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#1 Mrsal

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 22:25

I. Appearance and design- 7
well, when i was looking at these on line, i thought that they had quite a shocking appearance, with the huge clip and all. when i got it in the mail, however, i got over the way that i looked, the clip really isnt that big, and it just looks plain better when you have it right in front of you.

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II. Construction and quality-9
this is a sturdy pen. seriously, you could probly throw one of these across the room and nothing would happen except for some ink leakage. i do not reccommend this though, not one of the smartest thing to do with a 25 dollar pen!

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III. Weight and dimensions- 8
this is a seriously light pen, my lightest actually, and it is thin and long. not the best combo, but it is what most people prefer.

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IV. Nib and performance- 6
this is where the pen got pretty dissapointing for me. this nib was SCRATCHY and the flow was HORRIBLE! so i got out a knife, some brown paper bag, and a bottle of ink. after running the length of the tines with the knife, i put the nb back one, worked on the brown bag a little, and all was good. now it has a good flow, is pretty smooth, and is nice to use.

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V. Filling system and maintenance- 8
nothing to see here, just your standard C/C filler. quick, convenient, and simple to use.

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VI. Cost and value-9
well i dont think that you can get a better deal than one of these. although mine did need a little work at first, most people say that theirs are great out of the box.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 22:35

Nice review Sal!
Btw, I Did drop mine on my wood floor to check for ink leakage in the cap, for a new poster today..
Passed with flying colors-knew it would...since it's sailed across cement, been lost in a hot car for week+, and frosted in a fridge.
Wondering of you flushed your new pen before knifing, and brown bagging? (must say that caused my eyebrows to arch a tad:)
When I 1st used my Safari I found it scratchy too.. after cleaning, and using-it just seated in and became a great, non-skipping, wet, always reliable pen. Abuse it, and it starts the moment it touches paper.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 22:41

Nice review Sal!
Btw, I Did drop mine on my wood floor to check for ink leakage in the cap, for a new poster today..
Passed with flying colors-knew it would...since it's sailed across cement, been lost in a hot car for week+, and frosted in a fridge.
Wondering of you flushed your new pen before knifing, and brown bagging? (must say that caused my eyebrows to arch a tad:)
When I 1st used my Safari I found it scratchy too.. after cleaning, and using-it just seated in and became a great, non-skipping, wet, always reliable pen. Abuse it, and it starts the moment it touches paper.


thanks p2p, i did flush it out a few times before i too the knife to it, i actually did this after 3 days of disappointment, just to keep things right in the pen world:)

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 22:53

Nice review! I like my Vista. The nibs run a bit wide; though.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 01:48

Nice review. I own 2 Safaris, Charcoal and the Vista. Real workhorses and write wonderfully. Nice thing with the Lamys is that you can interchange the nibs. I also own the Joy, Studio, and have the 2000 on order. Probably my favorite pen company. Good luck with your new pen.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 01:56

wonderful.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 02:03

great pics, I think we have anouther Henry Louis in the making on our hands
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:56

Mrsal, your review photos just keep getting better and better. Nicely done! I like the composition of displaying the Safari on a bed of grass and leaves. Like the name implies, a product to be used in nature.

I like that yellow, too. It has a deep and rich appearance, like a warm cadmium yellow. Is the color balance of the images very close to what you see for real?

Sorry to hear your nib was scratchy out of the box. You didn't mention it, but I take it that the nib is a fine? I have one of these on my Safari and it emerged from the packaging butter smooth. Despite the flaw, it's good to hear you were able to correct it to your liking. Anyway, these nibs are very affordable and you can purchase many different sizes--a rather key advantage over a brand like Pelikan, which charges about 3-4 times for additional nibs.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:49

Congrats! I recently received my yellow Safari (EF), lovin' it. I've been using a charcoal Safari (F) daily and decided to get something more colorful to go with it. I'm currently using green ink in the charcoal pen and brown in the yellow...exploring some different options. Enjoy your pen, your pics are great!
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:59

Nice review, can you provide more details about what you did with a knife to help the nib be less scratchy? I have a studio with a scratchy F that I would like to improve. And did you just write on a brown bag afterwards and that helped too?

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 12:40

thanks everyone!

Mrsal, your review photos just keep getting better and better. Nicely done! I like the composition of displaying the Safari on a bed of grass and leaves. Like the name implies, a product to be used in nature.

I like that yellow, too. It has a deep and rich appearance, like a warm cadmium yellow. Is the color balance of the images very close to what you see for real?

Sorry to hear your nib was scratchy out of the box. You didn't mention it, but I take it that the nib is a fine? I have one of these on my Safari and it emerged from the packaging butter smooth. Despite the flaw, it's good to hear you were able to correct it to your liking. Anyway, these nibs are very affordable and you can purchase many different sizes--a rather key advantage over a brand like Pelikan, which charges about 3-4 times for additional nibs.


thanks, it was an absolutely beautiful day out yesterday and i could not refuse my urge to go take some pics! yes, the yellow is a nice color, its warm and vibrant. oh, and it is a fine nib, and its gotten much bettor over the past few days

Nice review, can you provide more details about what you did with a knife to help the nib be less scratchy? I have a studio with a scratchy F that I would like to improve. And did you just write on a brown bag afterwards and that helped too?


hi kurtorius, all i did with the knife was run it down the length of the tines to open them up a little bit, and then i used the brown paper bag to smooth it out.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 15:40

I really enjoyed the simplicity of this review! It made me look a little more closly at the Safari and pushed me over the edge to order one for myself. An EDC pen I guess. Good job on the review Mrsal.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 19:02

There has been a rash of Amex commercials that capture inanimate objects (and some combinations) that mimic a frown or smile. Looking at the Safari clip with the pen standing up, it's definitely a smile. ;)

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 19:21

nice myu!

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 23:24

IV. Nib and performance- 6
this is where the pen got pretty dissapointing for me. this nib was SCRATCHY and the flow was HORRIBLE! so i got out a knife, some brown paper bag, and a bottle of ink. after running the length of the tines with the knife, i put the nb back one, worked on the brown bag a little, and all was good. now it has a good flow, is pretty smooth, and is nice to use.


Curious. I have one Safari with a F nib and it's one of the smoothest pens I've ever used. Actually, every Lamy I've ever tried has been pretty smooth. Also, I've never experienced flow issues with any of my Lamys. I think yours was somehow defective.

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 23:25

it looks great in its natural habitat, great pics!
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 02:34

I have been dickering with myself for a lot of months about getting a Safari. I think your pictures sold me. Problems now are: what color? and what nib? Although the nib problem is easily resolved since the substitute nibs are relatively inexpensive. Whoops! Forgot one more problem: How to justify this to my wife. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:10

I own an orange limited edition. This is a well constructed and sturdy pen to use with a good balance on hand. Moreover, changing nib is pretty easily using a sticky tape. Nonetheless, having used fountain pens for almost forty years, I consider the combination of components in the Hicks pen the best as not many pen can write right out of the shirt pocket.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:44

I find the Lamy Safari's to be very well made pens and a good value for the price. Great review!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:32

I love the yellow color. Reminds me of one of these (yellow Lambo). Honestly, I keep trying not to like my Safari, but the darn thing is more reliable than a Honda.
Thanks for the review!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:32

I have 3 or 4 Safaris and I quite like the clip. Since it's a kind of double clip it keeps the pen more stable in a pocket than the more common single clip. Of course, it also gives the pen more of a "street level" kind of look - not the pen you'd use to sign an international treaty - but that's actually a plus in many situations where you'd have grounds for concern that something like a Caran d'Ache would look pretentious.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 16:21

Thanks for the review. I also own a yellow one and bought it due to all the glowing reports on this forum. Can't say it is my favorite by a long shot. Nib too scratchy but i guess for the price it is "ok" overall.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 18:30

Thanks for the review. Though my collection has grown, I always have a Safari or two inked and ready to go. :thumbup:

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 18:33

Truman, have you tried the paper sack trick? Make some figure 8s on the bag for a few minutes and see if that smoothes out your pen. It's worth a try as any pen that is scratchy tends to stay in the drawer.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:27

I can't imagine a scratchy Safari. Mine is incredibly smooth.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:09

I will have to try that paper bag trick on my Alloy/AL-Star. After flushing it is better than it was, but not nearly as smooth as my Waterman Phileas.(both fine)

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:16

safari's are pretty good ey :P love the incredi-smooth nib.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:08

Truman,

I have a Lamy Al-Star (basically a metal Safari) and had the same problem as you. I tried everything, different ink, paper bag trick, I even cut larger grooves in the feed. Ultimately I replaced the feed and nib with a broad instead of medium. Ever since, it writes like a dream: nice line, smooth, never scratchy. It almost got junked, but now it is a favorite.


Thanks for the review. I also own a yellow one and bought it due to all the glowing reports on this forum. Can't say it is my favorite by a long shot. Nib too scratchy but i guess for the price it is "ok" overall.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 16:25

I got my new Lamy Safari Fountain Pen with a medium nib yesterday. The nib has attitude. It writes like a charm when the surface of the nib is at 90 degrees with a vertical line drawn on the paper on which one is writing. Make the slightest change in the angle and it gets scratchy and inconsistent with ink flow. In my natural writing position the surface of the nib is turned a little in the anti clockwise direction. How can I correct the pen to suit my grip? Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 00:57

I got my new Lamy Safari Fountain Pen with a medium nib yesterday. The nib has attitude. It writes like a charm when the surface of the nib is at 90 degrees with a vertical line drawn on the paper on which one is writing. Make the slightest change in the angle and it gets scratchy and inconsistent with ink flow. In my natural writing position the surface of the nib is turned a little in the anti clockwise direction. How can I correct the pen to suit my grip? Any help would be appreciated.

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First, you might want to try writing a series of infinity signs (maybe 8-10) followed by the same amount of the number 8. Do this as you would normally hold the pen. Use a brown paper bag to write on. The bag is a toothy kind of roughly finished paper. I suppose brown butchers paper will work also.

Test on your normal papers after each series. Hopefully you will notice an immediate improvement after only a couple of series of infinity signs and 8's.

Hope this helps.

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