New Lamy In The Mail!

Once again, it’s been far too long since I’ve updated here. Actually, due to just “life stuff”, I haven’t done much with my pen hobby at all – other than write with them. But today, an internet purchase came in the mail, so, a good time to update with a review.

First, here’s a link to their US web site, http://www.lamyusa.com . Specifically, This review will focus on the Safari and Vista models. They are basically, the same pen, the only difference being that the Vista is a clear demonstrator, while the Safari’s are colored ABS plastic. I already owned two limited edition Safari’s, an orange and a banana yellow one with black appointments.

As I mentioned earlier, the two models (Safari and Vista) are identical. In fact, a third model, the Al-Star, is also the same pen, but manufactured in multiple colors from aluminum. The pens are 5 1/2″ capped, and apx 6 9/16″ posted. All three of these lines use a universally exchangeable nib system. The nibs are simply friction fit, and slide into their respective pen sections. Nibs are offered from the company in a wide variety of widths, mine are fine and medium. Depending on the color scheme of the particular pen, the nib will be steel and either chrome or a black plating. The nibs on my pens are all very smooth, but do offer a bit of feedback as you write. This is hard for me to accurately describe. I have some pens that I refer to as buttery smooth. These pen nibs are so smooth as to almost feel slick. Almost as if you were writing on ice. I would describe the Lamy’s as “toothy”. They are smooth, but not slick. You “feel” the paper (to a degree) as you write. Thumbs up.

Aesthetically, they’re not for everyone. They definitely have a “modern” look and feel to them. The sections are contoured and molded with 2 flat areas at angles on the otherwise round section. This can take some getting used too, and though I know many may not like it, I have come to really like it. The body of the pens also incorporate 2 flat panels onto the opposing sides of the otherwise round bodies. While I don’t know if it was on purpose, practically this is nice because when you lay the pen down, it won’t role off of a table. There is also a small notched window opening allowing you to see when you’re about to run out of ink. Though on the Vista model (the clear demonstrator model), the notch is useless as you see all the internal workings of the pen. Overall, you get a sleek and modern profile. For old school fountain pen purists, these pens may be too modern in appearance. But boy it’s hard to argue about how they write. Lamy has done a fantastic job with the quality of these pens, especially when you consider their price points. All of the models I’ve mentioned can be purchased online from about $20 to $45 depending on the source and the model chosen. The aluminum Al-Star models command the highest prices. All pens can be filled with either a cartridge or converter  These pens may not be for everyone, but they sure are for me.

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LAMY Safari


Well, I have to admit, this pen IS all that everyone says it is. As mentioned previously, my latest genre of pen interest has been cheap. But to the point – cheap in price, not cheap quality. For some time, I’ve been researching opinions on the various Pen boards as to peoples views on inexpensive pens. Several pens are mentioned, but in new pens, the Lamy Safari and several of the Hero pens are most frequently discussed. In respect to the Safari, it’s just tough to find any bad reviews of it.

I can see why.

To the point, this is an AWESOME pen. The Safari line comes in several bright, eye-catching colors, mine in bright yellow. So for someone that wants a pen that draws a bit of attention to itself, this definitely covers that base. It’s a nice size for me too, as I have large hands. The nib on mine is a fine point; by today’s modern standards, I guess it is a fine point, but compared to several of my older Esterbrooks, it’s pushing the medium boundary. The section of the pen has the shoulders cut at angles, I’m sure to make the pen more ergonomic and easier to hold. This is the one design aspect of the pen that I’m less than thrilled about. It’s not bad, but I just think I’d have liked it better with a more traditional round section.

More on the nib. Besides writing a nice wet line every time it’s uncapped (regardless as to how long it’s been sitting idle…), it just looks really cool. Kind of a matt black steel, and buttery smooth to write with. Maybe that’s the best way to describe this pen, it’s a writer. It’s comfortable and just light enough. It begs to be used, not just for a signature here or there, but for letters, chapters, novels.

A note before closing. I’m all for promoting those within the pen community that are helpful, offer good deals, and are generally good to deal with. I bought my pen on eBay from an outfit called Pens&Leather. Nice outfit to deal with!

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