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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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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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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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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.
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There are a number of...
, September 24, 2013
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.
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
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.
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
Don't expect much flex in the nib. The entire system is pretty solid as a
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!