|I didn't take a picture of my packaging because the box was a bit squished from shipping. For a good shot of the box, check out the FPGeeks review!|
Body Material: ABS plastic
Origins: Made in Germany
Length (capped): 5.5"
Length (posted): 6.5"
Barrel diameter: 0.47"
Weight: 17 g
Nib type: Extra-fine, normal
Nib material: Steel
Barrel design: Rounded and faceted
Fill type: Lamy ink cartridge or Lamy Z24 converter
To be honest, at first I was concerned about buying a plastic pen for $29.00. I was thinking, is a plastic pen worth that much? YES. It sure is! In hand, the pen feels great. The plastic warms in my grip quickly, and it is so smooth and nice. I can hardly tear my eyes away from this bright pen - it's so pretty, cheery, and warm!
I think the design of the Lamy Safari is a love it or hate it kind of situation, especially when it comes to the grip. Whether the grip works for you or not really depends on how you hold your fountain pens - because it's a hard plastic grip, so it's not going to change for you! Either your grip fits it well, or you'll have to learn to accommodate it, or you'll hate it. The back side is rounded, and the top side has two facets that are flat. For me, this is perfect, because it suits my grip. The body is similar - with two flat sides (with little ink windows) and two rounded sides.
|Secures snugly to a Field Notes memo book. They also make a marvellous pair.|
The extra-fine nib wrote straight out of the box, without any problems. No skipping, no scratchiness, no pulling on the paper. I am more than impressed with this nib. It writes easily on both uncoated (i.e Leuchtturm 1917 paper) and coated (i.e. Rhodia paper) - something I can't say some of my other, more costly fountain pens do. It's a very tidy, clean writing nib - not wet, not dry.
|Writing sample in a Field Notes memo book.|
|Second inking here and some line comparisons. You can see the extra-fine is certainly finer than the others! I avoided using Japanese nibs since they all tend to be much smaller anyway.|
This is a great fountain pen. I'm now the proud owner of three Lamy Safaris, and one Lamy Al-Star! I'm still missing the 1.9mm calligraphy nib in my set so obviously, I will have to acquire another pen. I like having a pen for each nib.
I do feel as though Lamy should include the Z24 converter in the price, but alas, that's probably asking for too much. If not with the Safaris, at least with the Al-Stars.
Have you tried the Lamy Safari? How do you feel about it?
A Great Green Safari Review
Rants of the Archer
JetPens - $29.00 (free shipping) & if you want Z24 converter - $4.50
Goulet Pens - $28.00 (+ shipping)
ISellPens - $27.65 (+ shipping but with free converter)
Goldspot Pens - $25.95 (+ shipping)
YES. If you don't own a Safari yet, and you're on the fence, I encourage you to pick one up, and if you're not afraid of colors, the green is the way to go! It's a lovely, cheery, bright color. The Lamy Safari is a reliable, dependable pen. I have three now and have had no problems with any of them. Easy to clean, great to write with. Highly recommended as both a beginner fountain pen, as well as for connoisseurs.