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This really isn't much of a deal. I can get 2 Safaris from Amazon for $44 and converters for $6 ea.
Do both pens come with the standard original box?
Anybody (besides me) interested in seeing a Lamy Safari with a gold nib?
If this drop was for a single pen and converter in black with a choice of nib sizes, I'd be in. If it was two pens in a choice of colors and nibs (maybe even a stub), I'd be in.
I already have fountain pens that I use daily. IMO, there's no point getting more fountain pens unless they also have an interesting color or nib choice.
What this drop has done is make me add a Lamy Safari with a converter and a few nibs to my Amazon wish list.
How would these compare to the Al-star and Vista?
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phoenixsong
It is nearly identical to the Al-star except it is all plastic whereas the Al-Star is Aluminum (that's what the Al in Al-star stands for). The Vista is a Safari demonstrator. I have a few Safaris, Al-Stars, and Lx models. The Safaris are really light weight, which i don't like, but they are well balanced and they all have the same kick ass Lamy nib.
ribrobrab
Thanks for the breakdown :)
Yes, it’s true that the Safari is a great pen for beginners, but it’s also a great pen for experienced users who have a variety of more expensive pens. Let me say this right now: you’ll be hard-pressed to find a pen that writes better and smoother than a Safari. And while I always have a MontBlanc inked and ready to go, and ditto for a Pelikan M800, (sometimes an M600,) regardless of the so-called upscale pens that I always keep with me, I always have a Lamy Safari in my pocket. I love writing with it, and the only thing better than having one Safari is having two Safaris. My opinion, the EF nib is equivalent to a Japanese M. While I do have one Safari with a F nib and one with a M nib, the rest of mine are all EF. It’s about as wide as I care to go,. Of course, YMMV.
It's a good deal if you live in us and it even a great deal if you ship intrl... but... size nib are very limited (no EF,B) and the colors are limited (you have 10 colors at least). I think this drop can be successful as the Pilot Metropolitan. ( even more :)
how would you guys compare them to the pilot metropolitan, as I already have the metropolitan and was wondering if this would be an upgrade
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video122001
The are after the same market, thought the Metros are a bit cheaper in the US (in other markets they sell for more and the Safari's for less, so overall they are the same). The Safari is all plastic (the metal body versions are sold as the more expensive AL-Safari or the relative top of the line LX). The Safari is also bigger, which is a consideration for both transport and writing feel. For ink, you have a similar number of colors as cartridges for both lines; the converters that fit the Lamy I think are superior to the Pilot options, they hold more ink and I have found them less prone to breaking.
video122001
Better. Every pan man should have at least one Lamy
if you buy 2 of these on amazon its $50, and you get the same stuff
video122001
that's what I"m thinking too
video122001
The converters aren't included on Amazon, so you'd have to buy two @ ~$8ea additionally.
This is a great pen for starters and they look GREAT!
The Safari's are great take to work pens and with the design of the grip, they are specifically designed as a starter fountain pen (well, more of a next step up pen after the ubiquitous wood/plastic school pens that kids start out with). I personally favor the feel of the metal versions, but that is a preference of look and price. Lamy's converters are proprietary but are some of the best and hold a lot of ink, adding to their value as a work pen (they only take proprietary cartridges, if that matters to you). However, a few things to think about for this drop specifically. Except for a few of the higher end pens (the 2000 and the D3), all Lamy nibs can be swapped (even the rounded one for the Aion and the gold nibs found on some version of the Studio and Scala), so unless you want two identical pens inked at once, your better deal is to buy one body and an assortment of nibs. Also, Lamy nibs run a bit wide, even by Western standards; and do to production limits, they are starting to limit extra fine steel nibs in North America, so if you favor smaller nibs, you might have to import an extra fine.
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awesome Lamy lineup there chief. I'm jealous of those dark turquoise ones
CanaryBurgundy
Those are the Petrol Safaris from last year, you can probably still find them.
Pricing isn't bad. Just took a quick look on Amazon and from eyeballing the price of 2 pens @ $25/ea, 2 converters @ $7.50/ea alone is $65 without tax.
I'm delving into the fountain pen world and currently use a Pilot Metropolitan as my daily, so hopefully these will be an improvement.
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Nice! I definitely like the feel with and without the cap depending on what I'm writing. Overall smooth pen and not an expensive way to start, only issue I have is that the ink tends to get used up quickly/dry out faster than the disposable pens I'm used to. I don't know if that's a normal thing with fountain pens or not.
BobRossianSkills
I think the first time you use it the ink will seem to be short lived. My first cartridge lasted about 3 weeks before it was empty, but my second cartridge has been in the pen for a week and a half now, and I have about 2/3rds ink left. I believe a good deal of the first cartridge's ink may have been used to saturate the feed. When this cartridge is empty, I'm going to clean out the pen and get my Lamy Safari back into use, now that I have a converter for it, and finaly have some bottled ink. 😁
how much do they cost when the drop is live
video122001
It's live now! :)
This was the first fountain pen i bought and i have to say it is easily my go to pen for EDC. If i lose it for break it is not the end of the world but it writes very well for the price point unlike my pilot vanishing point. I have had it feel just slightly scratchy but that could just be Noodlers ink i have been using on a fine nib. The converter hold a decent amount and it is easy to fill. Great entry level pen in my opinion far better than the pilot metropolitan. The grip does take a little bit to get used to but it is not back at all! Once again would recommend highly.
I just want to vouch for how great of a pen the Safari is. The second pen I ever purchased was a Lamy Safari and I still use it all the time. The nib writes incredibly smooth and is easy to clean and cheap to replace if you want a different size later on (I swapped my fine for a 1.1mm stub). My nicer pens only beat out the Safari in build quality and materials but this thing writes every bit as well as pens in the $100 catagory.
All Lamy nibs run a bit on the wider side so if that bothers you just go down a size. I found the Fine good for everyday usage and the Medium juicy enough for journaling and practice without being overkill.
I can get those cheaper from a regular retailer, no wait and lower price. I don't understand why is this drop so expensive.
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540 * 2 (pen) + 90 * 2 (conv) + 65 * 2 (ink) = 1390 -> tousd -> ~ $64 before shipping.
robinhood752
1) You are comparing VAT and non-VAT prices. 2) you calculated price for 2 sets of ink cartridges (10 pieces) not 2 pieces. Calculating the price without VAT, here I would pay 1059.5 CZK (without shipping because I can literally stop by the shop to pick it up) Had I paid 50$ to Massdrop (not counting shipping, and counting my discount coupon) using my bank's exchange rate, I would pay 1121.5 CZK
Hello, Can we have an update please. Cheers,
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I know. Next thing you know, they'll send out an email saying there were problems getting the converters blah blah blah. That's what happened with a previous Lamy drop. This will probably be my last drop for a while. They just haven't been worth it...
RQdrgn
MD just has changed a lot mate... It used to be way better, specially customer service they used to care about the customer.. now they just like you get what we send. probably it will be my last order for a while, I can speculate that MD internally is not doing very well.
Good deals in this bundle. Pleasure writing!
Definitely get the Lamy Safari, one of the most functional pens out there. I’m not going to be joining this drop, but only because I already have fifteen of them, and use them regularly! I love Lamy pens, and have them from the Safari all the way up to the Studio (2 of them,), 2000, and Dialog 3. I’m a sucker for Lamy pens because they’re so reliable, and smooth writing. Here’s a bit of advice: go for the Extra-Fine nib, because the Fine is like Medium in other brands, especially Metropolitans and Pilots. The 1.1 mm caligraphy nibs are a great deal of fun! Please keep in mind that my comment about nib size relates to personal preference, but I believe that Lamy nibs tend to run a bit wide. However, here’s a piece of good advice: buy every Lamy that comes down the pike—you won’t be sorry. Lamy inks are of excellent quality, both in the bottle and the cartridge form. Pop in a cartridge, and when you screw the barrel into place, it will pierce the end of the cartridge and you’ll be ready to write. Or use the converter, and fill the pen with the ink of your choice. Don’t worry—the pen can handle it.
I just recently broke my habit of writing notes down in txt files and using notebooks/stenopads (and other pads around that size). Grabbed a Pilot Metropolitan in a quest for a comfortable and smooth writing pen and I'm really loving it. So much so that I started looking into other fountain pens and I was checking this one out on Amazon the other night. That said, for someone like me who has a Pilot Metropolitan, is it worth getting this as well? Some say until you're ready to spend $75+, you're not going to outclass the Metropolitan. But if there are benefits to this particular fountain pen over the Pilot, I'd be interested.
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Yeah, of course, but keep in mind I'm not practicing my handwriting I'm just reinforcing bad habits. While great handwriting would be great, I'm not really putting any effort into achieving that. I'm not trying to make a modern art piece in the form of a bullet journal so I can post on Reddit how nice my handwriting looks, haha.
First, thanks for your response - I don't type comments on Massdrop often, so happy to be of assistance.
Second, I would agree with Xyverz that the more you write with a Fountain pen your hand writing will improve. The biggest change will be learning that you do not need to apply much if any pressure when writing compared to the use of ballpoints primarily.
I have purchased more pens than I would probably like to admit to, but it has been a very useful learning experience. In general, I have a solid rule for fountain pens for me which has limited the purchases of expensive models - what is expensive varies in opinion - please see current Lamy Imporium and Pelikan drops - honestly pens I would never consider owning. Like you stated small expensive items can be easily lost, and for me anything that costs the same as a tablet or laptop which hopefully only need replacement every 5 or more years is a challenge.
In general I only travel with pens costing less than $15 to $20. Cartridges are much easier to handle if you are travelling. I tend to use bottled ink and converters or frequently refilling cartridges, due to cost and dislike of the waste associated.
That being said, Pilot inks in cartridges have almost always been well behaved for me, do have a good variety of color, seem to be of more durable construction than the standard international style and have good flow properties due to wide opening. I have yet to see any that have lost ink due to evaporation during storage (I am looking at you Sheaffer). I would state that Lamy cartridges are largely comparable, with one benefit of other manufacturers also offering compatible choices, see Monteverde, et. al. I have had good luck with Lamy blue and black inks in most of my pens if you decide to get into bottled ink.
In regards to paper, I am not going to be of much assistance. I have never purchased Rhodia pads, Lechturn, etc. that are often discussed on the internet. There are lots of reviews online which can be of assistance. I mostly use paper available in the office or stock up on spiral notebooks during the pre-school sales. The best loose leaf I have encountered at an agreeable to me price has been the Staples brand and when possible I purchase the Tops spiral notebooks as both have thick enough paper to prevent bleed when used with office appropriate ink colors. I have had some success with store brands, but you have to try them and may vary year to year. I would stay away from the Mead brand spiral notebooks and Office Depot loose leaf as they tend to experience bleed through.
One further note, I am not affiliated with any retailer, etc. but I did notice that ipenstore has the Pilot Metropolitan on sale for about $10 if you want to expand your collection.
The Safaris are great starter and everyday use pens. I find the dark stainless steel nibs a bit smoother than the shiny ones. As a US user, this seems like a marginally good deal. I like that Massdrop included the Z28 converters as well in the bundle. Lamy converters are not hard to find but it does save the hassle when the drop option includes one. As a comparison source, I checked PenChalet. Their price (for 2 pens + converters,including a 10% discount code) works out to $61.74 (free shipping to US as well) so the drop represents a savings of $5. I will be passing as I already have the matt black pen and I likely would not use the white so I will pass on the drop. If there had been other color combinations I may have joined.
I have a couple of these from over the years and they are fantastic pens. Can't go wrong here.
I wonder if these come with nib sizes other than just "fine". As someone who really wants to buy his first fountain pen, I would like to get a couple of different nib sizes so I can write with each one for a bit and decide which I like best. It would also be amazing to try out a nib made for calligraphy if Lamy made those available.
I am seriously considering getting the Lamy 2000, but I keep staring at the store page wondering which nib size I want. I tended to like the finer black "Uniball" pens when I was in high school (I don't think I've seen one in over a decade... do they still exist?). I wonder if that means I would prefer a finer nib. Having the option of choosing an extra fine and medium nib or fine and broad nib would give me some refence points to pick from when I buy the Lamy 2000.
Guess I'll look somewhere else.
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Something tells me Office Depot and Staples don't count as the type of "pen retailers" of which you speak, and neither of those are actually in my town... just within driving distance.
Edit: As a point of reference, I liked how the 0.5mm Uniball ball-point pens felt a little bit scratchy on the paper and always left a precise, dark line. I'm not sure if they still do (or still even exist).
TipsyMacScotchslurpen
LOL, no they don't but you can get ink and paper from them. If you don't mind the scratchiness then by all mens take a jump on the EF nib 2000. It is a fantastic pen, and there *is* a DIY method on exchanging the nib if it ever comes to that. There are plenty of YouTube reviews with writing samples that will give you an idea of the lookat least, not the feel. Paper and ink has a lot to contribute on the outcome as nib size. You have to start somewhere!
Just checked an online shop here, and one pen there is roughly or 20$(VAT and shipping etc kick your price up a lot.) price. This is a bum deal unfortunately for me.
Where I live I can get both these pens for approximately 25 euro, why the high price tag?
Superlazer
That's the same price I got my last couple for - not sure what's up with Massdrop pricing lately...
Jestercow
Yeah I was just shopping for these last night and saw several other Safari variations for $20-25 USD. The converters and free US shipping turn it into a slightly better deal than current listing price.
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