This is my second Safari & third FP. My first FP was more expensive and more
trouble, and turned me off fountain pens for years. But after getting a
Charcoal Safari in Fine, which I immediately loved, I decided to order the Extra
Fine in Shiny Black. It is very shiny, I like the color much more than I
expected. The nib has a little more of a scratch than the fine- not in a bad
way. It has always laid down an even, smooth flow of ink (I'm using Mont Blanc
black from the Lamy converter).
Definitely get the converter.
The blue ink that comes in the cartridge is ok but not my favorite.
The Extra fine is not quite as fine as I want but is working really well.
Fantastic value for this price.
Very pleasantly surprised by this pencil, functions beyond the price. My first
Staedtler, based on this purchase it won't be my last. Very comfortable grip,
very light weight, satisfying "click", good lead advance, an eraser you can
actually use (not always the case with mech pencils). Looks cool, nice
selection of lead widths- really wish it was also offered in 0.4mm.
I purchased this for my youngest son, he needed something easy to hold with
thicker lead. This just hit the spot, if he didn't love it so much I'd keep it
for myself. However I already have WAY too many mech pencils, so I'll just
borrow his :-)
High quality all around. Extremely comfortable to hold, even for extended
periods of time. Striking appearance, works well, no problems in over a year of
use. Also purchased the .05mm, I would purchase other sizes if available.
Exceptionally comfortable pen. Originally purchased for the anti-fraud
features, intending to use it to sign all checks at my business. But it is so
comfortable and writes so well I basically use if for everything. Wish they had
a couple different colors of the pen - you can fill with different color refills
but it would be nice to be able to tell the difference by the outside of the pen
The only bad thing about this pen is that it is so comfortable you have to pay
close attention or else it will disappear!
THE mechanical pencil. Period. In my mind the P205 is the standard against
which all other mechanical pencils are measured. For the price you cannot get a
This is a clean, simple tool that always just works. Nothing fancy about it.
Durable, stands up to abuse, easy to clean, feels good in the hand. Lead
advance rate is just right. No single attribute really stands out, but
everything about this pencil comes together to make it exceptional. One of the
least expensive mechanical pencils available, and it lasts for years (been using
the P205 for several decades now).
No question that if I could have only 1 pencil it would be the P205.
Top Quality. Works flawlessly. Looks Great. Travels well. Have had this
pencil for about 3 years, never had a single problem. Very comfortable for
writing. The color really stands out. Well worth the money, the construction
and beauty of this pencil will stand the test of time.
Top, top quality working tool. This pencil is distinctive and elegant, but
don't let that fool you. It takes care of business. I have a lot of pencils
that are beautiful, and a lot of pencils that get the job done - none does both
better. The S20 is a pleasure to hold (I also have the 0.5mm for less detailed
work) - the wooden texture is smooth but won't slip, and the grip design lends
itself well to both drafting or writing. You could comfortably use the S20 all
day. All this in a pencil you would be proud to show off. The eraser, however,
is for emergencies only (I recommend the black Boxy from JetPens for office
situations). This pencil is an excellent value for the money.