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Lamy CP1 Fountain Pen

The Lamy CP1 fountain pen is a plain pen with far from plain performance. Its simple design, uniform color, and low price make it ideal as a beginner pen for anyone valuing simplicity in their writing instruments. Its reliable performance and smooth lines offer consumers the satisfaction of a steady, dependable writing experience.




• Manufacturer part number: LMY_CP1
• Weight: 4 ounces
• Dimensions: 6.9 in. x 2.6 in. x 1.1 in.
• Nib size: Extra fine, fine, medium
• Nib material: Stainless steel
• Detailing: Stainless steel clip, all-black, small branding on clip
• Ink color: Black or blue
• Pen color: Black
• Ink refill: Cartridge or converter
• Packaging: Elegant Lamy-branded box


The Lamy CP1 is an entry-level fountain pen that stands out from the competition because of its extremely plain and simple design. The pen sports an entirely black barrel and cap, with no trim, details, or markings besides a stainless steel clip and a small branding along the side of the clip. The clip itself is the most unique aspect of the pen, with a sloped design. The plain design and narrow shape make the CP1 look almost identical to a Uniball pen, and can confuse those who do not examine the two closely. In addition to its simple design, the CP1 sports a relatively narrow barrel and is fairly short. This size is generally considered acceptable by consumers, but can feel a bit short for those who have larger hands. The CP1’s size and design come across as understated elegance. Despite its small size and plain appearance, the Lamy CP1 is a relatively heavy pen. As a result, it can feel like a more expensive pen in the hand. The weight is due mostly to the pen’s construction from metal, as well as its matte black lacquered finish, and can offer a pleasant writing experience.

The Lamy CP1 comes with a stainless steel nib in one of a number of sizes, including extra fine, fine, and medium. These nibs write a bit wider than average, meaning that some consumers may want to change their nib for something finer. Fortunately, the nibs on this pen model are easily interchangeable, allowing consumers to easily swap nibs back and forth, depending upon what type of writing they are doing and what type of nib they prefer to use. The only downside to the nibs on this pen is the slight hesitation or dryness that some of them provide. Otherwise, they perform reliably and consistently. Other appealing features of the pen include a converter that allow the consumer to use a different type of ink than that provided by Lamy. Using a different ink can help to avoid leakage or excessive dryness when using the pen, and also give the consumer flexibility in choosing an ink that appeals to them.

The Lamy CP1, because of its price tag and design, is ideal for anyone just entering the world of fountain pens. Its consistent performance makes it a good choice for anyone who writes consistently, and its simple design makes it ideal for anyone who enjoys a minimalist style.

Updated: March 24, 2015 — 9:02 am

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