Description The LAMY Dialog 3 in Palladium is a revolutionary fountain pen that has no separate cap. The twist mechanism slides the nib from the barrel, while the clip retracts onto the body of the pen. When the pen is twisted closed, a ball valve closes off the opening to protect the nib from drying out, and preventing debris or pocket lint from entering. The clip lifts up and the fountain pen can then be clipped to a packet or pen case. The Black Lamy Dialog 3 fountain pen features a smooth interchangeable two-tone 14K gold nib, and includes a proprietary Lamy ink cartridge and a Z27 ink converter to get you writing immediately!One additional note - LAMY tests their pens as a final step in the manufacturing process, for added quality control. If you see any residual ink on your nib, this is normal, and does not indicate that the pen has been used.