Since I begun to divulge my fixation with fountain pens on the blog, requests for advice also begun to steadily trickle into our inbox. I am so pleased that not everyone thinks I am an old-fashioned eccentric and that some are even eager to risk inky fingers and splattered pages to give the fountain pen a go.
It seems that most people that get in touch are looking for recommendations for a good starter fountain pen that won't break the bank to try out. I actually have a few in mind but for now, let's start with the Lamy Safari.
Here are few quick fire pointers about the Lamy Safari Fountain pen that might be helpful to know:
- Made of lightweight, sturdy and durable ABS plastic and available in a host of colours including an annual Limited Edition shade which I find irresistible
- Pens are available in a choice of nibs in either polished steel or coated black finish they easily interchangeable and cost less than £3
- Triangular moulded plastic ergonomic grip that I like but some find uncomfortable
- Writes very smoothly and seemlessly no scratching of pages but can be on the wet side. So, depending on the ink it may take a bit longer to dry and may bleed through to the reverse page depending on the paper you use
- Maintenance is simple as it comes apart easily for cleaning
- Takes specific Lamy cartridges though Monteverde also make Lamy compatible cartridges. I mainly use mine with an LZ24 piston converter so I can make use of all the bottled inks that I have
- Has a flexible self-sprung chrome wire clip
- Affordable, reliable and good value for money and cost less than £15.00
- Designed by Wolfgang Fabian and has remained in production since 1980.
Aside from the Lamy Safari, the clear Vista is equally good. Lamy Joy (the white long pen pictured)is a good starter calligraphy pen.
Now if you are wondering why I love fountain pens so much I would answer, that they are to me, the ultimate writing experience. I like watching the ink become words and the way they a fountain pen slowly conforms to my hand, pressure and writing habits. It's personal just like my handwriting.