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Wall Street Journal : Leuchtturm1917 & Lamy Al-Star for Better Penmanship

10 Sep


Reading along the Wall Street Journal this past weekend, we found two of our all-time favorites, the LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen, and the  Leuchtturm 1917 lined journal featured in the article Pens for Better Penmanship: Don’t Forget (How) to Write! Molly Suber Thorpe, author of “Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy,” uses the LAMY Al-Star as her go-to everyday pen. Capper Heffernan, a Seattle stationer enjoys the Leuchtturm journals because of the beautiful thicker paper that fights ink bleed-through. Enjoy the full article here »

Limited Time : 20% off the Black LAMY AL-Star

21 Aug

lamy-20-off-blogFor a limited time, enjoy 20% off this stellar LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen! It’s a limited edition, so hurry – once it’s gone, there will be no more! Use code LAMY20, and enjoy! Shop the Black Lamy Limited Edition AL-Star »


New! Limited Edition Stealth Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen

28 Aug

european-paper-blog-al-star-limited-editionIntroducing the stealthy All Black Al-Star!  Now, you know we’re in love with Lamy, but let us show you why we’re so excited about this Limited Edition matte black beauty: the black wire clip, black enamel lacquer nib, the smoky translucent grip that looks sleek and chic paired with the black aluminum body. This pen is great for fountain pen aficionados and newbies alike, and—can we just say—if James Bond needed a new exploding pen, we wouldn’t be surprised if Q presented him with a Lamy Al-Star. This pen is simply that cool. Shop the Limited Edition LAMY Al-Star »

Smooth Like Butter: Discover the Best Writing Implements in Every Style

30 Jan

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Moleskine Click Rollerball Pen
The perfect companion to every Moleskine notebook, the Moleskine Click Rollerball Pen has a matte black finish and retractable point for quick and easy use. With proprietary ink matched perfectly to Moleskine paper, we guarantee you’ll find no better Moleskine accessory.

Palomino Graphite HB Eraser Tipped Pencils (12 ct.) (Blue)
Life’s too short to use a cheap pencil. Made of genuine incense-cedar, the Palomino Graphite HB Pencil provides a smooth writing, sketching or drawing experience. Command attention & inspire with the brilliant blue Palomino pencils.

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
Whether you’ve never written with a fountain pen or you have a daily carry of multiple fountain pens, the Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is loved by all. Exquisite quality + great value = the perfect introductory fountain pen that writes right out of the box.

Gift Pick of the Week: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

7 Dec

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Guest Pen Review: Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pen

29 Nov

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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. 


Celebrate Fountain Pen Day! Special #FPD Coupon

2 Nov

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We’re celebrating the first annual Fountain Pen Day today! Scheduled for the first Friday of November, two fountain pen enthusiasts (with the backing of the larger fountain pen community at Fountain Pen Network), Aaron and Cary, have put the proverbial fountain pen flag in the ground of November 2, 2012. Check out all the resources they’ve compiled on and embrace the day!

To share the fountain pen love on, we’ve got a special coupon on the Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pen! Grab it in Graphite, Ocean Blue, or Dark Purple (all available in either Fine or Medium nib), and take 10% off the AL-Star Fountain Pen for a limited time. Just use coupon code FPD10 at checkout for the 10% savings and enjoy it for Fountain Pen Day!


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Learn more about the Lamy AL-Star: The Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pen is a fun and functional fountain pen, perfect to add to any fountain pen enthusiasts’ collection. Made of lightweight aluminum, the Lamy AL-Star has a sleek and modern design with a flexible wire clip. The translucent grip section is molded for comfort and the whole pen comes ready to write right out of the box!

The AL-Star uses ink cartridges primarily (a Lamy T10 Blue Ink Cartridge is included with your purchase), but can be modified with Lamy’s Z24 Converter to use their T52 Bottled Ink. Choose the Lamy AL-Star in either fine or medium nib, and use it for everyday use or for catching up on correspondence!


How will you be celebrating the first Fountain Pen Day?
Share with us in the comments below!

Have a Ball & Add to Your Lamy Family

3 Oct

Add to Your Lamy Family with Rollerballs & Ballpoints on

We’re thrilled to add more Lamy pens to our site, just for you! Now the uber-popular Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is available in a Rollerball and Ballpoint version.

Meet your new favorite rollerball: the Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen is ideal to use in all writing situations, whether it’s at home, in the office, or on the go. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the Safari Rollerball’s unique design has a flexible wire clip, plus molded triangular grip for comfort when writing. The Safari Rollerball Pen uses Lamy’s M63 Refills and comes with a black refill already inserted in the pen so it writes right out of the box!

Love the smooth style of Lamy pens? Grab the Lamy Safari Ballpoint Pen to use around the office, for letter writing at home, and in your everyday life. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the Safari Ballpoint’s unique design has a flexible wire clip, plus molded triangular grip for comfort when writing. The Safari Ballpoint Pen uses Lamy’s M16 Refills and comes with a black refill already inserted in the pen.

Plus, check out the transparent Lamy Vista Rollerball Pen! The Lamy Vista gives you an intimate look inside the rollerball pen as you write. With a clear, non-fade plastic pen body, the Vista Rollerball comes with Lamy’s Black M63 Refill that is a smooth writing experience right out of the packaging.

Review Round-up Special: Lamy Love

18 Sep

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While drafting yesterday’s Monday Morning Review Round-up, we noticed a plethora of Lamy related reviews and posts popping up on our feeds. We love Lamy as much as the next pen and paper aficionado, and wanted to give Lamy a little nod with their own round-up. Here are just a few of the more recent related posts from the blogosphere:

From the Pen Cup: Lamy Safari Charcoal with Private Reserve Tanzanite Ink

A Penchant for Paper: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen – Green Body + Fine Nib

FPGeeks: Lamy 2000 and the Origins of “Lamy Design”, Part 1

Inkophile: Lamy Pens Beat The Summer Heat

CS4819: Lamy Vista Fountain Pen Review

Rants of the Archer: Lamy Safari 2012 Limited Edition Green

Sparkling Silvia: Lamy Pen Tutorial

Gourmet Pens: Lamy Extra Fine Fountain Pen

Have you done a review on a Lamy product and want to be included in this list? Add it in the comments and we’ll bump it up here!


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Smooth Writing: Our Top Picks

8 Aug

Take the boring out of note-taking! Get your writing noticed with each of our top picks, and best of all, buy the pen or pencil and get 20% off their accessory.

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Just In! Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pens

27 Jun

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Available in Graphite, Ocean Blue, and Dark Purple, the Lamy AL-Star fountain pen is the updated version of the Lamy Safari, but with an aluminum body instead of plastic.

Perfect to add to any pen collection, the Lamy AL-Star has a sleek and modern design with a flexible wire clip. The translucent grip section is molded for comfort and the whole pen comes ready to write right out of the box! The AL-Star uses ink cartridges primarily (a Lamy T10 Blue Ink Cartridge is included), but can be modified with Lamy’s Z24 Converter to use their T52 Bottled Ink.

Choose the Lamy AL-Star in either fine or medium nib, and use it for everyday use or for catching up on correspondence!

Why We’re in Love with Lamy

7 Mar

Lamy Brand Story

“No design writes better,” promises the famed German pen manufacturer Lamy. With countless fans to attest that claim, Lamy rose to prominence using groundbreaking techniques with molded synthetic plastics in their pens. This is most notable when very carefully inspecting Lamy pens for lines where sections meet – look long enough and you may see the very faintest of a connection point, unnoticeable to the untrained eye.

Lamy’s Foundation: The 2000 Fountain Pen

Founded in 1930 by Josef Lamy (originally a sales representative for The Parker Pen Company), Lamy pens quickly rose to prominence as one of the most modern pen manufacturers with their flagship fountain pen the Lamy 2000, first released in 1966 and still their premier pen to this day.

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Check out the Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen on for all the details.

Made of a combination of fiberglass and brushed stainless steel known as Makrolon, the Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen is piston filled and thus can only be used with an ink bottle and not with ink cartridges. No worries though, the piston has quite a large and reliable capacity. It also has a gorgeous 14-carat gold, platinum-coated nib that is hand polished and semi-hooded to prevent ink drying when left uncapped, not to mention the spring-loaded stainless steel clip that can hold up to years of clip-on, clip-off.

Designed by Gerd Alfred Müller, the Lamy 2000 was awarded the Busse Longlife Design Prize in 1984. The 2000’s sleek design and smooth writing style has stood the test of time as it stays at the top of many a fountain pen enthusiasts’ wish lists. Just be sure not to leave it lying around the office as its refined look is sure to catch attention and it may “walk off” on its own! The innovative Lamy 2000 is so revered that it is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art and has won countless design awards. One other tip: the 2000 nibs are not marked, so keep the box you bought it in so you can always have the nib size on hand!

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Then in 1980, Lamy created the Lamy Safari, a fountain pen for beginners and students primarily, now heralded as one of the best introductory fountain pens on the market.

Lamy Z50 Nib

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Designed by Wolfgang Fabian & Bernt Spiegel, the Safari’s stainless steel Z50 nib is interchangeable with several other Lamy fountain pen collections including the CP1, AL-Star, Vista, Joy, Studio, Accent, and Logo. Some other models that are fitted with a standard Lamy steel nib can also swap out nibs, but the previously mentioned styles are the most available and used in the US. The Z50 nibs do not fit the Lamy 2000 fountain pen.

Back to the Safari though: With a shiny flexible chrome clip, the Safari is ready to travel and comes equipped with a Lamy T10 ink cartridge so you can write with it straight out of the box. You can also modify the Safari to use Lamy’s Z24 Converter, in which case you can use any bottled ink like Lamy’s T52 Bottled Ink.

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Grab the black, white, blue, or red Lamy Safari Fountain Pen on or get all four!

Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the Safari is available in Charcoal, Blue, Apple Green, Red, and White, on and is designed with the writer’s comfort in mind with its molded grip section. The Charcoal Safari comes with a black coated steel nib (your choice of fine or medium nib), while the Blue, Red, and White Safaris come with a non-coated steel nib (once again, your choice of fine or medium nib).

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen

In the late 90s, Lamy’s Al-Star line up exploded onto the scene. Also designed by Wolfgang Fabian and incased in lightweight brushed aluminum, the Al-Stars boast similar styling to the Safari. It has the same interchangeable Lamy nibs, chiseled edges for a rounded-square look, and wire grips (although the Al-Stars come in either black or chrome.) You’ll also find that the Al-Star has a slightly larger diameter and is a tad bit heavier. It also has a smoky translucent grip because, after all, an Al-Star has nothing to hide. It also accepts the Z24 converter, so you can write in your favorite Lamy T52 bottled ink:  Turquoise, Blue-Black, Blue-Washable, Green, or Red.

Today, Lamy has branched into ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, mechanical pencils, and more, and is still at the forefront of pen innovation. Still made in Heidelberg, Germany, Lamy is a brand you can trust for quality, durability, and versatility.