Brand new in 2020 is the Lamy Safari Candy pen series. It is a brand new limited edition set in three fun colors, Mango, Aquamarine, and Violet.
Like the Lamy Safari pens we all know and love, it comes in three different variants:
- Lamy Safari Candy Fountain Pens
- Lamy Safari Candy Ballopoint
- Lamy Safari Candy Rollerball
Let’s take a closer look at these limited edition Lamy Safari Candy Pens.
Lamy Safari Candy Fountain Pen
If you already have a Lamy Safari, which I do, you will notice the body of the Lamy Safari Candy is plastic, not metal.
It also does not have a see through grip like the traditional Lamy Safari Fountain Pen. It is however very light, but still balanced, which is nice to write with.
The Lamy Safari Candy fountain pen comes in all of the Lamy standard nib types: Extra Fine, Fine, and Medium.
The good news is the nib of any Lamy Safari is very easily replaceable. The Lamy Safari uses stainless steel nibs that are very durable.
The Lamy Safari Candy fountain pens are available in single versions so you can pick your favorite color, or you can even buy a set of all three!
When it comes to beginner fountain pens, I always recommend Fine or Medium nibs. While I love extra fine nibs, they are not for the faint of heart! If you are worried about getting started with a fountain pen, always go with the thicker nib.
Don’t want to get all three of these beauties? While it was tempting, I decided to just go for the aquamarine myself. They can also all be purchased individually:
Lamy Safari Candy Must Have Fountain Pen Accessories
One thing to note with the Lamy Safari Candy is that it does not come with a converter. All Lamy Safari pens use the Z28 Lamy fountain pen converter. With this converter, you could use any ink you would like. Be sure to check out our guide to finding the ultimate back fountain pen ink!
Besides the converter, Lamy also makes bottled ink in all three of these colors, as well as cartridges. These are your must have Lamy Safari Candy fountain pen accessories:
Lamy Safari Ballpoint Pen
If a fountain pen still seems a little too scary for you, the Lamy Safari Candy comes in multiple forms.
Next up is the Lamy Safari Ballpoint Pen. Once again, you can purchase the complete set of limited edition Lamy candy pens, or purchase them individually.
Lamy Safari ballpoint pens use the Lamy M16 refill. With a ballpoint pen the mechanism that writes, the small metal ball is part of the refill. To change the thickness of your line, you would simply put a different refill in your pen. Unfortunately the M16 Lamy ballpoint refill does not come in as many fun colors as the fountain pen cartridges, but you may still want to pick some up.
It is also important to remember that while fountain pen ink is water based, ballpoint pen ink is oil based.
Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen
Finally, the Lamy Safari Candy comes in a rollerball pen. A rollerball pen is a type of gel pen. You can learn about the differences between fountain pens and gel pens in this guide.
A rollerball pen works a lot like a ball-point pen, but the ink is different. While the ballpoint pen uses an oil based ink, rollerball pens use a water based ink that is more along the lines of fountain pen ink.
Just like its companions, the Lamy Safari Candy Rollerball pen can be purchased in a three pack of all the candy colors, or individually.
Lamy Safari Rollerball pens use the Lamy M63 refill. While it does not come in as many fun colors as the fountain pens, you can get both blue and black refills.
Which Lamy Safari Candy is Right for You?
When it comes to picking the right Lamy Safari Candy, I will almost always pick a fountain pen! The Lamy Safari Candy fountain pen is a great way to get started writing with fountain pens, especially since you can use cartridges with it instead of messing around with the converter and an ink bottle, which can be intimidating for new fountain pen users.
One of the reasons I love fountain pens so much is all the fun and different ink options available for them! I highly recommend picking up one of the Lamy Safari Candy fountain pens, and their matching ink in cartridge form if you are a beginner.
If you are a beginner, I also suggest starting with a medium nib, unless you really know you already like thin lines! While the even the Lamy EF (extra fine nibs) won’t cut through paper if you are careful, if you are a new fountain pen user you are better off starting thicker.
Don’t worry, you can always switch out the nib on your fountain pen later to a finer one.
Here is everything you need to get started with the Lamy Safari Candy, in the color of your choice:
The Lamy Safari fountain pen was one of my first fountain pens, and I still use it almost every day. Here are my classic Lamy Safari and the Lamy Safari Candy side by side:
I thought I would be bothered going from the metal Lamy Safari to the matte plastic Lamy Safari Candy, but it is just the pen you would expect, and the grip is still very comfortable.
If you are new to fountain pens, or a seasoned Lamy Safari owner, I highly suggest the Lamy Safari Candy!