Lamy Vista Rollerball pen review3 November 2014
The Lamy Vista rollerball is a refillable pen that’s available with a medium tip with black, blue, red or green ink. It costs around £10 ($15) in the UK.
The Lamy Vista is the same classic shape as the Lamy Safari only made with clear instead of coloured plastic. It’s very well made, as is always the case with Lamy.
The clip is great. It looks good and it’s springy and strong enough to actually clip onto things. This is not as common as you may think, especially not in this price range.
The cap closes firmly. There’s a rubber o-ring that provides a nice little click and a firm seal. The cap posts securely too, without unbalancing the pen too much.
The refill is pretty good although there aren’t a lot of options. It writes smoothly and crisply and lasts a good amount of time. In fact it’s one of the nicest rollerball refills I’ve used. I like the colour of this blue, too. It’s dark and full.
This is a fairly large pen that is light and comfortable in the hand. It has the triangular grip that’s standard for a Safari-style pen but it doesn’t try to assert itself as much as the fountain pen. The shape is a little more subtle. If you don’t get on with the grip on a Safari fountain pen don’t automatically rule out this pen.
I like clear pens and this one is no exception. I think it looks great, it’s comfortable to use and it has a very good refill. It’s proud of its purpose in life.