I love fountain pens. Ever since I first held my father’s Mont Blanc those years ago, I fell in love with the way a fountain pen smoothly passed over the paper, the gentle flow of the ink. Ever since that day I have used a fountain pen for all my personal and professional writing and editing.
For everyday use, I use a Pilot Varsity fountain pen; they come in a variety of colours and if I should happen to misplace it, I can replace it with no big financial burden. For my personal writing and editing, I use my father’s old burgundy gold nibbed Mont Blanc.
I came across the LAMY AL-Star dark purple fountain pen as I was perusing the European Paper website. I had never used a Lamy pen so I was intrigued and wanted to experience it. I’ve heard fantastic things about the AL-Star and wanted to use it for myself. I fell in love with the colour first and knew I had to have it! I ordered it and eagerly anticipated its arrival. The pen came in a simple cardboard-like box in an envelope mailer.
This pen is everything I could have wanted or imagined! It is sleek, a lovely deep purple, and it comes with a cartridge of deep blue ink. I had ordered the medium sized nib and was writing in a Moleskine Squared Folio Notebook. As I started writing with it, the solid feel of the nib as it moved across the paper was smooth, the ink didn’t clump or run dry as I wrote, it slid across the paper, fluid and with a precision that belies its modest price.
I have used this pen for everything – for writing checks, to signing grocery receipts. I keep it in my purse and use it to write in my journal. The ink doesn’t bleed across to the other pages, and dries almost instantly so it doesn’t smudge.
This pen is a fantastic investment; I would recommend this writing instrument to any one – new or seasoned.
Meet the Writer: Akhila Jagdish is a writer and editor in the process of starting her own editorial services company, The Crafted Word. She loves making lists, collecting journals, reading, drinking wine and cooking.