I know their are a lot of reviews on the net about this pen. Here you can read my opinion. I just could not bare the thought of not having a review of my new Lamy Safari's on my blog.
Lamy has great boxes they are shipped in. I like the way they do it. So here's kind of an Apple-like-unpacking-session. When you buy them at PenGallery they come with converter and one black ink cartridge (wich I never use). Lamy only have their one cartridges. So beware of buying other cartridges for your pen.
Since the 1930's Lamy has been producing writing instruments that have become the favorite of many. The Lamy Safari was designed by Wolfgang Fabian and is produced since 1980. The pen is made of plain ABS plastic, original made in red, yellow and blue. The barrel is round with flat front and back. The grip is sort a triangular. The Lamy Safari has a steel nib which is very sturdy. Lamy had this pen made aimed for young people. But I think a lot of older people like the pen also. The Lamy Safari is also known as the starter fountain pen.
This pen writes like a tank. Never slips or slides. I always choose fine-nibs. I tried different kind of inks: Noodler's, Montblanc, Private Reserve and J. Herbin. All came out very good. For the written review below I took Noodler's Saguaro Wine (purple-pink), the color matched so nicely with the pink-pen.
In the writter report I wrote:
"Thursday, august 8, 2009
I filled the Lamy Safari Pink (fine nib) with Noodler's Saguaro Wine. The color matches great with the color of the pen.
The pen writes great, the flow of the ink is good. Their is no bleedtrough on this Moleskine-paper with this combination pen-nib-ink.
The nib is the only thing which I think is minor. It is a steel nib and it is a little bit stiff in my opinion.
lenght: 139mm (5,47") - with cap over the nib-side (I think you call it capped??)
lenght: 129mm (5,08") - without cap and ready to write
niblength: 17mm (0,67")
barrel: 12mm (0,47")
price: about $ 22,= to $ 35,= (€ 15,= to € 25,=)
The pen writes like a tank
The pen is very durable
The pen is cheap but does not write or feel cheap.
Their are a lot of color's available
The pen will have for sure a cult-status in the near future.
See trough ink window
The steel nib could have a little more 'feel'.
Some people find them cheap looking
Lamy is an independent family-owned enterprise which was established in 1930 by C. Josef Lamy in Heidelberg. The LAMY brand has existed since 1952 and proved its innovative prowess in the very first year with the completely novel LAMY 27 fountain pen series. And in 1966 the distinctive style of Lamy Design was born with the LAMY 2000.