Yes, it’s true that the Safari is a great pen for beginners, but it’s also a great pen for experienced users who have a variety of more expensive pens. Let me say this right now: you’ll be hard-pressed to find a pen that writes better and smoother than a Safari. And while I always have a MontBlanc inked and ready to go, and ditto for a Pelikan M800, (sometimes an M600,) regardless of the so-called upscale pens that I always keep with me, I always have a Lamy Safari in my pocket. I love writing with it, and the only thing better than having one Safari is having two Safaris. My opinion, the EF nib is equivalent to a Japanese M. While I do have one Safari with a F nib and one with a M nib, the rest of mine are all EF. It’s about as wide as I care to go,. Of course, YMMV.