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It’s here! The new 2015 Lamy Safari Neon Lime

I got it, I got it!!

I’ve been on the fence about whether to get this 2015 LE Neon Lime fountain pen or not, given how it’s a nearly identical color to 2013’s Neon Yellow. Ultimately I decided to buy it, partly because I was curious, partly because any new pen is a good pen (WOOOOOOOOO!), and partly because I’ve learned over my 7 years of collecting these Lamy Safaris that even if I don’t want it now, I might regret not getting it in the future.

It’s a sign of how unexcited I was for this color that I didn’t even order from a UK company first (the pen is available in Europe a few months before it arrives in the US). Away to the lovely Goulet Pens I went, and ordered a F nib. That’s my default nib because it is pretty much perfect, and I have all the other nib sizes should I want to switch.

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While Lamy also released a LE Neon Lime ink as well, preliminary reviews show it to be so light and hideously bright that it’s illegible, and is really suited more as a highlighter ink. So, pass! Instead, I took the opportunity to order some green samples I’ve had my eye on: J. Herbin Vert Olive and R&K Alt-Goldgrun (I also wanted more J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis to try before ordering a full bottle, it’s a gorgeous purple).

I’ve only inked up J. Herbin Vert Olive so far. It’s very light, but does try a bit darker to make for easier reading. Still conflicted about it – I love the color, but it might need to be in a broader nib for everyday use!  Perhaps the Noodlers Ahab.

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As I started using the pen, the Neon Lime became an increasingly elusive color to nail down. In some lighting it would be a clear green. In other lights it would be hard to tell apart from the Neon Yellow.

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I then staged some comparison shots, comparing the new Lamy Neon Lime to my other Safaris. In this pic from left to right, Yellow (regular production line color), Neon Yellow (2013 LE), Neon Lime (2015 LE), Lime (2008 LE), and Apple Green (2012 LE).

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I even took a pic in full sunlight, which made it even harder to tell the Neon Lime (middle right) from the Neon Yellow (middle left).

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Final thoughts? I like it, I’m glad I added it to the collection. But the 2015 LE Neon Lime isn’t an immediate favorite, like the 2015 LE Copper Orange Al-Star is, or the 2014 LE Neon Coral immediately became. It probably won’t see frequent rotation, as with the Neon Yellow, but I’ll pull it out occasionally and enjoy the pop of Neon happiness it provides.

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Real Life Pics of the 2015 Lamy Safari Neon Lime!

Thanks to StupidityVaccine on Imgur, check out this comparison of the 2015 Neon Lime to the Neon Yellow! FINALLY, real pics!

IT’S HERE!!! The 2015 Lamy Al-Star Copper Orange.

And it is GORGEOUS!!! I pre-ordered it from The Writing Desk UK, who I’ve purchased limited edition Lamys from in the past when I was too impatient for them to get released in the US. They have affordable prices and reasonably quick shipping to the US. And I just received this new Precioussss in my mailbox last night!!! Read on for some pics of this luscious pen in it’s full glorious coppery glory!

First of all, the pen came well packaged from The Writing Desk. Surprisingly, the pen came double boxed. Usually, Lamy pens have come to me two ways: 1) in the “slotted” gray cardboard box, with the pen clipped to a cardboard sleeve inside, or (which I’ve seen much less often) 2) in a plastic/vinyl pouch. This time, the pen came in a slim gray box packaged inside the normal gray slotted box, as shown below.

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And then the color pops out and embraces your eyeballs! What a beautiful glowing shiny copper color.

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The feed is the standard Al-Star smoky feed (compared against the 2009 LE Lamy Safari Orange just for the heck of it):

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The nib is the trusty Lamy workhorse Fine, if you’ve used Lamys before you know while EF nibs can be tricky, the F nibs are almost universally good smooth writers.

Along with the new 2015 Copper Orange Al-Star, Lamy also released a new limited edition Copper Orange ink in both bottled and cartridge forms. The Writing Desk didn’t have them available when I pre-ordered my pen, so I’ll just pick it up later when it’s more available here in the U. S. In the meantime, I popped a Lamy Violet cartridge in to test it out. It’s a fun contrast to the orange!

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Next, because comparisons are always useful! The new 2015 Al-Star vs the 2014 Lamy Safari Neon Coral and 2009 Orange limited editions. First, the yummy yummy color – just looking at this makes me incredibly happy:

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And full-length side by side view:

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The caps:

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The bottoms:

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Conclusions: I adore this new pen. The shiny metal aluminum finish really adds a special warm glow to this copper color that instantly made it a new favorite.

If you’ve used Lamy Al-Star fountain pens before, it’s exactly as you’d expect in terms of performance and reliability. Yes, these Al-Stars are a little more prone to scratches in the aluminum finish as compared to the ultra-durable Safari plastic. But I’m used to that, some scratches from everyday use – at least in my case – are inevitable really. If I was worried I’d put it in a roll up case that protects each pen individually, but that probably won’t happen. My pens are well-loved and well-used.

Regardless, if you’ve been on the fence about this pen, go get it as soon as it comes available – you won’t regret it!! It will be in high demand once discontinued, just like the Orange Safari is now.

Now for more pics, but this time with GLITTER.

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Limited Edition 2015 Lamy Safari – Neon Lime Green. Seriously?

To the groans of Lamy Safari fans everywhere, FPGeeks has confirmed the Limited Edition 2015 Safari color will be …. Neon Lime Green. Oh joy. Check out this photo posted by FPGeeks:

Does this color look awfully familiar to you? In this pic from left to right: my Neon Yellow, Lime, and Apple Green Limited Edition colors.

I think we have the yellow-green spectrum of Lamy pens pretty well covered. KPMN has great comparison pics too:

“Neon Lime Green”? It sounds awfully close to the 2008 LE Lime Green.

So, all in all, disappointing news. Especially when Lamy fans have been pining for a purple Lamy for YEARS. Will I get the 2015 pen anyways? Yeah, probably. Who knows, I was skeptical about the Neon Yellow and Neon Coral too, and ended up loving them.

2015 LE Lamy Al-Star color

I like orange. A LOT. This love for orange is not often understood. To me, it’s bright, happy, warm, more full-flavored than yellow, not as in your face as red. Orange is pretty much the girl next door of the color wheel.

Anyways, I therefore have an addiction to orange office supplies. See what I collected just from stuff on my desk at work not too long ago?

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Seriously, every time I see this pic I have that ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ song playing in my head.

So you can imagine how excited I am to hear that the 2015 Limited Edition Lamy Al-Star color will be copper orange. Yes, there are already two versions of orange Lamy Safaris (three if you count the historical Terracotta), but nothing in the Al-Star’s matte aluminum finish.

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With matching ink color!

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I mean, how AWESOME do these look!?! I SO WANT ONE.

Apparently they are available right now for pre-order from Fontoplumo.nl. I just wish Lamy would get it’s act together and offer a Limited Edition Safari in the much desired purple. But alas, rumors are that it will be a Neon Green. Which… REALLY LAMY?? Yes, I grew to love the Neon Yellow and Coral, but… I have serious doubts.

So You Think You Want A Fountain Pen …

And why not? Fountain pens are Teh Awesome. You go through life thinking these are okay writing utensils:

Skilcraft. BLEGH.

Skilcraft. BLEGH.

And really think you’re moving up in pen circles when you start using only Pilot G2s – which, admittedly, are the superior pen of choice for most offices.

Pilot G2. Periwinkle is the best color.

Pilot G2. Periwinkle is the best color.

And life with your pens is pretty good. But then, you hear about fountain pens. You start reading about them, and if you’re lucky, get to see them in action, even WRITE with them. And if fountain pens were chocolate, suddenly you are strolling with Willy Wonka through a magical world of pens and ink samples and converters, and

But …. first you have to figure out how to get started. That is the question I get asked most often, what are some good beginner fountain pens that won’t break the bank? So without further ado, here are some entry-level finds to enable your new chocolate tasting.

Disposable/Uber Cheap Beginner’s Pens (less than $10 each):

Disposable pens are a super easy way to start writing with fountain pens. You don’t have to mess with the sometimes complicated or messy ink bottles or cartridges. On the downside, it’s often hard to find disposable fountain pens in stores. Either way, once you fall in love with how fountain pens write, you won’t be content with disposable for long – not with all the fantastic ink colors out there!

1. Pilot Varsity Disposable Pen

The most popular disposable brand. You can’t refill them, but they will give you an idea of how fountain pens write and at least have a few fun colors.

Source: JetPens - Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens

Source: JetPens – Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens

Another great source for fountain pens is Goulet Pens, check out their Varsitys here.

2. Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen

Can buy refill cartridges, still pretty cheap at less than $4 per pen.

Source: JetPens. Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen

Source: JetPens. Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen

Also at Goulet Pens.

3. Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pens

The Pilot Petit fountain pens are super adorable and mini-sized, perfect for bags and pockets. They’re also great writers and only $4, so don’t break the bank while you get used to them. And don’t they remind you of the old Apple Imacs when they first came out??

Source: JetPens. Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pens

Source: JetPens. Pilot Petit1 Mini Fountain Pens

Super Affordable Entry-Level Fountain Pens

4. Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pens

Next up are the Pilot Kakunos – unlike the Varsity or Petit pens, you can use either ink cartridges or converters to use all the gorgeous bottled inks out there. Not bad for less than $20 each. AND, the Kakunos (which come in lots of fun colors, btw), have SMILEY FACES on the nibs. Like, how can you go wrong? They also write really well.

Source: JetPens. Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pens

Source: JetPens. Pilot Kakuno Fountain Pens

5. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pens

The super affordable yet more professional looking Pilot Metropolitan is seriously a dark horse beginner fountain pen – it writes sooooo much better and is a higher quality than any $15 fountain pen has any right to be. Most of the colors are boring black, silver, gold bla bla bla – but I have this one, the White Tiger, and its awesome. There’s also a dark purple I have my eye on.

Source: JetPens. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen.

Source: JetPens. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen.

Available at Goulet Pens too! Click here.

Slightly Less Affordable But Still Entry Level Fountain Pens

6. The Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Now, on to the grand-daddy of beginner fountain pens – the Lamy Safari. This was my first fountain pen ever, and I’ve been in love ever since. It’s relatively affordable, super-durable plastic, has interchangeable nibs (if you don’t like a medium, for example, it’s super easy to swap to a fine or a calligraphy nib or whatever). It has a triangular grip, which is nice for FP newbies to learn how to hold it. And it comes in really fantastic colors – every year is a new Limited Edition color – this year’s was my new all-time favorite, the Neon Coral. I’ve been using and collecting Lamy’s for 6 years now, and seriously can’t praise them enough, and if you click through the tags on this blog you’ll see they make up like 80% of the pen pics I post. They are German-born pens though, so differ from the Pilots above in that they naturally have a wider line – the Lamy F is more like a Pilot M, for example.

Source: JetPens. Lamy Safari Neon Coral Fountain Pen

Source: JetPens. Lamy Safari Neon Coral Fountain Pen

Don’t forget to check out Goulet Pens either, they have a great selection of Lamys.

7. Lamy Al-Star

The Al-Star line is about $10 more than the Lamy Safari, and has a slightly more sophisticated shiny, lightweight aluminum finish. Just as nice as the Safari, but slightly more prone to scratching.

Source: JetPens. Lamy Al-Star BlueGreen Fountain Pen

Source: JetPens. Lamy Al-Star BlueGreen Fountain Pen

8. Monteverde Artista Crystal Demonstrator Fountain Pen

I’ve just recently branched out into this pen line, and am really enjoying it. It writes well, has a slightly more traditional look than the Lamy line, for about the same price as the Al-Stars.

Source: JetPens. Monteverde Artista Crystal Demonstrator Fountain Pen

Source: JetPens. Monteverde Artista Crystal Demonstrator Fountain Pen

Also at Goulet Pens here.

So there you go! There are probably other pen brands out there, but I haven’t tried them myself yet. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite entry-level pens too!

Rainbow time.

Because this morning needed a rainbow in it! Love these Stabilo 68 minis.

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Stabilo Minis and Lamy Safari Neon Coral

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