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  1. prime.lens

    Lamy Safari With 1.9 Mm Nib

    I'd like to buy a Lamy Safari with a 1.9mm nib as a starter calligraphy pen. I know that the Lamy Joy usually comes with this nib which is also interchangeable with the Safari. I prefer the looks of the Safari over the Joy but I can't seem to find a US retailer who carries the Safari with this nib. Any recommendations will be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Je déteste ma vie. The nib was supposed to be fine, but it writes thicker than the F-nib safari I tried at the store. I bought the turquoise cartridge to write on yellow paper from staples. Every word begins and ends with a thicker dot than the rest of the word. Now I have to find out what is wrong.
  3. Safari_Camo

    New Safari Al - Copper

    Hello: Just saw this ad: Is this going to be the 2015 new model?. It looks very interesting indeed. Source: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arte-Nostro-Chile/219453098213376?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal
  4. Timbo999

    Lamy Mini?

    Hey all, has anyone ever heard of or seen a mini Lamy? Like a short version of a Safari or Al-Star? Has anyone ever wanted one? I think a pocket length Safari would be pretty sweet! Similar in size and use to a Kaweco. What do YOU think? Tim
  5. Armand.D

    Hello From France !

    Presentation : Hello everyone, i'm here since 1 month and i'm just starting my journey into the pen habit It's like i'm more and more loving pens, inks etc searching the forums ,watching videos, it's very nice ! To begin with i purchased a dollar i717 unexpensive demonstrator pen, with a medium nib and i didn't like it, to be honest i used it one week because to my taste M-nibs are simply too big, i didn't know and now i have : A Charcoal Lamy Safari F-nib filled with Noodler's Qe3 + Montblanc Meisterstruck Classic (family pen) with blue-black i guess, it's a 18k nib. Here are pictures : http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/46/1415810414-img-20141019-170055.jpg http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/46/1415810419-img-20141112-171841.jpg I want also to ask for choice advices : For Christmas, I plan on getting a new pen, and also probably a new ink (maybe before). About Pens : I looked for a good but not too expensive vintage pen (40-60s), and i really like the "softness" of the montblanc nib, it is because of the gold ? If yes, it would be better if i could find one with a similar feeling approach, on ebay because US sites are not possible because of shipping. I saw this thread : https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/165644-recommendation-vintage-pen-for-beginner/ So maybe the Shaeffer Snorkel is good choice, because of the nib ? My second favorite (of this thread) choice would be the Parker 21 as it's very unexpensive with a good avaibility (but don't know the filling systems of both). If you have classifieds, future offers or advices i'm in About inks : It would be more like in a few weeks (sooner!) I'm currently with Noodler's Qe3 as i'm a leftie, it dries fast but my problem is feathering.. With a fine nib i don't like it a lot when just filled, there is a wonderful flow but it's like the nib become Medium-Fine (too wet at first, mid-used is perfect). First were Diamines Majestic + Midnight, too wet = bad DT and feathering. I tried R&K Salix, feathering & dry-time were excellent, with the fine nib no problems but i didn't like the color, and i want to stay away from iron-gall inks as about cleaning it's probably not a good choice even if it's cheap. I'm writing a lot as a student (highschool). An ink : Available on UK sites/Ebay or wathever except US sitesFast Drying ( Salix)With minimal featheringCommon blue/black, or black if onlyNot too hard to clean Let's see what you have to say/propose/advice to me !
  6. I recently acquired a Lamy Safari pen (Blue/ Red Clip) that was advertised as used but in good condition. Unfortunately for me, this wasn't the case. The pen shows some discolouration (specially if you compare the barrel/cap with the section), several blemishes and a slight yellowing/ grim on parts of the plastic. Since the pen arrived to my hands almost two months after it was purchased (I buy my pens in the US, then I have them shipped to an address in TX where a friend of mine picks them up and brings them to MX), I don't feel confident to raise a claim, notwithstanding I paid almost $120 for said pen. So after digging around the net, I've found people restore ABS plastic parts using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and Oxy. According to some claims, it does get back some of the colour and shine of the original item but am not entirely confident I really want to risk this pen further. What do you recommend? Has anyone ever restored a Safari pen? I'm attaching a pic of the pen (not very detailed, thou) and another from my collection so far.
  7. There's a guy offering me a couple of Safari's "Limited Edition" black and white pens that according to him were bought in 2008 or so. However, I just can quite find the difference between those and the current editions. Anyone knows what should I be looking for?
  8. Hello, this is my first post. Anywho, I think I might have found the perfect feed placement on an Ahab. Out of the box, it barely wrote at all. Tons of skipping. But after adjusting the feed and putting it a little lower, it was perfect. Here's a picture of writing before adjusting the feed and after, excuse my bad handwriting: http://i62.tinypic.com/27y8x2a.jpg Here's a picture of writing and playing with the flex after adjusting the feed. There's still some railroading when pushing the Ahab to its limits though: http://i61.tinypic.com/wmgv12.jpg Here's a writing comparison between the adjusted Ahab and a Lamy Safari with a medium nib. Both pens are using Noodler's Bulletproof Black ink. The Ahab's writing is noticeably darker and wetter: http://i61.tinypic.com/29c6t15.jpg Here's a signature comparison between the Safari and the Ahab. I like the Ahab's signature more, but that might be because the flex might have made it look a little better. But it is nicer looking and blacker than the Safari's. http://i57.tinypic.com/nmi3o3.jpg Finally, here is a picture of the feed placement on the Ahab. http://i59.tinypic.com/11wdm4k.jpg Thanks for reading.
  9. Hello Lamy fans, Just found a local source that has limited stock of Safari Apple Green ($70), Safari Neon Yellow ($60) and Al-Star black ($120). They had some Silvergreen and Pearl Al-Stars when I arrived there today, but I guy took them all just a minute after I came in. Arrrgggghhh!! Anyway, the store doesn't have an online venue but I offer myself to buy the pens for you and send them away in whatever mail carrier you prefer. BTW all pens are delivered in this gorgeous box, not the cardboard one, so its another plus!
  10. Does anyone here knows why there is so many different packaging versions for the Safari pens? I went to a local pen shop to buy some Safari pens and I was given this, rather nice, boxes for each one (see attachement). At first, I thought it was due to the fact that all are special editions, but turns out all the Safari, Vista, Al-Star pens they carry are sold like these! The couple of pens I've gotten from the US all came in small dark grey cardboard boxes and I've seen another package from a European FPN member that is only a cellophane bag. Is this determined by the export market?
  11. stephanos

    Lamy Safari, Red With Black Clip

    I was in a ramshackle old stationery shop in a small town in Germany recently and decided to buy a Lamy Safari for a friend. The seller had only the one model left, so I bought it, at the standard retail price. But earlier today I was in a different shop with a wide range of Safaris and noticed that the one I bought is unusual: it's a red model, with a clip that is black instead of silver, and it came fitted with a black nib. I guess it's a special issue of some sort, or perhaps an older model, and my search on FPN threads suggests it is not all that easy to find. Actually, given the age of a lot of the stock I saw lying around the shop, I'd be inclined to think it's an older model rather than a limited edition; but I just don't know. I don't really need to know, but it would be nice to be fully-informed: so, can anyone tell me anything more about it?
  12. Great deal on the Lamy Safari fountain pen right now in the neon yellow color. Full retail is $37, on sale for $22.20. Great gift idea. http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10895.jpg
  13. Was watching Question Time (A political Debate show in the UK) and I noticed a Fountain Pen Spot It is Peter Hitchens, brother of the fantastic Christopher Hitchens (RIP) The pic doesnt make it too obvious, but he had a black nib on a red Safari. As far as I know the red Safari doesn't come with a black nib, which means he ordered the extra nib. I can't stand the man's politics or the rag he writes for, but thought people might want to see the spot. Ren
  14. So I've had a problem with one Lamy Vista for some time, tried all the useful advice I could find here on FPN, to no avail, but finally managed, maybe this will help others, the vista is a transparent safari. The problem: the pen would write for a paragraph or two, and then stop dead in its tracks. I tried the usual soaking overnight in water, soaking overnight with a drop of dish soap, dismantling the pen... Nothing would work. In desperation I tried fiddling with the nib, bending it in the process, I even bought another converter... Nothing. The solution: the feed is made of two parts, there's a top section that comes off easily, and lo and behold, there was gunk made up of fibers and dried ink inside. Cleaned this and it's been three days with no problems - except for the battered nib but that's my fault. Please excuse the photo, it's the best my phone can do.
  15. For my first fountain pen, I am debating between a lamy vista (F/EF) or a Jinhao X450/X750 with a Goulet #6 (F or EF) nib. I like the looks of both pens, so it is a matter of performance. I will be using this pen mainly for school notes. How do the two pens compare in terms of performance, comfort, etc.? Also, how does the stock jinhao nib compare to the goulet nib? -Thanks
  16. popmahn

    Lamy: L19We Vs L19Wt

    I'm planning on buying a Lamy Safari white fountain pen (extra-fine nib). However, during my shopping on the web, I've noticed that there are two model numbers mentioned on varying websites. Does anybody know the difference between the "L19WE" and "L19WT" model numbers? Your help is much appreciated!
  17. Hi all, I'm new to fountain pens and new here... I started with a Safari F nib, then quickly bought another, then an Al-Star. I've been doing some BulletJournal stuff in a moleskine and quickly found out how bad that paper is for FPs. Being honest, I spend a lot of my time with substandard paper, so I decided to get a Lamy Vista with an EF nib. First the set-up, then the questions: The Al-Star is a F nib, loaded with Noodler's Liberty Elysium, and writes fatter than all the others by a noticeable amount The 2 Safari Fines are pretty close to the Vista EF The Vista EF line is just a shade less than the fines, but just puts down less ink, although is a shade more scratchy. 1) I've heard that the Lamy EF and F can often be the same or even swapped due to consistency. Part of me wants to buy new nibs and make all my pens EF, but that consistency scares me that it might be a waste of money - thoughts? 2) How much effect can the ink have on the line/amount of ink? Is that what they mean by "wet" ink"? This Liberty Elysium is WET, evidently... 3) I do like the feel of the F nibs a bit more. Are there notebooks that are similar to moleskines that are more friendly so it just won't be an issue? I could maybe then use my EF when I'm around bad paper and use the other 3 F in my journals, too. I'm guessing a lot of you will say Rhodia Webnotebooks... are they THAT much better? I read about them all the time but DAGGONE $25 each is STEEP. Thanks for any help you can offer! Brody
  18. TheAkwardNinja

    Light Blue

    I'm looking for a light blue. Something that is not turquoise or at least doesn't have a green shade to it, but blue. Something like baby blue or sky blue, or just like blue. Any recommendations?
  19. Hi ! I recently purchased two white Lamy Safari with red clip and dot cap (for Japan) from two different sellers (both of them are in Japan). After I got the pens, I noticed that one of them has a little bit darker red clip and the pen itself as well. The one with the brighter red clip also a little bit brighter on the white. Is it because it was made in a different year? Would that be possible? Or is one of them a fake? Everything else looks pretty much the same. Please help! Thank you so much! http://imageshack.com/a/img577/2944/4rmd.jpg These are the boxes and everything. http://imageshack.com/a/img196/104/lrfl.jpg The other slight different is the barcode sticker. One of them has the code for this model while the other doesn't. http://imageshack.com/a/img577/4097/kqbl.jpg Now, for the clip, as you can see that the clip on the left is a little bit darker than the one on the right. It might not be so obvious here but it actually tells in the natural light that it's a different color. http://imageshack.com/a/img30/6896/ka0k.jpg It's a little bit more obvious in this picture that the one on the left has a darker red clip. http://imageshack.com/a/img691/6365/5uu3.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img822/7689/q5yc.jpg http://imageshack.com/a/img89/6615/iasy.jpg Also the pen itself. If look closely, the one with the brighter red also brighter on the white.
  20. thought i share about my experience comparing the 2 pens Correction: like the way the stainless steel shines. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5525/12047066095_c2c280f39b_c.jpg
  21. At the beginning, I was not supposed to make a review of the safari. I thought there was too many already out there. But, after a long time, after buying a montblanc, a parker sonnet 18k nib, and many other pens, I decided to re-ink my safari, as a reminder of the good old times ! I almost fell off my chair. Now I was finally able to fully appreciate this pen, after using a lot more : 14k nibs, 18k nibs, cheap stainless steel nibs, good stainless steel nibs ect ect.... So finally I decided to make this review because this pen is just too good for the price. The look : Personnaly, I am not a huge fan of this design. But it is very special and original. Some like this some don't but the pen still have a very interesting look. The construction : Bullet proof. It is made of plastic, but nothing that will crack of break with "normal" use. Some will say that it is plastic.. and it is crackable ... and .. and .... But listen, I don't know what those people do with theirs pens and I don't want to know. I used and carried the safari around for a long time and it is still in very good shape. The nib : SMOOTH, it is very very very smooth for a pen in that price range ! I used a lot of pens and I can tell that it is a very good nib for a pen that I got for 22 $ on Amazon. The nib is very stiff, so don't expect any flex "play" with this but for a beginner and even an expert, is is very very enjoyable. Mine is also very wet. Shape, weight and balence : The pen is well balenced, you can use it for a long without any pain. But I need to talk about the grip section, it is quite special. I personally find it awesome and incredibly conformable but it is not everybody's opinion. For example, my father tried it and he did not liked it. I would say it is a good thing to try it to figure it out. But I think it fits to a lot of people hand. RELIABILITY : It is one of the most reliable pen of my collection. I can let it inked on my desk for a month not using it and it will start up the first time. You know this pen is not gonna let you down. Conclusion : The Lamy Safari is a pen everybody should own. In my opinion, It is the best pen for beginners. So if you are looking for a first fountain pen : this one is the one you should get. Even if you are an expert or a collector, it is a great pen to own. *** English is not my first lenguage, please understand. Your comments are more than welcomed !
  22. I finished a cleaning of my Safari earlier this evening and upon reassembly realized that something wasn't quite right. The black plastic ring that separates the body and section was gone, presumably washed down the drain during my cleaning. In any case, I am left with a decidedly odd looking Safari. A review of the Lamy site shows they only sell the nib section, barrel, and cap individually, all for quite a premium price I might add. Anyone know where I can source a replacement?
  23. Call me weird but we all have our little OCD secrets, after all we're pen fanatics. I absolutely hate people touching my Lamy Safari because they always leave it feeling warm. It's a different warm feeling from leaving it in the car or picking it up right after putting it down. And it's even worst when I use my Parker Urban Ballpoint (because I can flick this pen without the fear of ink going splat). When I let other people use it, instead of telling them that I'm OCD over pens, I end up having a warm pen (sometimes even oily GRR). The warm and oiliness is worsened by the fact that it is a metal pen. Soo... How do you fanatics solve the warm pen issue for pens other than FP. I can solve the oily issue by using the cloth for my glasses but I can't seem to lug around liquid nitrogen. And this is a real annoyance because I start to drift off school work and onto the fact that my pen is warm... >
  24. I recently purchased a Lamy Safari fine nib as my re-introduction to the world of fountain pens. I have had a couple observations/issues, though: -The pen writes extremely broad lines, especially on cheaper paper. It is definitely not what I would consider a fine nib, it seems more like a full-fledged medium. On better paper the performance is finer, but it still seems rather broad. (I have used an admittedly small sample of inks: Lamy Blue, Noodler’s 54th and Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron (the Noodler’s were definitely worse for line width, and also terrible nib creep!) ). -The nib seems scratchy. There is a definite scratchy noise when writing, not matter on what type of paper. This is alleviated somewhat if I hold the pen at an extremely low angle, but if I write at what I would consider my normal angle (about 60 degrees or so) there is a sound, and also a feeling, that occurs when writing. My questions is, are those two conditions normal for this pen? I was made to understand that writing with a fountain pen should be smooth, which is how I remember it from years past. Having been using ballpoints for quite some time, coming back to fountain pens is indeed smoother, but not as smooth as I remember it, and I certainly don’t remember the scratchy noise and feedback. And, as a related aside, are gold nibs generally smoother than steel nibs? I know that might be a can of worms, and there indeed may be no actual consensus, but I was curious...
  25. This really happened. Suddenly I found myself at the local store, the kind of store that sells a bit of everything: toys, magazines, books, office supplies...You know the type. Despite selling allsorts, they tend to be well-sorted. Of the non-fountainpens they have a lot of Pilot and Pentel. That's allways a sign, to me at least it is. Well, there happened to be three ugly plastic baskets of "this-is-total-cleanup-sale" items, one of the baskets was with fountainpens. Sure, I had to look. Soon enough gleamed to my eyes one, two an a third Safaris. Obviously they were NOS, they looked like something mid-80's: primary colors, black nibs. I grabbed the the three brethren and tried to cool down. As casual as possible I asked the employee: "So... these don't cost much either, do they?" The employee asked the manager. Both turned out to be no part of the FP-loving family, charging me with 10,00 Euros, about 13 USD. Come to think of it, could it be they wanted to share the love, to make me happy with new-old Safaris, were they fellow-FPNers in disquise? Home I went, with a red, a yellow and a blue Lamy Safari, all black nibs. At home my wife, somewhat suspicious on my buying (it cost money), turned like a leaf upon hearing that here were three fountainpens. Somehow she spoke the magic words: I really always wanted to own my very own fountain pen. You do understand that I lovingly gave her the blue Safari. So I was left with yellow and red. Medium and fine, but the red fine proved to be scratchy. More than I liked, more than I could fix, since I'm not that much of a pen-tuner. Alas, but the yellow went to use, with joy. Untill... The top of the cap fell off, along with the clip. The platsic that connected the top with the rest of the cap just gave up. You have no idea how ugly a safari without top and clip looks. For me, there's only one option left. And a funky one, too. I now carry around a Yellof Lamy Safari with a red cap. Kind of makes me think of the china edition I once saw at the kmpn blog. Feeling funky, I proceed. kmpn blog link: http://kmpn.blogspot.nl/2012/08/lamy-safari-red-with-yellow-clip-2012.html

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