I will be reviewing two pens today. The Lamy Safari and Kaweco Liliput. Both are available on JetPens, my favorite source of fine writing goods.
Here is a size comparison. From left to right: An Apple AA battery, the LunaTik Touch Pen, The Kaweco Liliput, Lamy Safari, Lamy Noto and a 6” rule.
First, let’s look at the Lamy Safari. Made in Germany and runs for $26.
The majority of the pen is made from ABS plastic, and the wire clip from brass. I obviously went with the white model but other colors are available.
Despite being made entirely out of plastic, the pen feels incredibly substantial and premium in the hand. The quality of the tooling is amazing, and almost at the level of Apple’s products made from plastic.
I originally purchased a pen with a medium nib but replaced it with a fine one. I highly recommend that you go with the fine nib, or maybe even extra fine.
Despite the sharp edges and lack of any padding, the pen is insanely comfortable. The cuts made for the fingers are perfectly placed and I’ve had no issues writing entire essays with this pen.
The pen does have a big issue: it drinks ink like an HP printer. Thankfully, a 5 pack of ink cartridges goes for a reasonable $3.75. If you go digging on Amazon, they’re even less.
A photo showing the impressive level of quality. It’s so rare to see plastic parts of this quality.
This has become my daily pen. It’s relatively smooth to write with and other than the fact that it’s a bit thirsty, I can’t find any other faults. Highly recommended.
Next is the Kaweco Liliput. Also made in Germany and runs for $55.
Comes in a box that illustrates the legacy of the brand.
This pen is of a totally different character from the Lamy Safari. The Safari feels like a democratic pen for the everyday man. This feels more like a Bond gadget. And yes, it comes in black.
I received one with the extra fine nib. It seems like the adequate thickness to me. As you can tell, this pen is made from aluminum, making is really light (almost too light).
One of the great things about this pen is how smooth the nib really is. It makes the Lamy feel like writing with sandpaper.
The Liliput is a tiny pen and appropriately has a minuscule ink reservoir. It doesn’t seem as thirsty as the Lamy though.
There’s a lot going for this pen. It looks handsome, is super compact and really smooth to write with. Two issues though. First, the pen required you to screw off the cap, which becomes a hassle. A friction fit cap would have been ideal. Secondly, because of the perfectly round barrel, this pen rolls around like crazy.
Some of the limitations of the Liliput make is a bit cumbersome as an everyday pen. It’s charming though, and really does feel great to write with. I’d recommend this pen if you’re looking for something to keep in your bag for writing on forms or checks. It’s not a student's pen though.