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When I was in Phoenix earlier this year, I placed an order with Goulet Pens which I talked about here. Inside the box were two Lamy Al-Star gift sets, in purple, for my sister and I, as presents from our father for Christmas. Tonight I inked it up and took some photos.

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The super nice box it came in.

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The set comes with a Lamy Al-Star in purple, with a medium nib, a Z24 converter, a package of black Lamy cartridges and a bottle of black Lamy ink. The pen itself comes with a blue cartridge. Lamy Al-Stars differ from the Lamy Safaris in that the body is made of aluminum and the section is somewhat transparent. As with other Lamy models you either enjoy the triangular section or you don’t. My sister and I actually had quite an interesting conversation about sections; she is very picky about them (as am I) and didn’t actually realize it until we tried a bunch of different ones. I would recommend trying out a Safari or an Al-Star at your local pen shop before purchasing, just to make sure you enjoy the feel of the pen.

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I tend to like the ink to match the barrel colour so I chose J. Herbin’s Poussiere de Lune (Moondust Purple) for this Al-Star. And I really like the match, as seen in the above writing sample, on Rhodia paper. The pen started up almost right away, and the writing is very smooth and even. I think I enjoy writing with this one more than my Safari, but only just. Both are excellent pens.

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Here’s a close-up of the beautiful body. I really love this colour. I seem to recall Brian Goulet saying this is the first time Lamy has released a purple pen but I’m not 100% sure on that. Either way this is an amazing colour and a joy to write with.

Lamy for Christmas – thank you Dad!