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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Charcoal Black Body

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Charcoal Black Body - LAMY L17EF
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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Charcoal Black Body - LAMY L17EF+Lamy Fountain Pen Z 24 Converter - LAMY LZ24
Total Price: $32.50
This item: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Nib - Charcoal Black Body - $28.00

Includes one blue Lamy T10 cartridge. A variety of ink refill colors and Lamy converters available.

Life is a jungle, and the special Lamy Safari pen can take you through it one stroke at a time. Lamy is a world-famous pen company headquartered in Germany. Their Safari line consists of high quality pens made of sturdy plastic and self-sprung metal clips.

Conveniently refillable with ink cartridges. No need to push in cartridges yourself, just insert cartridge and twist the barrel, and the pen tightens to puncture the cartridge itself. See how simple it is to refill the Lamy Safari fountain pen with a cartridge refill in the video below:

Great look, great design.

The Lamy Safari pen was voted as Best Pen under $100 in Stylus Magazine's 2007 review. See the pen on TV:

Model NumberLAMY L17EF
Shipping Weight1.10 oz
Body Color Gray
Body Material Plastic
Cartridge-Compatible Yes
Clip Material Metal
Clippable Yes
Converter-Compatible Yes
Design Style Beginner-Friendly, Modern
Diameter - Grip 11.8 mm
Diameter - Max 12.4 mm
Grip Color Dark Gray
Grip Material Plastic
Length - Capped 13.9 cm
Length - Posted 16.5 cm
Length - Uncapped 12.9 cm
Mechanism Capped
Pre-Installed Ink Color Blue
Tip Length 17.2 mm
Tip Material Metal
Tip Size Extra Fine

4 people found this helpful
  I really went back and..., November 20, 2012
By chrisdepew - See all my reviews
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.
5 people found this helpful
  The Charcoal Safari in..., January 25, 2012
By philip.milazzo - See all my reviews
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 variety.

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 do mine.

I would rate this pen five stars (and more if permitted to) at a more competitive price.
5 people found this helpful
  beautiful writing on..., July 7, 2011
By Watercycle - See all my reviews
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 pen)

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 impress somebody
3 people found this helpful
  This is my first entry..., January 6, 2013
By gtrplyraj - See all my reviews
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 break-in period.

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.
1 person found this helpful
  There are a number of..., September 24, 2013
By blindingmask - See all my reviews
There are a number of reviews on this pen, but even having read dozens sourced from Google and JetPens I still wasn't sure what I was getting into. I'll lay this down so I will be the last to wonder.

The body:
Lightly textured dark grey. This pen is different from the smooth glossy versions, it has a noticeable grip to the surface. I consider this a boon, but this is a departure from the norm. The notched grip makes the pen feel much more thin when held, I measure the diameter to be 3/8" compared to 7/16" if the notches were absent. for comparison, a cheap papermate is 5/16" in diameter. Combined with the relative lightness of the body, the result is that the pen feels stable.

This pen is not amenable to holding in any other way, so you might need a moment to adjust to the grip. I had previously only used round pens before, so I had an unorthodox grip. The result is that writing became very uncomfortable, but looked much neater!

The clip is sturdy but flexible. The unique design means you can fit a small karabiner or lanyard loop on the cap and stick the pen essentially anywhere. This was the primary reason I went after this pen, and it was well worth it. Clip it to your bag or wear around the neck: awesome.

The ink window functions. I am using the converter with Herbin noir. if you hold the pen point down for a moment, you can see the level clearly.

Overall the pen is not very flashy, but it feels like a solid tool. If you want elegance, this pen will disappoint, it looks and feels like the Navy Seals official fountain pen.

The Nib:
Reviews don't lie, calling this "Extra Fine" is a stretch. On Strathmore Sketch 400 series the line is equivalent to a .5 mm pencil on my pen. This goes up to .7 mm on a Mead notebook. I would provide pictures, but there are a few comparisons already out there. When I want a thinner line, I just flip the pen. This gives essentially .3 mm and .5 mm lines respectively. The surprising thing was how smoothly the pen glides, even when writing flipped over. I can write sentences smoothly then flip over and draw fine chemical structures with no issues whatsoever. I was expecting more of a scratch. It is definitely not as smooth as the gold tipped Mount Blancs I've tried, but compares very well to my multitudes of Speedball dip pens for simple writing.

DO get a converter and your favorite ink. It came with one blue cartridge. The line is, like others have noted, a bit on the dry side, so be prepared for a little grey to come through if your paper is absorbent. Herbin's pearl noir comes out a shade grey when used on a rather absorbent notebook, but I enjoy the look.

Don't expect much flex in the nib. The entire system is pretty solid as a theme.

Very solid. Navy seals. Prefers proper grip. Two very usable sides. Smooth, but not gold. Not "Extra" fine (.5 to .7 mm). Well worth the price. Use the clip with a cord!