Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and ink

Lamy Safari Petrol – 2017 Special Edition

Hi folks,

It’s here, it’s here!!! Lamy Safari Petrol is here!

Fountain pens come with black Fine or Medium nib (feel free to add any Z50/Z52 nibs of course). They have matt finish, just like Dark Lilac pens.

There are Roller-balls and Ball-point pens too. Ink comes in T10 cartridges and T52 bottles. Don’t forget to add a Z28 converter if you are getting a bottled version.

Petrol colour is gorgeous murky, dark teal-green B) similar to Sailor Miruai. It shows a slight sheen on Tomoe River paper. It’s mature, subtle, perfect everyday ink <3

BTW if you wonder about shipping cost – we use Royal Mail Airmail service for orders outside UK and you can check the cost in the shopping basket before you place the order.


Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and ink
Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen and ink

The Lamy Noto Pen – An Unsung Hero

lamy noto pen by naoto fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa – The man behind the Lamy Noto pen

At first glance, the Lamy Noto pen is a simple plastic ballpoint – in fact it is the cheapest Lamy pen we sell. But look a little closer, and you will see this pen is definitely more than the sum of its parts.  It was designed by award-winning Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa, who is known for his stripped-back design aesthetic.

Naoto Fukasawa

Other work

He has designed bathrooms, furniture, lighting, electronics and clothing, and you’ve probably seen some of his work in Muji – he designed their wall-mounted CD player, paper shredder, and more recently a kettle, toaster and rice cooker.  Fukasawa has won over 70 international awards, including the Japan Good design award, IDEA awards, 21 IF design awards, a Red Dot award, and a D&AD award, amongst others . His Muji wall mounted CD player, humidifier for Plus Minus Zero (Fukasawa’s own design brand), and Infobar and Neon mobile phones for Japanese telecoms brand KDDI all have a place in the MOMA permanent design collection.

kettle by naoto fukasawa
Muji Kettle
toaster by naoto fukasawa
Muji Toaster
rice cooker by naoto fukasawa
Muji Rice Cooker

What makes the Noto?

lamy noto pen
The Lamy Noto 283

The Lamy Noto is a pen reduced to the essentials. Its triangular barrel sits comfortably in the hand, and its matte surface offers a non-slip grip. The lapel clip is a clean slice out of the body of the pen, seamlessly blending into the overall silhouette. The Noto is a push-button style ballpoint, but the action is completely silent – no irritating clicking noises with this slick design.  It is available in two styles; the Noto 282 in white and black, as well as in four colours (white, black, navy and anthracite) with a silver coloured grip section (the Noto 283).


branded lamy noto pen
A branded Lamy Noto pen

Its softly triangular shape means it can be branded with your company logo on the body or the clip. Lamy’s commitment to sustainability means all their products are repairable, and refillable. The Lamy Noto pen comes with a medium refill as standard, but takes Lamy M16 giant refills in fine, medium or broad sizes; these are known as ‘giant’ refills because they will write for an astonishing 10,000m!


My Weapon of Choice

What you will find on my desk today…

weapon of choice

A recent Instagram post I did made me think it was worth sharing a bit further and wider. Like most people, I’m sure, I have a selection of pens that are in favour at any one time. For some people it may be a collection of chewed Bic biros, for others it may be a treasured collection of Mont Blanc fountain pens. I guess I sit somewhere in the middle. Bureau-loyalty also sees me leave the Mont Blanc pens I do own at home, of course! I do admit to having one or two Bic Biros on my desk somewhere (not chewed – someone else in the office is guilty of that crime), but they are relegated to the status of ’emergency pen’ and when I used one yesterday it left an inky splodge on my weekly deskpad. Tch. So on my desk today you will find….(left to right):

Lamy Safari pink fountain pen with an extra-fine nib and purple Monteverde ink

lamy safari

This Safari is the most recent addition to my armoury. I already had one with black ink (see below) and I wasn’t prepared to wash out my pen to swap ink so I added a pink Safari pen and I’m experimenting with Monteverde purple ink for a contrast. It’s a nice ink, maybe a bit more pink than I had hoped for but it has a strong depth of colour to it. The Safari pen is as you would hope – a really nice pen to write with.

Papelote pencil

papelote pencil

I needed a pencil to sketch out some of the lettering I have been fond of lately, and whilst one pencil is pretty much like another when it comes to this kind of work, I do like these pencils with their Czech writing (it translates as ‘one pencil can write 50,000 words).

Ohto Dude rollerball

ohto dude

I recently wrote a piece about my re-discovery of the Ohto Dude pen, and so the feeling continues. It really is a lovely pen, that lays down a nice fine line of ink and suits me just right. In fact I would put my Dude pen as my No.1 on this list.

Herbin rollerball with Herbin bleu pervenche ink

herbin pen

A stalwart of the Bureau range now, the Herbin pen has so many inks you can choose from. In fact, once you pop in a universal converter you can have any ink. I like this one, which is a strong turquoise colour. I loved this pen from the first day it came in, but many others don’t so it’s something of a ‘marmite’ pen.

Lamy Safari yellow fountain pen with an extra-fine nib and black Lamy ink

lamy safari

I acquired this pen a while back (I think it was out of a photo shoot one day but can’t be sure), and I wasn’t sold on it. I then went back to it and decided to experiment with nibs. In case you hadn’t noticed by now, I quite like a fine point for writing and so I tested out some finer nibs – I went for an extra-fine nib, and even then I would have gone a bit further, but it was fine enough and I now love my Safari pen. I use it all the time, and if I leave it for a few days it still writes. It’s a pleasure to use  – so make sure you find the right nib for your writing and maybe it will make the difference.

Ohto Horizon orange ballpoint

ohto horizon

A former favourite, and although I still like this pen I have started to realise why ‘ink’ pens are so much better. There is something in the way that ink flows from a rollerball or a fountain pen that is so much more satisfying than the ink that a ballpoint lays down. Having said that, I do like the unusually fine point that the Ohto Horizon has so it still has a place in my affection today.


Staff Picks – The Ohto Horizon

Dominic’s Choice

ohto horizon

Where I previously declared my love for the Ohto Dude rollerball pen (and don’t get me wrong, I still do like this pen), it’s position has been usurped by the Ohto Horizon. The Dude still has that quirky design that might be a bit marmite  – love it or loathe it – whilst the Horizon is interesting without being stand out. However it is when it comes to writing that I am won over. I have never been a rollerball person, and I also love a fine writing point, so the fact that the Horizon ticks both boxes gives it an unfair advantage. It comes in a more conservative colour choice of black or silver, or if you want to be adventurous there is an orange or blue option – mine’s the orange. There is no photo of it though as it is missing in action somewhere, probably in a coat pocket.

In summary, if you like a ballpoint pen, if you like a fine writing point and you like a pen that looks a little different, then the Horizon is worth a look. And it’s only just over £10.


Staff Picks – Ohto Promecha Pen

Jo’s Choice

ohto promecha

This is my favourite pen right now and despite my being a bit fickle (only with stationery though), I think it will end up being a firm favourite. I must confess to being a non-fountain pen user – not that I don’t like them but I don’t like waiting for the ink to dry and all the smudging and so on. I have never really taken to rollerballs either so that leaves me with ballpoints which are kind of the lowest ranking pen type in the pen kingdom. Having said that, the Ohto Promecha is a really outstanding ballpoint with its super fine nib and its mechanical styling reminiscent of the Rotring pens of my youth. It’s silver too so it matches my toenails which can only be a good thing really.