The LAMY AL-Star fountain pen has a close resemblance to the original LAMY Safari, but is upgraded with an aluminum body. The smooth metallic finish on the AL-Star gives it a pretty sheen and makes it very smooth and cool to the touch. The aluminum material is lightweight yet sturdy, making this fountain pen an appropriate choice as an everyday carry. LAMY AL-Star comes with a transparent grey grip section allowing you to peak into the inner workings of your fountain pen's feed and watch as the ink makes its way down from the ink cartridge/converter to the feed and nib. This is an excellent choice for any Safari lover who is looking for a fountain pen with a familiar feeling with upgraded details.