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Lamy Safari 2015 Special Edition – Neon Lime Green

The Lamy 2015 Special Edition Neon Lime Safari is in!

In addition to writing with this pen, I plan on using it to direct airplane traffic at Pearson in my free time. 

Lamy Safari Neon Lime Green Toronto Canada Wonder Pens

 

This pen got overshadowed a bit by the excitement of the Copper Orange, but I’m a big fan of neon, so I’m pretty sure I’m keeping one of these. (Jon and I have an ongoing agreement about how many pens I’m allowed to keep a year, but it’s “flexible.”)

Lamy Safari 2015 Special Edition Neon Lime Green WonderPens.ca

This pen is bright, that’s for sure. I had a hard time with my light settings, and in this picture, it actually looks like it’s literally glowing. It’s like my kryptonite, both because it’s radioactive, and because…it’s a fountain pen.

I once sold a customer a Neon Yellow Safari (2013 Special Edition) because I said as a safety feature, he could wear it in his pocket while bicycling and it would reflect light from cars. This Neon Lime Green is yet another light reflector pen.

Note: I was kidding, and he has actual reflectors on his bicycle. And he wears a helmet. Safety first!

Lamy Safari Special Edition Fountain Pen Neon Lime Green WonderPens.ca

As always, Lamy produces one Safari (this year’s Neon Lime Green) and one Al-Star (this year’s Copper Orange) special edition colour each year, and once we sell out of this pen, that’s it. We’ve got some good stock, so you can take a bit to think about it, but don’t wait too long!

Lamy Safari 2015 Special Edition Wonder Pens Toronto

Waterman Hemisphere

The snow! I can hardly believe how much snow is out there. The dog had a fun romp about outside, while the I had a fun viewing of it from inside with a steaming mug of coffee. The snow makes everything look magical and clean, until you need to go to work…

Even though the shop is closed for retail on Mondays, we normally go in for a few hours to pack up orders, clean up and re-stock – I’m not sure if we’ll make it in today, the way this snow is coming down, so I figured it’s a good time to take a closer look at some of those pens.

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The Waterman Hemisphere is another pen that we brought in right before the holiday season, and which we completely sold out of before I had a chance to take some good photos and put it up on the blog.

Waterman is one of the oldest fountain pen manufacturing companies, founded in New York. It is certainly one of the most well-known fountain pen companies, especially by people who are not as familiar with modern day fountain pens, along with Parker or Sheaffer. Unlike Parker and Sheaffer, however, Waterman tends towards the higher end range of fountain pens.

The Hemisphere is on the lower end of their offerings. We carry this model, in a couple of different flavours – Glossy Black with Gold Trim (pictured here), Matte Black with Silver Trim, and Stainless Steel, available in fine or medium.

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This pen is a classic looking fountain pen – slim, weighty, smooth. It’s still comfortable to hold, but it will be much slimmer in hand than a 580 or Edison, or even the ergonomic grip of the Safari. The pen is more in line with a CP1, although it does still have a bit of curviness to it, unlike the CP1.

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The finish on these pens is really glossy – the lacquer finish is shiny and smooth and reflective.

Waterman is known for its smooth, wet nibs, and the Hemisphere is no different. It’s a stainless steel nib, so it doesn’t have too much spring (although a bit, for a steel nib!), but it’s one smooth writer. I found it to be on the wetter side, with excellent evenness in flow.

The writing sample is with a medium nib, J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir, and Rhodia 90gsm paper.

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You can’t really tell in the photo above, but it says Waterman around the band

It’s a snap cap closure, closing with a secure click.  It’s perfect for quick notes in meetings, without having to worry about the lid popping off accidentally. The angled cap finial is one of the most interesting features of the pen, certainly one of the only things that is a little bit more unique, while still being subtle.

Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen at www.wonderpens.ca

The cap of a Waterman fountain pen.

I’m not really one for pen boxes, but the Waterman boxes are some of my favourite boxes. It’s a soft, suede-y inside, and even the outside of the box has a bit of a velvet feel to it. You can lift out the bottom, where you’ll find the pen information, and cartridges. We include a converter with the pen as well. Waterman only takes proprietary cartridges/converter

Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen at wonderpens.ca

The trademark split in the clip of Waterman fountain pens.

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This pen, the Waterman Hemisphere, is a classic-looking and reliable pen. Its slim and not too flashy, while still being elegant and classy. It’s a heavy pen, especially for its size, and in the shop, often people who pick it up can tell right away that it’s a good fit for their hand.

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Lamy 2000

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

We have a lot of wonderful customers who spend time chatting with us in the store, or send us emails sharing about their pens and requesting brands or models, and one of the pens we’ve heard the most about is the Lamy 2000.

“It’s Lamy’s flagship pen!”
“It’s German Bauhaus design!”
“It’s German engineering!”

We’ve always done this model as a special order, but we’ve finally decided it may be time to bring in the pen full-time. Jon and I argued, and after some heated debate, he came out the winner, and we ordered a pen for him to test drive and see how it would do. We’ve now got the pen in store and online, so I think it’s safe to say that he likes it.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

The Lamy 2000 was originally produced in 1966, and it’s still in production today, so there must be something about this pen. It’s Lamy’s only piston-fill pen, so it will only take bottled ink. In our shop, we see a lot of people starting off with the Safari or the heavier Studio, and eventually upgrading to this model.

The finish on the pen is a black Makrolon, which is some sort of fiberglass resin. The result is almost a brushed finish, which is smooth, but still has a bit of texture to it.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen, Black Makrolon

Because this is a piston-filler pen, this will only take bottled ink. This means you turn the piston (the back of the pen), and a piston slides down inside the pen. Dipping the nib into a bottle of ink, and as you twist the piston back in the other direction, you draw up ink like a syringe. This filling mechanism is like the TWSBI 580, and it will hold more ink than a Lamy cartridge or the Z24 converter for the Safari or other pens.

About two centimeters from the end of the silver section you can see the very discreet ink window. When the pen is totally full, the ink window fills into black so the entire pen looks seamless. Even as your ink draws down, you almost have to pay attention or look carefully to see how much ink is left or if you need to refill.

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The Lamy 2000 has a snap cap, making it easy to scribble down a quick note. Jon prefers this to the twist cap, which is one of the reasons he likes this pen so much. The silver nubbies are what hold the cap in place, and you can feel a definitive “snap” into place.

Size comparison - Sailor Professional Gear, Lamy Safari, Lamy 2000, TWSBI 580

Size comparison – Sailor Professional Gear, Lamy Safari, Lamy 2000, TWSBI 580

It’s not a particularly large or small pen, right around a Safari or 580, but the cap does post nice and snugly if you need some added weight to the back.

It’s also neither a heavy nor a light weight pen. It’s got a bit of heft to it, but it’s not as heavy as an all-metal pen, making it good for longer writing sessions, without being super light. I would say it’s a well-balanced pen, with a good amount of weight towards the section, which helps the nib point towards the paper.

Writing Sample of Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Fine Nib

Writing Sample of Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Fine Nib, Sailor Jentle Blue-Black

The writing sample is a Lamy 2000 with a Fine nib. It’s quite wet, so it writes almost like a medium with their regular nibs (that go on Safari, CP1, Studio, etc.). It’s a 14k gold nib, and despite it being a gold nib, and having a bit of spring to it, it’s certainly no soft gold nib. It will have just a touch of give to it, while being quite smooth. This is a nib for all kinds of of paper, super smooth Clairefontaine, textured laid paper, copy paper. It’s plated in platinum to match the finishes of the pen.

You can see the very discreet Lamy name on the side of the clip.

You can see the very discreet Lamy name on the side of the clip.

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As a special treat, we’ve brought in a very, very limited number of less common nibs – we’ve brought in the double broad (i.e. paintbrush) and oblique double broad (i.e. oblique paintbrush). If you’re interested in these nibs, send us an email! Our distributor mentioned that the oblique nibs are no longer available in Germany, so we were pleased to be able to get some!

Lamy 2000 Oblique Double Broad Nib

Lamy 2000 Oblique Double Broad Nib

In all, this is Lamy’s star quarterback – Makrolon finish, piston filler, 14K gold nib. This is a truly iconic fountain pen, despite of, or likely because of its simple and sleek design. Everything about this pen is engineered for both vigorous use and clean aesthetic.