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Going full-force in 2013, edjelley.com will be featuring tons of fountain pen, ink and stationery reviews on Lamy, Pelikan, Pilot, Noodler’s Ink, Diamine Inks, Rhodia Paper Products, Maruman Paper Products and much much more. I wanted to bring some multimedia to the website and thought a montage of my review process would be a great way to show the readers what I do.
I know, there are tons upon tons of reviews out there of the Lamy Safari. However, I don’t think I’m wasting my time by adding one more. The Safari is not only a great beginner fountain pen, but a great addition to any collection. At any given time I usually have three inked up. The fact that the nibs are easily swappable makes this pen super versatile. Taking into consideration the durability, versatility and overall fun level, the Safari is a great pen that deserves a place in everyone’s collection. There are legions of loyal fans with huge collections of the Safari and I can understand why.
I went about this review a little differently. Since I usually have a few of them inked up, I decided to use a few different nib / ink combinations for the review. It’s not uncommon practice for me to switch out nibs in the middle of the day because it’s just that easy. If you’re careful about it, it can be done with little to no mess and the only thing needed is a paper towel to quickly clean off the nib. Also, I assigned numerical score values to each section of the review. I wrote this review out a while ago and have since decided to discontinue the numerical scores. I think that being more specific with my writing can be just as helpful as a number.
The Lamy Safari is strongly recommended as both a beginner and every day pen. The price point, swappable nibs, and build quality make this purchase a no-brainer. I use the Safari on a daily basis and I highly recommend adding one, or two, or ten to your collection. They’re a great pen for trying out new inks too. They can be used with Lamy’s proprietary T10 cartridges or with their Z24 converter, making life easier.
Onto the reivew…I wrote this review on the Maruman Mnemosyne B6 notebook that I use for all my in class notes. This review is also pretty picture heavy, so I apologize in advance. Or you’re welcome in advance. Either way.
For the sake of readability and not to overstuff everyone’s RSS feeds with pictures, there are a bunch more pictures in the gallery below. Feel free to sound off in the comments on your love/hate for the Lamy Safari.
Well, here’s another handwritten review, this time on a Maruman Mnemosyne B6 notebook. This time it’s for one of my favorite pens, and my smoothest writer, the Pilot Vanishing Point in Matte Black. I was immediately drawn to this pen because of it’s stealth finish. As time goes on, you’re probably going to notice I have an affinity towards all black everything. I’ve had this pen for about six months, and I plan on adding more to my collection (the gunmetal grey with matte black trim).
Anyway, this pen is a step above the rest. I purchased the medium nib unit from RichardsPens.com (no affiliation, he just does great work), where he smooths and adjusts every nib prior to sending it out. This thing is really like butter. Or a hot knife through butter. Or ice. Or something else that’s really really smooth. The clicking mechanism is totally solid, and provides a satifying “CLICK” when extended or closed. The convenience factor of a fountain pen with a retractable nib is way up there. I find myself using this for both quick notes because of it’s convenience, and longer writing sessions because of it’s smoothness, weight and balance.
Here’s a handwritten review of the Maruman Mnemosyne in B5 (6.9″ x 9.8″). These are my go-to notebook for class. They’re the perfect size for those small desks that I hate oh so much. The off-white paper makes re-reading notes a pleasure, as it’s much easier on the eyes than Rhodia paper. The ruling is sepia toned, blending in with the paper a bit, but you can still tell it’s there.
* Correction: In my handwritten review, I have this notebook listed as B6 size. It’s actually B5. What in the world was I thinking!?
This notebook has durable, water-resistant plastic covers. The wire spiral binding is nice and sturdy too.
For my first Pelikan and first official review, I ordered an M605 from Richard Binder. I had previously ordered a “binderized” Pilot nib unit for my VP from him, and couldn’t be happier with it, so I opted to go with him for the Pelikan as well.
It arrived yesterday and I had a new bottle of Edelstein Aventurine waiting there for it.
I also opted to get the Pelikan one-pen leather case with the green strap, why not. Go nuts.
1. It’s VERY light, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I learned quickly that light definitely does not mean low quality.
2. The size. It fits my medium hands quite well. I prefer writing with the cap posted, and this pen allows it. I really like the diameter of the grip and the lip/silver trim line at the bottom of the section.
3. The nib is SUPER smooth. I opted for a Fine nib, as I prefer Western Fines for my everyday writing style.
4. The pen is simply great looking. I wanted to replace my Montblanc 149 in my daily carry, and I think this will do a great job at looking classy and not being matte black…
5. The ink flow is generous without being a gusher. Practically no writing pressure is needed and it starts right up after being left uncapped for a few minutes.
6. The packaging. Not like anything else I currently have. It’s nice, but I think the bottom of the box and it’s fake wood grain could use a change.
That’s it for now, I think I’m going to start doing some handwritten reviews on my collection, I’ll be sure to post when I get on that.