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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal - Fine

by Lamy
4.3 out of 5 stars 1,111 customer reviews
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  • Charcoal Black ABS coloured plastic body
  • Black coated steel nib; fine point
  • Includes one Lamy T10 Blue Cartridge
  • Accepts Z24 cartridge converter, sold separately.
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Product Description

Color: Charcoal

Made of sturdy ABS plastic. With flexible shiny chrome clip and Steel polished nib, comes With LAMY ink cartridge T 10, can be modified for use with Z24 converter.Charcoal Black ABS coloured plastic body. Black coated steel nib; fine point. Includes one Lamy T10 Blue Cartridge. Accepts Z24 cartridge converter, sold separately.

Product Information

Color:Charcoal

Technical Details

Brand Name Lamy
Item Weight 1 ounces
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
Item model number L17F
Color Charcoal
Material Type Plastic
Number of Items 1
Size Fine
Point Type Fine
Manufacturer Part Number L17F

Technical Specification

Set up instructions Manual [PDF ]

Additional Information

ASIN B0002T401Y
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4.3 out of 5 stars 1,111 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #856 in Office Products (See top 100)
#7 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pens & Refills > Fountain Pens
#1,182 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available April 2, 2004

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Color: Charcoal
Somehow, I find some humor in the fact that this pen is so well rated, yet most reviewers take care to point out that it isn't the prettiest, most overpriced, or fanciest pens around. Unlike many companies, Lamy makes pens and pencils. They don't use pretentious euphemisms for pens like those other companies, nor do they charge 10x-100x what the pens are worth. They do make awesome pens like the Safari, which are indestructible and feel good in the hand, and they make some incredibly smooth nibs.

The Safari does make an awesome starter fountain pen, but it's a starter pen that'll last you your entire life. I recommend a Fine or Medium nib if you're new to a fountain pens. You can even buy spare nibs for the Lamy so that you can swap between different sizes.
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The Safari is the entry-level "school" fountain pen in Lamy's product line, and it shares the attributes of most Lamy pens: they're functional, sturdy, and entirely unpretentious. Most low-end fountain pens from other manufacturers are either cheaper versions of their more expensive models, or intentionally tarted up to look like more expensive pens (Waterman's Phileas with its faux art deco styling and printed marbling pattern comes to mind.) The Safari, on the other hand, is a clean, simple, and unadorned original design.

The construction of the Safari is bulletproof. It's made of ABS plastic, the nib is a steel point that's very easy to swap out, and both the Lamy standard cartridge and the optional converter hold a ton of ink. The clip is a bent wire, like an oversized paper clip, and when you put a Safari in your pocket, it'll stay right where you placed it. The Lamy steel nib is somewhat of a standard among their pens--the same nib that's on the Safari can be found on their more expensive Studio, Accent, CP1, and half a dozen other models. It just pulls straight off the feed for cleaning or replacement, and you can swap it out in five seconds for a different size. (The standard Lamy nib is inexpensive and comes in many nib sizes, from extra-fine to broad, and they even make calligraphy versions in three different widths.)

For a starter pen, the Safari represents the best value on the market. The nibs are uniformly good, the pen is damn near impossible to kill (it was designed for rough-and-tumble school use), and it can be had in many different colors. With the optional converter, you can use the many bottled inks out there, which is half the fun of writing with a fountain pen.
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The Lamy Safari is not my favorite fountain pen. However, this is the only pen that I always have with me. Well, I actually have the clear version as well, so I always have one of those two with me. The quality of the nib is excellent and writes very well. It feels OK in your hand - not as nice as some of "finer" pens, but nice. It used to be that I kept my fountain pens at my desk and carried around a ball point pen clipped to my shirt. The reason was the price - I didn't want to risk losing a pen by leaving it somewhere. That changed when I discovered this pen. I still don't want to lose it, but at this price, I am willing to risk it. The payoff is having a very good fountain pen with me for whenever I need to write.

I recommend this pen for someone first fountain pen, or for a fountain pen lover who wants an excellent "every day" pen.
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For at least a couple years I've been using a cheap Yafa fountain pen I bought at Office Depot for work purposes and while it wrote well, I didn't feel any real quality behind it (I've dropped the pen and broke the "resin" barrel). Even though most of the Safari is made from ABS plastic, which makes the pen light, nothing happened when I dropped it once onto tile flooring.

The cap is made of the same ABS plastic with a metal clip, which is stiff enough to stay clipped but flexible enough to be clipped. It is also the heaviest part of the entire pen, so when you cap the pen and set it down, it won't roll past the clip (I think I had the Yafa roll away on me a couple times); I usually just set the pen down on the clip itself just because I can :P

What I really like is the two bevels in the grip section of the pen; it makes it easy to orient the pen without actually having to look at it (as opposed to having three bevels in other pens I've used) and makes it easy to re-grip the pen after loosely holding it to punch numbers into a hand-held calculator. Even though the grip section is plastic, it's actually quite comfortable surprisingly.

Even though the Yafa was doing the trick, I wanted something that wrote a bit finer. After watching the video review that compares the Lamy fine to a ballpoint pen, I thought it was what I was looking for, but it wasn't. It was actually the same width as the Yafa. I decided to keep it and use it some before moving to Lamy's extra fine.

I posted an image that compares the Lamy fine, extra fine, and .5mm mechanical pencil, just in case anyone was in between the fine and extra fine (I was one of them).

Despite disliking the line thickness, the Safari writes quite smoothly to my liking.
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