REVIEW: LAMY SAFARI SAVANNAH & TERRACOTTA SPECIAL EDITIONS (2021)sureshjain.com
So today, while we take a look at 2021’s Terracotta and Savannah special edition Lamy Safaris – two colors that immediately got me very excited! – I’ll go a bit more in-depth on why I like this pen so much. Before we dive deeper into some of the details of the new Safari special editions, I’d like to thank sponsor of the blog, Penworld, for providing these pens for review!
|Unfortunately, EU customers don’t get the same pretty packaging as the American and Asian regions (Why Lamy?), so enjoy this gratuitous detail shot of the cap finials instead!|
Let’s start at the beginning: the Safari is a textbook example of a love-it-or-hate-it design, but that’s also what makes it so interesting. The Safari goes at the Bauhaus design with an extra dose of brutalism and modernism (strong Oscar Niemeyer vibes) added to the mix: pronounced flats and angles, exaggerated proportions,…
… absurdly large ‘paperclip’ clip,
The Safari is a medium-sized pen, fitting in perfectly with some of my other favorite starter pens, like the Pilot Metro, and TWSBI Eco. The Safari measures just shy of 14 cm/ 5.5″ capped, and retains a comfortable size of 12.9 cm/ 5.1″ when uncapped. It weighs just 17 grams in total, thanks to the all-plastic (ABS), injection-molded construction. The cap posts securely and rather deep (it covers the entire ‘LAMY’ logo), which – together with the light weight – makes this one of the more comfy pens to use posted.
The section is nice and long, and transitions seamlessly (well, not seamless, but without a step… You get what I mean!) into the barrel. The diameter of the section is a bit tricky to translate into numbers, but it roughly tapers from 12 to 10 mm towards the nib. Talking about the section: just like the general design of the Safari, the section is quite controversial.
The pronounced triangular profile definitely favors a more ‘traditional’ tripod grip, so that’s certainly something to keep in mind if you tend to hold your pen in a funky way. With my – fairly standard – grip, the Safari has always clicked very well. Even though shaped grips are typically regarded as a beginner feature, I still enjoy the controlled and precise grip it provides.