So I have had a Lamy Safari for around 2 years now, I initially bought it at Exclusive Books in Bedfordview.
At the time I was fascinated with demonstrators and decided to buy the Lamy Vista. The Lamy Vista is simply a clear or ‘see-through’ version of the Lamy Safari.
Recently I acquired my second Lamy Safari and decided to focus my review more on that one since the packaging and pricing information would be current.
I’m will do a later post on how the Vista has held up and I few differences that I’v noticed between the two pens.
But First….. Say hello to the Lamy Safari 2014 Limited Edition in Neon Coral! When I first saw this pen on the web I though it was pretty – defiantly a mix between pink and orange, perhaps leaning more to the pink side, but defiantly coral. The neon part? Eh, it was bold and bright sure, but I DID NOT get a neon vibe from it.
I really regretted not getting the neon yellow when it was available, so I thought what the heck – lets get this one as a consolation prize… 2 years later I know, but hey – a girl’s got to eat.
Lamy Safari Still In Box
The pen comes in a lightly textured black cardboard box with cutouts on opposite sides. On the box is a printed silver Lamy logo. I like the packaging, its modern with a timeless aspect to it – but its still cardboard, so I don’t mind throwing it away either. As you can see in the picture, I got the matching cartridge set to go with the pen. As far as I understand this is a limited edition colour, also called Neon Coral.
First look at the Lamy Safari.
Inside the box is the pen attached to a piece of cardboard, this keeps the pen in place so you can get a peek at the pen through the slits in the box. The cartridge box is pretty basic – silver with an image of a cartridge in the colour of the ink and they Lamy logo in black. Inside the box is a 5 cartridges.
Lamy collection ink.
And all I have to say is wooowza! This is one neon pen – and I mean N.E.O.N – as with all neon things it is extremely difficult to get an accurate colour representation, camera’s just seem to go ‘Oh Hell No’. So instead of trying to capture the colour perfectly – I tried to capture the neon, but even so – this pen is at least 2 x brighter in real life.
View of the Safari neon coral.
The pen comes with one blue cartridge included, and a little cardboard ring that prevents the cartridge from being accidentally punctured. Unfortunately South Africa only gets the Lamy Safari’s in a medium nib. 😦
Safari neon coral in order of dis-assembly .
All Safari nibs are made from stainless steel. If you would like to swop the nib out you can, but you will need to buy an additional nib. I have a post coming up about that soon…
Safari neon coral dissembled.
I always rinse my pen out before its first use – this gets rid of dirt or oils that could be left over from the manufacturing process. (there could be nothing, I just do it out of habit by now.)
Close up of Lamy debossed logo.
Inserting the cartridge is easy – simply open the pen up, push the wider section of the cartridge into the feed, give the cartridge a few gentle squeezes, screw it back together and your pen should be good to go.
Safari with cartridge inserted.
A few things to note before I get to my writing sample. Lamy does make a converter(Z24) for the Safari, this allows you to use bottled ink – but it is proprietary, so you have to buy the Lamy one.
View of the safari ink windows.
Another thing to note is that there are two ink window cutouts in two places. Very useful because it lets you know when your ink is running low, but because of this – it can never be converted to an eye dropper.
Close-up of grip section.
Lastly – the grip section is basically a triangle with rounded corners. While this doesn’t bother me in the least, it will annoy people who tend to hold their pens differently from most. If you tend to twist your pens while writing or grip your pen with four fingers, you may want to think twice about buying this pen as I can see this becoming uncomfortable during extended use. On the other hand, the Safari provides a guide on how to correctly hold a fountain pen. This is extremely useful for people who struggle to hold and write with fountain pens correctly.
Writing sample A.
I spent a full half hour writing with the Safari, it is a light pen – so no hand cramps, and as I mentioned – i don’t mind the grip section so for me that was also problem free. The nib was smooth, smoother then my Lamy Vista but oddly enough drier. There was no skipping or dry starts – it just puts down less ink then the Vista. I’m not sure if this is the ink, or because my Vista had just loosened up after 2 years of use. There are few tricks to increase the ink flow – but I wont be covering them in this post.
Close up writing sample.
The Safari is well built, writes smoothly and the colour is defiantly an attention grabber. It is available in other colours should neon coral be a bit much for your tastes. Here is a colour comparison between the official image:
This pen retails for R 349.00 – R 349.95 and the cartridges for R39-00 – R39.95 per box of 5, depending on where you purchase it. It is available from the following stores.
This is the only store to my knowledge that currently still has stock of the limited edition Neon Coral:
Write Gear: http://writegear.co.za/product/lamy-safari-fountain-pen-neon-coral-limited-m-nib/
Other stores that also stock the Lamy Safari:
Artist Warehouse: http://www.artistwarehouseonlinesa.co.za/Lamy+Fountain+Pens
K & P Lohmiller: http://www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za/shop.htm?shopMGID=9353