Though the Lamy Safari Neon Coral isn't set to be released in the US until mid-May, we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a sample pen so we could photograph and shoot a video! We're so glad we were able to, because this is one color that we knew would be really tough to display accurately in digital form. The color really pops, and much of the more impressive vibrancy is lost on a computer monitor despite the best of intentions. But seeing it in video form like this helps, especially comparing next to the Pink Safari and Orange Safari, which are both special editions from the past.
The Safari is a solid performer and a great workhorse pen that many people get into early in their fountain pen hobbies. With the ability to swap nibs between extra-fine, fine, medium, and broad (in black and steel) as well as a 1.1mm, 1.5mm, and 1.9mm (in steel only), the Safari can give you a versatile writing experience without having to purchase a new pen each time you want a different line. Be sure to check out the Goulet Nib Nook to see writing samples as well as the Pen Plaza to see how the Safari compares in size to your other favorite pens.
|Lamy Safari Neon Coral 2014 Special Edition|
Some people have their opinions about Lamy coming out with a pink pen after they just completed another revival of an older special edition, the pink Safari. I do compare them in the video, and I must say that they are a more distinctly different shade of pink than they appear in photos. I can certainly appreciate the argument that the color isn't 'different enough' though, as they certainly could have gone more drastic (like purple, if anyone at Lamy is reading this!). I imagine this will be a point of discussion for Lamy fans.
|Lamy stainless steel nibs available in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1mm, 1.5mm, and 1.9mm stub|
If you're one to match your ink to your pen, then I can recommend a couple of colors for you. Granted, it was actually kind of tough to find a lot of pinks that were really close! The closest by far was Diamine Coral, with Diamine Pink, Diamine Flamingo Pink, and Platinum Red as close runners up.
The Neon Coral Safari will sell for $37 list ($29.60 at GouletPens.com). It takes Lamy proprietary cartridges or a Z24 or Z26 converter (sold separately, $4.95). Though this pen won't be out until mid-May in the US, you can sign up for the email notification list on our site. We have a good stock on order so we don't anticipate any supply issues, and we'll be able to let you know as soon as they arrive to us.
So what do you think of the Neon Coral?