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LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen, Fine Nib Point (L74F)

3.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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  • Palladium finish with cartridge filling system
  • Twist mechanism
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Product Description

Size: Fine Nib Point

The LAMY dialog 3 is a revolutionary fountain without a cap. Thanks to a fascinating twist mechanism the nib slides elegantly out of the interior of the barrel, while the clip retracts onto the shell. The twist-action fountain pen is then ready to write. When the fountain pen is twisted closed a ball valve automatically moves in front of the opening and protects the retracted nib from drying out and getting dirty. The clip lifts up and the fountain pen can be clipped into a pocket or bag. Twist-action fountain pen in palladium finish. With cartridge filling system with ink cartridge LAMY T 10 blue, converter Z 26 and pen case made of beech. With full retractable 14 Kt bi-Color gold nib, anodized.


Product Information

Size:Fine Nib Point

Technical Details

Brand Name Lamy
Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 1.7 x 6 inches
Item model number L74F
Color silver
Material Type Metal
Number of Items 1
Size Fine Nib Point
Point Type Fine
Ink Color SILVER
Manufacturer Part Number L74F

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ASIN B002YQ6A20
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #151,366 in Office Products (See top 100)
#1,456 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pens & Refills > Fountain Pens
#184,118 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 25, 2009

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By R. J. Reid on January 1, 2011
Size: Medium Nib Point
I received the Dialogue 3 as a gift not long after it was introduced to the market. I fully expected the retractable nib, nib cover, or retractable pocket clip to fail at some point, but I've put the pen through hundreds, perhaps thousands, of cycles, and I have no problem with it yet. It seems that the designer did their job well. The quality of the medium nib is top-notch. Not for people who have small hands, though. This pen is large, and does take some getting used to.
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Size: Medium Nib Point Verified Purchase
I got this as a birthday present from my wife.
I love this stuff. It writes smooth without effort.
Best part is you can just twist it to get the nib in or out. No fuss.
And until it is completely twisted closed, it wont clip on your pocket either, just another ingenious way to make sure it is really closed so no accidental leaks.
One important thing, it does weigh heavy for a fountain, so if you have small hands or if you are not used to it, it might take you time to get used to it.
If you like using fountain, you will love this one.
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Size: Medium Nib Point
I eagerly awaited this pen, and I received it as a gift shortly after it became available. First the positive. It's beautiful, the design is clever and works well (when it works, see below), it writes well and in general is a pleasure to use. it is large, but I have large hands so that's not an issue for me. Since the body of the pen is a cylinder with no tapering it's not highly ergonomic, and it did take some time to get used to it. I use mine with the converter and Waterman Havana ink which seems to work very well with this nib - I almost never have a drying issue, nor any drip issues, etc. When it works it's my primary pen and gets used often throughout the day. I don't care much about such things, but the wooden case that the pen comes in is quite tasteful and nice.

Unfortunately, I've had to send the pen in 3 times for repair. The first because the palladium finish started to peel off, the 2nd and 3rd times because the twist to open mechanism failed. I think they replaced the entire pen the first time because the mechanism felt different after I received it.

I treat all my possessions, including my writing instruments with care - no dropping, no forcing, and I routinely clean the nib. I waited a long time for this pen to be released and I'm disappointed in the quality of the instrument. When it works properly it is a pleasure to use, but it's frustrating to need to keep sending it in for repair. In the great scheme of things a $300 fountain pen isn't all that expensive. Still and all, for that kind of money it should work properly.

I will say that the folks at Lamy have been easy to deal with - I think this is a QC or engineering issue.

Update - 12/26/2014. Since I got the pen back the 3rd time 11 months ago, it's worked properly. I don't do anything out of the ordinary, just clean the nib in vinegar every month or so. increasing rating to 4 stars. Will update again if issues arise.
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Size: Fine Nib Point
This is one of my favorite pens for several reasons. First, it is pure art and people really notice it. When they finally see it is a pen they think it is a space pen. There are a few real issues with it and some considerations.

First the considerations. It is large. Both the length and the diameter. It is also a heavy pen. Both of which work well if you have issues with your hands. The weight coupled with the larger diameter make for effortless writing.

The other consideration is the form factor.. it is round and straight, so it is like a large piece of chalk.

Issues. I have had issues with the internal mechnical twisting action. Also the issue with it drying out and inkflow, so much for airtight. I have never had issues with other Lamy pens, so this was a bit of a disappointment for me.

I do love the pen, but the issues I have had with it really made me knock down 2 stars. Others might even knock it down a bit more.
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Size: Fine Nib Point Verified Purchase
I received the pen in a timely fashion, overseas in about a week. The price was very reasonable, and the pen arrived in fine shape. I had watched a number of YouTube reviews of this pen, was intrigued, had a little extra cash since I hadn't bought a new pen in over a year, and decided to splurge. The mechanism is marvelous. Unlike the Pilot Vanishing Point, which sports a ball-point-like push button, the nib advancement is through twisting the back part of the barrel against the front. As you do this, a spherical shell covering the retracted nib slides to one side as the nib extends. What I like about the pen is its intricate engineering and sleek look; there are just two things I don't like. The first is that the ink flow is a bit skimpy. If I write slowly enough it keeps up, but the line gets a bit anaemic if I go too fast. It doesn't stop flowing altogether, but it does get a might pale. So far I've tried both the cartridge (blue, included with the pen) and the converter (using Parker b/b Quink). It may just be that the nib needs some adjusting, and I may try to find a Lamy dealer nearby (in the UK) to do this, but that's a hassle one shouldn't have to deal with at this price range. The second thing I don't like is something that probably can't be remedied without redesign: when the converter is fully inserted into the section, only the twist knob is visible and you can't see how much ink there is. Knowing how much I and many others appreciate being able to gauge the ink reserve, I'm surprised the designer of this pen didn't think to allow for even a couple of millimeters of view space. My actual rating is somewhere closer to a 3.5 than a 4 star.
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