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The Charcoal Safari in...
, January 25, 2012
The Charcoal Safari in Extra Fine writes very, very nicely and its flat black
body and glossy black nib are all business. The size, weight and balance of the
ABS body make for comfortable writing, cap posted or not. The EF nib glides
across any old paper I have so far tried, leaving a sharp, reliable line of blue
from the supplied cartridge. I have a converter at the ready once I exhaust the
cartridge and anticipate buying a spare nib in a different width, just for some
This pen is just the ticket for the basic pen fan and constant user. For a true
beginner still deciding between "yes" and "no" on the subject of the fountain
pen, there are alternatives in lower price ranges. If you already love fountain
pens and do not have a Lamy Safari, buy one without hesitation and enjoy it as I
I would rate this pen five stars (and more if permitted to) at a more
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I really went back and...
, November 20, 2012
I really went back and forth on this. At first, I wanted to rate the pen a 3.
However, I decided on 4 because of the build quality of the pen and the fact
that they make an adapter for the ink. Really the review needs two parts.
1. The Pen - This is an awesome pen. The weight is perfect, the hand feel is
great. The nib writes smoothly and evenly. It feels good against the paper
with just enough tactile feedback.
2. The ink - The ink is horrible. I got the blue ink and it is the worst ink I
have ever written with. The blue color is weak and looks like someone took REAL
ink and watered it down. It doesn't last. The color fades quickly. I have
been using the pen for about 3 months and the stuff I wrote when I first got it
looks worse than it did when I first wrote it.
My suggestion, buy the pen and the ink adapter. Never even put in the lamy ink
cartridge. Buy some really good ink and enjoy a great pen that writes perfectly
and evenly. The pen is great, the ink is not.
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beautiful writing on...
, July 7, 2011
beautiful writing on standard American notebook paper as many find it dreadful
with some fountain pens
no scratch, no feather, little bleed(a small bit more than any 0.7mm ballpoint
love the blue ink! i would describe it as electric, i was going to pop out the
cartridge right away for the converter and ink bottle i ordered, but man, i'll
stick with this until it's out =)
the EF from Lamy is the exact fountain pen size i wanted with notebook, small,
yet it doesn't take detail away from the fact your using a fountain pen.
perfect with cursive script and Japanese! ^^
and no "bling", a every-day pen you can use without looking like your trying to
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Be sure to check the...
, March 28, 2008
Be sure to check the nib when you get it. I somehow received the bold nib
version of this (even though the box clearly says "EX FINE"). The bold version
has a "B" on the nib, whereas the extra fine has "EF" on the nib.
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This is my first entry...
, January 6, 2013
This is my first entry into fountain pens. I did have some experience with dip
pens in college, so writing with a nib wasn't totally foreign, but these days my
pens of choice have been the Uniball 207s gels and Vision Micro rollers.
The pen is extremely handsome. The plastic body is thick and feels very rugged
while remaining quite light. The pen does, however, feel ever so slightly
unbalanced with the cap posted on the back. The EF tip doesn't give a lot of
variation in line width, so on paper (with a blue-black Monteverde cartridge)
gives a very similar look to a Uniball Vision Micro black. The nib, out of the
box, gave a very smooth writing experience... didn't have to deal with a
I do have to say that using a fountain pen in meetings with clients has become a
conversation starter. I enjoy not only the writing experience, but the
psychological effect it seems to hold on people around me when I use it.