Ah, wouldn't contamination be more apparent on a White pen? e.g. Lamy Safari
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It would indeed. But I feel it would remind me of one of those vintage nurses pens with the hidden thermometer for sticking in warm crevices, for want of a better phrase... something I fortunately don't have to do!
Plus, I kinda like demonstrators... and I think that'd be the next best colour variant.
Martin at The Writing Desk normally keeps ef nibs for these....but having checked his website there seems to be a temporary supply issue.
You may want to check when they are due in or send him a message on here, his user name is twd
Hmm... I'll be making a proper decision tonight (I say that now hehe) so I'll consider sending him a message about the EF nibs. Thanks for the info!
Lamy Safari /Vista EFs are closer to F than EF. If you are looking for a true EF nib, Pilot would be a better choice.
Safari/Vista nibs are drier than Pilots'. If you like your pens to lay a wet line (a must for EF nibs), you can tweak the nib+feed of Safari or you can use a Pilot 78G straight out of the box
I've heard about the wideness of Lamy nibs... Pilot would be a good choice indeed. Just weighing up the various factors...
I might be a bit late to this topic so you might have already made your decision however.....
You could try a Platinum Cool with F nib. It's a nice demonstrator. Cos it's Japanese it writes like a European (i.e. Lamy) EF. It's £29 from Cultpens http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Platinum-PGB-3000A-Cool-Fountain-Pen-Clear.html#a27611 (usual blurb re no affiliation).
It's C/C (converter extra at £4.99) or I use mine at the moment with the little Platinum International Adaptor at £1.50 which enables it to take standard international cartrdiges. I think it's a dream with Cultpens Deep Dark Blue. Here's link to my post bemoaning my awful hadndwriting but handily shows the Cool + ink combination mentioned http://www.fountainp...ay-handwriting/
If that's too expensive for you at the moment how about the Pilot Penmanship at £8.99. Has an EF nib only & is really fine at 0.2mm http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Pilot-Penmanship-Fountain-Pen-FP-50R.html#a27091
Only takes Pilot cartridges but takes the Pilot CON50 convertor for about £5.
I'll stop twittering on now!
Hope this helps
I'd had a look at the Platinum cool when it became available in the U.K., originally I wasn't impressed by the specifications but you're writing sample is really good!
Deep dark blue is easily my favourite ink! At least when it comes to the safe category.
The penmanship looks like a very good option, especially considering my budget. I seem to remember that there's some pretty good Youtube videos on it so I'll review them. Thanks!
The Vista and Safari are interchangeable; Vista is just a name for demonstrator Safaris. Preppy 03 and Vista/Safari EFs are fairly on par, width-wise. (And performance, actually. They both make the "scritch scritch" noise.)
White safaris stain insanely (I've seen someone convert a white Safari into purple marble Safari because the owner accidentally smeared some purple ink on it, and it wouldn't come off).
Ah excellent news on the interchangeability (surprised I could spell that...).
Thanks for the heads up on the staining!
I have an old LAMY Vista (No, you can't have mine.), that belonged to an old schoolmate. It endured the
heavy use of college lectures, biological nastiness of tropical service in the Peace Corps, and harsh aridness
of archeological digs. It is scratched and dented and discolored, but I used it a few weeks ago.
The Vista is clear version of the LAMY Safari. I know a medical professional, who uses a white Safari
in her work. it gets wiped with disinfection towelettes every day.
Hmmm very interesting. It survives the Iso-propyl wipes! Tough pen... very tough.
Thanks for all your responces,
Will let you know later tonight!