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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Very Stylish - The Best Cheap Fountain Pen You Can Buy, 3 April 2013
This review is from: LAMY safari Medium Nib Fountain Pen - Red (Office Product)
I favour using fountain pens over ballpoints and rollerballs but find they do not generally travel well. It is frustrating when pen poised in a meeting that I have travelled to, my expensive fountain pen fails to put down ink on paper. So I got myself a couple of decent ballpoints, and very nice they are too. BUT writing with a fountain pen is a lot more satisfying, maybe because I had to graduate to using one when learning joined up writing at Primary School.

The Lamy Safari is widely available, and seems to be the most widely used fountain pen in the UK. It seemed to fit the bill of an inexpensive but good quality fountain pen to use at work. I love this attractive deep red gloss finish. Being plastic, the pen is very light. The barrel has the Lamy logo moulded into the barrel on one of the two squared off barrel sides, and there is an oval cutout to let you see how much ink is in your cartridge. The lid is a substantial cylinder with the bendy wire pocket clip (chrome) which is a trademark of Lamy. Personally I find that posting the cap on the other end of the pen when writing makes the whole thing too big. Some people like to post the lid, I like to leave it off on most of my pens - just personal preference. The barrel part that you grip when writing, is triangular and slightly sculpted. It is a good design which even though the plastic is shiny feels very comfortable to hold and secure to grip.

After a very slight stutter, a brand new black Lamy cartridge saw the pen lay down quite a thick wet line considering it has a medium nib. I wondered if this would change but it is very consistent. Ideally I would prefer a finer nib, but this one is very nice and smooth. The only criticism I could make is that it gets through ink cartridges at quite a rate. That said, after four months it does start every time I need it even after travelling and it has not leaked. I write a lot at work, mostly note taking at meetings, or jotting down ideas, but I found that a cartridge will last around a week when I use it daily, that is around half the length of time that my Waterman Laureate, or Cross Apogee lasts. That said, cartridges are less than £2 for five, cheaper than Waterman or Cross ones. In spite of the slightly excessive ink consumption, I use this pen if I am writing for a long time as it is the most comfortable that I have ever used.

I have acquired a number of cheap fountain pens over the years, and this is the best looking and smoothest writing of all of them, and one I am happy to take out and about and not be too upset to loose - though I hope I don't. This is a very well made pen with a modern and classy design. It comes with a plastic cover slip in silver and a starter blue cartridge. This colour is very attractive but there are other bold solid colours available, and a clear (Vista) version. A metallic sheen on metal barrel & lid (AL) version is also available on what appears to be an identical design, but it is very much more expensive. I would save the extra and go for a bold fun colour in this high quality plastic, but would also choose a fine nib as my preference.
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