I just received a surprise package from the Vanness Pen Shop in Arkansas . They sent a few inks for me to review… Check out what I got in the box. Thank you Lisa and Mike from Vanness! I appreciate it!
I recently acquired a second Lamy Safari through a contest on Instagram from Vanness (see unboxing here: Lamy Safari Neon Lime from Vanness), and I felt it was time to do a review of the pen. Feel free to watch the video as well; for those that prefer reading, continue below.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review
The Lamy Safari has been in production since the 1980’s. Over the years, Lamy has made some changes to the design of the pen. However, if you were to look back to an early 1980’s model, you could surely still see the similarities. The Lamy Safari fountain pen is very utilitarian. When I look at it, I don’t see something beautiful. I see something beautifully simple, that works very well. The pen is utilitarian in both form and function, and it executes these properties excellently.
Lamy Safari Cap
The cap, is very simple, it fastens to the pen via friction, resulting in a positive click. The clip reminds me of a binder clip or bent paper clip, which is strong and results in a firm purchase. Simple, and effective… the Lamy way.
Lamy Safari Nib
The nibs on the Lamy Safari come in two colors, black or silver. EF, F, M, B are all available in black or silver, however 1.1mm, 1.5mm, and 1.9mm italics are only available in silver. One of the coolest things about the Lamy Safari nibs, is that they are very easy to remove and replace. This allows you to essentially buy one Lamy Safari, and a number of nibs to use with it. The nibs can be removed via masking tape. (video coming soon). Currently, I have F, 1.1mm and a 1.5mm on the way… Each of the nibs are very smooth, they do not have an issue with starting, skipping, feeding etc… They are very reliable and quality nibs. They keep up with your writing, and do not hesitate while under stress of very fast writing.
Lamy Safari Grip
As you can see in the above image, the grip has two recessed areas for your index and thumb fingers, these areas provide a very ergonomic and comfortable grip. Not much else to really say about the grip, other than it will provide you enough comfort for long writing, and the design will help prevent fatigue.
Lamy Safari Piston Converter
The Lamy Safari can use either Lamy ink cartridges, or the Lamy Z24 Piston Converter. I prefer the piston converter, so I can use whatever ink floats the proverbial boat. The converter works very well, it is pretty inexpensive, I have seen them from $3.75 – $5.00 and they work great. They have tiny tabs on the side of the converter, which clip into retaining notches on the side for the front portion of the pen.
Lamy Safari Barrel
There is a wide open window on each flat side of the Lamy Safari barrel. This is an opening, which allows you to check the ink level in your cartridge or converter. Yet again –simple and effective; I do like the larger opening, so you can better gauge the ink level.
Lastly, there is an embossed Lamy logo at the bottom end of one of the flat sides of the pen.
Lamy Safari Writing Sample
The Lamy Neon Safari ink is very hard to photograph, I suggest checking out the video to see it a little more clearly. The pens write great. They really do. Simple and efficiently effective, they are smooth, fast starting and really a dream to write with, especially considering their low cost.
Final Thoughts: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review
Overall, this is an excellent pen, especially when you take a look at the price point. The Lamy Safari can be purchased pretty much anywhere for between $20-$25 or so. They last forever, and are very fun and easy to write with. If you don’t mind the simple look, these pens will be great for you. I enjoy the fact that Lamy releases fun colors. There are many people out there, who collect each of the colors that are released by Lamy. Personally, I am happy with one or two, then have a few nibs to rotate through. It would be very hard to find much fault with the Safari. I honestly cannot really think of anything I do not like about the pen. If you are looking for a starter, or want to gift a pen to someone to get them hooked, these are perfect. If you are a collector, having one Lamy Safari in your collection is advisable. Two thumbs up for the Lamy Safari.
I hope you enjoyed my Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review, if so, I would appreciate a thumbs up on the YouTube video. Also, I have added some links as to where you can get the Safari and some of the replacement nibs.
A quick unboxing of a recent Amazon purchase. Mont Blanc Irish Green fountain pen ink, and a Pilot Parallel Pen (the very wide and wet 6mm). I also take a quick look at the Irish Green ink, and run a quick swab test to check the color.
Sailor Jentle Souten [full size photo] – I have been playing with a pair of inks from Sailor recently. Additionally, I have been taking my time in consolidating and considering my thoughts surrounding these inks. My methodical approach, is due in part to the fact I haven’t compiled an ink review in some time. Thanks to Ron from Pen Chalet, who sent over this bottle of Sailor Jentle Souten to review.
As I have been playing with Souten from Sailor, I figured it needed to be loaded in a pen from Sailor. For the past month or so, it has resided in my Sailor Demonstrator 1911 fountain pen.
I really have enjoyed playing with Sailor Jentle Souten Ink… doodling, writing, jotting notes getting to know it’s subtleties and nuances. Our time together, has created a somewhat intimate attachment. Pen and ink preferences, in my opinion, are a socioemotional selection that gradually builds with time. As our choices, preferences and tendencies shift with age, some accounts will build up a venerable level of luster. Sailor Souten is doing just that.
Sailor Jentle Souten Photos
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Sailor Jentle Souten Thoughts
Instantly I noticed it’s beauty, the way it plays with the various papers I have used. Shading is beautiful in some of the broader pens… If only I had the level of refinement, skill and style to showcase these properties, I would be set! I digress… Sailor Jentle Souten plays comfortably within the office, furthermore, it has a duality about it — being equally fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
I found that the ink has a graphite feel to it, it’s dry, yet smooth, almost slick. Souten seems to have nice lubricity, even while drying in a flash. In my dry time test, it didn’t smudge even in the one second test. The ink overall is well behaved, considerate to the pen, paper and wielder. It hasn’t dried out nor gummed up any of the pens I loaded.
I noticed a specific scent that emanates from the ink, yes I smell my inks. I have a keen sniffer… Personally, scent is important, Souten’s aroma instills within me thoughts of art supplies. Somehow, it evokes a pleasant memory from my past. It isn’t smelly, rather it probably has to do with the additives in the ink, which keep it stable.
In conclusion, I have found a new partner in crime, who is aptly suited to deal with my needs at work, and at play. Sailor Jentle Souten, has left an indelible mark on my level of preference. If you are looking for a nice ink to try, this is definitely worth a go.
Purchase: Sailor Jentle Bottled Ink
Full disclosure: I received this ink for testing, evaluation and review. I pride myself on being as thorough as I can in my unbiased reviews. The fact I recieved this for free has no bearing on my review. That being said, thank you Pen Chalet for providing the ink for review.
I just received my first Fountain Pen Mail Call for a long time. This time I received Sailor Souten & Nioi-Sumire fountain pen inks. The inks came from Ron at the Pen Chalet, he sent these over to me for free to review. Thank you Ron. I have never used Sailor inks before, so this will be a new one for me. I have already loaded my Sailor Demonstrator up with the Souten, which is the light sky-blue ink. The nib in the fountain pen is pretty fine, but it does write rather well. These are going to be some fun inks to play with.
Stay tuned for a full review of each ink.