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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen – Handwritten Review

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen ReviewI 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.

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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.

Pen: Lamy Safari

Inks / Nibs: Extra Fine with Diamine Evergreen, Medium with Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine, 1.1mm Stub with Scribal Work Shop Siren


Handwritten Review Scans:

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Capped
LIne up. For some reason the red one doesn’t like to line up. Usually the fit on these are dead on. Maybe I over tightened it at one point and damaged the threads?
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Posted
Uncapped. Personally, I like to write with the Safari posted. It’s still comfortable to write with it uncapped, the body is a good length, not too long, not too short. Since the pen is on the lighter side, the balance isn’t thrown off by posting the cap.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Clip
The Safari’s clip is a tank. It’s really secured well to the cap and has a great grip. I usually keep one in my front pocket of my jeans, and the clip does a great job of holding on, even with thick denim. Of course it works well on paper or a notebook cover too.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review NIbs
Nib shot. The interchangeability of the nibs makes the Safari a versatile every day pen. It takes only a few seconds to switch them, and at ~$10 a piece, there’s no reason not to have all of them in your collection.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review Charcoal Grey
My first fountain pen. The one that started it all. I feel like this one needed it’s own picture.

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.

Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook – B5 size – Handwritten Review

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!?

Outside Shot:
This notebook has durable, water-resistant plastic covers. The wire spiral binding is nice and sturdy too.

Inside Shot:

Weekly Loadout – 10/16/12



This week, I have Goulet Pens’ Ink Drop colors in most of my daily carry pens.

Left to Right:

Lamy Safari Limited Edition 2011, Aquamarine – 1.1mm stub –  Scribal Work Shop Siren

Lamy Safari Limited Edition 2012, Green Apple – Medium nib – Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine

Lamy Safari, Charcoal – Extra Fine nib – Scribal Work Shop Kraken

Lamy Al-Star, Coffee Brown – 1.5mm stub – Scribal Work Shop Leviathan

Lamy Accent, Matte Black & Palladium – Fine nib – Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black

Pilot Vanishing Point, Matte Black – Fine nib – Scribal Workshop Nessie

Pelikan Souveran M605, Black & Rhodium – Fine nib – Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine

Parker Sonnet, Cisele – Extra Fine nib – Noodler’s Rome Burning