Lamy Safari: A Comprehensive Guide

Lamy Safari: A Comprehensive Guide

The Lamy Safari is a minimalist favorite in the world of writing utensils. It is effective, utilitarian, and bold in its unadorned simplicity. Since the eighties, the Lamy Safari line has expanded from fountain pens to include other writing instruments, like rollerballs and mechanical pencils. In this guide, we’ll discuss the unique features of the Lamy Safari product line and show you different refilling methods.

Lamy Safari Features

Lamy guides its product design with the Bauhaus principle, in which form follows function. The Lamy Safari designers applied Bauhaus philosophy to build a kid-friendly fountain pen since many European schools use fountain pens to teach beginning writers. These features include a sturdy ABS plastic body, grooved grip, and convenient brass wire clip. While originally geared towards children, they are great for anyone looking for a durable and ergonomic pen.

ABS Plastic Body

ABS Body
ABS Plastic Body

Though made from plastic, Lamy Safari pens definitely don’t feel fragile. They are made from a shiny, smooth plastic called acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)1. ABS is structurally very sturdy and has superb impact resistance. It’s found in products such as protective housings and packaging materials. You may have also encountered ABS plastic in everyday products such as Legos™ and computer keyboards.

Chiseled Grip

Chiseled Grip
Chiseled Grip

Lamy Safari grips feature recessed grooves that direct writers to pick up their pens ergonomically. The indentations encourage you to place your thumb, index finger, and middle finger in a tripod position so that writing sessions are comfortable. There are slight grip variations between different Lamy Safari pens. The fountain pen has two deep indentations for you to place your thumb and index finger on whereas the rollerball and mechanical pencil have three shallower grooves.

This is because the fountain pen nib needs to be at a specific angle as you write. Tip orientation matters less for rollerballs and mechanical pencils, allowing you to rotate the tip as you please.

Cap with Chrome Clip

Cap with Chrome Clip
Cap with Chrome Clip

Lamy Safaris sport durable caps with sleek brass wire clips. Their clips are larger, wider, and sturdier than average pen clips. They resemble paper clip loops and attach securely to pockets and notebooks. The rollerball and fountain pens have caps that snap on securely and protect the nib from drying out. The pencil doesn’t have a conventional pen cap, but it does have a cap that shields the eraser from getting dirty. Simply uncap the eraser by pushing your thumb upwards.

Lamy Safari Fountain Pens

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Lineup
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Lineup

The Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is an excellent beginner’s fountain pen. The fountain pen line includes White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Shiny Black, and Charcoal Black. All the pens display a shiny gloss with the exception of the Charcoal Black pens, which have a matte finish. The pen comes in 4 different nib sizes—Broad, Medium, Fine, and Extra Fine.

Pen Features

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Features
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Features

At 17 grams, the Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is quite light. When you post the cap on top, the pen feels balanced and easy to control. You don’t need to press too hard on the nib to enjoy the Safari’s smooth ink flow. Most of the nibs feel quite juicy, especially the Broad and Medium sizes. The Fine and Extra Fine nibs create just the slightest amount of drag, but they’re far from being scratchy. To try different nib sizes, simply switch the nib on your Lamy Safari Fountain Pen with any of Lamy’s pen nibs. Another useful feature on the fountain pen is the ink window, which lets you know how much ink you have left in your cartridge or converter.

Note that some Lamy Safari Fountain Pens may come with ink residue on the nib from being dip-tested at the Lamy factory. As with all fountain pens, we recommend cleaning your Lamy Safari before using it.

Ink and Refills

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Writing Sample
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Lamy Safari Fountain Pens come with one unpunctured blue T 10 cartridge. You can purchase additional cartridges for your pen as well. Lamy ink cartridge colors include Black, Blue Black, Pacific Blue, Violet, Turquoise, Green, Red, Neon Lime, and Charged Green. To try bottled inks, you can also use the Lamy Z 24 piston converter to refill your fountain pen. Below, we’ll show you how to install a Lamy ink cartridge.

How to Install a Lamy Ink Cartridge

Insert the converter into the grip section.

1. Insert the the cartridge into the pen’s grip section. There’s no need to push the cartridge down completely.

Twist the barrel back onto the grip section.

2. Twist the barrel back onto the grip section. Attaching the barrel automatically punctures the ink cartridge.

Leave the pen standing up to saturate the nib.

3. Leave the pen standing up. It may take 1-2 hours until the nib is fully saturated.

Nib Size Color
Extra Fine Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Red - Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Yellow - Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Green - Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Blue - Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Shiny Black - Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal Black - Extra Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - White - Extra Fine Nib
Fine Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Red - Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Yellow - Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Green - Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Blue - Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Shiny Black - Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal Black - Fine Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - White - Fine Nib
Medium Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Red - Medium Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Yellow - Medium Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Green - Medium Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Blue - Medium Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Shiny Black - Medium Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal Black - Medium  Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - White - Medium Nib
Broad Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Red - Broad Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Yellow - Broad Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Blue - Broad Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Shiny Black - Broad Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal Black - Broad Nib Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - White - Broad Nib

Lamy Safari Rollerball Pens

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Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen
Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen Lineup

If you aren’t ready to commit to a fountain pen, consider the Lamy Safari Rollerball. Rollerballs can seem less exciting than fountain pens, but they are great in that they require less maintenance and write easily on many different surfaces. The Lamy Safari Rollerball has a ball point writing mechanism that uses liquid ink. It is a low maintenance rollerball pen with ink that dries quickly, writes smoothly, and is easy to refill. It comes in Blue, Charcoal Black, Green, Red, Shiny Black, Shiny White, and Yellow.

Pen Features

Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen Features
Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen Features

Externally, the Lamy Safari Rollerball looks quite similar to its fountain pen sibling, though there are a few small differences. For example, it has a line rather than cross finial on its cap. The rollerball does not have an ink viewing window since it has an opaque refill that does not reveal ink level. The grip grooves are much subtler as the tip does not need to be in a specific orientation like a nib needs to be. And last, the Lamy Safari Rollerball is slightly heavier than the Lamy Safari Fountain Pen by two grams because its refill is made of metal.

The medium-sized tip comes with a pre-installed ink refill and writes fairly smoothly. When you first use the pen, it may skip slightly. Prime it by making a few scratch lines with it. The pen will remain relatively skip-free afterward. The rollerball ink also dries faster than Safari’s fountain pen ink, so it is quite suitable for fast writing in the classroom or workplace.

Ink and Refills

Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen Writing Sample
Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen Writing Sample

Lamy Safari Rollerballs come with black M 63 ink. The M 63 ink refills include black, blue, green, and red.

How to Replace Rollerrball Refills

Begin by removing the grip from the pen barrel.

1. Begin by removing the grip from the pen barrel.

Place the refill inside the grip of the pen.

2. Place the refill inside the grip of the pen.

Twist the grip back on the pen barrel.

3. Twist the grip back on the pen barrel.

Tip Size Color
Medium Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - Red Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - Yellow Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - Green Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - Blue Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - Shiny Black Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - Charcoal Black Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen - White

Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencils

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Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil Lineup
Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil Lineup

The Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil is an efficient and comfortable pencil that is great for art studios, offices, and classrooms. It includes 0.5 mm HB lead and comes in White, Blue, Red, Yellow, Charcoal Black, and Shiny Black barrels.

Pencil Features

Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil Features
Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil Features

The pencil feels very pleasant to write with, as the body is lightweight and has a thick, comfortable grip with subtle grooves to guide your fingers. The pencil lead is relatively smooth and lays down dark lines. The pencil sports a sliding lead sleeve. When you write, all but the very tip of the lead is always protected. The mechanical pencil eraser is small but erases cleanly. It has a protective cap and includes a cleaning needle beneath the eraser holder that clears and breaks up lead jams. To use the cleaning needle, push the eraser button down as though you are about to advance the lead. Put the rod in the tip to clear the jam.

Refills

Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil Writing Sample
Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil Writing Sample

The Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil takes Lamy LM 41 0.5 mm HB lead refills, which come in packs with 12 lead pieces. Some people find that this lead produces more feedback than some leads. If you find that this is the case, consider other 0.5 mm leads.

The Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil uses the Lamy LZ 18 eraser refill. Mechanical pencil erasers are fairly small, so having a separate eraser could be helpful if you erase frequently or need to erase large sections.

How to Install Lead into Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil

Remove the eraser refill completely.

1. Remove the eraser refill under the eraser cap completely.

Insert one stick of lead into the pencil barrel.

2. Insert one stick of lead into the pencil barrel.

Put the eraser refill back on. Click to advance the lead.

3. Put the eraser refill back on. Click to advance the lead.

Tip Size Color
0.5 mm Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil - Red Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil - Yellow Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil - Blue Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil - Shiny Black Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil - Charcoal Black Lamy Safari Mechanical Pencil - White

Lamy Safari Special Edition Products

Limited Edition Colors

Each year, Lamy releases a limited edition color for the Safari line. The unique colors are popular among both color enthusiasts and Lamy Safari lovers. You can view past colors in the table below.

Color Extra Fine Fine Medium Ink Car-
tridges
Other
Lamy Safari Lime Green Lime Green – 2008   Lamy Safari Lime Green Fountain Pen - Fine       Lamy Safari Lime Green Fountain Pen - 1.5 mm Nib Width
Lamy Safari Orange Orange – 2009   Lamy Safari Orange Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Orange Fountain Pen - Medium Lamy T52 Fountain Pen Ink Bottle Copper Orange Lamy Fountain pen Ink Cartridge - Copper Orange Lamy Safari Orange Fountain Pen - 1.5 mm nib
Lamy Safari PinkPink – 2010 Lamy Safari Pink Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Pink - Fine Lamy Safari Pink Fountain Pen - Medium     Lamy Safari Pink Rollerball
Lamy Safari AquamarineAquamarine – 2011 Lamy Safari Aquamarine Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Aquamarine Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Aquamarine Fountain Pen - Medium      
Lamy Safari Apple GreenApple Green – 2012            
Lamy Safari Neon YellowNeon Yellow – 2013 Lamy Safari Neon Yellow Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Neon Yellow Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Neon Yellow Fountain Pen - Medium     Lamy Safari Neon Yellow Fountain Pen - 1.5 mm nib
Lamy Safari Neon CoralNeon Coral – 2014 Lamy Safari Neon Coral Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Neon Coral Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Neon Coral Fountain Pen - Medium Lamy Coral Ink Bottle Lamy Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges - Coral  
Lamy Safari Neon LimeNeon Lime – 2015 Lamy Safari Neon Lime Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Neon Lime Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Neon Lime Fountain Pen - Medium Lamy Safari Neon Lime Ink Bottle Lamy Neon Lime Ink Cartridges  
Lamy Safari Dark LilacDark Lilac – 2016 Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Dark Lilac Fountain Pen - Medium Lamy Dark Lilac Bottled Ink Lamy Dark Lilac Ink Cartridges  
Lamy Safari PetrolPetrol – 2017 Lamy Safari Petrol Fountain Pen - Extra Fine Lamy Safari Petrol Fountain Pen - Fine Lamy Safari Petrol Fountain Pen - Medium Lamy Petrol Bottled Ink Lamy Petrol Ink Cartridges Lamy Safari Petrol Rollerball - Extra Fine

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Gift Sets

If you want to purchase a gift for your favorite fountain pen lover or you yourself want to sample different Lamy Safari inks, consider the sets below. They come in luxurious packages that make for convenient storage and are easy to slip into a gift bag.

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Limited Edition Colors Gift Set

Lamy Safari Limited Editions Colors Gift Set
Lamy Safari Limited Edition Colors Gift Set

The Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Limited Edition Colors Gift Set is great for those who want to try out different ink colors. It includes 1 Safari Fountain Pen, a Z 24 converter, and 8 ink cartridges: 1 Black, 2 Blue, 1 Blue Black, 1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Turquoise, and 1 Violet. One of the Blue cartridges comes inside the pen barrel.

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Gift Set

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Gift Set
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Gift Set

The Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Gift Set has everything you need to decide whether you like cartridges or converters better. A great introductory kit for fountain pen novices, it includes 1 Safari Fountain Pen, 1 Z 24 converter, 1 50 ml bottle of ink, 1 pack of 5 ink cartridges, and 1 Blue ink cartridge.

Final Thoughts

Lamy Safari writing instruments are beloved for their effective and unembellished design. If you’re seeking a comfortable pen that will last, the Lamy Safari is a strong contender. Do you have a favorite Lamy Safari? Let us know in the comments below!

Product Tip Size Barrel Colors
Fountain Pen Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Charcoal Black, Shiny Black
Rollerball Pen Medium White, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Charcoal Black, Shiny Black
Mechanical Pencil 0.5 mm White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Charcoal Black, Shiny Black

Sources

  • 1 ABS Plastic.

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