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The Lamy Starter Kit arrived on Monday. I wasn’t expecting it so soon – only 10 days to arrive. And no customs charge yay!

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The charcoal box contains the pen. The red converter is in the small bag. The bottle of Lamy ink is in the blue cling-film bundle. (Actually everything was wrapped in this bright blue film but I tore it off in my excitement, only realizing later that a picture would have been nice.) And of course the orange Rhodia notebook.

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A close-up of the pen; or at least as close as my limited photographic skills and equipment will allow me.

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The ink bottle is designed beautifully I think.

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The  pen has a good weight and feel in the hand; the fingers slip naturally into the two grooves on either side. It really is fun to write with.

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The white area on the ink bottle is actually a spool of tissue, for cleaning the nib while refilling. So clever! I’m new to all of this of course so maybe every ink bottle has this feature. Either way it’s a smart idea.

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Goulet Pens thoughtfully included a bookmark and a sticker in the box, along with a hand-written note on the invoice.

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Such a personal touch, which I’m leaning is standard practice with this amazing company. And of course it was great for the note writer to indicate what kind of ink he used.

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And finally a quick comparison with other pens that I use on a regular basis in my writing. The Lamy wrote smoothly with no skips right out of the box. I’m still using the cartridge it came with. When I want to switch to the bottled ink there is (of course!) an instructional video on the Goulet Pens website to show me how to do it.

I like different colors so I anticipate more ink buying, and probably another Lamy down the road, so I’m not switching cartridges/ink all the time. And of course there are other nib sizes to investigate. I initially chose the Extra Fine Nib but then changed my order to Fine Nib after comparing the thicknesses online at Goulet Pens’ Nib Nook. 

I would recommend a Lamy Safari with no hesitation whatsoever. And as you can tell I can’t say enough about Goulet Pens – check them out!