Few weeks ago, Lamy has introduced a new pen called Lamy Aion. It’s pure and quite minimalistic look, which is is rather characteristic to Lamy in general had been achieved by British designer Jasper Morrison. When I have seen it first time at the London Writing Equipment Show in October at the Write Here desk, it really brought my attention. I like simple, but at the same time functional designs. Moreover, when I tested it, I was really positively surprised how well and smoothly EF nib it had performed.
The entire body of the Lamy Aion is made from aluminium, except clip. The surface of the entire pen is matt-black anodic coated which is nicely contrasting with glossy clip and nib. The coating gives pretty and an interesting lightly abrasive feel. Some people says that this to some extent reminds them a fine nail polish and in fact you can use it like that if you really but really need it…(please don’t!) It may give an impression that pen is not slippery, somehow similar to Makrolon® used in Lamy 2000, but Lamy 2000 is a completely different experience (the price tag too). However, the coating on Lamy Aion is very resistant to scratches, which is great if you work in the conditions and environment which is not necessarily good for fountain pens. Interestingly, the way the barrel and the section are brushed and coated is slightly different, which makes these two parts of the pen distinguishable. Some people will find it not right and some would not mind at all. Personally, I am on the fences, but I understand the idea behind. However, capped it looks consistent. The grip section is slightly tapered down and is comfortable to use.
I consider Lamy Aion as a long pen. Here are some measures:
Capped – 14.3 cm, uncapped – 13.7 cm, posted- 16.3 cm
Lamy Aion’s weights are: 32.0 g capped and 22.0 g uncapped. It feels well balanced in hands. The lower part of the pen (grip section) feels heavier.
Capped is almost the same size as Lamy Safari, however uncapped is few milometers longer.
The ‘click-on’ cap is well made with pretty circular brushed finish on the flat top. In most cases putting the cap on works fine, but there are instances where if your cap position is slightly off the nib may be hitting an inner part of the cap and this sometimes needs some manual repositioning. Not a big deal, but not ideal either. The band at the end is glossy and this is the only unbrushed part of the body. I found it as a nice touch. Simple thing, but it added additional dimension to this rather minimalistic and simplistic design. The springy clip is very well made and functional. It has laser engraved Lamy logo on the side of the clip (very similar to Lamy 2000).
Lamy Aion comes with a polished stainless steel nib (EF, F, M, and B) , which is redesigned, curvy and more elegant compared to characteristic angular nibs used in Lamy Safari. The nib housing and mounting are the same in both cases, so if you need you can swap different nibs easily. I tried to swap the original nib with the one from my Safari and it definitely works with no problems or whatsoever.
The nib I have is EF and it write surprisingly smooth with right amount of feedback. The writing experience is pleasant. It was my selling point when I was testing it during London Writing Equipment Show this year. I am using Lamy Aion for several weeks now and I had no starting problems, etc. It writes well.
Lamy Aion accepts Lamy’s Z27 cartridge converters as well as T10 cartridges.
Price: UK £ 47.50
Lamy with their new Aion fountain pen is aiming for the affordable by most midrange price level customers similar to the older model Lamy Studio, which brings new material, coating and experience including new redesigned steel nib. Design is in line with the other Lamy products which combines simplistic but functional design Lamy Safari is an exception here with its angular and somehow award grip section). However, to may users this pen in not reinventing the wheel and design may look very exciting. I like it though.
Lamy Aion is well made from good quality materials and it does not feel cheap and in my opinion, this is a large step forward compared to very popular Safari line. However, its metal (aluminium) body may not be to everyone’s taste (it feels cold) and the same with abrasive finish, which I still have not used to. It is OK and does the job but the feel is far far behind the Lamy 2000 experience. Of course, is a bit unfair to compare these two pens once they belong to completely different classes.
Overall, Lamy Aion is a good everyday pen. The simple but yet elegant design makes this pen suitable for office and meetings. The scratch resistant coating may be a bonus. I found it very useful, since I carry this pen regularly between office and rather hostile laboratory environment, which I do not tend to do with resin based fountain pens.
- well manufactured
- good materials and finish
- smooth nib (easy to swap with other Lamy’s nibs including these from Safari)
- decent size and weight (not too light and not too heavy)
- well-made and functional clip
- some minor problems with cap alignment when closing the pen.
- abrasive coating and aluminium may not be to everyone’s taste (very subjective)
(*) Disclaimer/ I have no affiliation with the all brands and companies mentioned above and this short review reflects only my personal views and findings about the product. The pen was individually purchased.