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  1. Just got the newsletter. Thought people might want to know about the new digital pen: LAMY safari twin pen all black EMR It offers a ballpoint and EMR point. Link to German LAMY page: https://shop.lamy.com/de_at/digital-writing-lamy-safari-twin-pen-all-black-emr.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=TwinPen_29-04-22&stylus_technology=7531&model_color_material=7647
  2. Mark from Yorkshire

    Temperamental Lamys

    In the past few years I have had a Safari die on me. Despite repeated attempts to wash/ flush it through having not caught the cartridge running out in time I could not get it writing. Now the Al-star that replaced the Safari last year is playing up despite regular cleaning and flushing with clean water. I also wonder if it is the Lamy ink especially the black that has been on the shelf a while that is drying up in the cartridge and in the workings of the pen. Am I better off A) storing vertically B ) using converter and Quink black ink or other ink or C) both of the above I am rapidly going off Lamy ink, especially there cartridges as they do not seem to last all that long before I am putting a new one in either of my Lamy pens
  3. Astronymus

    Lamy Hanzi nibs

    I've read that Lamy has released special Hanzi nibs in Asia. They seem to be on the "architect" side to aid with Chinese or Japanese writing. I can't write Chinese but I'm curious. Anyone used one? https://www.instagram.com/p/CYc46c2vLFN/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CYfVKvQvUKn/ But since when is there a matte red Safari? 🤔
  4. There is a new "limited" edition Lamy Safari coming up for sale in October. White with red clip, charity donations. Does any one know what design the top has on that one? Cross or dot? Sold here for instance
  5. Uffuffa

    Lamy Safari with city skyline?

    Somewhere I saw for sale four colours of Lamy Safari with a city skyline drawn onto the cap. For some reason I think it was a Copenhagen cityscape but can’t be sure. I wanted to buy them but cannot for the life of me find them anywhere anymore. It was only within the last few months. Can anyone help point me in the right direction please?
  6. Pen Pit Stop : LAMY Safari Pastel (2019 Special Edition) Welcome to the Pen Pit Stop. Here you will find reviews of pens that already have some mileage on them. More specifically, these reviews are of pens that are in my personal collection, and that have been in use for at least a year. I thought it would be fun to do it this way – no new & shiny pens here, but battered vehicles that have been put to work for at least a year. Let’s find out how they have withstood the ravages of time. The fountain pens that arrive at the pit stop today are a trio: the LAMY Safari Pastel Series (2019 Special Edition). These are matching pastel-tinted pens in blue (Blue Macaron), green (Mint Glaze) and rose (Powder Rose). Lovely soft colours that go together well - I can see why LAMY brought these to market as a set. The fascinating history of LAMY is published on the web at https://www.lamy.com/en/history. As we can read at their site, the LAMY Safari was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Fair in 1980. It is the result of a close cooperation with designer Wolfgang Fabian and the Mannheim Development Group under the direction of Prof. Bernt Spiegel. The ergonomic design and sturdy workmanship of the LAMY Safari are perfectly tailored to the needs of schoolchildren, but also quickly win over many adult fans as well. Once a year, LAMY brings out a Special Edition Safari with its own particular colour scheme. In 2019, they deviated from this pattern, coming out with a trio of pens with the Pastel Special Edition. These have quickly become my new standard set for doing ink reviews. The Safari pen itself needs no introduction – it has been reviewed probably thousands of times. I will therefore limit myself to the specific characteristics I personally appreciate the most: Solid fountain pen for everyday use, with a fairly cheap price tag of around 20 EUR with taxes included. A real workhorse pen. And if you lose/damage it, you can always get a new one. Easily exchangeable nibs. This is a big plus in my book – a wide choice of nib sizes to experiment with. A large and practical ink window that makes it easy to check the amount of ink left in the cartridge/convertor. The most controversial feature is obviously the grip section, which forces your thumb and index finger to a specific position. You will either find this comfortable (like me), or you will hate it to no end (in which case the Safari is not for you). There doesn’t seem to be an in-between. Pen Look & Feel The design of the pens is top-notch! These are very functional-looking writing instruments with an industrial design, that still looks modern 40 years after their introduction to market. It definitely is a timeless classic. The pastel tones of this 2019 SE trio were well chosen, and complement each other nicely. LAMY paid special attention to get even minor details right - e.g. the O-ring between grip section and barrel matches the colour of the pen. You can buy the individual pens if you like, but it’s well worth it to get the complete set. Outfit the pens with a range of nibs, and you have a trio of pens for any writing occasion. The picture above illustrates the size of the LAMY Safari when uncapped, capped and posted. The pen is a decent size uncapped, and becomes really large when posted. For me, I find it a bit too unwieldy when posted, so I typically use the pen uncapped. While writing with the pen, I usually have the cap in my other hand – fiddling with it while the pen does its work on the paper. Pen Characteristics Build Quality : build quality is very good for such an affordable pen. A Safari pen can easily last decades. As a workhorse pen, it will probably get scratched - it’s just a plastic pen after all - but you’ll be able to enjoy it for a long time. By that time, you will probably already have another Safari pen ready to use. I’ve noticed that these pens have a tendency to accumulate. Myself, I started with one Safari pen years ago, and today I have over ten of them lying around. Weight & Dimensions : this is a very lightweight pen made out of plastic. The pen is large enough that it fits any hand. It posts easily for those who prefer this, becoming really long but remaining well balanced. Filling System : this is a cartridge/convertor pen that uses a LAMY specific form factor. I have no experience with the LAMY convertor. I’ve always used cartridges myself, filling them with bottled ink using a syringe. Nib & Performance : the LAMY comes standard with steel nibs, but it’s possible to buy gold nibs if you prefer them. A big plus is that the nibs are easily replaceable, and come in a wide variety of sizes (from EF to 1.9 italic). The steel Z50 nibs are cheap at 7.50 EUR a piece, while the 14-karat Z55 gold nibs are fairly expensive at 100 EUR (taxes included). Be aware that Safari pens are fairly dry writers and are best paired with wetter inks for an enjoyable writing experience. Price : These pastel pens were priced at 19 EUR a piece. For this you get a workhorse pen with a timeless industrial look. In my opinion, I got good value for money. Conclusion The LAMY Safari is a timeless classic that is well constructed and will last you a long time. I love it that LAMY keeps the Safari brand fresh and alive with yearly new releases. And I found this specific 2019 Special Edition Pastel trio a welcome addition to the colour palette. Totally fits my taste! The big question is: would I buy these pens again? To this, my answer is a resounding: YES. I just love the soft pastel colours, and these pens have quickly become the standard writers I use when doing ink reviews.
  7. Lumo

    Back to Lamy after 10+ years

    So I was in the local post office and while waiting for the guy to find the parcel I was collecting I saw some fountain pens for sale on the counter. They were what I can only describe as knock off Lamy Safaris. Given that the post office is in Heidelberg Germany I found it almost bizzarly amusing that they were selling them. 6 euro each and I nearly bought one before coming to my senses. But when I got home I looked everywhere for my old matt black Safari and could not find it. I found a few fountain pens - my high school Waterman, a Pilot, a transparent Safari and also two Safari rollerballs (the rollerballs I never liked writing with at all). However, I seem to have got a bug, or craving, to use a fountain pen again. I loved using them years ago, but just started writing less and less by hand and more and more on computers. So I looked to buy a real safari to replace my matt black and saw the specials this year. The green savannah looks fantastic and is ordered, I was really tempted to get the terra one also. Meanwhile I am washing out my safari vista and the pilot I found (lots of strange colours coming out of both). The Waterman has too much sentimental value to take out the house (I do most writing at work). I can't wait for the green Safari to arrive, by the time it does I will have put ink in the vista and pilot, I'm a bit worried I don't write enough by hand to need three pens on the go. However that has not stopped me also looking at the Terra again and again. I am still determined to find my old matt black safari. I have moved house twice since I last used it and it must be in a box somewhere. This was all triggered by seeing those pens in the post office.
  8. Astronymus

    LAMY SAFARI Fountain pen

    From the album: LAMY Safari 3D

    Lamy Safari 3D-Model Main Body Parts Animation

    © astronymus.net

  9. From the album: LAMY Safari 3D

    © astronymus.net

  10. Astronymus

    Lamy Safari 3D-Model

    As exercise for a CAD software in 2018 I created a 3D-model of a Safari fountain pen. It's not perfect, but it was a fun thing to do. The model will be made public domain some time in the future. Here's a sneak preview of the model. I'll have to do some final work on the nib before it's ready. Each part can be places separately, like a real pen. And I'll convert it to a broadly used format.
  11. Astronymus


    From the album: LAMY Safari 3D

  12. Hi! I have a Lamy Safari fountain pen with the Z28 converter for the ink. I used it for some time with a permanent ink DeAtramentis Document Ink (Black). After few weeks of not using it the ink seems to be partially dried. How can I clean it safely? I assume water won't do any good. Please, dear people, who love fountain pens for a long time, take into the consideration that I have never clean any fountain pen and I'm a complete newbie when it comes to the subject, so I would greatly appreciate a detailed explanation or perhaps a link to video if something like that exists. Thank you for your understanding! Best, Olina - a complete newbie in the subjects of fountain pens.
  13. From the album: Size and shape comparisons

    Lamy Safari Lamy CP1 Pilot Capless Vanishing Point Pilot Custom Heritage 91 Pilot Custom 74 Pilot Cocoon (aka Pilot MR Metropolitan) Pilot Elite 95s Sailor Lecoule Delike New Moon 3 Pilot 78G Leonardo Momento Zero Originally posted here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/343131-looking-for-new-pen-recommendations/?do=findComment&comment=4165594

    © A Smug Dill

  14. bayindirh

    Tight Fitting Nibs.

    Recently I've ordered some F & LH nibs from my country's official Lamy store to customize some of my Safaris and AL-Stars. While changing the nibs, I've noticed that they are too tight fitting. When I wanted to remove one from my AL-Star with tape, whole feed detached from the pen. Fortunately the feed and the pen are fine but, I'm surprised to tightness of the new Lamy nibs. Did anyone experienced the same phenomena? What if I want to return to old nibs of the pens some day? How can I remove these nibs? The nibs write very good BTW. They are wet, smooth and firm like all Lamy nibs.
  15. acsc100

    Lamy Squeeze Converter

    Does anyone know how I might get my hands on one of the old Lamy squeeze converters (pictured below)? Thanks to haywoody for alerting me to the existence of this converter, which is where I also got the image (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/90367-lamy-safari/).
  16. magicspeller

    Loose Nib On My Safari

    Hi, In cleaning my (stock) nib, I tried to wipe it dry with a cloth and it popped right off. All I could find in a Google search are articles emphasizing the difficulty of removing the nib (!), and they all just say to slide the (new) nib on, making sure it's oriented properly. I can slide it on to the feed, but it doesn't seem to slide into the section and it's just loosely sitting on the feed. What am I doing wrong? Is it supposed to go into the section? If so, do I just have to push it really hard? Thanks a lot for your help.
  17. desertsquid

    Reputable Source Of Brown Safari

    For years, Ive been hoping that Lamy would release a chocolate brown, textured Safari with a black clip. Today, I saw that just such a thing exists for the South Korean market (Line Friends?) So Im looking for a reputable place to buy one. By reputable, I mean a dealer who will sell me a genuine brown Safari made by Lamy and not a fake. If it has to come in a fancy box with cute animals, so be it. But all I really want is the fountain pen. Ive seen them available on eBay but I dont know which sellers deal in genuine Safaris. Can anyone suggest where to buy this pen, please?
  18. Today I was in the next town over, and I went in to its ‘WH Smith’ store. As usual, I went to have a quick look at their pens, and was slightly surprised to see that, in February 2020, their display included the ‘Petrol’ Safari from 2017, and more-surprised to see that they also had the ‘Dark Lilac’ one from 2016. Before anyone gets their hopes up, I must stress that these were only the pens - no cartridges, and certainly not any bottles, of the relevant LE inks. So, is this availability just an anomaly that is attributable to my living out in the sticks, where nothing as recherché as a fountain pen sells-out fast? Or are the rest of you still seeing these pens for sale in stores near you? Cheers, M.
  19. Dip n Scratch

    Lamy Cartridges. Poor Fit Or Counterfeit?

    I bought some Lamy blue/black cartridges and I have been using them in a Safari & a Nexx. The issue is that they seem to weep ink where they push-fit onto the 'pip'. I tried wrapping the cartridge with paper, so there's some kind of a seal around the end of the section. The paper was impregnated with blue/black ink when I just looked, but there was nothing in the barrel. I would have tried the cartridges in my Yiren 566 but the damn thing has an EF nib. The cartridges have the 'LAMY' mark and are in a box with a Lamy name. Has anyone else had any issue with the fit of the Lamy cartridges? The poor fit made me think they might be counterfeit. I have some Lamy Blue cartridges, but I have only fitted one you my Yiren 566 demonstrator, not to a genuine Lamy pen. My actual Lamy branded pens are a Safari & a Nexx. The b/b cartridges weeped on both pens. I quite like the Lamy blue/black ink. I don't know whether it is non-gall or not.
  20. Nicely shading, quick drying, lightish green with some dark undertones. Loved the color and sharing, and smoothness. I don't have any inks to compare to.
  21. I own a Lamy Safari F nib (though I think it writes on the broader side of F), its writes very very smooth. A friend of mine bought a Diplomat Magnum F nib recently though. Both of these pens look a bit similar except the nib part. Can anyone tell me how much the writing experience on the Magnum differs from the Safari?
  22. I own mostly Indian pens and I want to breach out into foreign brands. On WilliamPenn.net, the Loom and Safari cost similar, but people abroad prefer the Safari as it costs cheaper. Given that both cost the same, which one is better? And if there are other recommendations in the Rs. 2500 range apart from these two, that would be great too.
  23. Astronymus

    Lamy Forecast 2019

    Some forecast for 2019 emerged on the net. New Joy, Aion, Safari, Studio, and the very confusing AL-Star and Lx. See here: https://frankunderwater.com/2018/12/30/a-peak-into-lamys-2019-special-editions/
  24. I cannot claim to be a fountain pen expert in any way whatsoever, however the perspective through which I see things is one of fairness (I hope!). I've had this LAMY Safari (Charcoal colour, fine/extra fine nib - I'll explain shortly) for about 6 months now and use it daily at school. It's inked up with Diamine Onyx Black: the only bottle of ink I currently own. This review should, hopefully, provide my personal opinion about the pen as well as an 'umbrella' overview of it. Let's dive in... First Impressions When I opened the grey box in which it arrived to me, I was, to be perfectly honest with you, a tad underwhelmed. The pen's body didn't seem dark enough against what I was hoping for. However, over time I've got used to it and now I love it - especially the non-glossy finish which I shall talk more about later. Aside from that, I was generally happy with the purchase at this point. The pen came with a small cardboard ring around the thread and a default LAMY Blue cartridge inside - the ring stops the cartridge from puncturing. I decided not to ruin what seems like a fairly well-manufactured cartridge, so I've kept it all this time unused. Aesthetics I really like the look of the pen. It's made of rugged ABS plastic which has survived a few drops and bangs in my day-to-day battering of it and the matte black, or 'charcoal', finish makes it highly elegant and safe against sweaty fingerprints. The clip I do not use, for I keep this pen with all my other pens, but it is super sturdy and springy enough that it will leave a small dent in your paper if for whatever reason you decide to use it as a paperclip. Despite many people disliking it, I find that it gives the pen its unique character and it's not oversized at all in my opinion. A minor problem I've noticed is that small particles can gather where the end of the clip curves into the pen's cap. Now, the barrel of the pen contains an ink window and an engraving of 'LAMY' on it. Out of my own compulsion, I always have the side of the barrel with the engraving pointing upwards when writing, but that's just me. The ink window I must say could be a useful feature, but the ink I use takes 30 seconds for it to completely clear off the side of the converter inside so I really don't use it all that much since it appears black 98% of the time. Weight + Dimentions I'm not really interested in what the pen weighs; the information is widely available. However, what I think is important is how it feels to me personally, since I'm the one using it. Regarding this, the pen is a 'good' weight: it isn't too light that I have no control over it and it isn't too heavy that my hand becomes fatigued after using it. I prefer to write with the pen posted on the top. Some people seem to say that the pen is rather top heavy, but I must disagree since I find that the pen is perfectly balanced when posted and a tad too light for me unposted. As for the size of the pen, it's fairly large but not too wide as to make it feel like writing with a wax crayon. Writing experience The grip section features 2 nice indents to it which are designed to correctly position your hand when writing in a 'tripod' grip fashion. When I first purchased the pen, I'd been used to a different grip which caused some hand cramps after long periods of writing - even with any pen. It was a bad habit. After having trained myself to write properly with my brilliant LAMY, I can now proclaim my handwriting position is correct and cramp-free. Although my handwriting's style has changed, I have the freedom of using both grips now for different pens. The nib which came with the pen was a fine. It wrote fairly well, though the line produced was rather thick. The ink flowed well and there were rarely any problems in terms of skips or (extremely) hard starts. On the other hand, I noticed a tiny bit scratchiness on the paper I used at school, but that didn't bother me too much. Having said that, I acquired an extra fine nib a few weeks ago and expected it to be even scratchier, but to my complete surprise, it was smoother as well as thinner. This is now my daily used nib and for some reason it seems to want to write a tad wetter sometimes. As with LAMY nibs, they are made of steel and offer no flexibility. I don't have any intention of trying to flex a nib like this in fear of splitting it and I don't advise anyone else to either. I love the black-coloured nibs on the Safaris - they make the pen consistent in colour and with black ink it's almost silly to make an intimation of using any other colour! On the picture, there are a few spots of ink here and there: I can't be sure if this is from my wreckless usage of the pen or not, but I can say that it doesn't get much worse than a few blobs around the tines with daily use. Refilling The Safari can be used with proprietary LAMY cartridges which upon first look seem like they hold lots of ink or with a LAMY converter. I use the converter with a bottle of Diamine Onyx Black which provides a cool combination. When using a converter, there are multiple ways of filling it: either by submerging the nib in ink and sucking it up; by removing the converter and putting it into the ink; or by removing the converter and syringe filling it. 2 of the methods require you to twist the top of the converter, which is a little stiff but not impossible. I use a pipette to refill the converter directly. With a crude piece of engineering, I came up with this small contraption to get the end of the pipete to fit into the converter's opening. It comprises of a hollow pin used in a football pump hot glued onto the pipette. It works really well and I don't experience any mess when refilling at all - I just need to wash out the pipette and wipe the top of the converter a little. In terms of ink capacity, my converter lasts me 2 to 3 days, so I refill 3 times a week every 2 days on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. After 2 days usage, I usually have a quarter to 1 sixth of the ink remaining which isn't sufficient for another day. Note that this is with a (extra) fine nib, so broader nibs may use twice as much ink. Cost I got hold of my Safari for about £17 (slightly more in US dollars) and a converter separately for £4.50. At first I thought the converter was a little overpriced, but considering that it a tremendous part of the pen, its being a quarter of the pen's price isn't so much to lose sleep over especially since it'll last forever (so will the pen!). As a novice in fountain pens, this is great value for a starter pen that's suitable for beginners like me and experts alike. So, you could pick one up to try it out, decide you don't like it and pass it on to an aficionado and please them with a wonderful gift. Conclusion To conclude, I shall quickly summarise each section of this review. So, with a solid, ergonomic body, this pen is a great pleasure to write with, performing well on lower quality paper (obviously ink-dependent). It's so easy to refill in bunch of different ways and all of this comes at an excellent price point. I certainly recommend it to anyone who doesn't own one yet - regardless of whether you have a collection already or are just getting starting. Cheers for reading, feedback appreciated also as well as any questions

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