GIVEAWAY: Lamy AL-Star Vibrant Pink

Valentine’s Day approaches and if you’re Team AL-Star all the way, then we’ve got a giveaway for you. Spoil yourself (or someone you love) with a Vibrant Pink Lamy AL-Star with a medium nib (Ana’s review here), generously sent to us by Appelboom for this giveaway. Just in time for the pinkest of holidays!

Cartridges are included and I’ll throw in some samples of the matching Vibrant Pink ink.  A converter isn’t included, but I’m happy to throw in one of those as well (though I’ll have to ship it to you under separate cover because somehow I don’t have one in stash). May the odds be ever in your favor!

THE DEETS: You are entering to win a brand new, unused Lamy AL-Star in Vibrant Pink with a medium nib. Converter not included, but will be shipped to you separately. I’ll throw in a few ink samples and some fun goodies as well!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me what you would do with your new pen!  Play along and type in something. It makes reading through entries more interesting for me, okay? One entry per person.

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FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, January 29, 2021. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Saturday, January 30th so we can ship to you before V-day! Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 7 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US and APO/AFO only, sorry.

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


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  1. If I won this, it would become my daily writer. My other two pens (a Lamy Safari and a Platinum Plaisir) are both black, so it’ll be fun to have something more colorful.

  2. Of course Valentine’s day is nigh,
    So begins my heartfelt reply,
    A note to my beloved, this pen would have cov’ed (spoken with my NY accent),
    The color matches my cheeks as I’m shy.

  3. If I won this generous contest for this beautiful pen, I would use it to write my rpg game notes and my schedule .

  4. I just love that color! I would put De Atramentis Document Violet ink in it (waterproof), and put the Vibrant Pink ink in a pen that has a stub nib.

  5. I love this color! If I won this pen, this ink would be perfect for special events and important notes in my planner.

  6. Huh, I would have expected more purple tones than brown ones in the ink.

    I suppose I should write something a bit more appropriate for the contest.

    If this pen I should win by some mir’cle clear,
    A gift ’twill be for a sister most dear.
    Pink ’tis her color most favored I do hear,
    And I, her brother, do wish her some cheer.
    While there are many a soul deservin’,
    It is my hope that this verse is a shoo-in,
    ‘Spite meter rude and rhyme crafted crudely.
    May its saccharine words turn hearts gooey.

  7. I would use this lovely pen to write all my letters for InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) which begins next month.

  8. I’d load it with a deep red or maybe purple ink and enjoy writing to some penpals!

    I like to be kind of in the ball park, but don’t have to be totally matchy-matchy

  9. I would use this to journal my journey through cancer as I was diagnosed last year with breast cancer and this beautiful pink pen would be such an appropriate item to write with.

  10. What would I do with a brand new pen…well the possibilities are endless. I could begin to pen my memoirs. Pretty light reading there. This would be my first fountain pen and I would probably dive down the rabbit hole that is fountain pens and I could document that journey. I know for sure that I would probably just set it prominently on the shelf and my BF would probably roll his eyes at me.

    Thanks for all you do for all of us and this opportunity.

  11. I would give it to my partner, to round out thier wide collection of Lamy AllStars, Safaris, and DLXs…

  12. I plan to participate in the #100dayproject starting Jan 31. I intend to participate in the project by doing hand lettering, so this pen will join the rotation of fountain pens for this project.
    Happy New Year!

  13. I would journal and send cards with this beautiful pen! I’ve been sending a lot of cards during these past ten months.

  14. If I win this beautiful pen, I’d use it to write a romantic letter to my husband of 27 years for Valentine’s Day, and then on occasion now and then to surprise him. Plus I’d use it often for journaling. 🙂

  15. That pen whispers (well, shouts) about spring headed our way! I’d sit on my south-facing secret balcony, watching birds on the trees, writing & sketching observations in a handmade journal.

  16. I’ve been subtly buying better pens and stationary items for myself for years and my wife has gradually gotten more and more interested, so I would actually give this to her as her first fountain pen.

  17. I have exactly one spot remaining in my fountain pen display case and this would be the crowning jewel of the collection.

  18. Since INCOWRIMO is coming up, I would use my new pen to write letters to people in the friendship books that have piled up. I keep three journals as well. February is Vale
    ntine’s month too so i love the colour.

  19. If we were to win this pen, Set the scene thus: logging entries on handmade paper in our ships log as we travel round the Caribbean islands. Tropical paradise on the port bow! Atoll ahoy! Full helm to port. Bypass the leeward archipelago and bring up the windwards full and by. Coral inks will make this perfect.

  20. If I won this? I would obviously use it every day because bright pink things bring me joy. But–BUT!–I would also be sure to flash it on every single video teleconference I have, sneaking it into frame when someone was droning on (and on and on), or making it “swim” across the screen when we all looked like we had hit the wall, or tapping it thoughtfully against my chin as a silent signal to trusted co-workers when somebody was being a dingbat. What I would NOT do is let my cats play with it, at least not until they learned how to write in legible cursive.

  21. If I won this pen, I would use it to write in my journal. I have found it really therapeutic and peaceful to write every day with beautiful implements on beautiful paper.

  22. I’d gift it to my daughter who is in a post graduate program at a university in California. Though she’d had a tough year due to the pandemic, her inner light still shines bright. This beautiful fountain pen would brighten up her day and bring cheerful color to her study notes and serve as a reminder that people are inherently generous even during tough times.

  23. If I won this pen… It would be a Birthday present to my wife. If she does not like it or want it, I would do the honorable thing and use it for her.

  24. First thing is I would put in my new Callifolio Andrinople ink and see if it matches or clashes, then I’d do some drawings! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Hearts – many, many hearts, drawn, scribbled, embellished – and words of love; what more could a pen like this, on a holiday like this, wish for?

  26. I fell in love with this color when I first saw it and its matching ink. I made the mistake of my pen life by not buying this pen. This would become my favorite pen. The next time I was in Heidelberg Germany I would go by the Lamy store and have them engrave my name on the pen, to be mine forever.

  27. Oh my, love-me-a-Lamy. I would add it to my rotating diary collection. This year I started a 5-year style diary and every day I write in it using a different fountain pen. I found it’s a great way to keep them all working well. At the end of the month I’ll clean a few and exchange them with some new pens and inks from my “stash” of fountain pens/inks. So, while I don’t NEED another pen, I do love Lamys and do not have one this bright and shiny! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  28. If I am lucky enough to win this pen it would become my dedicated journaling pen. It is so bright and cheerful and would be a pleasure to use every day.

  29. I would be overjoyed. I would use it to write to my dear friends during this time of
    pandemic lockdown. We have discovered anew the glory of snail mail.

  30. I am super stoked to be doing InCoWriMo, so I would use it to send lots of letters and postcards. (After which, my daughter would almost certainly steal it for her own uses, which seems fair.)

  31. Just yesterday, I was talking with my wife about how a fountain pen isn’t the right gift for every person, for example, I wouldn’t get for her. Today I showed her this pen and she told me to sign up right away. So, I’d give it to Tina.

  32. My sister and I were never girly-girls. We both HATED pink for most of our lives. It was a joke in our family.

    But my grand-niece IS a girly-girl. She LOVES pink. So over the years, I’ve been re-evaluating my objections to pink. I now have several pink inks that I really, really like! I’d even take a pink pen!

    I’d use this one to enjoy my new-found love of pink, in pens and ink. 😀

  33. I love those Lamy and love the pink color. InCoWriMo is fast approaching so that means an extra load of letter writing.

  34. I would use the new pen to write in my daily planning notebook, my journal, and to write letters to my friends! I have a TWSBI Eco-T and I’m on the hunt for a pen I can ink up when the TWSBI is being cleaned. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

  35. Medium nibs are my favorite and I already have a bottle of vibrant pink ink ! I have owned a couple of safaris so will welcome a chance to try out the al-star

  36. My goal this year is to journal regularly and this pen would be my dedicated journaling pen! Thanks for the giveaway. I don’t comment often but enjoy all your reviews and link love.

  37. Obviously, if I were to receive this pen, I would have to buy to a new wardrobe to set it off. I’d need some outfits that would match the pen or coördinate with it and others that would complement the pen and set it off. I think I’d want a few hats with secure loops in which to keep the pen as an ornament that I could pluck out as needed. (Perhaps I could tuck a small notebook on the other side of the hats.) I might even choose my next pair of glasses frames to suit.

    Of course, I might also write with the pen. Crazy, I know. But I suspect astute observers might catch me drafting blog posts, signing documents, sketching, composing letters, doodling…Who knows?

  38. I would have to gift this to someone who likes pink, as I don’t. I’m sure I have a friend or two, maybe our “niece”, who would love it!

  39. I would give it to my daughter to start her on a journey (hopefully) of loving fountain pens, inks and handwriting. The pen is one of her favorite colors.

  40. I would flaunt it mercilessly every chance I got: wave it in front of my zoom camera before jotting down more notes, offer to sign other people’s credit slips at the grocery (their cards, not mine), bring and wear all my matching clothes/bags. Maybe dye my hair to match?? Joy!!!

  41. I would give it to my wife. She gave me a nice pen for my birthday. Now we would be able to write sweet notes to one another with our own pens.

  42. This would go fantastically with my hot pink planner! ‘Cause I’ll have something to plan this year, right?!?

  43. Hi. If I won it would be inked up in that lovely pink and gold ink and kept on my dining table/desk. Every morning I check my calendar and update my to do list. I keep a shopping list there and update it as the mood strikes me. When I do (finally) go shopping I take that shiny list with me and it makes me happy as I shift the list this way and that to look at the gold while I’m shopping.

  44. I love LAMY! I have a few Safaris but no AL-STAR. This color would be a unique addition to my collection, perfect with matching ink to write a love letter to my husband of 43+ years.

  45. I would use it as a gateway to get my adult daughter back into writing. The color would appeal to both her and her daughter.

  46. I would use this pen at work. I always enjoy the questions I get about my fountain pens and this colorful one would be a great conversation starter.

  47. Beautiful accessory for my scrubs! Pink Thursdays (remembering all those fighting breast cancer & all other days!! I will be the envy of all the staff when I pull this out to take notes at meetings. I will have to keep a close eye on this georgious pen. We all know those doctors who steal pens!

  48. What a lovely pen! This would be my first AL- Star but I do so love my Safaris. If I won I’d write an epic sonnet for my dearest love…or scribble my shopping list in a beautiful ink…probably both.

  49. Would write valentine letter to my husband. (I mean, I’ll be doing that with one of my pens anyway, would just be neat to do it with a pink pen, and ink.)

  50. Well, it’s time to hunker down and write some letters, right? I even got an early start today. So if I won the shiny pink toy, I’ll be writing letters! Incidentally, I’m thinking this year of writing personalized letters to elderly shut-ins, since this pandemic has our elderly more cooped up and isolated than ever. And we, in our small city, have seen some really nasty COVID breakouts in our long-term care facilities. That must engender a whole new level of fear and stress among residents and staff.

    What if we wrote to staff at hospitals, too? My mother in-law died in an Atlanta hospital just a few weeks ago, and it was so hard not to be with her. But in the midst of their busy duties, the nurse on duties every day scheduled Zoom calls with us and set up an iPad so we could see her, talk to her, and we could also invite an extended family member each day so people could see her, express their love. It was so meaningful. The nurses really were marvelous, so thoughtful, responsive and caring. I can’t imagine facing the number of deaths that they’re seeing and still having the energy they do for every patient and every distraught family. I’m including the nurses who attended my mother in-law in my letter writing. They were angels in such an unbelievably anguishing time.

  51. I would use this beauty to write some of my daily postcards to pen pals and family! (And probably to sketch cool things in my art journal)

  52. If I won the Lamy, it becomes my first, and I would write my nephew and his family. They had a baby boy one day before my birthday in my city, then moved back home after their contracts were up. We cooked for them often, delivering our take-out downtown and everyone made it through the lockdown.

  53. Team AL-Star!! If I won, this would be a daily writer-at work, for journaling, in rotation for snail mailing…I mean, how could you not use it all the time?!? That pink, that aluminum, that buttery nib!

  54. I have to have some pink in my life! as it is so cheerful! I do not have any pink pens nor ink, my colors are so dull. I would love to use this for recording in my Bullet journal and for my new found love of doing a Nature Journal. Cheers!

  55. I love Al Stars – I have two and they are my absolute work horses. If I won I would use this pen to write in a notebook my husband and I share. We write entries to each other and pass it back and forth.

  56. More and more I acknowledge my thoughts flow more readily with pen and paper than a keyboard. Hoping to edit a 10 year in the making novel with pens like this Lamy.

  57. I just started a new job and have been doing quite a bit of training (scientific field). A new pen and pink ink would liven up my notes!

  58. When I started using fountain pens (not so long ago), Lamy Vibrant Pink was one of the first bottles of ink that I purchased. I don’t have any Lamy fountain pens, yet there can’t be a better match for what remains one of my favorite inks. I’d use it to write love letters to my husband.

  59. I would use this lovely pen the same way I use my pink Lamy Safari classic: for journaling, writing letters, and basic notetaking. Not exciting, I know, but I’m a fan of the color and would love the upgrade!

  60. Thank you for the offer.
    I would definitely send a cute little note and sketch, all in the awsome pink, to all the friends I have, that think I’ve fallen off the edge of the earth, as they haven’t heard from me for the last 4 years. What a surprise they would have.

  61. I have NEVER been a pink person. Or a bright color person, really. But getting into fountain pens has totally changed my mindset and I have and am using colors I never would have in the past. I just recently found a pink I really liked (an Oster, natch), but don’t have a pink pen. I am not someone who HAS to match pens and ink, but to be honest it helps me remember what is inked with what without looking at my list. So this lovely Lamy would both be added to my collection and give me an excuse to buy a whole bottle of Oster Dusky Pink. Thank you for the opportunity!

  62. IF I won a pen then I will become a daily writer and will encourage people to write in fountain pens.

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