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I've been using Lamy...
May 30, 2011
I've been using Lamy Safari pens for years now and they are among the best, if you like a lightweight pen that flows smoothly, never blots or leaks, and looks good. I recommend the medium or fine nibs, but not the extra fine: it is scratchy and the ink doesn't flow well. However, Lamy's interchangeable nibs make changing easy and relatively cheap.
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Ordered it on Monday,...
March 3, 2011
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Ordered it on Monday, arrived on Thursday. Worked perfectly right out of the box, with the extra fine nib being big enough to give my writing some consistency without making it bulky.

Writing (with the lamy blue ink cartridge included) is incredibly smooth and unbroken, requiring only the contact of the pen on paper--no pressure.

I immediately noticed that the pen becomes top heavy when posted, but it is very light if the cap is left off. The grip forces my hand into the proper position for writing, managing to do in seconds what my mother tried to teach me years ago :)

I am definitely going to buy the converter for the pen and try it with some Noodler's ink.

Certainly a good pen, and I have to say I like the utilitarian look as well!
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This is my first fountain...
January 6, 2009
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This is my first fountain pen, and after reading reviews from other sources, they said this was the best pen under $100 or something like that. And its been a great buy. I'm a forgetful person, so there would be times where I think I lost it, and my heart just dropped. I'm okay with dropping it all the time as well, since I am a clutz. I had always bought ballpoint pens, and the ink on this pen flows ten times smoother than the pilot gel pens you get at target. I'm also a student studying illustration, so this is great for art studies. I use it for everything, from writing, sketching, to drawing. Its useful to draw over graphite as well, because I know that it wont' take back in the graphite when I use it, unlike ballpoint. I love mine because it writes like a dream. I can lightly touch the tip, and it will still flow out smooth, so I don't need to strain my hands to press down hard. Really helpful for the people who press down to hard. You don't see much compression on the back of paper.
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Be sure to check the...
March 28, 2008
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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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Donot buy this!!!!! for...
October 3, 2015
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Donot buy this!!!!! for the extra fine nib, the ink flows poorly and finally not at all! and i was told this is a common issue for extra fine nib! and i bought a fine nib pen from amazon which is much better!! i think it is a design flaw, and the extra fine pens should be sold at all !

And the return policy here is ridiculous, "A fountain pen that has been inked just for testing purposes is unfortunately not eligible for return" , if if donot test how do i know it does not work!!!

will never buy stuff from this website!
This is your workhorse....
September 27, 2015
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This is your workhorse. Strong and straightforward and none too delicate. If you have tiny handwriting or need to be able to take notes on regular notebook paper, then this is not your pen. Consider Pilot's Metropolitan in those cases--extra fine. German sizing runs larger than Japanese sizing. However, this pen is light, posted or not, and responds quite well for so stiff a nib (nicer nibs tend to cost significantly more than this).

If you've never bought a fountain pen before, but would like to start well and see where it goes, then choose this. It can accomodate a converter which will open up a world of color to you. I prefer Diamine inks, but have heard good reports from several others. I've never used the included cartridge. Consider adding a converter and a small bottle of Diamine Jet Black when you order this and you'll be ready to go.

I haven't seen many complaints about the weight of the pen. It certainly IS heavier than a day to day ballpoint, clicky piece of nonsense or a one time use fountain pen throw away, but if you are a writer or a student with some decent paper, this pen will not fail you. For economical paper options, I strongly recommend the Maruman Eco Spiral Note to begin. If you are serious about finding your way to a more elegant, thoughtful writing process or just a really cool, basic pen that will stand out to anyone attentive, then begin here.
The pen arrived in perfect...
September 25, 2015
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The pen arrived in perfect condition. I popped in the cartridge and was able to start writing immediately. The nib is smooth as silk. and I know the Safari is virtually indestructible.
it is efficient and works...
September 15, 2015
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it is efficient and works very well with moleskine journal and sketchbook
Your basic Lamy Safari....
May 5, 2015
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Your basic Lamy Safari. It seems to me they're a love it or hate it pen, and I'm in the love it camp. This one is good if you like calmer colors than is typical of a Safari, or if you want something businesslike. Calm colors is not me usually, nor is businesslike. I like this anyway. It's a Safari.
Beautifully smooth, excellent...
March 9, 2015
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Beautifully smooth, excellent pen
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