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.
Lamy Tipo Review
The Lamy Tipo is a retractable rollerball pen that is very similar to the Lamy Swift, but considerably different from most of the Lamy lineup.
The pen’s most important feature is the clip which is used to extend the refill as well as to retract it. The clip actually sticks into the body of the pen, keeping the writing tip extended (knocked). This means that is the clip breaks the pen will no longer function, which is an issue with this pen because most of them have a plastic clip.
Some early models of the Tipo used a metal clip as well as a metal grip instead of plastic one, but these are hard to find. They have the same name — Tipo — with no distinction from the standard models, so finding one can be quite a challenge.
The Tipo is a very compact and portable pen, especially for a rollerball, where the size of the pen is limited by the size of the refill.
The Lamy Tipo is a very good looking pen and the body is made of a high quality plastic grip and an anodized aluminum body. The body is very similar to Al-Star, which his to say a lightweight aluminum that ships in a number of fun, metallic colors.
The grip section of the pen is well enough designed as it is comfortable to hold and use, but it’s plastic and can feel rathe cheap. This isn’t a problem given that the Tipo sells for about $12, making it quite affordable, but it’s generally understood to be one of the least well constructed a Lam pens. This pen is a great option if you are looking for a Lamy pen that is a bit shorter as most of the company’s pens skew quite long.
The Lamy Tipo Rollerball Pen uses a standard M66 Lamy refill. You can easily replace the refill with a Pilot G2 refill if you’d prefer a gel ink.
Lamy Tipo Rollerball Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Rollerball / Gel|
|Barrel Color||Gold, White, Silver, Teal|
|Barrel Material||Plastic, Aluminum|
|Body Diameter (mm)||11.8 mm|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||11.3 mm|
|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Capped? Retractable?||Retractable - Top Button, Retractable - Clip Open|
|Ink Color Shipped||Black|