“No design writes better,” promises the famed German pen manufacturer Lamy. With countless fans to attest that claim, Lamy rose to prominence using groundbreaking techniques with molded synthetic plastics in their pens. This is most notable when very carefully inspecting Lamy pens for lines where sections meet – look long enough and you may see the very faintest of a connection point, unnoticeable to the untrained eye.
Lamy’s Foundation: The 2000 Fountain Pen
Founded in 1930 by Josef Lamy (originally a sales representative for The Parker Pen Company), Lamy pens quickly rose to prominence as one of the most modern pen manufacturers with their flagship fountain pen the Lamy 2000, first released in 1966 and still their premier pen to this day.
Made of a combination of fiberglass and brushed stainless steel known as Makrolon, the Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen is piston filled and thus can only be used with an ink bottle and not with ink cartridges. No worries though, the piston has quite a large and reliable capacity. It also has a gorgeous 14-carat gold, platinum-coated nib that is hand polished and semi-hooded to prevent ink drying when left uncapped, not to mention the spring-loaded stainless steel clip that can hold up to years of clip-on, clip-off.
Designed by Gerd Alfred Müller, the Lamy 2000 was awarded the Busse Longlife Design Prize in 1984. The 2000’s sleek design and smooth writing style has stood the test of time as it stays at the top of many a fountain pen enthusiasts’ wish lists. Just be sure not to leave it lying around the office as its refined look is sure to catch attention and it may “walk off” on its own! The innovative Lamy 2000 is so revered that it is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art and has won countless design awards. One other tip: the 2000 nibs are not marked, so keep the box you bought it in so you can always have the nib size on hand!
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
Then in 1980, Lamy created the Lamy Safari, a fountain pen for beginners and students primarily, now heralded as one of the best introductory fountain pens on the market.
Designed by Wolfgang Fabian & Bernt Spiegel, the Safari’s stainless steel Z50 nib is interchangeable with several other Lamy fountain pen collections including the CP1, AL-Star, Vista, Joy, Studio, Accent, and Logo. Some other models that are fitted with a standard Lamy steel nib can also swap out nibs, but the previously mentioned styles are the most available and used in the US. The Z50 nibs do not fit the Lamy 2000 fountain pen.
Back to the Safari though: With a shiny flexible chrome clip, the Safari is ready to travel and comes equipped with a Lamy T10 ink cartridge so you can write with it straight out of the box. You can also modify the Safari to use Lamy’s Z24 Converter, in which case you can use any bottled ink like Lamy’s T52 Bottled Ink.
Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the Safari is available in Charcoal, Blue, Apple Green, Red, and White, on EuropeanPaper.com and is designed with the writer’s comfort in mind with its molded grip section. The Charcoal Safari comes with a black coated steel nib (your choice of fine or medium nib), while the Blue, Red, and White Safaris come with a non-coated steel nib (once again, your choice of fine or medium nib).
Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen
In the late 90s, Lamy’s Al-Star line up exploded onto the scene. Also designed by Wolfgang Fabian and incased in lightweight brushed aluminum, the Al-Stars boast similar styling to the Safari. It has the same interchangeable Lamy nibs, chiseled edges for a rounded-square look, and wire grips (although the Al-Stars come in either black or chrome.) You’ll also find that the Al-Star has a slightly larger diameter and is a tad bit heavier. It also has a smoky translucent grip because, after all, an Al-Star has nothing to hide. It also accepts the Z24 converter, so you can write in your favorite Lamy T52 bottled ink: Turquoise, Blue-Black, Blue-Washable, Green, or Red.
Today, Lamy has branched into ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, mechanical pencils, and more, and is still at the forefront of pen innovation. Still made in Heidelberg, Germany, Lamy is a brand you can trust for quality, durability, and versatility.