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.