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Fountain pen for drawing Lamy Safari vs. reding ArtPen

Good fountain pen for drawing. My test: Lamy Safari (M-Feder) vs. rOtring ArtPen (EF). I have already drawn some patterns, plants and decors with the fountain pens and present my assessment in this post.

The two ink fountain pens are very different in their handling, it makes sense to choose between the Lamy Safari and the rOtring ArtPen. It just doesn't matter which fountain pen you use for drawing, as we'll see later.

Draw with the Lamy Safari (M) for testing

Smooth running: As already known from school, the Lamy fountain pen is a very easy to handle fountain pen that glides smoothly and smoothly over paper.

Pen does not scratch: With cheap pens you get the feeling that they tear the paper or break the nib, which is also sometimes the case. The Lamy M nib, on the other hand, glides quietly and gently over the paper

Lies neatly in the hand: The built-in recessed grips show you how to ideally hold the fountain pen so that you get the best flow of ink.

Variably tangible: But it is also no problem to touch the fountain pen much further up and draw it very loosely from the wrist.

Line guidance: The Lamy fountain pen is easy to draw in all directions, although the line width varies more than with the Faber-Castell ink pens, depending on the position of the hand.

Line width: This is one of the most important points in contrast to 0.4 mm fineliners. The normal line width is wider. You have to pay attention to this when drawing finely divided. That was exactly the reason why I bought the rOtring ArtPen with EF spring as a test for comparison, as will be seen below.

Line variance: The nibs of the Lamy but also of the ArtPen are rather not flexible (inflexible). That would also be unsuitable for beginners, because they like to press on a little harder. In any case, flex springs are not a mass product today.

So, the line width remains the same even with a little more pressure. There are only narrow lines when you are drawing on the back of a pen, as it were. I don't know how long the spring can survive this.

Chris published a detailed article about flexible springs on "lineatur.expert". "The choice of fountain pen - the Flex"

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Where can you buy the Lamy Safari M fountain pen.

Basically, you can buy the fountain pen with the ink cartridges in every stationery shop or here online: The Lamy Safari colors are also listed: There are models with a black nib or, much more often, with a silver nib (polished steel).

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Nibs and ink cartridges for the Lamy Safari fountain pen (accessory)

Here you can buy the colors of the Lamy ink cartridges individually (black, red, blue, turquoise, neon green ...) or in a selected ink cartridge set.

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  • Made in Germany - you can rely on LAMY: High quality paired with a large selection of attractive colors and different line widths promote individual writing styles
  • This high-quality ink cartridge from Lamy is suitable for all Lamy cartridge fountain pen models
  • Scope of delivery: 1 x LAMY T 10 ink cartridge 825 in the color red - packet with 5 pieces / content: 1.25 ml
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The various nibs for the Lamy fountain pens can be bought as a set or individually. Everyone will find the width of the feathers they need.

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Exemplary line drawing: Here you can see the different spring strengths again in direct comparison. The drawing is drawn from top to bottom.

Even if the B nib glides wonderfully over the paper with a rich flow of ink, I stick with the M nib because it is better suited for me for finer work. The B pen is great for drawing zebra patterns.

A little tip in between: If you want more want to learn about drawing with pen and ink, then I recommend my review of the book: “Pen & Ink Drawing” by Alphonso Dunn.

The calligraphy nib 1.9 in particular shows its strengths in the horizontal lines. It's also meant more for writing than drawing, but we'll get to that later.

Calligraphy set from Lamy with extra wide nibs

A nice gift for everyone who wants to try out calligraphy or calligraphy with fountain pens. An exemplary drawing application for the 1.9 nib is given below.

LAMY joy AL Set 011 - calligraphy pen set in the color Al-black with three interchangeable nib units, ink cartridges and a metal gift box - nibs 1.1, 1.5 & 1.9 mm
  • For creative, expressive everyday handwriting and demanding calligraphic work: The three different calligraphy nib units enable particularly beautiful handwriting
  • The fountain pen with a housing made of ABS plastic impresses with its elegant design, which is rounded off by the matt black soft lacquer finish and the aluminum cap
  • Effortless writing thanks to the distinctive recessed grips: Thanks to the ergonomically shaped grip zone, the LAMY fountain pen lies securely in the hand - for a pleasant writing experience
  • Made in Germany - you can rely on LAMY: High quality paired with a large selection of attractive colors and different nib widths encourage individual writing styles
  • Scope of delivery: 1 x LAMY joy fountain pen set 011 in the color Al-black with 3 nibs / Incl. 5 x LAMY T 10 ink cartridges & calligraphy brochure / metal gift box

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My black LAMY Safari M fountain pen with black ink is enough for me to draw.

But I still wanted to show you whether you can also draw with a calligraphy pen:

Yes. Certain elements can be used well with a calligraphy nib (like the 1.9 nib here), for example Draw swings and flowing movements, whereby the ink gets into the pen well if you work from left to right and then come back. The line becomes much thinner from right to left.

This nice optical effect has the disadvantage that you can hardly draw from right to left. So, in my opinion, a calligraphy pen is not suitable for normal drawing.

But if you know exactly what you want to do, then you can use a calligraphy fountain pen for drawing. Great for certain patterns. But unsuitable as a universal filler.

The rOtring ArtPen with EF (extra fine) in comparison

Line width: The goal was to achieve a much finer line width because of the EF nib.

I had already read before that the lines of the Lamy EF nib are hardly finer than those of the M nib.

With the ArtPen, however, there is little difference to be seen in the line width of the Lamy M version. So that only worked to a limited extent. Still, I like the ArtPen a lot, as I'll show you later.

It is technically very difficult to develop an ink cartridge with the right ink flow that should work with both very fine and normal-wide nibs. It's different with a quill pen and inkwell.

But I definitely wanted to have cartridges so that I could draw with the fountain pen on the sofa or on the go.

Handling: The rOtring ArtPen is characterized by the fact that its front handle is evenly grooved all around. So there are no recessed grips. I see that as one of the biggest differences and it offers the greatest freedom in hand position.

If the recessed grip reminds you too much of your school days, or if it bothers you when the manufacturer tells you how to hold the pen, the ArtPen is better for you.

Ink flow: Again, I did not use the converter version with the inkwell, but the rOtring original black ink cartridges. The ink flow is flawless as with the Lamy.

Buy the rOtring ArtPen online:

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The rOtring ArtPen cannot be bought in every small stationery store because it is not a typical school or pen fountain pen. It is therefore easier to order the ArtPen online.

The rOtring calligraphy set as an accessory or gift

A special case is definitely the calligraphy set with different strength nibs.

roting 205870 ArtPen (calligraphy, 10-piece set)
  • Contains a rotring ArtPen calligraphy pen with three different nib sizes (1.5 mm, 1.9 mm and 2.3 mm)
  • Includes six black ink cartridges for daily writing and labeling
  • Combines the balance and the nib shape of a quill pen with the ease of use of a fountain pen and lies comfortably in the hand
  • Calligraphy nibs, made of the finest stainless steel, for an even and precise application of paint
  • The shaft is compatible with ArtPen lettering, sketching and calligraphy nibs

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Test result Lamy Safari M vs. rOtring ArtPen EF

Quick drawing: You can draw stitches, arcs, wavy lines or circles quickly and easily with both fountain pens. The ink flows well.

Clean drawing: Both fountain pens do NOT spill.

Line width and filling areas: For both pen models, you can fill in smaller areas in your drawing, much better and, above all, faster than with ink pens. For my taste, the Safari M works even better than the ArtPen.

Fountain pens for beginners: The Lamy runs so smoothly that even beginners can start drawing with the pen straight away.

price: Both fountain pens will cost less than € 20 without cartridges in 2020 and are therefore a bit more expensive for simple pens, but very inexpensive for fountain lovers. You can spend a lot more on a fountain pen.

Both do not have flexi springs: These are special fountain pens that make broad lines when the pressure is applied to the nib and draw narrower lines without pressure. Fully flexible springs cannot be found in this price range anyway.

To conclude, briefly again the two pens that the article was about. It is definitely worth trying out drawing with the pen. It opens up new perspectives.

LAMY safari fountain pen 019 - Modern black fountain pen with ergonomic grip and timeless design - nib size M
  • The fountain pen with the housing made of ABS plastic impresses with its elegant and shiny design, which is rounded off by the silver steel spring and the silver, self-springing metal clip
  • Effortless writing thanks to the distinctive recessed grips: Thanks to the ergonomically shaped grip zone, the LAMY fountain pen lies securely in the hand - for a pleasant writing experience
  • Made in Germany - you can rely on LAMY: High quality paired with a large selection of attractive colors and different nib widths encourage individual writing styles
  • Giving away joy: The LAMY safari fountain pen is the ideal fountain pen for children from the 3rd grade, and it is also suitable for young people and adults
  • Scope of delivery: 1 x LAMY safari fountain pen 019 in the color black with nib size M / incl. 1 x large capacity ink cartridge T 10 in blue / compatible with the converter Z28 for sustainable use
red ring 1903440 ArtPen (sketch, extra-fine nib)
  • Combines the balance and nib shape of a quill pen with the ease of use of a fountain pen and sits comfortably in the hand
  • Extra-fine sketch pen, made of the finest stainless steel, for an even and precise application of paint
  • Includes two black ink cartridges for refilling
  • Pen is refillable with cartridges and an inkwell (sold separately)
  • The shaft is compatible with ArtPen lettering, sketching and calligraphy nibs

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Just be creative!

The little ink and fountain pen lexicon (FAQ)

Is the color in the ink cartridges waterproof?

No, the inks in the Lamy and rOtring ink cartridges are not waterproof. When they come into contact with water, they begin to smear. This is intended and good for certain artistic effects. This makes it easy to revive dried-up pens.

But with the repainting of the pictures Watercolor pencils or with a beautiful one Watercolor box ruled out. For coloring in or coloring ink pen drawings, I therefore recommend the Polychromos colored pencils.

How expensive are decent pens for drawing?

If you're lucky, you'll be with an ink cartridge fountain pen 15-20 euros there that suits you. Like the LAMY and rOtring fillers presented above.

Professionals spend significantly more because they are always looking for new nibs, fountain pens with a different handling or a different weight. Then you can do it 250€ be. The high prices result from a mixture of quality, design, uniqueness and hobby.

Montblanc, Parker or definitely Pelikan fountain pens can cost significantly more. But these are also more like writing fountain pens and less character fountain pens.

Are there still fountain pens without cartridges today?

Yes, these fillers have a converterthat you hold in the inkwell and then soak up the ink. With good fountain pens you just put the nib in the ink glass and turn the top of the piston fountain pen to take up the ink. This is cleaner than filling or dismantling the converter with a syringe and then inserting it into the inkwell.

Advantage of converters: You can also try inks from the many other manufacturers. You can also try out waterproof or particularly opaque inks. If the springs are not used for a long time, however, cleaning the springs is much more difficult.

Or you take one Quill pen or pen holder where one dips the pen into the ink over and over again. The springs can often be exchanged very easily. This is something for artists and very archaic.

Advantage of penholders: You have an unbelievable amount of nibs, nib sizes and nib materials (Iron, gold etc.) to choose from and the whole thing comparatively inexpensive. Rather unsuitable for on the go and ink on your fingers is almost inevitable.

Katja Frauenkron wrote an exciting article on converter, Indian ink or ink on the blog deichgrafikerin.de: "Indian ink or ink"

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What spring strengths are there?

  • EF - extra fine
  • F - Fine
  • M - medium
  • B - wide
  • BB - extra wide
  • OM - medium / oblique
  • OB - wide / oblique
  • OBB - extra wide / sloping

What is the correct pen size for drawing?

The nib sizes from EF to M are good for ordinary drawing. But also a B or BB pen can make a great drawing picture. But you can't draw so finely with an extra wide pen. So you need space.

There are enough caricaturists or draftsmen who make great sketches and drawings with wide pencils and eddings. It's a matter of taste.

For beginners, I definitely recommend a good M nib that doesn't scratch. You can always buy more springs later.

Flexible versus inflexible spring, which is better?

There are 4 types of flexibility levels for pens

  • Inflexible
  • Semiflex (the elastic springs)
  • Full flex
  • Superflex

The boundaries are not standardized, but rather fluid. A flexible spring expands under pressure and thus enables drawing from broad lines to double lines (railroad).

With normal fountain pens, the nib is inflexible. This also makes it more stable and more forgiving of improper handling. It is much easier to deal with because the line width always remains constant.

Some professionals, however, appreciate the superflex nibs because of the wealth of variation in sketching and drawing, but you have to be very sensitive to it.

If you want to know more about flexible springs and their complex manufacture, you should read these articles:

"Cult around the flexible pen" on scriptura.cc

And now I wish you a lot of fun and friends drawing with the fountain pen.

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