on saleLAMY dialog 3 Fountain Pen - pianoblack

Product Code LMY-L74PBKEF

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on saleLAMY dialog 3 Fountain Pen - pianoblack

Product Code LMY-L74PBKEF

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$319.20

MSRP $399.00

Color:
pianoblack
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The LAMY dialog 3 is a revolutionary fountain pen 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.

This shiny black fountain pen comes with a smooth interchangeable two-tone 14k gold nib. It comes with a blue LAMY ink cartridge and a Z27 converter to get you started writing right away!

Note: To ensure quality performance, LAMY tests their pens as a final step in manufacturing. If you happen to see any residual blue ink, rest assured that this is normal.

Click here to shop all compatible LAMY ink cartridges.

Condition
New
Brand
LAMY
Type
Fountain Pens
Color
Black
Demonstrator

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

No
Body Material
Lacquered metal
Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Capless
Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Bottled inks, Proprietary LAMY ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Metal
Nib Size
Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Two-Tone
Nib Material
14k Gold
Postable

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.

No
Retractable

Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

Yes
Trim
Silver
Diameter - Body
13.6mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
13.6mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

13.6mm
Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

139mm (5.5in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

16.3mm (0.6in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
139mm (5.5in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

47g (1.7oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
47.0g
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.

1.58ml
Max Ink Capacity - Converter

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.

1.10ml

Customer Reviews

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Denise
AMAZING!

This is a beautiful pen. I have the piano black. I love the smooth sleek barrel, and amazingly enough its not hard to hold on to. The nib is so smooth and I find the EF has a much thicker flow than I first would have liked, but its just AWESOME!!!! LOVE THIS PEN!!!

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Aaron W.H.
Luxury and Engineering with a mostly refined experience

In full disclosure, I had a bad experience with my first model of this pen, in that the ink flow just wasn't right, even after ensuring that the nib was good. I don't know what it was, but it just didn't work out. However, Goulet handled the case with aplomb and I got a replacement that absolutely solved the ink flow issues. The pen seals at least as well as most other capless pens, and maybe even better than the Vanishing point, so I do think that Lamy has done a reasonably good job on ensuring that the pens seal at this point. However, these pens simply will not seal as tightly as a normal screw cap pen with an inner cap liner or shelf, so don't expect them to behave like that. The pen is a nice, girthy pen, but it really hits a homerun in terms of balance. Because of the way the pen is designed, the balance can pretty much be spot on, even, without any noticeable heavy spots that could get in the way of a smooth writing experience. Despite the weight of the pen, it's easy to use, maneuver, and handle. My first pen's mechanism wasn't super smooth, but the second pen I got had an excellent smoothness and a more refined build construction, especially in some of the inner cap threads. There is a subtle indent at the closing and opening extremes of the pen which tell you when the pen is fully open or fully capped, but it is easy to miss them if you are going too fast, so I would let yourself get used to it by going slowly at first. Like the Curidas but unlike the Vanishing Point, the D3 has a full sized nib at the front, so you get to see the whole nib in its glory. While Lamy gold nibs are not extravagant and large by most standards, they are still handsome nibs that are in keeping with the Lamy Design aesthetic. They are also competently, but somewhat soullessly, ground and tuned. They are well tuned nibs, with good tipping and polishing, but they lack the character or spirit of a Japanese or Montblanc nib, IMO, or the sheer brutishness of a Pelikan nib. Every one of the gold nibs I have had has also come tuned to the drier side with the nib tines strongly touching each other. If you use a wet nib and prefer a very controlled line, or if you have a heavy hand, then this tuning will serve you well, but if you have a light hand, use a variety of inks, and want to have a wet, juicy line, then this will drive you insane. I had to tune all of the Lamy gold nibs that I got to open up the tines just a little bit to keep the tines from touching so much at the front. After that, they were smooth, wet, and excellent writers. However, they use a very round tipping at the front that leads to a very consistent, but somewhat boring line. This gives the nib a somewhat unrefined or unattenuated feel. Depending on how picky you are with your nibs, it might be the best think you've every tried (as they are very easy to use and work well), or it might lack that certain Je ne sais quois. Otherwise, this is an eminently practical, sleek looking, modern, and attractive capless pen. It does its job well, give you just enough luxury to feel a little high brow, but without feeling either too traditional or too ostentatious. The easy to replace nib gives you an extremely wide and accessible choice of nibs to suite your tastes, you get ample ink supply in the Lamy cartridges and their converter, and the pen feels sturdy, industrial, solid, and well done. Part of the Lamy character is the bauhaus element, which kind of strips some character from things in order to highlight a purity of function, and the Dialog 3 certainly achieves this. Personally, I wish there was a little more character in the nib (in the style of Platinum, Sailor, or Montblanc), but I can't fault Lamy for staying true to their design philosophy even in the nibs.

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Brandon
Beautifully designed pen with some minor issues

I just had to get this pen due to its design the amount of engineering that went into making the internal mechanism. The lacquered metal is fairly grippy and matches well with other black accessories that I own. I like it better than my Vanishing Point in some ways because there's just nothing that compares to writing with a full-sized nib. However, I do have a few complaints. When the pen is in a retracted state, the clip has a little bit of wobble to it; this can be an issue when you twist open the pen because you can inadvertently be applying pressure to the clip and push it off at an angle. This is a minor design flaw which isn't a deal-breaker but should be kept in mind when operating the pen to preserve the integrity of the clip. Regarding quality control, I expect LAMY to have the highest standards of any non-luxury pen brand - supposedly they inspect every gold nib under a loupe and test them by hand. When I received my Dialog 3, it had quite a bit of scratchiness which at first I attributed to it having a fine nib. However, upon closer inspection with the naked eye, I found the tangs of the nib to be appreciably misaligned. This is simply unacceptable given the standards LAMY upholds in their manufacturing and testing processes. Nevertheless, I was able to gently bend one of the tangs back into alignment and it wrote smoothly afterwards. I am not disappointed that I purchased this pen - in fact, I love it - but my experience does raise some questions regarding LAMY's QC.

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Anonymous
This was the pen after the last pen I was going to buy.

You should look at my record over the last 6 months. I just couldn't resist. I have collected over 90 vintage pens, mostly Parker since 1996. Then I started watching on You Tube. You can put the story together based on my history. I should be finished. If you do see me but another pen, you will know it is special. I visit your site often just to prove that I don't need another pen.

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Daniel T.
Bad nib

The ink flow of the nib that came with it was nearly non-existent. The tines were too close to get a sheet of brass in between. I had to swap the nib from my Lamy Studio to be able to use this pen.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above. 

Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:

  • Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
  • Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
  • Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
  • Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
  • Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.

Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.

How do I clean a fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck. 

It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:

How often do I need to clean my fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors. 

Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.

My pen won’t write! What do I do? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.

We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.

If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed. 

If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help! 

What's your return policy? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.

Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.