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You can't beat a Lamy...
, October 12, 2011
You can't beat a Lamy fountain pen. It has the most comfortable grip for
calligraphy and every day writing. If you use the converter, you never run out
of ink, but don't worry. Using the cartridges is no problem because the ink in
them is every bit as black as your best fountain pen ink. I was writing a check
out at a shop and the clerk noticed the pen. He's a self professed pen-aholic
and couldn't take his eyes of it. When I let him give it a spin, he immediately
asked for your web site. In addition to the comfortable grip, multitude of
colors, you can buy one inexpensively or upgrade a little and they're still
reasonable. And I've had them for years and never has one leaked or spit on me.
One of the best pens on the market for my money and my handwritng.
Neena for Baltimore
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I ordered the Safari...
, October 23, 2012
I ordered the Safari after using a Pilot Varsity for a few weeks and really
liking it. According to all the reviews and information I found, it seemed like
the Safari was THE go-to fountain pen. I agree with that assessment and I love
the pen so far. However, I'm no expert on fountain pens so I won't even try to
detail the technical aspects of this pen.
What I do think I can add though, is some perspective on the nib size as
compared to the Pilot Varsity. I looked around for a comparison before I
ordered and couldn't find one.
I was unhappy with the medium nib - it pours ink onto the paper. I've recently
been working on improving my penmanship and the ink flow was far to fast/thick
for me (likely because I'm writing slow and carefully). The medium nib produces
a much wetter and somewhat wider line than the Varsity.
I was disappointed when I got the pen but I knew it was just a matter of
replacing the medium nib with a finer one. But, how much finer? Having two
options and not wanting to gamble again, I just ordered both the "Fine" and
"Extra Fine" Lamy replacement nibs.
I tried the extra fine nib first. It definitely solved the problem of my
letters bleeding together but it produced a much more narrow line than I wanted.
I noticed it being a very little bit scratchy, but still easy and comfortable
to write with; not quite what I was looking for though.
Next, of course, I tried the "Fine" nib. If you're familiar with the Pilot
Varsity and like the line size, flow, etc. than this is the one you want. It's
a little bit dryer than the Varsity but still a nice, smooth, dark line.
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I bought this off a friend...
, December 20, 2011
I bought this off a friend in the office who is a pen enthusiast like myself. I
had a handful of Preppy's, and a Pilot extra-fine fountain pen. I had read about
the Safari's on this site and was hoping to get an extra fine when they came
back in stock. I traded him a Pilot G2 with a Mont Blanc refill and some cash
for this pen, and I have to say this pen is by far my favourite of my
collection. I've been using it for school notes lately and the medium nib makes
it so smooth to write with, and doesn't bleed at all. I used up the cartridge
and loaded in the converter with J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. and it's a machine.
No problems with it at all. Worth every penny in my opinion.
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it took me a week or...
, January 25, 2012
it took me a week or so to warm up to it but i now can say i really like my
Safari! I wasn't sure at first but once i got used to it and then got a
converter full of ink into it i was happy. :)
| I love the Lamy I've...
, August 14, 2013
I love the Lamy I've got, and it's a very affordable and well-built writing
instrument. The only thing I am not overly fond of with the Lamy Safari is the
shape of the pen where you hold it. If I'm just printing regularly or writing
numbers at work, it's just fine. However, I'm trying to learn Spencerian script
with the mott media workbooks, and it requires a different writing angle to work
If this pen had a round grip, I'd probably never buy another casual carry pen.
When I get better, I'll be using pens with a flex nib to do spencerian, but I'd
imagine that for anybody who writes cursive on a bit of an angle, you'd do well
to double check how you hold the pen and make sure this pen will be comfortable
for you. The only reason I'm not giving this a 5-star is more of a user issue
than an issue with the actual product. I know a few people who don't find the
grip comfortable, but if you're just getting into fountain pens, I'd say it's
definitely one to try out.