I’ve been using the Lamy Pico for the past few months and I’m absolutely impressed! The Pico is not only unique and well designed but writes extremely well for a ballpoint pen. For years, the Fisher Space Pen Bullet has been my favorite pocket pen, but that has changed. The Pico’s ability to retract and extend to a full-size pen has given it an edge over its competitors.
Weight: 1.4 ounces
Body Color: Black
Body Material: Metal
Capped or Retractable: Retractable
Length retracted: 9.3 cm
Length deployed: 12cm
The Lamy Pico comes packaged in a small, yet attractive box. It is transparent, so you can see the Pico sitting in the box without removing the cover. Upon opening the box, you’ll notice the Pico is held firmly in place to prevent damage. Lamy did a wonderful job with the packaging!
The Pico, like other Lamy pens, has elements of Bauhaus design. One of the first things you’ll notice is its modern, simplistic, and sophisticated styling. It comes in an array of colors, but I decided to choose the black model because it was most attractive to me. This particular model has a metal body with plastic internals; however, some colors are made of plastic. I prefer the heftier metal as it provides more durability. Also, the matte black finish allows me to have a better grip on the pen. The Lamy logo is tastefully placed on the side of the barrel in silver.
Most of you are probably curious about how this pen works. To deploy the Pico, gently press the knock all the way down, and then release it. As you press downward you see the refill deploying. As you release, the knock will extend making the pen comfortable for writing. The pen extends from 9 cm to 12 cm which is almost a full-size pen. The motion is very quiet and smooth.
The Lamy Pico provides a stellar writing experience for a ballpoint pen. Its M22 refill is very smooth and does not blot. It writes similar to the M16 refill in the Lamy 2000 ballpoint. The refill is much smaller than the M16, so it may need to be replaced more often. I’ve been using the same refill for four months without needing to replace it and I’ve written a lot.
Weighing in at 1.4 ounces, the Pico is very lightweight. It feels well balanced and comfortable in the hand for extended writing sessions. It is amazingly comfortable for its small size.