Goulet Q&A Episode 21, Lamy

It’s time for a new Goulet Q&A, and this week I’m covering a ton of different Lamy questions. A lot of them ended up being pretty straightforward, so I crammed a lot of them in a short time. And I even showed off some pens up close that I haven’t shown before!

Here are this week’s questions:

1) Bryan M.- email (1:41):

Given that I disassemble my safaris and al-stars to clean them, I have noted over time that the nibs seem to fit more loosely on the feeds.  The nibs are not falling off; they just slide off and on a little too easily.  I assume that pinching the nibs together at the points where they slide onto the feeds will help, but how can I do this without affecting the tines and throwing off their alignment?  Thanks!

2) Kevin M.- email/@nivelacuso- Twitter (3:25):
How can you apply silicone grease to the Lamy 2000 filling system and why will Lamy not sell nibs for the 2000. I have inquired to Lamy directly and they require you to return the pen for them to change the nib?

3) Chris H.- Facebook (5:58):
Does Lamy have plans to break into the high-mid level bracket? Like something on tier with a Pelikan M800, for example?

4) Joseph Q.- Facebook (7:08):
I would like to see Brian’s complete Lamy collection and his recommendations for starting a Lamy collection.

5) @Senecabud-Twitter (11:05):
Will Lamy make their violet ink in bottles instead of just cartridges?

6) Wesley S./Joe S.- Facebook (11:50):
Why buy different model Lamys on the lower end when all the nibs are the same? Why Should I pay $100 more for a better barrel and cap?

7) Pavel V.- Facebook (13:15):
Is there a waterproof Lamy ink?

8) Justin L.- Facebook (13:37):
Are there other converters that would fit Lamys with larger ink capacity?

9) @Peninkcillin- Twitter (14:54):
Any cheaper piston-fillers in the works besides the Lamy 2000?

10) Michelle B.- Facebook (15:22):
Two questions about my Lamy Studio – I’ve got one of the limited edition violet ones. Is it common for the matte finishes to chip around the edge of the lid? And is there anything I can do about a squeaky nib? I love the way it writes except for that.

11) Juan F.- Facebook (17:02):
What Is the best way to clean the translucent grip section of the Al-Star?

12) Heath C.- Facebook (19:20):
Is there any way to purchase a complete set of nibs together? Or if not, how do we get the case that holds them all that I’ve seen in some pictures in the past.

13) Alex Y.- Facebook (20:56):
Tell me about the lefty nib. What differentiates it from the regular nibs? What is your preference for a fast drying ink that won’t smudge as readily? I just bought my first fountain pen, a Lamy Vista. Very excited to try it out. I also got the fast drying noodler ink and the lefty nib.

14) Chad T.- Facebook /@pensomnia- Twitter (23:23):
When are they going to make a purple Safari?

15) 林理谙- Facebook (24:14):
Will there ever be a green Al-Star? Or was there ever a green al-star that I missed?

16) John D.- Facebook (25:04):
Does lamy make right foot oblique stub nibs? I’ve heard they do but my google-fu on this topic is apparently not strong.

17) Dan C.- Facebook (27:32):
What is your top selling color of lamy ink (bottle)?

18) Ahmed K.- Facebook/@zchen999- Twitter (28:28):
Can you show us some of the less common models like the Logo, CP1 and Scala? I don’t think you’ve done videos on them and I find your overviews to be quite useful when considering a purchase

19) Kevin K.- Facebook (32:03):
Something that I’ve always wondered is why is the 2000 the only piston filler in Lamy’s lineup? Surely they could release other piston fillers.

20) Kathy S.- Facebook (32:50):
I love my Lamy safari I have a fine nib is there a extra fine nib available ?

21) Steve B.- Facebook (35:14):
What are the major differences between a Lamy Studio and a 2000 and why do the prices vary so much in each of the models?

22) Josh C.- Facebook (37:39):
Favourite lamy 2000 nib size and why? I’m between fine and EF. I’m a student who writes notes often, and I sometimes fine my safari f nib too wide. Any advice? Thanks

23) Allyson C.- Facebook (39:47):
How do I perfect my Lamy nibs? I try to get them (using the kit from your store) smooth, but they still catch on some paper. (they’re quite alright with Mead binder paper, but once on any other “cheaper” paper, they start to get scratchy. ):

24) Francisco G.- Facebook (42:15):
How do you remove the feed on an Al-Star.

Thanks so much to everyone who asked questions this week. Good stuff! Next week I’ll be going back to an Open Forum, so ask whatever questions you have in the comments below. If you’ve missed any previous Q&A’s, be sure to check them out here. Have a great week!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:04:47+00:00 February 7th, 2014|Goulet Q&A|10 Comments
  • You can sort of create a green Al-Star by buying parts here: http://lamyusa.com/buyreplace_fountain_alstar.php

  • Andrea Kirkby

    The little Lamy Lady is so sweet! and kind of odd, too. Love it.

    Thanks so much for adding the topic index. Now I can cut to the chase – this week, numbers 2-3-4 and 18. 🙂

  • Wravis

    I got a question!

    In your Fountain Pen 101 videos you discuss the differences between Ballpoint pens, Gel Rollerball pens, and Fountain pens. What is the difference between a Gel Rollerball pen and the refillable Rollerball pens (Noodler's Creaper, J. Herbin's refillable rollerball, etc.)? Do they function the same?

    and What about refillable marker pens (Platinum Preppy)? How do those work with swapping ink colors? I imagine the marker tip would retain any old ink colors for quite a long time and make lots of unpleasant browns.

  • David

    Why doesn't Lamy make black nibs in 1.1mm, 1.5mm, & 1.9mm stubs? A bare steel nib just looks out of place on my charcoal black safari.

  • jbl_inAZ

    Interesting video, even though I don't own a Lamy! (So you'll excuse me if I skipped a few questions, thanks so much for the time indexes in the text!)

    Now about the oblique nibs: I know nothing about Lamy's obliques; way back in history I owned several Osmiroids, which were more about the nibs than about the pens. They had some round ("Rola") or soft nibs, as well as music and copperplate, which I think resemble the flex nibs I see in the Noodler section. But their main nibs were Italic nibs. These were straight, in sizes from EF or F to B-3 or poster size, with the equivalent to your 1.1mm and 1.9mm stubs somewhere in the middle. They also had oblique Italic, and left (or left-handed) oblique. I mostly used a fine or sometimes medium oblique Italic. It was cut straight across like a stub but at about a 15 degree angle. Held in the right hand in writing position, the shorter tine was toward me, the longer (and sharper) tine away. Holding this pen in a comfortable writing position, though I had to carefully maintain the correct rotation etc., somewhat more critically than with a straight or stub pen, my handwriting looked even "more Italic" than with a straight, because of how that nib drew vertical, horizontal and angled lines. The left oblique nib was cut at a greater angle from straight across, maybe 45 degrees, and I don't remember which direction. I never owned or used one so I never had any experience with it.

    But let me digress a little on the subject of left-handed writers (not from experience but from observation and what I was told). In the old old days (way before your time Brian, you young whippersnapper), left handed kids were taught to write with an overhand position; the hand curled around a bit and the pen came down from above the line (that is when they didn't try to beat the kids into using their right hands). This is what you called the "hook" position. The reason for this was, as I understood it, that since the hand followed the writing point instead of preceding it as it does for a right-hander, this position kept the hand from dragging through the newly written line and smearing the ink (you know, like fountain pen or dip pen ink from the inkwell that all the old student desks had a hole for). Modern teaching, along with increased use of pencils and quick-drying ball-point ink, tended to favor a position like right-handers. But I think (again I can't tell you for sure) that the left-oblique nib was intended to facilitate the overhand writing technique

  • Tom J.

    I can't help you but I bought an Al-Star with a black nib. Within a year or so the black had come off a bit at a time until it was bare stainless. I never scrubbed it or wiped it hard, but I did fill it using the converter and wiped it lightly with a paper towel after filling. I used Noodler's Black which is pH neutral and probably was no worse than any other ink.

  • Jolanda

    Brian, i have to ask….the liquid sandwatch…..tell me…whwrw is it from?

  • Jolanda

    I meanth Hourglass lol

  • D

    Why did you say that there aren't any green al-stars? I'm pretty sure there is a green Al-Star that will be released to retailers at the end of this month. At least, that's when a B/M store in Canada tells me they'll get them. And AFAIK, they are already being sold in UK.

  • Jolanda

    I got it last week……
    They call it the Lamy al star green blue but it is green….
    Lovely color and it is a limited edition so…..