I have been using my Lamy Safari for YEARS and wanted to level-up to a metal body so I bought the Al-Star. This pen is great straight out of the box, it's smooth and writes beautifully. If you like a thinner line, I'd get the EF instead of the F nib. I would compare the F to a 0.7 personally. The colour is very vibrant and eye-catching, and I like that the section is a darker translucent plastic, so you can see the ink moving through the feed. Great pen and great store!