Blame the information overload available at Superfuture, but I recently was on the hunt for a premium writing device. I’m not much a fan of the classic or traditional look, so Mont Blanc and Cross were both out. I was looking for a high quality, well designed and functional product. And while I wasn’t on a Bic-product budget, I also wasn’t looking to spend $100+ on a pen.
What I ended up with was the Lamy Safari, designed by Wolfgang Fabian. The first Lamy I saw was the Safari fountain pen, but I was really looking for a mechanical pencil. Luckily, the Safari line includes a fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint pen, as well as a mechanical pencil version. Regardless of whether or not you want a pen or pencil however, the styling is very similar.
The Safari line all feature the iconic brass clip, are made from ABS plastic and have been in production since 1980. I received my Lamy Safari mechanical pencil last week and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a bit pricey (I got mine for about $23 shipped) but the German engineering and quality is evident. It is more comfortable and just “feels” right. I do agree with most reviews I’ve read, however, that the eraser isn’t anything spectacular.
It even comes with it’s own warranty. Here’s my actual pencil with it’s packaging and the warranty card.
Another thing I like about the Safari line is the limited edition colors. Right now, you can pick up the Safari line in pink or safari orange. I think the orange color is an addition to the permanent product line, but pink is available only for 2009.
Overall, if you are looking for a durable writing instrument, give the Lamy Safari a try. It’s pricey compared to your normal pen or pencil, but it’s a noticeable step above in quality, looks and durability. A majority of the line can be found directly from Lamy’s USA website but Amazon, eBay or a local art store are good options as well. Lamy even has a “Where to buy Lamy” section to help with your search.