Cursive as Revolutionary Praxis: Lamy Safari Review

The Safari is a classic. The rugged feel, the simple lines, and the ink window all speak to the practicalities of a prolonged pitched battle against counterrevolutionary forces, not to mention the piston-fill adapter for use after all the corporate pen cartridge-makers have been lined up and shot. This pen is also available in a beautiful, liberatory red colour.

Alas, the Lamy Safari’s is surprisingly unpleasant for hookwriting southpaws. The pinch-grip is coercive and is incompatible with how I intuitively hold the pen. Since, despite years of calligraphy self-training, there are still days when I hook-write, the Safari is not a good pen for me. I would say the grip verges on handism.

Secondly — and much less urgently — the cap makes the pen too unbalanced for comfortable writing when posted ( ‘posting’ = ‘putting the lid on the back end of the pen during use’). This doesn’t bother me too much, but it’s still worth mentioning. But the grip is a dealbreaker.

Thirdly — — yo, what’s with a name reffing murderous and ecologically destructive holidays to Africa by white Europeans and North Americans? Why not just call it the Lamy White Supremacist Ecocide.

Nonetheless, its praxis has many virtues. I give this pen a wistful 3.5/5 communist stars.