Sometimes we get asked about what the difference is between the Lamy Safari and the Al-Star. If it's someone totally new, they might just not know that the Al-Star is more expensive because it's made out of aluminum versus plastic which is the fundamental difference. Even knowing that, though, you might asking why you would get one over the other. The short answer is that it's mostly personal preference - both are great, reliable, durable, workhorse pens, and you can't really go wrong with either. To sum it up:

Safari

Al-Star

Plastic

Metal

Cheaper

More Expensive

Grip matches body

Translucent Grip

Slightly Lighter

Slightly Heavier

Different colours available

Same Nib, Cartridge, Converter

The nibs are the same on both pens, so you can interchange those, along with the nibs on the Studio, CP1s, etc. - just not on the Lamy 2000 - so the writing experience will be the same. They also all take the same proprietary Lamy cartridge or converter. Lamy Safari vs. Al-Star Comparison Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada The Safari models are above, and the Al-Star models are below. Each year, Lamy puts out a special edition Safari and Al-Star colour, and once those are sold out, they're gone "forever." Sometimes they bring them into their regular line if they're really popular, like the Matte Black Al-Star, which was a special edition but now is available regularly. 2015's Safari is the Neon Green (far right above) and Al-Star is the Copper Orange (far left below). You might notice that it seems like some of the models are slightly taller than others, but it's because the cardboard ring that prevents the cartridges from being punctured are in some of them, making them taller. They're actually all the exact same height. Lamy Safari or Al-Star Difference Comparison Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada The Al-Star is going to be a touch heavier than the Safari, and I would say it's noticeable if you're paying attention. It's not so close that you wouldn't be able to tell unless you had them beside each other for comparison, but it's not such a big difference that it becomes a deal breaker one way or the other. Lamy Safari vs. Al-Star Comparison Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada Other than the material on the body, the next biggest difference is that the grip on the Al-Stars are all translucent and the grips on the Safari will all match the colour of the barrel. Both will have the same triangular finger hold. Lamy Safari or Al-Star What's the Difference Wonder Pens blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada The LAMY brand is in the same place and looks the same on both, except on the Safari it's is debossed in, whereas on the Al-Star, the outline is engraved in.
Lamy Safari vs Al-Star Comparison Review Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada
You can interchange body parts between the Safari models or between the Al-Star models, but not between the two. The Al-Star is slightly wider than the Safari, so the parts don't quite fit, although they kind of do if you force it.  However, and more importantly, even if you mostly get the barrel on, the lid won't close on it. The Safari has a washer on the grip to help the lid close in place, but the Al-Star has the plastic lip out of the barrel, so you'll either have two plastic washers, or a gap because you won't have any washer at all. 
Lamy Safari or Al-Star Difference Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada Also, the ink window won't line up, which is a bit of an irrelevant point since you won't be able to close the lid. Lamy Safari vs. Al-Star Comparison Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada I think the inside of the Al-Star is actually a plastic casing, which is why the tops of the Al-Star show a black plastic. Again, no impact on performance, just a fun fact. And speaking of fun facts! Did you know the cardboard ring in the Safari is slightly smaller than the cardboard ring on the Al-Star? Lamy Safari or Al-Star Differences Wonder Pens blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada Back when I was in the 906 shop full time, I kept all of the rings from people who purchased their Lamy pens, but wanted to fill them up in the shop. Obviously they didn't need their cardboard ring, and usually they didn't keep the box either. After the baby, and Jon was in the shop more I discovered (gasp!) he was just throwing them out! Even though we run a pen shop, it's harder than you think to collect these, because the vast majority of people who purchase a Lamy are...just taking the pen brand-new in the box with them, and not leaving their cardboard rings behind. Jon's promised me since then he's been keeping them. One day I may make a necklace or Christmas ornament out of all of them. I haven't actually seen my collection since we've moved, but I think it must be somewhere... So why would you choose one over the other? For some people, it might be an aesthetic or feel thing - they prefer the look or feel of the metal or the plastic. Often the texture and look of the Charcoal Safari makes it very popular over the Al-Stars. It might be a colour that is available in one or the other, or they might like the way the colour looks better on either the plastic or metal. Some people choose the metal because it seems like the metal will be a more durable material in the long run, but I think the plastic on the Safari will also be very, very robust and last a long time. It's the same ABS plastic as LEGO, so you can be pretty confident you can toss your Safari at the bottom of your backpack or spill a bit of coffee on it. We had one customer who drove over her Safari, and it was still fine! I don't know if maybe the pen happened to just fit into a grove in the tire, or what, but those Safaris are built to last. Both the Safaris (except maybe the textured Charcoal Safari) and the Al-Star can be prone to a bit of scuffing and scratching over time, but the Al-Star may even get a small dent or two in the metal, and sometimes the scratches can be more visible because of the material - although this doesn't affect performance. Personally, I use both. I have a whole collection of Lamy's, but right now I'm using the Neon Lime Safari. For me, it's mostly about the colour of the pen, even though I really like the translucent section on the Al-Star. The translucence doesn't tell you any real information, like if you're about to run out of ink, but I just like the way it looks.
July 02, 2015 — wonderpens

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Thanks for reading! The Safaris & Al-Stars are some of my favourite pens. And, we’ll hope to see you in the shop soon :)

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dave said:

Nice write up on the difference between the pens. I use the Lamy safari blue, and the display rack looks lovely. Next time, I come home I will stop by your shop.

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Well, that carpenter did a great job. I think I’ll have to figure out a nice way to display my pens as well.

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He did! If you get them custom made, you can also select how many rows or how large it’s going to be. I’ve also seen some nice cigar boxes made into pen cases :)

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It is hard to keep myself from buying many of the colours. They look great a lined up and ready to be used. On a related note, where can a person get one of those wooden pen holders you have in the first two photos? Very nice.

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It is hard to resist a new Lamy sometimes!
We had the pen trays custom made to fit the inside of our glass cabinets by a local carpenter – you can contact some local carpenters who I think can do it quite easily and you can also consider how deep you want the grooves for the pens and how high/tall/long your pens are :)

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