Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen
In sixth grade my Host Nation teacher Frau Horne introduced me to Lamy’s fine writing instruments. She sat at her desk, before class, writing with her elegant pen in one of her smart notebooks. Even at age 11 I was fascinated by other people’s writing lives. I don’t think I made a distinction between creative writing and other kinds of writing. She let me road test the pen and I was hooked. I was already in the throes of my love affair and living in Germany was like candy land for office supply enthusiasts. I didn’t actually get a chance to purchase any Lamy pens while I lived overseas, but yesterday my friend Ryland gifted me a cheery yellow Lamy Safari rollerball pen.
I wrote about rollerball pens months ago and I have since come around from my previous opinion. In the past I’d found most rollerball pens to skip, make a distracting scratchy noise as they moved across the page and smear. Of course, I was mostly using inexpensive, disposable models, which unless one is fatuous, there’s no expectation of spectacular performance.
The barrel size, shape and weight were butter in my fingers. I was surprised by the plastic barrel, which is high quality, well crafted and elegant. But what impressed me most about the pen was the color instantly brightened up my day. Each time I glanced down at my hand moving across my sketchbook, I felt a burst of joy and I can only assume – since I was drafting a tedious “to do” list – the satisfaction came from the sunny yellow pen. The ink is gorgeous (I have black, blue and red) and realize that so much of rollerball nirvana is dependent on the quality of the ink. No scratchy noise or skips.
The bottom line:
- well crafted, playful pen
- smooth, crisp line
- lightweight, chunky plastic barrel is a writer’s dream
- refillable and also compatible with higher end refills.
- pen shaped joy!
- while mine was gifted, purchasing one will set you back $20. It’s pricey, but worth it.