LAMY Safari Fountain Pen Review

LAMY Safari Fountain Pen Review

One of the most popular pens in existence is the LAMY Safari Fountain Pen. This is an entry-level fountain pen targeted at beginners that ticks all the boxes. This is one of my personal pens that I use for everyday use and that I travel with. 

It is well designed with an iconic look showcasing the unique triangular grip that trains your hand in the perfect technique for fountain pens. It also highlights an ink window giving you a heads up that you may need to find some replacement cartridges. 

The plastic grip and barrel is incredibly robust for such an affordable pen and will take any bumps and drops that you can give it – one of the many reasons it is so popular. 

This is our honest to goodness review of LAMY’s favourite fountain pen. Please leave your comments below or have a read through reviews from our customers on the individual product pages which can be found at LAMY Fountain Pens. 


For an entry-level fountain pen, this model is action-packed with features, cool design tricks, a massive colour range, interchangeable and different sized nibs. 

The key features of the LAMY Safari that we think you need to know about are: 

  • Unique Triangular Grip 
  • Ink Level Checking Window 
  • Stainless Steel Nib 
  • Interchangeable Nibs 
  • Wide, Chrome Plated Clip 

There is also an incredibly wide range of pen body colours available depending on your personal preference and aesthetic style including: 

  • Black 
  • Mint-Glaze 
  • Blue-Macaron 
  • Rose-Powder 
  • Blue 
  • Green 
  • Pink 
  • Red 
  • Umbra 
  • White 
  • Yellow 

There is also a range of nib sizes available to suit your writing style: 

  • Extra Fine 
  • Fine 
  • Medium 
  • Broad 

Inks Refills 

The LAMY Safari takes both ink cartridges and converter with bottles. The compatible ink cartridge is the LAMY T10. 

One of the great parts of buying a popular brand and a popular pen is the wide range of ink colours available. The T10 cartridge comes in the following colours: 

  • Black 
  • Dark Blue 
  • Blue 
  • Turquoise 
  • Green 
  • Bronze 
  • Red 
  • Purple 

The Safari pen is also compatible with a converter and ink bottle. For those wondering – a converter ‘converts’ the pen from using cartridges to using ink bottles. They are effectively a re-usable plastic tube that can be used to suck ink out of bottles and insert into the pen. 

The compatible converter for a Safari is the LAMY Z28, which has recently replaced the Z24. They are a piston style which is incredibly easy to use.  

The LAMY bottled ink that is most commonly used with the Safari is the T52. The bottle itself comes with an inbuilt roll of blotting paper to make refilling clean and easy. This is available in commonly used professional blues and blacks, more playful reds and turquoises, as well as limited edition colours. This is available in 50ml bottles which goes a long way. 


There are plenty of features that give the Safari a boost from the design and the performance but there is really one advantage that puts it towards the top of the list – the price! For a pen under $50 it really has all of the pros. We have scored it very highly using our breakdown of affordability, performance, and design:  

  • Affordability – 10/10 
  • Performance – 8/10  
  • Design – 8/10 

In conclusion, we rate the LAMY Safari Fountain Pen as a 9 out of 10 and give it the big tick of approval. It is our recommendation for beginners and our most popular pen in general. 

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