Writing should be so simple that you don’t even have to think about it. The pen just slips into your hand and your thought comes out, and then you move to the next thing. LAMY make just the right sort of pen for this: unpretentious workhorses that have been designed to be used anytime, anywhere, as unobtrusively as possible.
Founded by Josef Lamy in 1930, LAMY came into its own in the ashes of post-war Germany with the LAMY 27, an innovative fountain pen that ran counter to the more ornate tastes of the day. In 1966, they followed this up by releasing the controversially minimalist LAMY 2000, designed by ex-Braun designer Gerd A. Müller. With the Safari’s release in 1980, the company had become the quintessential brand for schoolchildren and youths throughout Germany, and soon enough through most of Western Europe.
This success is due in no small part to LAMY’s particular attention to the ergonomics of their pens. Many models — but most notably the Safari — have been designed to fit readily into the hand, with well positioned grips that reduce strain around the muscles and joints in your hand. This means that it’s easy to hold them and write for long periods of time, making them ideal for uses in schools, meetings and old-fashioned letter writing.
We’re proud to stock a selection of the best LAMY designs in our shop online. You can also come and have a scribble with them in our Amsterdam store.