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Difference between Safari, Al-Star and Vista


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#1 returnofpenguy

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 17:06

I am looking for a pen for my son and Safari is my choice. However, I noticed that these three pens for the most part looks the same. I don't see any difference by looking at the pictures of them, may be a few minor difference in color scheme. Even the pricepoint is also very similar between these 3 pens.

Can anyone share their experiences with these 3 models? How these are different? Which one is better if the price is the same?

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#2 shaqin93

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 17:26

I think that the Lamy Vista is a demonstrator version of the Safari. The Al-Star is an aluminium version with a transparent section.
Picking one is personal preference, I suppose. I prefer the Safari.

Edited by shaqin93, 20 December 2009 - 17:27.


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Posted 21 December 2009 - 02:59

The Al-Star is a bit larger in diameter and may be a bit heavier. At a local stationary shop, they also offer a choice of nibs including some wider calligraphy styles.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:13

This is the second inquiry you've submitted in the wrong place. Please be more careful. The Pen Review section is for reviews. General inquiries like this should be submitted in either the brand specific sub forum where applicable or in the "Writing Instruments" sub forum. Thank you.
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#5 returnofpenguy

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 16:25

This is the second inquiry you've submitted in the wrong place. Please be more careful. The Pen Review section is for reviews. General inquiries like this should be submitted in either the brand specific sub forum where applicable or in the "Writing Instruments" sub forum. Thank you.

Thanks for pointing it out.

#6 I am not a number

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 16:28

This may be of some use, it's a table I did some time ago.
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State/Pen
Safari
Al-Star
Studio
2000


Length Capped
13.9 cm
13.9 cm
14. 0 cm
13.7 cm


Length Uncapped
12.9 cm
13.0 cm
13.0 cm
12.4 cm


Length Posted
16.6 cm
16.9 cm
16.0 cm
15.0 cm

Weight Capped
17.5 g
22.3 g
27.3 g
22.3 g


Weight Uncapped
10.2 g
12.8 g
17.8 g
13.4 g

Mid-Section Diameter
11.6 mm
11.2 mm
11.0 mm
10.4 mm


 


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#7 returnofpenguy

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 16:38

This may be of some use, it's a table I did some time ago.<br><br>

Yes, it is helpful. Lovely pictures and very helpful information in a table format. Thank you.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:34

Because there isn't a Lamy forum here, I thought I'll post this question here: what exactly is the difference between the Lamy Vista, Lamy Al-star and Lamy Safari? They look all the same.

#9 Ondina

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:36

Comparison of the 3: http://www.fountainp...showtopic=69265

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:44

So actually there isn't a difference?

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:53

Identical topics merged.
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#12 Ondina

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 13:00

So actually there isn't a difference?


There are three version of the same pen, Safari in ABS plastic, Vista in transparent material and All-Star in aluminum.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 13:00

I have a Safari and a Vista, and I got the Vista because I liked the transparency of it. My friends keep tempting me with different color options in the Safari. Some dealers have different nib widths available, including italic, so your choice of Lamy really depends on what you're most likely to use often.
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