Fontoplumo remembered (somehow) that I had tweeted (at some point) that I fancied the Lamy Safari 2014 LE Neon Coral fountain pen. Okay. Maybe it helped that I yammered about it regularly. I don't know. Either way, he very kindly sent me one to review! Here's a nuclear coral thank you to Frank for this pretty pen. Make sure you browse Fontoplumo - lots and lots of goodies to be had, not just the Neon Coral Safari!
Body Material: ABS
Length (capped): 6.1"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.28"
Length (posted): 6.7"
Barrel Diameter: 0.46 - 0.50" (flat surface to round surface)
Section Diameter: 0.36 - 0.48" (flat surface at smallest point to widest point)
Nib material: Steel
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Where to buy: Fontoplumo
micro mesh. Compared to the Al-Star 2014 LE in blue green whose tines are slightly off center but still writes perfectly well, this nib appears even with perfect tipping. Upon closer inspection though, I could see the tines were slightly misaligned - one being higher than the other. I left it as is to see how it would write though. In goes one of the neon coral ink cartridges Fontoplumo included with the pen.
As I have stated in previous Lamy reviews (Blue Green Al-Star, Green Apple Safari), the shape of the grip works for me, as I don't have a rigid type of grip; I can adjust my grip pretty easily. Therefore, this works for me just as well.
I actually prefer the Safari to write with than Al-Stars because I love the feeling of the plastic bodies. Both unposted or posted, the Safari works. It posts deeply and comfortably and it's great to write with. It is comfortable in hand; good balance, good weight. The body is smooth to the touch and warms nicely when held, though the material can scratch. The clip is not too tight, but if you pull too hard, there is some give where it attaches into the cap so be careful with it.
I'm a fan of Lamy fountain pens. The grips work for me, and since I'm a giant sucker for colours, of which Lamy does a pretty good job of producing (EXCEPT FOR PURPLE. AHEM.). The neon coral is bright, cheery, warm, and it's a heart stealer. Like the Al-Star, except in a lighter but robust plastic with interchangeable nibs, an available converter, many ink options, easy to disassemble to clean, and currently, neon coral ink to match? Le sigh. How could you possibly resist?
I received this pen free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.