The Lamy Xevo is a stylish ballpoint pen that was announced by the company in June 2020.
Initially there was some confusion about the name of this pen. On its website Lamy called the pen the “Lamy Xevo” but in all other mentions (such a pre-launch materials) the pen was called the “Xeno.” The Lamy 2019 catalog image called the pen the “Xeno” as well. Now that the pen is live, we know the name is the “Xevo” and the confusion is behind us.
The Xeno was designed for Lamy by Eric Degenhardt with the goal of being minimalist and a reduced down as possible. This is a typical theme in Lamy’s design but hasn’t been something the company has been as strict about in the last decade (or so).
The pen will be sold in black and white colorways and will be presented in Lamy and stationery stores in an open case with 60 pens, which means the price will not be that high. We’d expect to see an MSRP of 14.90 euros, just like the Lamy Econ.
The pen uses the Lamy M16 ballpoint pen refill, just like all current Lamy full-size ballpoint pens.
Unlike the Econ, the Xeno appears to be a twist retractable pen, more like the Baron Fig Squire or the Pilot Timeline than the knock-style Econ.
Lamy Xevo Review
Having used the Xevo for a few months now, I can say that this is a very nice sub-$10 pen. It is well made, has an interesting design with a real perspective about how a pen should look, and it’s reliable.
These are all qualities that we’ve come to expect from Lamy, we just don’t normally see these attributes available at so cheap a price. Even the Safari ballpoint costs most then this pen! It’s about $16 where the Xevo is more like $10. The Xevo’s price even manages to slide in under the Econ and and the Logo. The closest match to the Xevo is likely the Noto, which is a bit more stylish but a good deal less functional.
The pen is made of a hard plastic with a satin finish. So the texture gives it some grip but the material isn’t particularly interesting or forgiving. The twist mechanism that extends and retracts the refill is similarly utilitarian — it works well but doesn’t have the smooth feeling or crisp click action of a more expensive pen.
Where the Xevo excels is in it’s very nicely made spring-loaded clip, its good looks (reminiscent of the Zebra Blen), and its interesting contours — it was clearly modeled by an expert hand and a master of 3D space.
This is a good daily pen with nice styling, and a very reasonable price tag. It should stay in the Lamy lineup for a long time and truly belongs there.
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Lamy Xevo Ballpoint Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Barrel Color||Black, White|
|Grip Color||Black, White|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||11.0|
|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Capped? Retractable?||Retractable - Twist|
|Clip?||Metal - Spring-loaded|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||14.2|
|Ink Color Shipped||Black|
|Writing Sizes||Fine, Medium, Broad|