Hacking the LAMY Pen

I picked up a Lamy AL-star Graphit about a year ago. I was in the market for a chunky pen, and from what I heard, Lamys were good writers.

I cannot say that the experience has been good. The Lamy M63 rollerball put ink down thickly, and about 3 months ago it stopped working consistently. I chucked it aside and went back to my Pilot G-2.

Visited the shops, and thought maybe I should switch over to the ballpoint refill, just to see how that works. No dice, it wouldn’t fit. The fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens all had different internal designs? Who knew? What happened to manufacturing efficiency and consistency?

Then I found this link online, and went to work:

Presenting the bastard child of Lamy and Pilot, with the addition of a 5mm BB pellet. The consistency of the Japanese gel ink, with the handsome looks of the German.

I like!

3 thoughts on “Hacking the LAMY Pen

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  2. GMB

    P.S. If you want to go old-school on this hack, you can use plain old *metal* BBs (TWO of them).

    The final slow screwing-in of the barrel will leave the writing tip a bit more naturally exposed.

    One caution: That squeezing will press the cap at the rear of the Pilot ink cartridge slightly farther in — you might want to think twice about carrying the hacked pen on an airplane. Possible increased pressure issues? (Prof. Feynman would know, but not me. :)

    1. eD

      No problems on planes – no 2nd glances from check-in security, and certainly no blue-splattered shirt.

      In hindsight, not a particularly elegant hack – the plastic screw-on tip of the pen gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago – after about 3 years. It turns out that the extra pressure applied while torquing the cap on with the BB in place will cause plastics to fracture. I would recommend something pliable to go on the back of the cartridge.. rubber or (softer) plastic…

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