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Who's got a Lamy Safari?


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Poll: Have you a Lamy Safari? (361 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you possess a Lamy Safari, or are you on the point of getting one

  1. Yes (321 votes [88.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 88.92%

  2. No (40 votes [11.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.08%

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#1 Fuddlestack

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:35

Reading the various posts in here, it seems to me that the Safari must be just about the most popular pen in the world. So I thought I'd find out how we stack up in here.

Edited by Fuddlestack, 20 March 2010 - 17:26.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:36

safari's are pretty ubiquitous because of their excellent price and quality. I'm not really surprised that there would be a lot of safari owners out there.
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#3 PianoMan14

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:36

My first pen was a Pelikan m215, and I don't intend to go down in quality except for a 'knock-a-bout' pen, which I don't really need at the moment.
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:37

Just picked up my second Safari in extra fine nib and love it!

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:38

Great for sketching. If I lose one, I won't cry. Not scared to share it with newbies to write with. A good starter gift.
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:44

I've never really liked c/c fillers and on top of that I think Lamy Safaris are hideous, just a matter of personal taste. I'll believe they're good pens and think it's great there are good quality, inexpensive, easily available pens out there, but there are plenty of other good pens out there I'd rather use so I'll pass.

#7 irbyls

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:48

I don't own a Safari, but I do love my green Al-Star. :)
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:55

My wife and two sons have Safaris and Al-Stars. They LOVE them and have no complaints. The kids think they are cool and my wife's Al-Star is the new raspberry color, so they really do look good. In time, I will get one for myself and my other son, just to "keep up," but for now I am very satisfied with my Parkers 45, Insignia, and Inflection fountain pens for carrying and the Parker 51 and two Sheaffer Touchdowns that all exist as desk pens in my home.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:56

Lamy Safari is a great pen... but it would be even more perfect if it could work with Noodler's BSB. I think the appearance is just a matter of taste, besides, Lamy has stated that they prefer function over form, if I remember correctly.
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:07

Overrated, but my yellow Safari does look good inked with Waterman's Havana brown.
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#11 Fuddlestack

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:08

Lamy Safari is a great pen... but it would be even more perfect if it could work with Noodler's BSB. I think the appearance is just a matter of taste, besides, Lamy has stated that they prefer function over form, if I remember correctly.


I'll put function over form any day - it's a daft design that looks good and doesn't work because of it in any walk of life. But in any case, I like the sobriety of the Safari, particularly the charcoal/black nib variant. Some of their other colours look a little vomitous, though, and it's a particular shame the way they've mucked up the yellow one.

Tell you what tickles me - you can stand it horizontally on its clip, and it stays there with the barrel off the desk. Trivial but pleasing.

Edited by Fuddlestack, 20 March 2010 - 17:09.

When you're good at it, it's really miserable.


#12 IWantThat

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:57

I have a Safari, and it's the one pen I'm not afraid to share with others or take to work (though I still don't leave it lying on my desk). The Safari was my 3rd fp, I think, and I bought it specifically to use 'on the road,' because I knew I could easily buy another if I lost it.
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:59

Got a couple with medium nibs, going to get one with a bold nib one of these says. I carry them to school and use them for grading papers, I love them...

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#14 bwnewton

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:11

I have three:
*Charcoal, EF
*Blue, F
*Glossy Black, 1.5

I use the charcoal and blue daily. I hope to purchase a red F and a yellow M. Maybe someday a Vista. I have many other pens, modern and vintage that I enjoy. But, the Safari is my workhorse for note-taking, underlining, marginalia, etc. My journaling is usually done with my other pens.

My wife has an orange F. My daughter a pink F. My secretary a charcoal EF.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:12

I bought an EF Lamy Safari-style demonstrator a few months ago and I hate it, just as I remember hating Lamy Safaris back in the '80s. It looks cool, but it just doesn't work very well compared to my other pens (one Mont Blanc and a handful of Sheaffer 440s). It doesn't start right away, it skips from time to time, and for EF the line is rather broad.

Sigh.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:18

Let's see--in the pen pot, there's a charcoal, a shiny black and a yellow (along with a Joy) and there's an Al-Star in my bag that hasn't been inked yet. There are extra nibs and converters around. I would have two charcoals, but in a conversation with my best friend and office mate (which started off with showing her a picture of a Nakaya Ascending Dragon, of all things), I pulled out an uninked charcoal, popped in a cartridge, handed it to her . . . and it's on her desk now. Hee!

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:38

Lamy Safari is a great pen... but it would be even more perfect if it could work with Noodler's BSB. I think the appearance is just a matter of taste, besides, Lamy has stated that they prefer function over form, if I remember correctly.


I'll put function over form any day - it's a daft design that looks good and doesn't work because of it in any walk of life. But in any case, I like the sobriety of the Safari, particularly the charcoal/black nib variant. Some of their other colours look a little vomitous, though, and it's a particular shame the way they've mucked up the yellow one.

Tell you what tickles me - you can stand it horizontally on its clip, and it stays there with the barrel off the desk. Trivial but pleasing.


Haha, cute, I just tried the clip trick and it works. I suppose perfectionists could sit their Lamys up on their desks like that to avoid small scratches? O.o I have the yellow one, black clip. I read of people getting this colour because of it's difficulty of getting lost, so I got it :embarrassed_smile:
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 19:11

 I have two, a charcoal with EF nib, and a red with OM nib. Both have had the sharp corners on the grip sanded to ease them, as I found the grip uncomfortable otherwise (lefty underwriter). Both start first time, good flow, no problems. I love the styling, so ugly it's beautiful!

I also have three nexx M, and I find the grip on that model much nicer. Presently fitted with LH, M and 1.1 italic (reground to left oblique).

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 19:25

I've got a fine-nibbed Safari. I love the look. The colour really impacts the looks for me. I know it is usually a beginners pen, but it wasn't my 1st pen.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 19:26

I bought an EF Lamy Safari-style demonstrator a few months ago and I hate it, just as I remember hating Lamy Safaris back in the '80s. It looks cool, but it just doesn't work very well compared to my other pens (one Mont Blanc and a handful of Sheaffer 440s). It doesn't start right away, it skips from time to time, and for EF the line is rather broad.

Sigh.

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