Ever since my first fountain pen, the Platinum Preppy, back in 2010, I've been pining for a Lamy Safari. I kept looking at them, but every time I did, I thought, "If only they came in green...." Then, 2012 came around and guess what the new limited edition colour of the Lamy Safari was? Green! Yes, there was no doubt about it - this had to be the year in which I would finally have a Lamy Safari of my very own. I wrote about my excitement over my purchase a couple months ago, and now I'm ready to actually review my new green Lamy Safari fountain pen.
First of all, this green Lamy Safari is a very beautiful pen. My photos do not do it justice at all, and the colour is so much more vibrant in person. It is absolutely the most perfect shade of green - not too dark, not too light, not too yellow, without a hint of blue, not overly bright and certainly not muted either - it is just the perfect green in every way. The pen itself is made of a sturdy plastic with just the right sheen to it - not matte, but not too shiny either.
|View of the grip, and the nib. The nib is not that exciting to look at, but it is exciting to write with!|
|This is the only branding on the pen (it's hidden when you're writing with the cap posted) and it is just right.|
|Awesome clip. And I love the cross-shaped design on the end.|
In conclusion, I am very, very happy with my very first Lamy Safari. I felt a bit nervous buying it since it was more money than I had ever spent on a single pen before, but I have not been disappointed AT ALL. My Lamy and I likely have many years ahead of us to get to know each other, and I am looking forward to those years very much. If I can add an extra-fine nib and some green ink, then I will be even happier, but since this pen is absolutely so gorgeous, and the green colour is absolutely so perfect, I suspect that I would be perfectly content to just sit and look at this pen and not even write with it at all. Yes. It is just that good.
Related reviews (probably only a sampling of the many reviews of this pen (in all its incarnations) that are out there): Gourmet Pens, Pentorium (a very detailed and lengthy review), Rants of the Archer, The Bent Needle, Write to Me Often (not really a review, but includes a lovely photo of Safaris in a rainbow of colours), Fountain Pen Geeks, Stationery Review, Writing and Scribbling, Unposted, OfficeSupplyGeek, Coffee-Stained Memos, Spiritual Evolution of the Bean.
Also, check out this look at Lamy's inter-changeable nibs at Planet Millie and this Lamy nib comparison at Peninkcillin (and this one at Write to Me Often), or, for a totally different opinion, check out why Stationery Traffic hates the Lamy Safari.