Lamy Safari – Orange with M nib and Charcoal with 1.5mm
When I first felt the desire to dive into the world of Fountain Pens I decided I wanted to buy my first pen at a brick and mortar retailer because I wanted to talk face to face with someone and I wanted to see and feel my potential pens. Over the Thanksgiving weekend last October I visited Phidon Pens in Cambridge, Ontario and received excellent service. Manu discussed with me entry level priced pens and suggested that I look at the Lamy Safari , Lamy Al-Star and a Pelikano. I instantly fell in love with bright orange Safari and picked it up. I like the feel of the Safari and I really enjoy writing with it.
A few weeks and months went by and I felt the need for another pen. The Writing Desk was having a sale on the Safaris and I wanted to try an italic nib for an inexpensive price so I got my second Safari, a Charcoal with the 1.5mm italic nib. This pen is great and I carry it almost daily. I love the texture and the 1.5mm nib is so much fun to write with.
Appearance & Design (8)
I like the look of the Safari but some find it too utilitarian.
Construction & Quality (8)
The Safari is a well built pen but it does have that ABS feel. The Charcoal version does have a more solid feel due to the matte finish and texture.
Weight & Dimensions (9)
I find the Safari to be very well balanced and comfortable to write with
Nib & Performance (M: 7 , 1.5mm: 9)
M nib: The medium nib doesn’t stand out but it is a solid performer and lays a nice line.
1.5mm: This is the nib that got me hooked on Fountain Pens. I love writing with this one. I love the way it makes ink perform. This is my favourite nib for writing in my journal and letters.
Filling System & Maintenance (6)
This is of course the failing of the Safari and many modern pens. The seller of both the pens included converters but C/C pens are average.
Cost & Value (8)
I think the Safaris are a good value.
Conclusion (M: 7.7 1.5mm: 8 )
I believe the Safari is an excellent starter pen. I like the look and feel and the nibs are solid performers.