Three years of (white) joy

January 9, 2016 | 10 Comments

This week I received an exciting package in the mail – a gift from Lamy (Australia) – it is a new White Joy pen!

The Australian Distributor of Lamy contacted me after I shared the state of my pen and asking my readers whether I should get a new body for my gold nib. I knew my pen was grotty, but seriously, the new pen really highlights how much use (abuse) my pen has had since I bought it.

Interestingly enough the first reference I can find to my White Joy is this photo during the week I gave my notice (end November 2012), so the White Joy is connected with the start of my great adventure.

Just for the record 1: I am not going to swap my gold nib into the new pen! I am too attached to my old pen, but I will certainly get the new joy working soon!
Just for the record 2: I am going to give my old Joy a good clean… sooner or later!

Thank you Lamy(Australia) for this wonderful gift!


  • Kate (Cathy Johnson) - January 9, 2016 reply

    I get attached, too! I like well-used and well-loved tools--this is fun to see.

  • Elsie Hickey Wilson - January 9, 2016 reply

    Yes! My old "stand-bys" become dear friends! Wish I could find the dear old fountain that took me through Junior High School, High School and College! It was yellow and very grubby! I have it, but in a "who knows where" box ......someday I will be surprised when I am sorting out! LOL!

  • Marva Plummer-Bruno - January 10, 2016 reply

    And used very well on beautiful sketches!

  • Liz Steel - January 11, 2016 reply

    Thankyou Marva!

  • Liz Steel - January 11, 2016 reply

    well let me know when you find it Elsie - I wish I had my old ones too but i am pretty sure that I threw them out!

  • Liz Steel - January 11, 2016 reply

    thanks Kate -
    well used and well loved are the best!

  • Sherry Fabricant - January 13, 2016 reply

    Hi Liz! I'm finally doing my sketching Foundations 2014 and I did actually purchase a safari and a joy! I received my Joy (I found the white limited edition online via amazon) and just threw in the cartridge since my converter is not here yet. I've been testing it out but it just is not flowing for me. I know from all the reviews that it's probably not flowing correctly. I did take the nib out and put it back in...(I'm using the 1.1 nib). It's really scratchy (its kind of stopping my writing - you can see the difference in the pentel pen and my handwriting **in a photo I attached to your article link from your comments on the fb page you linked to this blog spot. I'm using the Alpha Stillman and Birn mixed media paper (isn't this the sketchbook you like to use?). Just curious if you know what I should try or should I return it and try a new one?

  • Liz Steel - January 13, 2016 reply

    go to part 3 (at the end) of my fountain pen series for suggestions
    Yes, I use alpha - try it on smooth paper as well - so many factors.
    And ask goulet they are the experts!

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