I write a lot. I have used (and still use) a variety of pens. Each pen has a different place and function for me and a lot of it has to do with the quality of paper I am working with. For example short letters I use Crane & Co stationary, Bullet Journalling I use Field Notes (dot Grid), and for journaling the Leuchtturm 1917 a5 size notebook. Naturally I use the ubiquitous yellow legal pads for lectures.
Since the paper quality will vary depending on what I am writing on so does the pen. I am not a big baller so no Mont Blanc or anything like that, but since I do write often I am picky with ink and cognizant of how it gets laid onto paper.
My writing is small and almost type-like. The feeling of the pen influences how many or how few pages get filled. This semester my hand began cramping up more than normal. I attribute it to my overall grip weakness coupled with the fact I have not been climbing in a while. So when I came upon a Lamy Safari Rollerball I was excited. The pen itself is lightweight yet sturdy. The plastic feels like Legos.
The grip is a love/hate relationship for most people but I found I really like it. The finger position helps me not write with my fingers and instead use my wrist (I know I am odd to notice such things).
The disappointing thing about the Safari is the ink. The M63 refill has a tremendous ink flow that even with light pressure. Also, it lays down a think line but will thin out on the tops of “s” or “t” when writing quickly. This greatly annoyed me since I could not use it for cursive and quick notes were not as clear as I am used to seeing with other types of ink. So I decided to fix the ink situation since I liked the pen.
I hacked the Lamy Safari to work with a JetStream Refill. JetStream refills dry quickly and lay down a quick yet consistent lines. I swapped the ink out for a .5m jetStream refill from another pen. A straight swap does not work because as you will see everywhere online Lamy makes you buy Lamy refills. But with a little improvisation a good pen became a great one and my refills will be cheaper too.