Trying to figure out fountain pens? It can be tough! Check out this comprehensive Lamy Safari fountain pen review to see if this pen is right for you!
Fountain Pen Fancy
If you are a part of the bullet journal community, then you have probably seen fountain pens pop onto your radar from time to time. People seem to be using fountain pens much more nowadays, and it can make you wonder whether it’s worth getting one for yourself. I’ve been using fountain pens for the past three years, and I can say that they create a fun and unique experience for writing. But fountain pens can certainly be overwhelming, especially when you have never used one before in your life. How do you know which brand or type of fountain pen is right for you? In this Lamy Safari fountain pen review, I’m going to break down all the benefits and setbacks of this affordable and attractive pen for you.
My Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review
When I first tried fountain pens, it was love at first write. I began using it every single day to write my Morning Pages because the pen feels perfect for such a purpose. There is no other pen that quite matches the feel and flow of a fountain pen. The liquid ink comes out so silky smooth, and you can’t help but feel like a character in a historical romance writing a letter to your long lost love. To put it simply, fountain pens are old-fashioned romantic. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be modern, either! You can strike a perfect balance of both modern style and old world attitude in a single pen.
Where to Find Lamy Safari Fountain Pens
I bought my Lamy Safari fountain pen at my local art co-op. It was lovely to get to see it with my own eyes and hold it in my hands before I spent my hard earned cash. However, it’s a total gamble whether your local store will have these pens in stock, or how varied that stock might be! You can always find the exact model that you want on Amazon, of course. If you’re willing to wait a few days, I would always suggest shopping with Amazon since they have everything you might be looking for — including ink!
Filling Your Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
You might be wondering what the deal is when it comes to your pen’s ink. Well, there are a few options. You can use ink cartridges from Lamy to refill your pen with some standard colors like the black or blue Lamy ink cartridge. If you want to use more attractive colours, you can choose from a pretty unlimited number of different bottled inks! The Lamy Safari has a refillable reservoir that you can dip into a bottle of ink to fill up using suction. That is actually one of my favorite features of fountain pens — the ability to change the color of my ink to any hue my heart desires. The inks that I use the most are Diamine Ancient Copper, Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts, and Noodler’s Apache Sunset.
What are some of the benefits of getting a Lamy Safari fountain pen over another brand? There are a few things that really stand out.
When it comes to fountain pens, there really aren’t a lot of cheap options and there are only a few inexpensive options. Lamy Safari is one of the more inexpensive fountain pens you can buy, making it an excellent way to sample a fountain pen without investing a lot of money.
A Piston Converter
A converter is a mechanism that you use to fill the reservoir with ink, and the Lamy Safari has a piston converter. When you have the nib of the pen dipped into a bottle of ink, you twist a part of the pen (the piston converter) to pull the ink into the reservoir. It works much like a syringe, but instead of pulling straight back, you create a vacuum by twisting the piston. I’ve used other types of converters, and the piston converter is by far one of the easiest and most user-friendly ways to refill your fountain pen. Of course, if you’d rather not fuss with all of that, you can simply use premade ink cartridges. But if you’re interested in collecting a few bottles of different colored ink, the piston converter is a big plus for the Lamy Safari.
The body of the Lamy Safari is not perfectly round, which is a bit unusual for pens. It actually has two flat sides and two curved sides, giving an ergonomic grip to the pen. It’s not necessarily a huge selling point, but I rather like the way it feels and looks in my hand.
Modern and Elegant
Fountain pens, being a bit old-fashioned in their construction, can look a bit like they belong in the wooden drawer of a dusty old lawyer in a powdered wig. With its matte case and metal clip, the Lamy Safari fountain pen is designed to look sleek, modern, and sexy — with excellent results, I might add.
One thing I absolutely love about the Lamy Safari fountain pen is that it gives you a window to the ink reservoir. Not only does this look very cool, but it allows you to know how much ink remains before you need to refill it.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how well the Lamy Safari writes. I’m happy to report that the writing of this fountain pen is smooth as butter! I have no complaints whatsoever. I never have to press down to get ink flow, and the black chromium-plated steel nib glides on the page without a hint of scratchiness. With some fountain pens, you need to fiddle with the nib to get it to flow ink just the way you like, but there is no fiddling necessary with the Safari.
The Pen Clip
Something that is worth noting about the Lamy Safari fountain pen is the metal clip on the cap. I like the way it looks — sleek and simple — and it serves its function role wonderful without getting in the way.
The Lamy Safari fountain pen is made from sturdy ABS plastic, giving this pen a ruggedness not found in other plastic fountain pens. The spring-loaded clip and stainless steel nib are also built to last.
Fountain pens can be a little finicky with all their parts and pieces, and it can lead to some drawbacks. Here are my least favorite features of the Lamy Safari.
When you’re dropping $20-30 minimum on a single pen, you want it to feel to feel fancier than any old rollerball pen or mechanical pencil. While the Lamy Safari’s timeless design certainly looks the part, the plastic material of the barrel leaves one wanting. When you purchase one of the most inexpensive pens on the market, the material of the pen itself can often be a tradeoff. I would much prefer a metal body of some kind with a little more weight. Thankfully, this pen does exist, though it’s more expensive. It’s called the Lamy Al-Star fountain pen, and it is nearly identical to the Safari but made of nicer materials. So if you did decide that you loved the design of the Lamy Safari but you wanted to upgrade, you have an option readily available.
One thing that is less than ideal with the Lamy Safari fountain pen is the size of the ink reservoir. I write three pages longhand every day, and my Safari needs to be refilled about every five days or so. If you plan on writing less, then your ink will certainly last much longer and this might not be as much of an issue. I want to note, however, that most fountain pens on the cheaper end of the price spectrum will share this same problem, so it’s not a strike against this particular brand.
If you want to refill your Lamy Safari with bottled fountain pen ink, then you should be aware that the process is often messy. The piston converter makes it easier to keep your hands clean, but it is still common to end up with ink on your hands. Again, this isn’t a problem that is restricted to the Lamy Safari but is a common inconvenience of fountain pens. As you become more experienced with fountain pens, messy refills are less and less of an issue.
Not a Flex Nib
The nib on the Lamy Safari fountain pen is perfect for standard writing. However, if you’re interested in nib calligraphy, then you might be hoping to find a fountain pen with a flex nib. Unfortunately, the Lamy Safari doesn’t come with that kind of nib. If you pressed down and tried to get the nib to flex, it would be bent out of shape and permanently damaged. Interested in writing only with no calligraphy at all? Then you’re all set with the Lamy Safari!
Fountain Pen Paradise
Shopping around for fountain pens can be tough. But I can tell you that if you decided to purchase a Lamy Safari for your first fountain pen, you won’t be disappointed. This stylish pen is the perfect way to dip your toes into the fountain pen community and see for yourself how awesome they can be. You will be blown away by how they feel as you write. Be warned, though — you may find yourself collecting fountain pens like crazy!
I hope you have found this Lamy Safari fountain pen review helpful as you search for your dream journal! Let me know in the comments section what product you want me to review next, and head to the My Supplies page to see some of my other favorite materials!
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