Lovely colour, especially when combined with the aluminium barrel. It is fairly lightweight though obviously heavier than a Safari. It was definitely love at first sight.
The Lamy Al Star is pretty much the same design as a Safari but just made of aluminium instead of plastic. As a fan of the Safari, this Al-Star was bound to appeal to me too :)
I won't be commenting on the nib or ink flow as it's pretty much the same as the Safaris in my collection :)
However, having now had it for a fair few months' and with it mostly on my desk, a few scratches have already appeared on the lid and on the barrel. I knew this would probably happen, what with it being made of aluminium but I didn't expect it to happen so soon and so under the radar too. The pen is stored on the top drawer of an acrylic set of drawers with other pens in parallel.
Overall, I'm still glad I've scratched (pun intended) that Al-Star itch but I don't think this'll be a pen I'll be purchasing again in a hurry :)