When buying an expensive pen, it is important to be vigilant before making your purchase. In recent years an increasing number of counterfeiting operations have popped up around the world, mostly in China. The most common pens faked by these companies are LAMY, because their ABS bodies lend themselves well to pre-existing manufacturing techniques.

The Listing

The first point of connection between buyer and seller occurs when you view the listing for the item. If you see a listing which seems too good to be true, then you need to be extra wary of the item in question. Make sure to check the seller’s reputation by viewing their ratings and googling their name. Also, don’t fall into the trap of judging the item by the listing photos, because these can easily be copied from other websites.

How to Spot a Fake LAMY Pen

Article Packaging

Every new LAMY pen should come with documentation and warranty information. If the item is lacking documentation or has documentation of a poor quality, this can be a dead giveaway to the legitimacy of the product. In addition, every LAMY pen comes with one blue ink cartridge. A different coloured ink cartridge will mean the item is either used or counterfeit.

Article Condition

When the grip and body of the pen are screwed together, they should line-up perfectly with no gaps or overhangs. For a LAMY Safari, the wings on the pen grip should be lined up in such a way that they can’t be seen from the ink window on the side of the body.

The LAMY logo should be clearly and precisely engraved, as should the engraving of the LAMY logo and nib type on the nib of the pen. Also on the nib, the slit and breather hole should be perfectly aligned, with the hole centred on the slit. You can see an example of a real article below.

How to Spot a Fake LAMY Pen

The underside of the nib will also likely have blue ink residue present, because every LAMY pen is dip-tested at the factory before packaging and distribution.

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