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  1. nitinarora8

    Hello From India

    Hi Everyone Myself from India. Excited to join FPN after reading lot of information about my new hobby of starting again with Fountain Pens. I have started with Pilot Metropolitan , Lamy Safari (the dark Lilac color), Baoer 388 and Baoer 507. I have started with Water man Serenity Blue and also Private Reserve Midnight Blues. Looking forward to lot of interactions with everyone here. Thanks Nitin Arora
  2. ink-syringe

    Special Edition Safari Parade

    I am sort of hoping to keep this as a running topic. There are a lot of unusual Safari pens out there. For example Safari pens that have logos or are specially made for an occasion or are just limited editions. This year in Korea, Lamy is making a special pen in conjunction with the company LINE. I thought it would be good if folks posted what they have or have seen up here. Here is the one due out next month for LINE. Which was not Green as I predicted (to match their cell phone app icon) and is nothing like what I imagined. It is seemingly aimed for folks younger than me (heh).
  3. Alright - time for round two. I currently have on order the following brand new items: A Lamy Safari in blue with a medium nib A Z24 Converter A 30ml bottle of Diamine Oxford Blue All this can be yours - if your number is drawn! I will be out of town for work a couple of days this week, so let's run the deadline to FRIDAY JANUARY, 20th at 12:00 PM EST. Here be the rules: - You can only enter once. - Post a comment under this post - handwritten posts are cool though they won't earn you any extra probability of winning! - Each entry post will be assigned a number as they are posted. - I will use random.org to generate a random winning number based off the number of entries. - Anyone can enter and so long as shipping to your country from the U.S. is not prohibitively expensive and possible, I will ship your prize to you. You are responsible for any customs, etc., of course but this isn't a super expensive giveaway so I don't know if that will be an issue. - Uh... that's it... I think. Thanks for playing and good luck!
  4. Itsallstraw

    Lamy Nib Needed!

    Hello! I have a lamy safari with a medium nib but it is just too broad for my writing! I am in search of a fine/extra fine. I would be willing to trade! Can anyone help me out?!
  5. I just received a Hero 359 (Safari clone) in the mail today and, after some writing, I decided to throw a Lamy 1.1 nib onto the thing...unfortunately the Hero's nib seemed to be glued in place. It took quite a bit of work to get the stupid thing off, and when I did the Lamy nib did not seem to fit the feed. Being an enterprising guy I decided to file down the shoulders on the feed so that my nib would fit. Long story short, the feed did not cooperate and in a dremel rage I carved that thing up. I was pretty upset by this, as I was under the impression that Hero 359 nibs came off as easily as Lamy nibs, and that the two were interchangeable. I wonder if the good folks over at Hero have made some adjustments, or if I just happened to get an oddball Hero 359. In any event, I am on the hunt for a feed to fit a Hero 359. Now, I know that I could just buy a new Hero, but I dislike having perfectly good pen bodies sitting around doing nothing. I thought that I saw a listing on eBay for some feeds, but I can no longer find it (and it's entirely possible that these were actually Jinhao feeds). I have put an add up on the classifieds here, but I am not holding out much hope. If anyone has any insight into the interchangeability of the Hero 359 with the Lamy Safari, I would appreciate the info. Also, if anyone can point me in the right direction as far as Hero 359 feeds go I would be eternally grateful.
  6. I bought several inks when I bought my first several pens so I had a little bit to sample from. Here are the inks I initially bought: Noodler's Eternal Polar Blue. (Bought it with my Lamy Safari at store and was the only blue available.) Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Boxed Set (Bought it for Kon-Peki) Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake I've been happy with all the colors above in all my pens except I don't like the Noodler's Eternal Polar Blue all the much; I especially don't like it in my Lamy Safari. I've put all those inks in my Safari over this last week and the Iroshizuku inks seem to flow better in the Safari. The Noodler's Polar Blue seems to make my Safari have slow starts. Anyways it has seeped in my mind that the nib on my Safari may be out of alignment which I plan on looking at as soon as I pick up a good loupe. I have a magnifying glass, but it just doesn't have a high enough magnification to really get a good look at it. Has anyone else noticed issues with Noodler's inks? Someone else had a thread recently about Noodler's Elysium not working well in there Safari. I would like to try some other Noodler's blues, turquoises, and other colors; but now I am afraid that I'll have similar issues as with the polar blue. As I mentioned above The Iroshizuku inks seem to flow significantly better in the Safari. I plan on buying some more inks to try, but there is so much out there would like to hear from people on what they think are the "Staple" or "Must Have" inks that all newcomers should get / try. I tend to lean more towards the blues and turquoises, and greens. Having said that I recently stumbled upon some reds like Sailor Oku-Yama and Diamine Ancient Cooper and purples like De Atramentis Aubergine and Sailor Shigure that looks really cool and may pick them up so really I am open to all color suggestions.
  7. jjrez0216

    Inks For My Lamy Safari

    So... I have settled in on my Lamy Safari and it's my pen of choice. I have a charcoal black pen with a fine nib and I absolutely love it. The ink I use is the Noodler's Bulletproof Black and it is the best black for me. So now, I want to look for a blue that I would like to use. I have ordered some samples from Goulet and tested them, such as Liberty's Elysium and 54th Massachusetts. Unfortunately, they didn't work well for me... Liberty's Elysium looked beautiful, but it would stain my converter and cause very slow starts. I noticed that Liberty's Elysium would actually dry my feed and my nib so it could take 10 seconds before I actually start writing. I definitely won't be going back to Elysium and I experienced the same with 54th mass, but the slow starts weren't as bad. I am hoping you great folks can tell me what your favorite inks are for a Lamy Safari, or something that would work well for this pen. I am not too worried about it being waterproof, I just want something that looks nice, flows well, and won't cause problems with clogging. I ordered a bottle of Waterman's serenity blue and looking into Pelikan Royal Blue. Hopefully these inks might be good. Give me some suggestions please!!
  8. I'm a student, and I usually carry one of my nice pens (I don't actually have any cheap pens - just my grandpa's 51, Snorkel, and my Edison Nouveau Premier) in a leather sleeve in a separate compartment in my backpack. In my pocket, along with my keys and knife (and whatever else makes its way in there) I usually carry a cheap ballpoint or gel pen. Just a Bic or a G2, sometimes a mechanical pencil. I want to carry a fountain pen instead, and I was wondering what you thought would be best for something that I can throw in my pocket and not worry about it breaking. It's between a Preppy, a Metro, or a Safari. It'd just be for times when I need something to write with right away, so a cheap pen with a fine nib and a snap cap is what I want. Would a Preppy work? Can it stand up to the abuse of being smashed around like that? Or should I upgrade to a Metro or a Safari? (I welcome other suggestions) Thanks!
  9. Geekbrewer

    Lamy And Midori Question

    So I am new to fountain pen usage, and loving it. I have a Lamy Safari pen. I like to use it in my Midori traveler's notebook, but I have an issue with how long it takes the ink to dry. I have to keep a piece of paper between the pages when I close my Midori to keep the ink from transferring. Then if I write one day, and come back to write again the next, the ink will smudge on my hands and fingers as I hold my notebook. So my question - is there a different kind of ink I can get to use in my pen and not have this issue?
  10. All, So I thought I would create an account to ask this question that has been making me wonder for days. I have two Lamy's, a Charcoal Safari and a Vista. I started with the Charcoal Safari purchased from Amazon. Used the included blue cartridge for a while and decided that I wanted two pens (one blue and one black ink). I found the Vista at a local pen shop and right away I noticed that they write very differently. The Vista is significantly smoother and thinner than the Safari (I've included pictures below). So I got two converters and loaded them up with the same ink (Private Reserve American Blue) and did a test. I found that the Safari is still slightly thicker than the Vista. My questions are these: Is the Safari defective or is that just how it is? Should there be a difference between the normal steel nib in the Vista and the black nib in the Safari when they are the same size? Should I just order a normal steel nib for the Safari and ditch the whole "blackout" effect? Note: from what I can tell based off videos and other reviews on FPN, the Charcoal Safari is not a fake. For pictures, I took one without flash, one close up, and one with flash.
  11. laurahead108

    Safari Lilac: Why Is It So Scratchy?

    Hi, Newbie to Lamy here. I'm a loyal Pilot user, but couldn't resist the lure of Lamy's Lilac Safari EF. I've been writing for a few hours (in an Apica notebook) and te Safari skips! It's scratchy! (The only time it flows consistently is when I write on newspaper.) Is there some adjustment I can make, or is this the nature of an EF Safari? Thanks! Laura
  12. justaninker

    Ink Mix: Bulletproof Navajo Safari

    This was a mix intended to use up Noodler's #41 Brown. #41 Brown is a pleasant, well-behaved ink, but too unsaturated for daily use. This mix achieves a darker, professional, more muted color that is medium-wet, 92% bulletproof, and shades well. Incidentally the color seems to be reminiscent of Diamine's Safari/Salamander The photo looks more accurate than the scan, although neither shows the green component well. My old scanner apparently doesn't like HP 24lb Laserjet paper. Photo Scan
  13. Ink Review : Diamine Safari (150th Anniversary Ink) Pen: Lamy Safari, M-nib Paper: Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm Review This ink is part of an 8-ink bottle collection released by Diamine to celebrate their 150th anniversary (1864-2014). It is one of the more interesting colors from this set. Safari... the name evokes images of the African savannah... a proud lion gnawing at the bones of a freshly killed antelope. A ranger in a khaki uniform - blending in with the tall grass and bushes - observing the scene... The color captures the spirit of the savannah well. It's kind of a dark yellow-green, khaki-like color, resembling the yellow-green grass and bushes of the lush grassland. It's a color with character, not dull at all, but at the same time traditional enough to be used in the workplace (e.g. for taking meeting notes - although not really suited for business correspondence). I like the color, not boring and at the same time not an obtrusive color. It keeps you interested, but it doesn't jump in your face. OK - but how does it behave on paper ? For this, I did some tests: Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time ~20 seconds, no feathering, no show-through nor bleed-throughPaperblanks journal paper - drying time ~15 seconds, no feathering, no show-through and no bleed-throughGeneric notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time ~15 seconds, no feathering, no show-through, no bleed-throughMoleskine journal - drying time ~10 seconds, no feathering, definitely noticeable show-through, but almost no bleed-throughThe ink behaves surprisingly well, even on Moleskine paper. Keep in mind that I only tested up to a medium nib. With wetter pens, performance on cheap paper will probably worsen. Notice that the ink exhibits a very nice shading. This is something that I really like. The shading catches your attention, but remains subtle and classy. It really shows that you're writing with a fountain pen and not a dull ballpoint. Very well done. Our proud lion - being a big cat - doesn't like water very much. Neither does this ink. Running tap water removes most of the color. However, a greyish trace of your text remains, and is still perfectly readable, even after 30 seconds in running water. Not bad at all ! Conclusion Safari is a very well-behaving ink. You also get an interesting color with some very nice shading. You can even use this ink in the workplace without getting strange looks from your colleagues. Good work from Diamine ! My overall score: A
  14. Amirography

    I'm Learning!

    Hey all! I'm Amir, I'm a psychology student. I used to had a very bad handwriting. Until decided to check Lamy Safari out. Then I'm so satisftied that I have to fill the converter every. single. day. Which ended up improving my handwriting durastically. I'm here to learn much much from you guys! Glad to be here
  15. LAMY Safari Dark Lilac When LAMY fans come into Pen Boutique it's not uncommon for them to ask, "Where's the purple at?" Now LAMY Safari collectors can rejoice-- THE DARK LILAC IS HERE! Well, it'll be here at the start of April and then into your mailbox shortly thereafter. This is the most anticipated color for the Safari line and we're expecting them to fly off our shelves. We are taking per-orders starting today! The LAMY Safari in Dark Lilac fountain pen will be offered in the standard LAMY nib options (XF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5, 1.9 and Lefty). We will also have the Dark Lilac rollerballs and ballpoints, all in the same Safari styling you know and love. More exciting news from LAMY: The Blue-green Al-Star is being re-released this mid-Spring. Available in fountain pen (for nib options see above), rollerball, and ballpoint. If you missed out on the first run, now is your chance! If you're interested in pre-ordering any of these pens please shoot us an email with your contact info, the pen(s) you would like, and amount. You can also give us a call at 800-263-2736. Lastly, if you're in the DC Metro Area, please stop in our store to talk pens! We have locations in Columbia and Montgomery, Maryland.
  16. On Saturday I got the Limited Edition Dark Lilac Lamy Safari in Rollerball from the Atlanta Pen Show. I was wondering what refills besides the M63 fit in it? I heard that the Pilot G2 will fit in it. I got a replacement M63 for when I need it, but I wan't to try others that can fit in my pen. Thanks in advanced for all the help!
  17. ericlindheim

    Beginner Question

    Hello everyone, I have just started my interest in fountain pens, and just joined this network. On my post in the Introduction forum, I was advised to buy a Lamy Safari as a good starter pen. However, upon looking, it seems like the Lamy Al-Star is better. Is there really any difference in quality? Thanks
  18. I'm about a week behind on introducing myself! My name is Kevin and I'm from Oklahoma City. Last week I was at Galleria Mall in Texas and I wondered by a store and saw a few Cross pens glistening in the window so I HAD to stop by and take a look. After visiting with the salesman for a while we got on the topic of fountain pens. I'd never owned, or even written with one before. He handed me a 12 year old Japanese fountain pen and let me give it a try (please forgive me, I don't remember the name of the pen) and I instantly fell in love. I asked him to point me in the direction of a "starter pen" and he pointed to a case full of Lamy pens. I picked out a nice white, medium nib pen and went ahead and picked up a converter for it as well. I got to visit with the salesman and another gentleman who had wandered into the store (who was a regular and quite the pen aficionado if I may add) and they educated me on the importance of using good inks and paper etc. I couldn't WAIT to get back to the hotel room and practice. I think I went through the first cartridge of ink in about 4 days, so then I had to go find some ink to try out the refillable cartridge. When I got back to Oklahoma I went to a local Hobby Lobby, hoping they'd have something. I found their (very limited) fountain pen and calligraphy section. I found what they called "calligraphy ink" and thought "surely it's the same thing, this should work" and found a nice "grass green" ink and really like the color. I got home, filled up the cartridge and popped it into my Lamy. The pen seemed to write great that evening, then the next day when I got to work I noticed that the ink wasn't really flowing from the pen. I had to work the nib back and forth, up and down and all around before the ink began to flow through the nib again. This was my first lesson in fountain pens and ink. If an ink is cheap, there's a reason for that (not unlike most things in life). I quickly went online and found a similar green ink made by Waterman. I ordered the ink and received it within a few days and immediately went to work cleaning my pen out, disassembling it all the way down to removing the nib. Once I got the gummed up ink out, I filled the refillable cartridge with the new ink. Once I wrote with the pen and the new ink I instantly knew the difference in inks. I have been extremely satisfied with my pen (and now good ink) and I've practiced my writing and penmanship for the last week and I feel like I'm really starting to get a feel for the pen and how to use it. I'm very excited to be a part of this group and I look forward to sharing with you all and reading your stories in the future!
  19. Hi, I have a Charcoal Black Lamy Safari in 'M' that I love to death. However, it is too wet and the ink bleeds through on many different kinds of paper. I usually ink it with Pelikan back or Quink. In hindsight, I should have purchased an EF or an F, but is there a way to make an M Safari a little less wetter? Is there a different ink that can be used that lays down a finer line? Regards, Ravi
  20. While reviewing eBay and other classified sites looking for specific limited editions of Safari/ Al-Star pens, I've found that the 2004 Safari Orange Flame is well past the $200 mark as a NOS condition pen. What other Safari/ Al-star pens have reached such highs -aside from the Savanah and Terracota? Which do you think will follow suit?
  21. Ethereal Winter Wind

    Petition For A Purple Lamy Safari

    Well I've decided to start a petition requesting that Lamy makes a special edition purple Lamy safari. Every year when there speculation about what colour the next year's special edition Lamy safari will be and purple is always a popular request, and every year thus far Lamy has not made a purple one. Please help by signing this petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/purple-lamy-safari-edition It is not really a demand like normal petitions, but a request and something to show that there is a lot of support behind this colour, in the end it is Lamy's choice as a business to whether they think it is something viable to produce. If there is enough of us maybe Lamy will take notice.
  22. Does anyone feel that some pens aren't worth their price? I own a matte black Vanishing Point and I'm waiting for a piano black Dialog 3 in the mail, and they both are superb pens, but I don't feel that their prices match what I get. The Vanishing Point feels much too utilitarian to be over $100, and I think that the Dialog should only cost $200 max - enough to factor in the beautiful design but also not too high to be unreasonable. On the other hand, the Safari family of pens (or the majority of their swappable-nib pens, really) offers just enough to be worth the $25 threshold with practical nibs and robust bodies. Am I alone on this? What other pens do you feel aren't worth their price? I'm aware that expensive pens are less popular than their counterparts and so the QC tends to be poorer. What do you think?
  23. Next year's Lamy product line-up sees the re-introduction of a couple of new-old favourites: Apple Green Safari (model 13) http://www.thewritingdesk.co.uk/lamy/safari_13_green.jpg Blue/Green Al-Star (model 32) http://www.thewritingdesk.co.uk/lamy/alstar_32_fp.jpg Both these pens were previously issued as annual colours: the Apple Green Safari in 2012 and the Al-Star Blue/Green in 2014. However, Lamy does sometimes re-issue annual colours as regular edition pens, most recently with the 2009 Pink Safari that came back in 2014 (with a revised cap). Happy writing, Martin
  24. Hi folks, the wait is over! First Lamy 2016 pens are out and available here: http://www.bureaudirect.co.uk/lamy-al-star-fountain-pen/p69 http://www.bureaudirect.co.uk/lamy-safari-fountain-pen/p29 Welcome Charged Green Al-star and Green Safari Mishka
  25. majolo

    Old Safari Barrel Misalignment

    I have an older (stamped W. Germany, so must be about 25 years at least) charcoal Lamy Safari and the barrel slightly over-rotates so the nib doesn't align with the flats on the barrel, and the ink window doesn't align with the cutouts on the "shroud" where the converter/cartridge plug in. Below is a picture compared with a new neon lime green safari. My guess is that the o-ring has compressed a little over the decades. Has anyone noticed this happening on other older Safaris? It's not a big deal except that it does make half the ink window unusable.





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