I received and installed the extra fine nib on my Lamy Safari fountain pen on Thursday. It’s like a completely different pen now.
I don’t know if I got a really bad (comparatively speaking) fine nib with the pen, a really good replacement nib, or if my writing style and/or ink choice simply works better with an EF nib. Whatever the reason, I’m again in love with my Lamy.
It now writes every bit as well and as smoothly as my beloved Pilot. Perhaps even a little better. Gone is the scratchiness. No more excessive (in my opinion) ink usage. Sure, it skips a tiny bit initially if left uncapped very long. Just like the Pilot does. This is the result of a fast drying ink and physics: Less ink on a smaller nib means that it will dry faster.
I know that the nib is the most expensive part of the pen, but I still think it’s highway robbery to charge $15 for a replacement nib when a complete pen only costs right at $20.
Speaking of new pens, I think I might pick up a second Lamy and ink it in blue. I usually prefer black ink, but maybe it’s time for something new.