Lamy Extra-Fine Nib Availability & Z28 Converters

Hi pen friends,
Rachel here, with two bits of Lamy news for you.

Lamy Extra-Fine Steel Nibs

In the last six years since we’ve carried Lamy, we’ve watched the popularity of the extra-fine nib size grow. We’ve seen this particularly in the Safari and Al-Star models, and it’s a trend we’ve seen across other brands, as well. The US market has become increasingly becoming finer in our nib preferences. Lamy has also been growing in popularity in the Asian market, which as a whole strongly leans toward fine nibs.  It’s been putting a lot of pressure on Lamy to produce these EF nibs.

Unfortunately, Lamy has had an increasingly difficult time keeping up with production to meet the rising global demand. As a result, they recently made the decision to limit the markets in which the EF steel nibs are available. So effective immediately, Lamy will only be supplying EF steel nibs to Germany and Asia. The US market will no longer receive shipments of pens or nibs in this size.

Part of the reason for the shortage, as we understand it, is that there are additional steps involved in grinding the EF nibs. It appears to be a capacity issue in terms of Lamy’s ability to manufacture these nibs and meet global demand, not an issue with poor sales or lack of interest in them.

This is definitely disappointing news for us, as EF is our most popular size. We have ordered as much of the remaining US stock as we reasonably could, but throughout the remainder of 2017 you will start to see these selling out on our site. Some particular colors are already sold through.

To clarify, this is just the extra-fine steel nibs that come on the Al-Star, LX, Safari, Studio, and Vista, in both black and silver colors as well as replacement nibs. The Lamy 2000 is not affected by this, nor are the gold nibs that come on the Dialog 3, Scala, and the Studio.

Here’s a link to all of our remaining inventory of Lamy pens with EF steel nibs.

We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, if you’re a fan of Lamy EF.  We still don’t have all the information from Lamy, but as best as we can tell, this appears to be a permanent decision. If the situation ever changes, you can bet we’ll be restocking as soon as we can.

If your favorite pen in extra-fine is sold out, we encourage you to try out the fine – while it is slightly broader, it’s the next best thing.

Lamy Z28 Converters

The second bit of news is regarding the Z28 cartridge converter. The Z24 has been discontinued and replaced by the Z28. They have the same functionality and fit the same pens (Al-Star, Joy, LX, Safari, Vista), but with some small aesthetic differences. Just wanted to give you a head’s up!

Lamy Z24 converter
Lamy Z28 converter

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and please share your questions or feedback in the comments below.

Write On,
Rachel Goulet

2017-10-11T13:58:26+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Pen News|45 Comments
  • Jonathan Befort

    goodbye Lamy, this is a VERY dumb move because of everyone else offering EF nibs that were already finer than Lamy was. It doesnt show a lot of consumer trust and there are too many more options out there. Will hold on to my Lamy 2000 for dear life though, but this isn’t a good move

  • knitpsycho

    Bummer about the EF! I recently purchased this nib size on my Al-Star Pacific and it’s my favorite Lamy!

  • David L.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why must it be?!?!?!?!?!?! I guess this is another reason to get into nib grinding. Oh well.

    • David L.

      Oh well. I planned to get an Al-Star in broad and then get a 1.1 mm. stub for it. I want to try both. I will have plenty of EFs in the end. I’m elated in seeing that the 2000 will still have it.

  • Sashineb

    The Lamy EF is not my favourite, as I find it scratchy. However, an EF on a Kaweco does not seem to have these problems. That aside, wouldn’t you think they would do more to step up the production process when the nib is so popular?

  • Alex C

    Well, just a reason to purchase other pens. Sorry Lamy, for that reason, I’m out.

  • Briggsae

    The EF isn’t all that different from the F in my opinion, so I won’t personally mind too much. If you are into very fine nibs then you are probably better off with a Pilot.

  • Clairity

    I’m not into Lamy’s entry level/mid-tier pens, but it’s sad to see the option go. One of the best things about the Lamy Safari and friends was having a ton of different nib sizes to choose from, and now they’re losing a little bit of that luster. I hope that one day they’re able to step up production enough to reintroduce the EF to the rest of the world.

  • mklages

    I have EF and F nibs in my two Safari’s and the F never seems as good as my EF. I’m suspicious of the new converter. It looks like the Jinhao converters I have and neither of them ever worked very well.

  • Ahtzib

    This is an unwelcome surprise! I’ve had a number of Lamys with the stainless EF, and some of those remain go-to pens. My Petrol has the best Lamy stainless EF of all (nowhere near a F), so I was looking forward to quality EF nibs in future releases. Oh, well. As Briggsae says, I’m probably better off with a Pilot anyway. So long, Lamy!

  • Katherine Stewart

    Lamy may not have the capital needed to expand production, hence the reason to stop providing these nibs to the US. We probably are their smallest market. Given the entire Petrol ink shortage and the decision to deliberately short the us market on supplies I have to wonder if they are considering withdrawing from the US market altogether. Certainly they missed the mark on demand for the ink and that also suggests poor planning in their marketing department.

    • Charles

      The US may be their smallest market but after the ink shortage and the loss of EF nibs I’m sure if the US retailers got together and dropped Lamy they’d think twice.

      And frankly, if Lamy doesn’t want my money I don’t want their product. They messed up on a lot of recent decisions:
      1. Pacific ink is just rebranded Turquoise.
      2. Petrol demand was so high but underdelivered.
      3. EF nibs are the most popular but instead of saying “we’re sorry but we can’t keep up with demand but we are expanding to meet it” they’ve said “you’re not worth as much to us.”

      Sorry, Lamy, ya done messed up.

      And maybe they’re planning on pulling out of the US market and this is a softer way of doing so. It wouldn’t surprise me if they turned around and pulled the same monkey business they used on Pure Pens for the other online-only retailers.

  • Vinstor

    Nothing you guys can do about it, of course, but this takes Lamy off my list of favorite pens. Too bad. I really like their pens, but even the F nib is too big for my preference.

    I do hope they’re not planning to reintroduce EF nibs next year at three times the price, citing “demand” for the increase.

    • It also takes Lamy off my list of preferred pens. If they don’t want to support amarket, then I will move on to pen companies that want our business.

      • Vinstor

        Exactly. Although I have to admit that none of my next-favorite pens (antique Esterbrook and an older-model Sheaffer Conaisseur variant) are still in production. Guess it’s time to branch out.

  • Robert Dašek

    I understand it’s frustrating to all of you that love the EF nib size on the affected pens, but I don’t believe Lamy took the process of making this decision lightly and without the consideration for their customers here in the US. I agree with Katherine below. Capital could be one reason, or they simply cannot ramp up the production to cover the demand in all the markets, so they have to focus on covering the markets where EF nibs are the most represented and demanded size. Of course they have to cover their local market first. Asia is all about fine sized nibs, so they really cannot afford not to offer that size in that market. Hopefully, the change in demand for their products caused by the switch from all the disenchanted customers will send a clear message and they’ll be able to respond in a positive way.

  • Kevin Guo

    It sure seems that EF nibs are in high demand. Amongst my friends in China, the great majority uses EF nibs (many of whom complain that the Lamy EF is too broad). It is interesting that in recent years, finer nibs have been gaining traction in the West as well. Although I’m recently more inclined to purchase broader and broader nibs!

    • Robert Dašek

      I agree! Same on the tendency to move toward the broad. In my case, it’s because I’ve been lately enjoying the drier Lamy and Platinum inks.

  • Rebecca Gordon

    Been putting off buying an EF nib for my Al-Star, but looks like the time is now. Maybe an EF petrol to go with it too… Still, this is a huge bummer, but it can’t be an easy decision to make. The projection of loss in sales must somehow be less than the production cost. Shame, but glad it isn’t my decision to make.

  • Ian Sterling

    I do like the looks of the new Z28 converter, but the news about the EF nibs really makes me sad. Their F nibs are too broad for my liking, but I love the Safari and AL-Star line. I’ll still collect the limited colors, but they’ll end up just being display pieces.

  • Uniotter

    That’s really too bad. I’m sure they had economic reasons for making their choices, but I believe the US is a big potential market for finer nibs, and this will surely slow down the evolution towards that end. Typical great customer service on Goulet’s part though, giving us a head’s up about the situation….thanks, Rachel! 🙂

  • zethreal

    My Safari pens are the only ones where I actually prefer a really broad nib. Maybe I’ll bite the bullet and get an EF ( as of now, I only have a fine ) just to have.

  • MP

    Wow, I would never have expected something like this. Bummer! Not sure if that means I need to get one while I have a chance or not worry about it.

  • Ozzie Lina

    No wonder it’s easier for me to get the pens in EF now, although I do have extra nibs.

  • Sharon

    Wow, this is extremely disappointing. EF is my nib of choice. 🙁

  • simonoid

    I’m a little annoyed but I can understand that it is their choice.
    I prefer Fine and Extra Fine Pilot nibs more than Lamy, but the look and feel of Lamy is certainly very unique.

  • Boabdil Perez

    I love the EF nibs, this is really disappointing 🙁

  • Kathy

    Interesting decision. While I’m not a fan of any EF nibs, the decision makes little sense. They could still supply the US with a few EF nibs, knowing full well they would sell easily. Perhaps the mark up is greater in other countries. As others have noted below, Lamy has made a series of blunders lately, which makes me question their longer term ambitions (or lack thereof) in the US market. This is also bad news for GPC as fans of the EF nibs will be forced to purchase from foreign suppliers.

    As always, I appreciate Rachel’s candidness. Few retailers show this level of respect for their customers!

  • I don’t have a problem waiting when stock is out but to not support us is a whole different thing. Al-Star has been my favorite pen next to platinum carbon as a workhorse. I doubt I buy another. I bought the extras for my husband, who loves the EF.

  • Jonathan Befort

    the move just feel like something that shows that Lamy doesn’t care about the American consumer. There could be a business reason around it, but “indefinitely” and the wording makes it think that they just dont want to deal with it. For response to that, we’ve got every other pen manufacturer to go to that would love to supply finer nibs than Lamy will have, and that’s something that the fountain pen community will keep in mind.

    • Jonathan Befort

      That being said the converter ascetic is a welcome change, looks nicer

  • Mark S

    An indefinite decision goes both ways. I’ve placed future purchases of all Lamy products on indefinite hold.

  • Ken Schillinger

    I simply won’t be buying Lamy pens or products in the future. FWIW I’ve used fountain pen with EF point since 3rd grade..I’m 65 now. Too late to change…I’ve tried.

  • Rachel Leigh Smith

    Add me to the group who won’t be buying any more Lamy pens. I have tiny handwriting, and my favorite nib is actually a broken-in Pilot EF. The ones in my price range are a bit scratchy the first few times you write with them. The Lamy EF is the biggest I’ll go and still be comfortable writing.

    Poor form, Lamy. I’d rather be on a waiting list than told I’m not worth consideration. I quite happily sat on a waiting list for the Dark Lilac release, and I’d do it again for a color I really want.

  • CyberIstari

    I think they’re cutting off their noses to spite their face – Lamy, not you all. That said, I’ve put an EF nib on order, because a Safari or Al-Star is next on my to-buy list. 😉 (I’m sorry, it’s not from Goulet, but someone gave me an Amazon card, and I don’t want to risk missing out until I’ve saved up. 🙂 The pen itself will be from Goulet – maybe a Petrol will be left. ;))

  • Kotoba Ryu

    I use my Vista EF for filling out forms at work with “micro spaced” lines. Might order an extra EF just in case I mess this one up.

  • Jamie Kilpatrick Morrow

    This is disappointing news. My lamy extra fine is one of my favorite nibs. The fine is ok, but it just doesn’t work well on the cheap paper I typically have to use.

  • lgsoltek

    LOL, Lamy is a… really interesting company with… interesting logic. First they say Europeans don’t use bottled inks so don’t sell their LE inks in bottles in Europe. Now they say Americans are asking for too many EF nibs so they cut them off. LOL.

  • I love how you “subtly” used a photo of a Lamy Al-Star Charged Green in this article about Lamy. Saying, “BTW guys, we still have these lying around if you’re interested…” ;-D

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      You caught us 😉

    • Kenneth

      I like the Charged Green pen, hated the ink 🙂

      • I also have one, I don’t really understand why so many people seem to dislike it. But, then, colours are very much up for individual taste.

  • Laura

    I’m sorry to hear that they’re doing this. I’ve been wanting to try an EF nib, so I ordered my Lamy Safari Petrol with one today. Hopefully they’ll find a way to keep up with demand and make them available again in the future.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hope you enjoy the Petrol!

  • Aquaria

    Grrrr. I’d been waiting to buy EF replacement nibs for my Dark Lilac and Petrol pens. Most likely, I’ll have to go to Rakuten to get one after this.