The Safari is made out of injection molded ABS plastic that is very durable and wear resistant. It features a slip cap with a wire clip that is strong enough to hold the pen in place, but not so strong as to damage pockets. The grip section on this pen is triangular, and helps you use the "proper" pen grip (I totally ignore this and its still comfortable to me. See pictures.). The grip section is very comfortable to hold in this way, and it can really help to teach the tripod grip.
This pen features a steel nib that writes smoothly and consistently, however the nib is my only downside to this pen. The nibs can be inconsistent as far as line width is concerned. I've never had a problem with the nibs skipping or hard-starting, but I have had one nib not write at the correct line/nib width. With that being said, as I mentioned earlier the nibs are easily swappable should you ever have any problems or damage a nib. The nibs are available in: extra fine, fine, medium, and broad as standard options (Extra fine-medium on limited editions). And you can also get them in: 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9mm stub as replacement nibs.
My aforementioned weird pen grip.
The barrel of this pen has a lovely ink window that shows your ink level very nicely. This is a hole that goes all the way through the pen, making it not eyedropper convertible. The end of the barrel is embossed with the Lamy logo. This pen also posts very securely.
As mentioned earlier this pen works with both Lamy cartridges and Lamy converters. Since this pen doesn't accept standard international cartridges your options are limited, but with a Lamy converter you can use bottled ink, in which the options are seemingly endless. One thing to note about the Lamy Z28 converter (pictured below) that it has little nubs on the side, and it's important to line those up and make sure they click into place to make sure the converter seats properly.
Shown above are the nubs mentioned previously.
I think the Lamy Safari is a great pen for anyone starting out in the world of fountain pens. It's easily maintained and repaired and isn't too expensive. The nibs write well and are available in a multitude of different widths, while being easily swappable for you to try new nibs. Add to that that the Safari is available in several colors and that limited editions come out almost/if not every year you are sure to find one you like.
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