

    By the way, have you considered eBay as a shop solution in parallel to the website? They offer something called global shipping or worldwide shipping where all the customs is handled by a shipping partner, so neither the seller nor the buyer needs to care about that. They basically take packages from sellers in the us on a us address, repackage them, declare customs etc, ship them to their office in the EU or elsewhere and then ship it as a national package again. So all the customs etc have to be paid by them because they are the ones importing, moving away all the hassle of customs declarations from the seller/buyer.

  • Alexander Faust

    Actually they are not widely available in germany too. Most shops won't sell them and when they do they don't sell them under their original store name. Lamy seems to want to stick these nibs on the pens themselves, so if you officially would want a gold nib you would need to send it to Lamy.

  • Alexander Faust

    Here's a picture of it 🙂