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I’ve had quite the affinity towards interesting and unique office supplies this past semester.  From my first Lamy Safari, to a Kuru Toga and a whole bunch of other Japanese exclusive leads and erasers, it’s a new hobby.  Discovering JetPens didn’t help, and I’ve still got my eye on the big dog Zebra Sharbo X:

I read a blog post a few weeks ago about a particular item I couldn’t believe I missed out on – a stainless steel Sharpie.  Everyone’s favorite permanent marker got an upgrade!

How does it hold up though?  The idea is a refreshing upgrade to the classic shape, and it features replaceable ink cartridges.  Did I mention this is a stainless steel Sharpie?

However, there are some downsides, starting with the weight.  I was surprised by how light the entire thing was.  I was hoping it would feel indestructible, and it didn’t give me that impression at all.

Another gripe is the fact that due to the replaceable ink cartridge, the bottom barrel screws off (where the black meets the stainless steel barrel).  Every time you try to pull off the cap, the lower portion gets a little loose.  You find yourself tightening the lower portion constantly.  Not a major problem, but why is it this easy to unscrew?  I don’t plan on refilling the ink after every use.

Overall, it’s a cool idea and concept, but lacks in execution.  The laser etching is a nice touch, but not something that redeems its other lacking qualities.  Still, at around $7, not a bad deal for the toughest Sharpie out there.


and the collection grows

I wrote up a post about the Lamy mechanical pencil nearly two months ago, and I’ve used it long enough in order to give an honest review.

Screen shot 2009-11-04 at 9.22.24 PMThe ever important question, is any mechanical pencil worth $22.00?  I guess in the long run, it depends on how well you can hold onto your items.  But in my case, I’ve found that yes, it was worth it, and I defintely would recommend it to others.

I was having a conversation with my brother about it and I said something to the effect of if you’re a race car driver, you have a R&D team and a manufacturer and pit crew all so that you can go and go faster around the track than other drivers.  And if you’re a musician, chances are you are going to have top of the line instruments in order to ensure that your vision is accurately transferred to audio.  In my case, I’m a student, and my relevant tool right now is my pencil.  Transferring my thoughts and knowledge to the paper should be as seamless as possible, augmented through the help of a writing utensil that isn’t obtrusive but seemingly non-existent.

Style-wise, the Lamy Safari fits my personality perfectly.  Just as with my Visvims, it’s understated excellence.  Most people wouldn’t notice it, and that’s the way I prefer it.  It’s not necessarily something you’d want to see an executive or politician using, but for a 20-something college student, I think it’s perfect.  And in fact, I enjoy the design of the mechanical pencil so much, the collection has grown a little larger:

IMG_0704(from front to back: yellow Safari mechanical pencil, matte charcoal Safari fountain pen, orange Safari fountain pen)

If you’re tired of going through multiple packs of Bic pencils each semester, grab a Lamy Safari and hold onto it.  And if you’re environmentally conscious, you can enjoy the fact that a.) you won’t be throwing out tons of mechanical pencils and b.) if your Lamy does break, it is covered under a lifetime warranty and can be repaired.

a recent obsession: the lamy safari

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.

Screen shot 2009-09-08 at 4.35.14 PMThe 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.