This week’s Monday Matchup has brewed up some wonderful images with a teapot drawing done by Caitlin on our Customer Care team. She features the Lamy A.L. Joy in 1.5mm stub with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink.

The Joy uses the same swappable stainless steel nibs used on all other Lamy pens (except the 2000), though it comes with either the 1.1, 1.5, or 1.9mm stub nibs. These are nibs that are ground wide so that they give a fatter line on the downstroke, a thinner one on the cross-stroke. This is great for getting a calligraphy-like writing (without having to do much different than your normal writing!). The Joy takes Lamy proprietary cartridges (one blue one included) or a Lamy Z24 converter (sold separately for $4.95).

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji ink is a nice shader, with a hot pink tone to it that will surely make your writing stand out from just about anything else you’re likely to see. It’s smooth-flowing, fast drying, and all around a wonderful ink like you’d expect from Iroshizuku. Caitlin was even able to show a little bit of sheen in the heavy pooling parts of her drawing! It comes in an unmistakably beautiful bottle, distinctly Pilot.

The Lamy A.L. Joy is available for $36, and Pilot Iroshizuku comes in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml sample for $2.50 at

Write On,
Brian Goulet