This most exciting and stylish pen range…. Lamy Pens
C Joseph Lamy started making fountain Pens in 1930 under the Orthos brand after working for the Parker Pen company.
It wasn’t until 1952 that the company became known as Lamy, the same time as the iconic piston filling Lamy 27 was introduced, which, with its’ distinctive, Parker 51 style became a best seller. It was produced in a variety of styles from the cheaper all plastic models to the more expensive ones with rolled gold caps and appeared to take it’s styling cues from the Parker 51 with the semi hooded nib. It was the first of their pens to compete in the price territory of Pelican and Mont Blanc.
Although its’ style wasn’t unusual, the Tintomatic feed system was quite unique in that it made the ink flow insensitive to temperature, still a problem with Fountain Pens of the day and it could also cope with changes in air pressure, becoming ever more important with the increase in air travel.
Other practical benefits being easily changed nibs, reduced drying of the nib because of the semi hooded design, solid build quality and enhanced ink storage capacity.
The Lamy 27 continued in production until 1966 when the revolutionary Lamy 2000 Pen was introduced, the first product of the new design era. This was brought about by Dr Manfred Lamy, who, having just taken over leadership of the company from his father, selected Gerd Muller, one of the leading advocates of the Bauhaus movement to spearhead the new styles.
Dr Manfred had a clear vision for the company and the introduction of the Lamy 2000 Pen was its’ first statement of intention. The inherent quality of its’ design and build quality was proven by it’s incredible staying power, being manufactured for over 40 years. The fountain Pen was quickly followed by a ball point and mechanical pencil to build on its’ success.
A number of other pens followed such as the 81 and 99, but the most well- known was the
Lamy Safari Pen, brought out in 1980 and aimed firmly at the younger market. Again, this is a revolutionary design and is a supremely practical pen, quite outside the square. They have brilliant nibs, comfortable shaped gripping sections and clips of real strength. The nib is ideal for developing writing, smooth but not too slippery, with just sufficient grip to enable proper letter and word formation.
Another more recent major has been the introduction of the Lamy Studio Pen . I recently bought one and am mightily impressed. It is quite a heavy Fountain Pen at over 30gms but beautifully balanced and the same stainless steel nib as in the Safari is a joy to use. Quite long as well, 165mm posted, 140mm capped. The pen, fitted with a converter, also has a very stylish, strong and practical clip.
Mine is fitted with a broad nib, for which I have a preference and it puts down a good line, a little wet as would be expected.