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  1. Hi there! After more than one year of intense usage (mainly for drawing) of my Lamy Safari(s) I am thinking about buying a "next-level" fountain pen. In terms of performance do you think it is worth spending money on a better one (gold nib, better construction, etc.)? Is there significant difference between a budget and an expensive pen? (My budget is not that fixed, I can be persuaded - but let's say $150 is the ceiling.) What I've observed with my Safari is that 1) the feed sometimes does not give enough ink when drawing really fast sketches (maybe it is just the ink? used only Lamy and Di
  2. I'm looking for an ink (I am a newbie) and I plan on using this in school, so I need a ink that is either blue or black (preferable black) that has a fast dry time and handles various types of paper. P.S. I am planning on buying a Lamy Safari as my first fountain pen.
  3. Weavercat

    Re-Hello From Colorado

    Hi folks, um, yeah. I joined in 2014 but....left but now I'm back. The name is Weavrr/Weavercat/Liz. I graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Fine Art (Painting/Printmaking) and a minor in Biology. I started out here as primarily a dip pen, brushpen, and drafting pencil user. Which is awesome. However. A longtime aquaintence of mine recently confessed their love for fountain pens and under their guidance I finally made my first starter pen purchase. I purchased a Lamy Safari-F (because my handwriting is tight and cramped) in that LE color: Petrol Whoops. I think I love this. Well, except for
  4. suman5492

    Lamy Safari Blue

    I have a Lamy Safari matte charcoal black Fine nib. Except for the charcoal, dark lilac and the petrol, all the other colors come in a glossy finish. I prefer matte finish mostly, but this time I wish to have the blue glossy one. Do the safaris with glossy finish are prone to scratches? I can use my charcoal without about that since it has a beautiful matte finish.
  5. JF_LAMY Collection

    2017 Lamy Safari Petrol - Pictures

    Dear all, I believe this colour will be a bestseller! Was not really as much excited when I first got the pen, because the colour is a bit darker than on the official pictures, but the more I look at it, the more I love it. Please note the new (updated) convertor. LAMY_SAFARI_2017_PETROL My FLICKR account Kind regards, Jan
  6. JF_LAMY Collection

    2014 & 2016 Lamy Safari Se - Neon Coral; Dark Lilac

    Dear all, I know, I know, we are already eagerly awaiting the 2017 special edition Safari to get to pen-shops, but I just had these two sitting on my desk, and wanted to share. Have you noticed, that taking pictures of pens with matt finish is a bit easier than of those with shiny surface ... ? Or is it just me? All 2014 pictures and 2016 pictures, if you are interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lamy_fp/sets/ or: 2014 LAMY Safari / Neon Coral https://www.flickr.com/photos/lamy_fp/sets/72157677910321054 2016 LAMY Safari / Dark Lilac https://www.flickr.com/photos/lamy_fp/sets/
  7. TradeWind

    Have I Been An Idiot?

    I got a Safari for my birthday in August last year, a Dark Lilac. Considering the fact that it's rare, should I have just kept it aside and used my other pens and not have used it as an everyday workhorse? Naturally, it's got scratches at the back of the barrel because I posted and unposted it too much. And they're deep. I just liked how it looked and probably will get the new petrol Safari. I need to justify my conscience.
  8. Itsallstraw

    A Nun And A Nib!

    Hello all! I am new here but I have been lurking for quite some time trying to gather as much information as I could about pens and ink! I am a nun from the US so I don't have a lot of money to spend on pens, but I do love the art and the beauty that is found in the fountain pen world! I am looking for a workhorse pen, something I am use at work as a nurse, and something for personal writing. I was looking at the lamy safari dark lilac and the twsbi eco... I am a huge fan of anything purple ( you know that lovely shade of blue purple!) What is a good work purple ( dark enough to use at work bu
  9. I know it is not the most popular way to carry a fountain pen (especially in the opinions of many on this forum), but I like to carry my fountain pens in my front pocket. When I was just carrying a Lamy Safari or Noodler's Nib Creeper I didn't really think twice about it - it was next to my phone in my pocket so it always stayed upright and the cap never came off. However, I've recently purchased a Lamy 2000 and while I am not afraid of scratches (I bought it used) I am afraid of breaking it - especially in the section area since it is pre-2009 when they changed the design to include more meta
  10. HoosierGeek

    Just Ordered My First Lamy

    I'm fairly new to fountain pens - I have a couple of Pilot Metropolitans and a Waterman Kulture. I ordered a Jinhao X750 Shimmering Sands that hasn't yet arrived. I was going to get a TWSBI next...but that Dark Lilac Safari just wouldn't get out of my head. I'm not kidding. I actually dreamed about it last night. I'm not a fan of purple normally, but something about that pen with the black trim is just stunning. So today I ordered one in a fine nib, a converter, and Diamine Bilberry (I've been drooling over that ink for awhile) to fill it with. Stalking my mail carrier until it arrives..
  11. Donuts

    Lamy Safari Grip Question.

    I am a newbie, with a pilot metropolitan, fine nib. I hate the grip and how scratchy it is. It may be the paper, but I don't think so. I tried a Lamy safari at a bookstore and really liked the grip. My metro's is way too thin, I want something about the thickness of a pilot G2. I feel like I'm trying to write with a ballpoint refill, minus the actual pen. Now, I only got about five seconds with the safari, so I must ask: is the grip much thicker? is it very ergonomic in long writing sessions? and how much more smooth is a medium western nib compared to a fine Japanese nib? Is something wrong w
  12. Thoughts about this? Would you give it a flex nib? http://gizmodo.com/this-is-the-handwriting-robot-ive-always-needed-1764683921
  13. I have tried looking everywhere for this but seem to find it nowwhere. Can I put waterproof ink into a Lamy Safari fountain pen? Also what is the best type of ink for this pen? Thank you for your time!
  14. Hello, Lamy newbie here. I wanted to get a Safari and saw the Neon Coral is still available on eBay for around $25 from different sellers. That seems a little strange, since the Coral was a 2014 LE and I figured there'd be none left to sell in 2016. I bought one there anyway, but I'm already suspicious that it may be a fake. However, JetPens is also still selling it, in Medium only, for $28.50, and they're an authorized retailer. Again, we're talking about a 2014 Limited Edition here. Has anybody happened to see something like this before?
  15. Hello! My name is TheDungeonChronicler, as I have recently been promoted to be the scribe for all DnD campaigns I am participating in, putting my prolific writing habits to good use. I am extremely embarrassed for this to be my first post here, but I think I have managed to break 2 "beginner" level fountain pens within a month of each other...the newest not even being a week old...I am very distressed by this and I want to know what my options are. So, background: I bought my first fountain pen about 2-3 years ago. A yellow Lamy Safari with a Medium sized nib. The Lamy came with a cartri
  16. Lamy X LINE Brown Fountain Pen (Safari) Lamy teamed up with LINE of South Korea to release a range of limited edition pens (fountain pen and rollerball set) commemorating some of the characters from LINE. LINE is a messaging App craze currently sweeping Asia. They are a range of animated "stickers" you can use as emoji in your messaging. The characters also appear in various themed cartoons, and they have even recently released a full length feature film. You can find some of the cartoons on You Tube. The one I came across is LINE TOWN, in which the main characters of Brown (Bear), C
  17. Yesterday at the pen shop. The guy emptied a small paper pack full of old Lamy Safaris in decent to excellent condition - various colours. All around $10. Could not believe my eyes when among the bunch peeked an unmistakable and familiar Green! The Savannah. Mint condition with the sticker still on it, although the print was gone. Picked them all and naturally felt overjoyed! However, in daylight today, I see a name sitting there, quietly, on one facet. Small fonts. Not very visible but distinctly there. Heat stamped / engraved. My question to any one who may be able to help is - 'what do I d
  18. VatVVolf

    Nib Wiggle Lamy Safari

    Hello, guys! I was recently filling my lamy safari with bottled ink for the first time and I noticed that the nib wiggles, not up or down just to the sides a bit... is this normal? if it isn't is there any way for me to fix it?
  19. First let me start off by saying I recommend flushing a Lamy Safari right when you get it. I had some starting issues at first. However after awhile the ink flowed pretty well. I am aware now that in the factory they are tested and ink will be left in the feed. This pen is very broad in my opinion, after using a medium Japanese Nib it feels massive. However that is because it is a broad german sized nib, from what I understand. Ink flow is dry at the moment for my liking but i still havent flushed it because i've not gotten my converter and have no bulb syringe. I like the pen but the ink th
  20. comixfan

    Lamy Safari Burping Ink--Any Tips?

    I've got a new Lamy Safari w/ F nib and it's practically unusable due to the fact that it simply gushes ink every 20 seconds or so. It will appear to be writing normally, but after a few lines will just burp a dallop of ink. Does anyone have any tips for how to fix this? I didn't think Safaris needed any kind of nib or feed adjustment right out of the box. Thanks in advance!
  21. Part of my haul included my most expensive pen to date, the Monteverde Invincia Deluxe. While still considered lower-priced in the fountain pen world, I'm working my way up slowly, and this was my first purchase of a pen that sits routinely at $99+. I wanted to share this because a) I need practice I'm really happy with my new pen, and wanted to show what it does under my (un)steady hand. Scratch marks because I can't count. My pen history is as follows: 1. Lamy Al-Star (M) 2. Lamy Safari (EF) 3. Platinum Preppy (03) 4. Pilot Metropolitan (M) 5. Platinum Preppy (02) 6. Monteverde
  22. Brian Goulet just made an awesome video on "Back to School", a guide for using fountain pens in school. It's something that I've been looking for and this summer I just got into fountain pens. The video is very informative. http://www.inknouveau.com/2014/08/fp101-back-to-school-shopping.html One thing I want to point out, everyone says that if you write in cursive it will improve your memory because you have to concentrate more on what you're writing, I disagree with this. I write everything in cursive and I have done so for years now, so writing in cursive is effortless for me, no it's not
  23. The Bay has a bargain for a Lamy Safari collector looking for the red version with a Black Clip. I already have one of these, but this one has only one bid at the moment for about 9 dollars (U.S.) and less than 14 hours to close at the time of this posting on 8/4/14. I have no connection to this seller. http://www.ebay.com/itm/131257343071?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
  24. PenFeed

    Lamy Safari Review

    Introducing the first PenFeed review! Created by two brothers, the Pen Feed is a new blog dedicated to the world of fountain pens. We will be reviewing pens, inks, notebooks, and fountain pen accessories. Check out our first review of the iconic Lamy Safari here: http://penfeed.blogspot.com/ and follow us on twitter @PenFeed We would also greatly appreciate any feedback so please feel free to comment! All the best, PenFeed
  25. This is my first Lamy italic nib and I must be doing something wrong. I received a letter from a pen pal with writing samples of different pens and this was the one of a Lamy Safari with the 1.1 italic nib. So, I ordered a new Safari and a 1.1 italic nib, but this is what my attempts look like. I actually used the back of the letter (I apologize if you are the pen pal and are reading this :-) ) so it would be on the same paper - apples to apples, if you will. It's not even close! It doesn't matter which angle I hold the pen, I can't get the same result. The stroke is much wider than I exp

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