Long ago I decided that the popular Lamy Safari was not the pen for me. There are two reasons for this. The first is that European XF nibs aren’t XF and to get a truly fine fountain pen nib requires purchase of an Asian pen. The other reason, however, is my real problem with the Safari. Its triangular grip may be fine for people writing with a fountain pen but I find it a real problem when I try to draw with it, mostly because I regularly move my hold point up and down the pen barrel and the triangular grip produces a lot of uncomfortable hold locations.
For some strange reason, though, I decided to try it again so I filled one with Platinum Carbon Black and went out walking. We’re finally getting decent weather and I so thrilled with being out walking that sketching is taking a back seat. The fact that my arthritis is causing my drawing hand to hurt may also have something to do with my reluctance to stop and sketch.
So when I was out I did a couple small sketches with the Lamy and my reassessment hasn’t changed my mind about it. It’s not for me. Here are the two small sketches I did. The thick line and my clumsiness combined to create, at best, “ok” results. It is nice to be able to be outdoors, though.