Size: Length - 5 1/2 inches retracted - 6 1/4 inches extended.
One of the few truly retractable modern fountain pens. This Lamy Dialog 3 pen is in excellent and undamaged condition and presented here with its original box. The Dialog 3 is a metal retractable fountain pen with a satin palladium plated finish. It has a very ingenious extend/retract mechanism that works by twisting the pen. At the forward end is a hemispherical door that rotates to the side to allow the nib to extend. When you have finished writing. you twist the other way, and the nib retracts with the little door sealing it in to prevent the ink from drying out. The pen has a pocket clip that is spring loaded and hinged near the top. There are two thin imprinted lines running from the pocket clip terminal to the end of the pen. When the nib is retracted, the lines are unbroken - when it is extended, the lower part of the barrel has rotated 180 degrees. You can unscrew the barrel and the "cap" part and then you have just the metal nib assembly with the ink converter. You can now refill the converter, or fit a Lamy ink cartridge and reassemble the pen ready for writing. The slim black wooden box has a magnetic closure and is also in lovely condition. Inside it has the "LAMY dialog 3" inscription, along with the name of the designer Franco Clivio.