The Lamy Al-Star is the aluminum version of the Lamy Safari. The pens used the same nibs and have the same dimensions.
The Lamy Al-Star is a popular pen but the aluminum isn’t always as good an option as the Safari’s plastic. Critics of the Al-Star note that the aluminum is prone to scratching and dents, where the plastic of the Safari is quite tough. The Safari can scratch and scuff, but the plastic doesn’t show damage as easily as the anodized aluminum does.
The Lamy Al-Star is also similar to the Lamy Lx, which it the luxury version of this pen. The differences are limited to aesthetics though as the to pens are functionally the same. The Lx has metal hardware on the top and bottom of the pen, a black nib, and other minor upgrades.
The Lamy Al-Star, Lx, Vista, and Safari all use the same nibs, feeds, and grip section. All the of the parts of each pen are interchangeable with one another. The shape of the pens are all the same, but they will vary slightly in weight because of varied components and materials. The Al-Star is the second most expensive of the pens, right behind the Lx.
Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter|
|Barrel Color||Black, Green, Purple, Blue, Pink, Gray, Blue Green, Black|
|Body Diameter (mm)||12.9 mm|
|Grip Color||Black (Transparent Black), Transparent Black|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||11.2 mm|
|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Capped? Retractable?||Capped - Snap On|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||13.9 cm|
|Length Posted (cm)||16.7 cm|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||13.0 cm|
|Ink Color Shipped||Blue|
|Nib Color||Silver, Black|
|Nib Sizes||Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad|
|Writing Sizes||Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad|