This is a nice discontinued Safari in the “Flame” colors — orange pen, red clip.
I found it one year at the Chicago Pen Show for pretty much the regular price, maybe a tiny bit higher. No biggie. No one else wanted it; it had been sitting out on the table for two days. And that is how it should be, I think.
These pens, much as I love them, are plastic pens with steel nibs. Let’s be honest. I have written over 1,000 words this week about how much I like Safaris. I love them. But one Safari writes the same as the next. I’ve seen the Flame listed for $200, and it can sell for over $100. The very old Safaris go for much more. The word that comes to mind is “tulipmania.”
Look at it up there. It’s nice, right? But is it any nicer than any other Safari? No, it is not. I say this even owning it — even though it’s in my interest to talk it up, so that if I ever have to sell it, I can make eleventy zillion dollars on it. Or even $200.
I’d just like to be honest here. If there’s a limited edition color you missed, and can’t find near the standard price, consider buying a new one in a current color instead. Or buy a used Safari that isn’t “rare.” They all are fun. If you like to use orange inks, the yellow would be nice. Or consider an orange pen from another brand. Remember that Lamy might bring out another orange, or light blue or insert-color-here Safari in the future. In fact the Pink Safari went through a few limited editions and then joined the regular line.
If you have $200 to spend on a discontinued pen, you could look instead at a vintage pen with a gold nib. You’ll still have a great pen and a piece of history, and you’ll have money left over.
Of course, if you are an investor in Safaris, knock yourself out. Or if you are a real collector, that’s your thing, and I wish you only enjoyment. But otherwise, there are lots of fountain pens in the world, and you can find some amazing pens for less than the price of most older Safaris in this current market.