This was taken a year ago, and was one one of my first pens purchased in the realm of knowing more about fountain pens. It is my only other pen with a fine or extra fine nib. As such I got it to write on more normal paper. I purchased Lamy Crystalline AZURE ink with it. The color profile I found to be most similar to the blue/purple look that was in my mind of what a BIC ballpoint looked like. It does have a sheening to it, though it is faint with an ef nib of course. The ink ink does write smooth, smoother than my blue/black from cross which I compare to chalk. The ink is average in wetness, though glides well. The attributes of the sheening ink make it coagulate and dry fast . Writing with it in my Lamy A5 notebook is smooth and pleasurable. I enjoy the dot grid as it lends well to cursive writing. Using this pen and ink on other paper proved to be pleasant as well. The smooth extra fine German stainless steel nib is bolder than Asian production nibs and goes well on basic paper. The ink doesn’t feather, and dries quick enough to not smudge when writing right handed. No promises for the lefties out there. Ghosting and bleeding though were also not a problem with the Aion. It does tend to have a drier ink let out overall than other Western and or German pens, even when compared to other Lamy pens, the overall feel of this pen is textured so it is not slick. This I believe is a type of lacquering over a brass body pen. The grip section has different texture and is more of a convex shape. Writing with metal body pens reminds you to not have a death grip. This is not a barely functioning ballpoint pen. The weight of this pen propels it along the page when writing a good cursive angle.

Seen later I pair this with Private Reserve ink dark green and when I went to clean it couldn’t get the nib out. I have yet to replace the nib after I tore it out with plyers. Replacement this year?

Matthew Owen

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