When discussing pens on Unsharpen.com we use some terms so often that we assume everyone knows the meaning. But these meanings aren’t always clear and sometimes our definition will vary from that found on other sites.
With that in mind, what is a ballpoint pen?
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The Lamy Nexx is an entry-level fountain pen and one of the lesser-known pens in the Lamy’s pen family.
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The Lamy Tipo is an entry-level capless rollerball. It’s a fun pen, but it’s not in the running for one of our best rollerball pens.
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One of the downsides of the popularity of some fountain pens is that fakes have hit the market. Sometimes these are clones, but there are also outright fakes that are sold as the original. One of the pens that has been affected is the Lamy Safari.
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If you want a retractable fountain pen, you have to understand that you are diving into a niche within a niche. Only a tiny subset of fountain pens are retractable, so there isn’t as much competition as you’d expect, but this is still a rich and interesting segment.
Let’s run through today’s top retractable fountain pens.
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When buying a pen you will encounter many of the same words each type you buy. The number one thing you should be looking out fo– so you know what to expect from the pen — is the type of ink. Two popular and often confused types are ballpoint and gel ink.
So what’s the difference between ballpoint and gel pens?
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Lamy’s standarized fountain pen nibs aren’t particularly complex, but there are some basics concepts to know if you want to get the most out of them. Additionally, there are some long lists of details you might want to refer to that aren’t worth memorizing but will help you with your purchase.
This article will help you get your head around Lamy’s steel and gold fountain pen nibs.
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Pen refills come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these are standards, shared across pen brands and decades of pen designs, while other are propriety and limited to just a few brands or even a few models. This means that replacing the ink in a pen, especially an older one, may end up being a more difficult task than you’d expect.
The goal of this article is to make buying a new ink refill for your pen as easy as possible. A secondary goal to this guide will be maximizing the number of refill options available for each pen. This is only possible once you have a good understanding of refill shapes and which are interchangeable.
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Many people see fountain pens as occasional writing instruments, maybe for doing some journaling or writing a letter, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The right fountain pen can be a great everyday tool, even if it never approaches the tool-like functionality of a ballpoint pen.
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New York City is a dream for shoppers of all kinds, but it really isn’t a stationery town. Compared to the cities of Europe or even some smaller college towns New York City’s stationery shops are few and far between, and dedicated pen shops are even rarer. What’s worse is that many of the longstanding places, like Pearl Paint’s iconic Canal Street location, have been closing.
Things aren’t all bad though, NYC still has some of the nation’s top stationery destinations.
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The Al-Star is the aluminum-bodied version of the Lamy Safari, the company’s best-selling fountain pen.
The Lamy Al-Star is the aluminum version of the Lamy Safari. The pens used the same nibs and have the same dimensions.
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The Lamy 2000 family is best know for its fountain pen, but it’s sold in a rollerball version as well. The rollerball has very similar styling to the fountain pen, including a cap. The Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil and ballpoint are capless models.
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The Safari is an entry-level pen from Lamy. It’s most commonly sold as a fountain pen, but also appears as a mechanical pencil, and ballpoint pen.
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The Lamy Aion is one of Lamy’s newer models, having been released in 2017. It’s an aluminum pen that highlights the company’s mastery of materials, combining brushed aluminum, bead blasted aluminum, and polished steel into a handsome pen.
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Gel pens and rollerball pens can seem like the same thing and they are, in fact, often confused. What’s the difference between the two?
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