Fountain Pen Review: Lamy Aion (and Giveaway)

Review by Laura Cameron

When I first saw photos of the new Lamy Aion (€42.98 via Appelboom), I was actually quite excited about trying it.  With no offense to Lamy Safari and AL-Star devotees, I have never found either pen to be comfortable in my hand because of the molded grip.  So I was thrilled for a new pen that was sleek and modern, and most of all had a lovely round barrel.

I pestered Ana to order one for The Desk to try and she graciously ordered a silver Lamy Aion with an EF nib for me to try.

Lamy Aion

The Aion is a beautiful aluminum pen with a silver brushed matte finish. This gives the Aion both a smooth feeling body, and just a tiny bit of texture that makes for a lovely grip. The nib in the Lamy Aion has been redesigned to boast slightly different lines, but the feed can still hold your favorite Lamy nib from another pen if you wish.

Lamy Aion

The Aion is a metal pen with some weight to it. Empty, the body of the pen weighs in at 21g and the cap adds another 12g, so if you prefer the lighter weight Safari and AL-Star, this pen may not be for you.

As with other models, the Aion has a snap cap that is postable. The length of the Aion closed (with the cap on) is 5.6″ and posted is 6.4″. I found this to be a little long for my tastes and chose to use the pen with the cap unposted.

Lamy Aion
Left to Right: Pilot Metropolitan Pop, TWSBI Eco, Lamy Aion, Retro 51 Tornado Fountain, Sailor Pro-Gear Slim

Lamy Aion

Overall, I enjoyed writing with the Aion. I don’t think it’s a great fit for me personally, because I found it slightly too large for my hand. I like the weight of the pen but the barrel circumference, even with a slightly tapered section, still feels fairly large in my hands and after a bit my hand ached using it.

When I filled the Aion with ink, it was a little slow to fill the feed and nib, but once filled, the nib wrote super smoothly.

Lamy Aion

Lamy Aion

Overall, I enjoyed testing the Lamy Aion and I’m a little sorry that it doesn’t work for me. However, my loss is your gain!


THE GIVEAWAY: We are giving away this Lamy Aion Silver Fountain Pen with Extra Fine Nib. This is a tester model so it has been inked and tested here at The Desk but will be cleaned, re-boxed and shipped directly to you in like-new condition.

Please leave a comment below and tell us what ink you’d put in the Lamy Aion for your first fill?

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Saturday, March 10th. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Saturday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. We will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within five (5) days, we will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS Priority Mail is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will be paid by the winner upon request. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents/APO only.


Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.


DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were provided free of charge by Appelboom for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. I’d fill it with Montblanc Irish Green, which is the most adequate substitute I’ve found for the late lamented Parker Penman Emerald.

  2. I’m new to the fountain pen realm, and Lamy is one of the brands that catches my eye, this model would be a great addition to my starter collection. So I would test it with my go to inks: Parker Quink.

  3. Oooh! I hoped I would get the aion for Christmas, but it didn’t happen! I would live to add it to my little collection and fill it with the new gorgeous Diamine dark purple anniversary ink you recently reviewed!!! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  4. I would ink with Diamine Oxblood. It’s my go-to ink. And it’s subtle enough to be professional while still being a bit different/stylish, which I think fits this pen well.

  5. I’m not usually a matchy-matchy guy when it comes to pens & inks, but I might seek out a bottle of Diamine Moon Dust to load up this one. Nice pen!

  6. I find Aurora Black flows beautifully in steel Lamy nibs and for no particular reason have used Lamys exclusively for bullet journaling.

    Have to say Aurora Black then!

  7. A nice, unpretentious but quality pen from a good company, Lamy. It’s on my wish list. An unpretentious pen deserves an unpretentious ink…Noodler’s Black.

  8. I think it needs sometime slightly unexpected, and really bright, so I’d go with Organic Studios Emily Dickinson Posey Pink.

  9. I’d probably use Akkerman #11 Treves-Turquoise as a first fill. I usually fill with a blue first, to test out how a pen writes.

  10. My first fill would have to be Rohrer and Klingner Dokumentus Ink. Firsts need to be preserved, and this is no different, hence, a bulletproof ink.

  11. Since it’s Saint Patrick’s day this week, I would go with Diamine Apple Glory, which is becoming a favorite green for me.

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