Lamy Vista is basically the Safari but in a clear, demonstrator version. It’s hard not to love a demonstrator. If you’re into fountain pens, the thought of seeing some of the mechanics and watching your ink level easily is probably appealing to you.
While I don’t love plastic pens, I am attracted to demonstrators.
I would love to fill it with an obnoxious color of ink just for looks. I’m using the included Lamy blue ink cartridge in the review and writing sample.
Lamy Vista Fountain Pen Design
The Lamy Vista feels good in the hand and feels like it’d be a great pen to learn on since it’s so lightweight. It’s cheap enough that you won’t mind scratching it up in your pocket but expensive enough that you won’t want to lose it.
The Safari has engraved letters in the body where the Lamy letters are printed on the surface level. They both have well fitting pull off caps but the Vista has the extra cool factor of transparency. I love that you can see everything. [/twocol_one]
The Lamy Vista Nib
The Vista nib is stainless steel and is nail hard as expected. There is no give or flex and the pen writes as you’d expect, reliably and well. As its cousin, the Safari, is the brand’s flagship pen offering with many people naming the iconic Safari as their first fountain pen, the Vista is every bit as reliable and noteworthy.
The nib is simple and unadorned. There is no engraving or lettering outside of the brand being stamped behind the nib size marker.
I’m reviewing the Fine nib. It writes consistently, although it’s a little on the dry side and on the upper right stroke, there was a tiny bit of scratchiness that detracted from the overall experience for me.
I’m sure it was a combination of me wanting to try the fine nib and the pen needing a little more ink to lubricate each stroke.
I used the included Lamy blue ink cartridge in the writing sample. It’s a pretty standard blue, not anything saturated or flashy, just a simple, almost watercolor-like blue.
Because the fine nib writes a tad on the dry side, the upside is that there was no bleed through or feathering on any of the pages I wrote. You don’t have to worry about ghosting on the backs of your notebook pages since it wasn’t laying down so much ink as to cause a mess on the other side.
This is definitely an everyday carry type of pen. The price is right, the performance is solid and you aren’t scared to beat it up a little. This is a great fountain pen for anyone wanting to try a demonstrator for the first time as well without breaking the bank.
The Cap – Screw/Pull/Post and What That Means
Lamy Vista has a pull off cap and the lightweight body doesn’t cause hand fatigue. This fountain pen is so well balanced, it’s hard to put it down once you start writing. You can easily post the cap on the back and it stays there. No issues with posting, chattering or feeling too long or short when posted.
Who is the Fountain Pen Good For? Is It a Good Overall Value?
This is your pen if you’ve wanted to try a demonstrator but haven’t made the jump yet.
If you want an upmarket demonstrator that happens to be one of my all time favorite fountain pens, take a look a this one, it’s considerably more expensive, but that one will set your heart aflutter when you use it… gold nib and demonstrator body.
This Lamy Vista is an excellent starting point if you’re not committed to spending well over $100 yet on a fountain pen. This will give you that cool transparent look without a steep price tag.