Lamy Safari Converter Z24 (z24-l)
- Piston operated converter
- Converter for fountain pen models of AL-star, joy, Safari and vista.
- Replaces T10 ink cartridges
Fits Lamy safari, vista, joy, al-star pens to use the bottle ink. Lamy is the leading producer of fountain pens in Europe. From elegant to practical, Lamy pens have had a long tradition and reputation of excellence. Lamy is not only the market leader in Germany , it has become one of the main brands of writing instruments in the world. Lamy's are known for their great quality at an amazingly affordable price. Pen Boutique has served several thousands of customers satisfying their Lamy Pen needs and also has sponsored local schools to encourage fountain pen writing for children by donating Lamy Pens and also giving pens at subsidy FEATURED SELLER OF LAMY PENS USA
Long review: I bought this converter for the same reasons as everyone else. To use fountain pen inks from ink bottles, and to save money. The converter fits into my Lamy Safari perfectly, as it is designed to do so. The ink capacity isn't great, and if you try to fill it from an ink jar/pot it is tricky. I find that if you use a syringe it is much easier to get it filled all of the way. If you don't you get to fight with a rather annoying bubble that takes up 1/4 the capacity. My issue with the red end is purely cosmetic. It doesn't match my pen, but I guess it doesn't really matter because you can't see that part when it's inside your pen anyways. I enjoy the clear viewing window, and I haven't had any problems with staining. Cleaning is simple enough, I squirt water into it with an ink syringe when I wanna switch out colors. I took a picture of it by an empty disposable cartridge for comparison, and Im pretty sure it holds less ink. That's pretty lame, but if I wanna save the world from my share of plastic disposable cartridges taking up space in landfills then this guy will have to do.
Truthfully, I find it easier to fill the disposable cartridges using a syringe. They also hold more volume of ink.
Where these converters excel is when cleaning the pen. The converter can be used to draw water into the pen and expel it. I find this much easier than using a bulb to clean the nib.
This converter is a giant cost saver versus individual cartridges: since it lets you use bottled ink (I'm still on my first bottle after 7 months of moderate use). Crunching the numbers, bottled ink is about half the price of individual cartridges and more environmentally friendly. Price comparison: a 50 mL bottle of the Lamy ink is just under $10, or $0.2/mL. Bulk packs of T10 cartridges are (4 boxes x 5 cartridges, @ ~1.15 mL ink per cartridge, measured) are $13.31, or $0.58/mL.
The only problem is that the converter does not hold as much ink as the standalone cartridges (maybe 2/3?), so you do have to refill more frequently. The other plus side is that if you're particular about your inks or want to use something cheaper than the Lamy ink, you can use whatever you'd like.
The pen writes nicely but dries up after a few pages, and I have to open it and screw in the ink converter to make it work again. I cleaned the pen thoroughly, and the earlier converter thoroughly and noticed that the converter appeared a little clogged. Since cleaning didn't fix the issue, as a last hope I purchased this. Unfortunately the problem didn't go away.
I don't know for sure the converter is at fault here, but the fact that the ink level doesn't decrease even after writing a lot makes me suspect that the converter isn't allowing air in.
In contrast, my TWSBI Eco, and my Pilot Metropolitan write very smoothly and consistently.