Get acquainted with Lamy's nibs.
Lamy is a staple across the fountain pen universe. They cover a range of writing instruments from uses with school children who are just starting out, to the die hard of adult stationery addicts. As such, they have a good range of various styles of nibs for all.
In the main Lamy Z50 nib family we have 4 differing sizes: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad. These steel nibs are available in either Polished or Black.
There is also the Left Hand and a beginner nib labelled with an "A" for the German word Anfänger, aptly meaning beginner. These are similar to the Medium size.
Lamy also offer the Joy calligraphy pens which carry italic nibs in 1.1mm, 1.5mm, 1.9mm.
The Lamy LX pens come with the fancy Z52 range which have mirroring EF, F, M and B sizes as per the normal Z50 range. For all intents and purposes for this article, the finished writing on the page is similar in appearance. However, we will have a look at comparing them in more depth the coming weeks.
Nib Width Comparison
Lamy Standard Nibs
Lamy Joy Nibs
Where to start?
If you're new to fountain pens we always recommend going middle of the road and trying the medium nib. They are a good all rounder, not too thick and not too thin. Once you're a bit more in tune with your writing style then you can decide if you would prefer going with the Broad, Fine or even Extra Fine.
For those who are just learning how to pick up and write for the first time ever with, Lamy have the A nib which is similar in width to the Medium nib. Generally these are for young children so they don't feel discouraged with their initial attempts at holding a pen.
The Left Hand nib is for, you guessed, the left handed crowd. It is intended to have a similar width as the Medium nib and which allows writing for the particular way the pen meets the paper when using the opposing hand.
Line Variation of Lamy Joy Nibs
For more creative writing, Lamy's Joy pens come with italic nibs in 1.1, 1.5 and 1.9mm sizes. If you're stuck deciding, then it's always better to go straight into the deep end first with the widest offering, the 1.9 is just a great deal of fun! If it is too much then you'll have a better idea of how much to come down than if you do it the other way.
These Italic shaped nibs give a very nice line variation when holding the pen with the nib at a 45 degree slant, you can see the results of this in the photo above. At one extreme you get a very fine line and then coming down the other way is the full width of the nib at work.
The fantastic thing about it all is that all these Lamy nibs are interchangable so if you decide to switch one way or the other as you progress or want to change it up, it's much cheaper than buying a whole new pen.
Lamy Standard Nib Writing Sample
Lamy Joy Nib Writing Sample
Alongside the standard nibs, the more premium pens (i.e. Lamy 2000, Lamy Dialog etc.) have a 14 ct. gold nibs with a platinum coating. They still have the same scale between the EF and B but also introduce the Double Broad (BB) and Oblique nibs (from M to BB).
Once we have had a chance to play around with these then this article will be updated.