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It does have "LAMY" printed on the other side. I got it from Amazon for nearly OEM price: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002T401Y/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0. I thought I was playing it safe, but it was shipped from a just-opened affiliate. Some of the other reviews suggest that counterfeits have worked their way into the supply.
Keep in mind, that the squeeze converter it comes with will fail (aka leak) over time. It's rubber and can only last so long. Might as well spring for the CON 50.
I'm not sure how much of a budget you are on, but low end Lamy pens can really perform well too. That's what I would recommend. Lamy Safaris are light, durable, and write very well. Here is the cheapest I found on Amazon, they are usually about $30 after shipping otherwise.
One thing that really turned me away at first about FPs, is that they sometimes don't like to write right out of the box. That can typically be remedied easily enough by running warm water through it and holding tip of pen in a paper towel or something to get all the water off the fins (where the ink rests.) Then, put converter back in and try to write slow lines with it until it flows as meant to. Good luck!! :)
>Is a $200 pen like exponentially better than the nicer gel pens? Why do these exist?
In the spirit of this sub, I will answer your question with another question. Is a $10,000 Rolex watch exponentially better than a basic analog $50 Fossil watch? I'm not much for watches, but I can tell you that most pens that come out of a pack are mass-produced crap. The ink will dry out or congeal at room temperature, or the ballpoint mechanism will fail, or worse--leak. To directly answer to your question is that I've never had a well-maintained "fancy" pen fail me. On the other hand, every single type of "nicer" pen I've used has prematurely crapped out on me.
I am a believer in the principle that you get what you pay for, and that goes as much for mechanically crafted pens as it does for watches. And like a watch, a lot of the value in a pen is how it looks, and how you feel using it. I'm an attorney, and I used to do a lot of estate planning work. I found that using a "fancy" fountain pen for signing client documents definitely adds value to the whole client experience.
If you ever use a pen in front of others, it's a great conversation piece. If you're interested in a good starter fancy pen that's not terribly expensive, I'd recommend the Lamy Safari fountain pen. They make for great gifts, and I myself have bought several. If you ever become a legit pen nerd like me, you can go out and buy a converter and bottle of ink.
I used fountain pens all the way through. Get her a good one and a bottle of ink to refill it with. The Lamy Safari https://www.amazon.com/Lamy-Safari-Fountain-Pen-Charcoal/dp/B0002T401Y
is a classic and a good place to start.
I hired an associate a couple years ago who seems to be addicted to taking notes on her laptop and not much on using pen and paper. IDK if that's what law students do these days.
I love the pen too. Is it a Lamy?. Been thinking about getting one.
My dad is an architect and if there's one thing they love and need is pens. They will be drafting and drawing all the way through school and a few nice pens are always a plus.
I gave this and a couple ink tubes for him as a gift one Christmas
I'll pm you tomorrow, but in the meantime this is the exact listing I purchased from: http://www.amazon.com/Lamy-Safari-Fountain-Pen-Charcoal/dp/B0002T401Y?ie=UTF8&keywords=Lamy%20safari&qid=1460691622&ref_=sr_1_1&s=office-products&sr=1-1
It says the seller is "Lamy" and the box it came in seemed like the retail box, but you can never be too careful. If it happens to be a fake I'll probably shop at goulet from now on and support their business.
I have both that model and the bullet Space Pens. They're decent choices, especially because of the pressurized cartridges that allow them to write damn near anywhere.
However...the sole caveat I have...is that they're not really all that much fun to write with.
Since you're rocking a moleskin, you might want to consider a fountain pen like the Lamy Safari - which is a pretty durable entry-level fountain pen.
What a bummer. The day the nib on my first fountain pen bent was so sad. Somehow the cap came off while it was in my bag and a loose thread managed to work its way under the nib. When I pulled the pen out of the bag, the nib bent backwards.
I bought a new pen this summer. the Lamy Safari. Great pen that won't hurt your wallet too much. I use the extra-fine nib and love it. It makes very crisp lines, so I can write very small.
I'd start with one of these:
Although I have pens costing many times this, that pen writes flawlessly, is very strong, and forgives getting bounced around.
Oh - whatever you get - avoid Watermans like the plague- at least new ones - at all costs. Their customer service is absolute crap in my experience. They used to be wonderful, which is why that's so depressing.
Well, since you've purchased it perhaps you'll be glad to know it's only 20.99 on Amazon! At least in the US for the F nib.
It's a practicality thing. Flex nibs aren't conducive to efficient handwriting. Flex nibs can also be less expensive than regular nibs. Gold nibs aren't designed to flex, but they have a little bit of spring that many like. It offers a little bit of feedback. Steel nibs are much cheaper and offer basically no flex (again, to even call gold nibs flexible is generous). Personally, I like steel nibs over anything else because I write with a bit more pressure.
Also, everyday writing is very difficult what a flex nib. You can't really pull a notepad out of your pocket and write with the pad in your hand, and you absolutely need very high quality paper because flex nibs put a lot of ink down. Virtually every piece of paper you'll come across in everyday life will cause ink in high saturation to feather like crazy. I imagine there might be some people out there who daily drive a moderately flexible nib, but I couldn't imagine someone ever using a highly flexible calligraphy nib as a daily.
Fountain pens are like cars are for rich people. Everyone in the community has a handful of pens that they keep in rotation as "daily drivers" many of these are going to be <$100, my daily was $140, but there are some $600-$1,000 which are durable enough to be used daily (Example of an expensive daily). Then there are pens that are only used for special occasions or important things like document signings, important meetings, or just for leisure writing at home. Then there are display pens that are, in most cases, never inked. These will cost $3,000-$20,000. Example. These will go in glass display cases usually, and depending on unit production, cultural significance, etc. these can appreciate, or at least retain their value. Then there are vintage pens. That's a wild world of crazy estate sale finds and crazy price differentials. Sometimes the most weathered and patinated are the most sought after for the physical history they carry. People will go to great lengths to restore an old broken nib on a really old pen.
Calligraphy pens (or dip pens like the one in the gif) are in a class of their own. They're art pens for their utility.
That's a good crash course in fountain pens. If you're interested in giving it a go, there are some fantastic pens that start at around $25! I used this one exclusively for a couple years before expanding my collection. Come visit at r/fountainpens.
Edit: I'm continually editing because I blasted this out real quick and have several grammatical errors and missing info.
I just realized you wondered why your fountain pen doesn't flex like that. So most of this you probably already know. I just got carried away. This applies for anyone else here though! Fountain pens are great.
If you haven't tried a fountain pen before there are some good ones in the $30-50 range such as the Lamy Safari or TWSBI Eco. But once you try a $150+ Pelkian or Sailor it's crazy how much more enjoyable writing is. As for house paint, I've always used Behr from Home Depot, especially when it was on sale during the 4th of July or other holidays. The paint is ok and it'll do the job. But using Sherwin Williams is much more enjoyable in terms of true one-coat coverage, its viscosity, and how well the color simply looks on the wall. It's almost twice the price of Behr but they do go on sale around the big holidays. Even so, let's say a room might take 3 gallons of Behr it might only require 2 gallons of Sherwin Williams so you get savings in that way. But even with good paint, if you have poorly prepped walls it won't make much of a difference.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal - Fine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002T401Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_MKMHNV93XCBFVEQ1E2Y9 here you go :)
You can get a charcoal fine Safari on Amazon with Prime free shipping right now for $22.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal - Fine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002T401Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Qgz4AbEP74NBC
I can't vouch for how well it works for arthritic hands, but I love the Lamy Safari. Entry-level fountain pen, replaceable cartridges, and relatively inexpensive.
Bought it direct from Lamy on Amazon.
This is the Lamy one I have
This is in my wishlist
I have this Pilot Pen
And this one too
Yes, Pilot Pen pasal in New Road.
$21.12 on Amazon. Apparently I purchased this pen back in 2016. Also, r/fountainpens would love you, if you're not already there.
Any will work! Right now I'm using a Lamy Safari pen. You can buy green ink cartridges or you can get converters to refill with any ink you'd wish. Lamy sells their own green ink but there are plenty of other options on amazon.
ALTERNATIVELY: I find that the converters don't hold enough ink, so once I've used up the default cartridge that comes with the pen, I wash it out and refill ink myself with a narrow-nosed syringe. Any kind will work as long as the tip is smaller than the opening of the ink cartridge opening, though you may spill some ink on your hands. I use this because no pokey-bleedy.
just remembered UK... so:
Lamy safari - amazon UK
green ink cartridges
Green ink (Waterman, not Lamy, works fine)
Even i was looking and had to get a Lamy from amazon, came to i think 100 including shipping
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal - Fine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002T401Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-tgrFbH00H63S that’s the link
I'd say either the lamy safari or pilot metropolitan.
They are both fountain pens. Fountain pens are way more high quality then ballpoints and take ink refills, instead of buying a new pen.
They write very smooth and are very professional.
Lamy Safari - $16 Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal - Fine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002T401Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_WchhFbE7BD18N
Pilot metropolitan- $23 Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Medium Nib, Black Ink (91117) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FACM3IA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CdhhFbHRAX39T
This is mine for comparison: https://i.imgur.com/CKm71Ko.jpg?1
I bought this one w/ the seller being Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002T401Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I did watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EE3DtrJlEAe Mine only had the remove thing looking like the China one, but all other things point to it being legit.
Although that is 4 years old, so I did find this: https://imgur.com/gallery/RC0hU but wasn't the greatest help.
It's this one. It says its shipped and sold by Amazon so idk.
Oh my bad I meant to link this
I'm really undecided between the Safari and the metropolitan, what do you think?
I'm loving my Lamy Safari, it's a great fountain pen for an affordable price.
Lamy Safari is $23 dollars on amazon!
I don't mind at all. The one on the left is a Lamy Safari fountain pen. The one on the right is a Lamy Studio rollerball pen.
Is this pen fine enough?
A lamy safari is always a good fountain pen to start out with.
Just to check, this one right? http://www.amazon.com/Lamy-Safari-Fountain-Pen-Charcoal/dp/B0002T401Y
get him a pen. not any of those tactical ones, but a fountain or technical pen. there is something romantic about having your own pen, and the wide variety of options makes it easy to find that ''personal'' item, its an EDC essential. you can get a starter pen to get into the groove of using one, or go all out with all the crazy inks and nib sizes. the Lamy Safari is inexpensive and is pretty user friendly and modern looking. honestly, if he doesnt have a pen, thats a good one to start with, durable, easy to maintain. you can get one for less than $40. if you're looking for more traditional, sheaffer 100 or kaweco sport pen. i have a small collection(thats my favourite EDC item), and use the Lamy Safari as my workhorse, Kaweco Sport as travel pen because of its compact size and durability. I have a waterman hemisphere in scrubbed steel that was given to me as a gift from my dad as a ''hey you've grown up'' kind of gift, its on the higher end of the spectrum but not too lavish, its not lined with gold or anything crazy, but the story of the company and my grandfather having the same pen from 30+ years ago gave it a sentimental meaning. thats the beauty of pens, it puts meaning and pride into an everyday tool that doesnt have to be a soulless see-through plastic rollerball. the consumer argument works well too, carrying around the same pen to use at anytime, instead of buying and tossing out cheap pens. everyone should just have their own pen, and keep refilling it, less waste. there is the nostalgia aspect too, as we become more and more digital, handwritten things become less and less. now you need a pen for work related tasks or signing documents/contracts, and less for corresponding day to day. now when you have to write something, it becomes a special task that your personal pen handles. unless he has a hate out for pens, id recommend this. the history and aesthetics of it make a simple tool like the pen into a special piece we can pass on to kid or hold as a keepsake.
I rock a Lamy Safari for most writing and a Zebra Expandz for when the Safari won't work.
If you are willing to go to the $20 for this, I would suggest starting with something like the Lamy Safari (the real version of your original post)
Dr. marshal headphones , I have used many headphones over the years and these are by far themost durable and best sounding ones at this price. These past beats and similar hype brands by leaps and bounds in every way but the name drop. They survived years in my backpack being crushed with upwards of 40 lbs of book and the only damage received was losing one of the decretive metal plates bearing a logo. They have a microphone that allows you to make calls and hang up with the press of a button and the audio quality on the other end is fantastic. This makes them very useful to me for hands free communication when setting up a meet with a buyer while on the laptop. Unlike just using your “speaker” setting hardly any background audio is picked up. The long coiled cord stretches several feet but retains it’s shape and is easy to untangle should it happen due to the low friction coating on the wire. Cons, simplistic retro style not for everyone.
Lamy Fountain pen, I write a lot of notes while sourcing and I needed a pen that was both durable and cheap. At $25 and highly recommended by r/fountainpens the Lamy safari fountain pen fits the bill. Available nib sizes ranging from extra extra fine up to what is essentially a sharpie on meth they have a nib for every type of writer. Ink is cheap and capsules are convenient but I am a particularly cheap person so I make my own ink. 1 part distilled water, 2 drops of highly concentrated ethanol alcohol above 95%, 3 drops grain alcohol, and food coloring until you like the color. I use two of these; a red one and a blue one. Blue is for notes and red is to indicate importance. The best thing about these pens are that they are very forgiving to first time fountain pen users. Con: you will start visiting r/fountainpens more frequently.
Moleskin journal, I bought 20 of these for $1 each over 10 years ago with the intention of selling them. They never made it to my table. I used one when I really needed a note book and never looked back. Moleskin notebooks are stupidly durable and survive far more things than a normal journal would or even can. I have one in my hiking backpack that has survive impact after impact and rainstorm after rainstorm with little more that the warping of pages. I have since run out of my original supply and wait every year for school supply sales to get them under $12. The pages have no leakage or feathering regardless of your inks or writing styles, to put it frankly moleskin does not give a fuck about your plans of abuse because it’s sole goal is to survive and maintain your notes. Cons: Pricy
Swissgear backpack, I used to go through one backpack every year. Books killed them. That was until I purchased this backpack. I use the sameone for school, hiking, biking, and shopping (fuck off, women get a purse so I get a back pack). Separate compartments and deep pockets enable you to to carry everything you need in an easily accessible way. So far I have loaded my to 70lbs ond only popped a few decorative stitches on the shoulders. Cons: you kinda look like a douche wearing a backpack to Wal-Mart and Boscov’s, also expected your own security detail.
Edit, punctuation is almost as fun as spelling!