Fountain Pen Quest Trail Log – May 9, 2021

Lamy Safari Terra (EF) uncapped on a pen stand
This weeks daily driver

The Lamy Safari Terra (EF) still has the Lamy ink cartridge that came with the pen. I should write it dry later today. The remaining ink doesn’t fill in the tapered section at the end of the cartridge. I will now face the dilemma of which fountain pen (or pens) to ink up. I have too many nibs that haven’t touched ink. My recent habit of using a fountain pen every day until dry will be hard to maintain. I am certain that whatever pens I ink up will be Lamy. It doesn’t help that my current practice is to avoid waste and use any ink that came with the pen as its first fill. At least with converters I can load less ink.

While I wrote more lists than usual, my overall fountain pen usage was down this week. I did journal every day, although I only filled about five pages.

This week I learned Lamy sold Lamy 2000 fountain pens with factory oblique medium nibs. Less than a year ago, I sold off my Lamy 2000 (Fine) because the nib’s sweet spot was small. In addition, the nib isn’t visible, so I didn’t have a visual queue to keep the nib oriented correctly. It was very annoying to use. I figure the oblique nib will align with my grip as it does with other pens.

The two pens that I sent to Mark Bacas for nib work have been returned. One was a Lamy steel nib ground to a needlepoint. The other was a Sailor KOP sent for nib repair. While I inked the Lamy nib, it hasn’t been used beyond the initial testing.

Current Reads, Watches & Listens

Listening: The Guns at Last Night, The War in Western Europe 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson (audiobook). I’m enjoying the book, but only listened for about 4 hours this week, with podcasts getting most of my listening time.

New Arrivals



  1. Lamy 2000 with an oblique medium nib.



Out of Rotation


Into Rotation

  1. Lamy Safari USA (NP) with Waterman Intense Black ink. This pen is just back from Mark Bacas. While the pen design is my least favorite Safari (which is why I picked it to send off for 2 months) I like to use the nib “as received”. This way, if it performs poorly after moving to a new pen I will know it’s my fault. Needlepoint nibs are less smooth by nature, especially on the typical paper I use, so it won’t be a daily writer. I picked a black ink for visibility, and Waterman since it’s the perfect brand for testing.

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