The Lamy company has been producing their quality pens since the 1930s. In 1952, Lamy debuted the Lamy 27 pen which was their breakthrough product. You see, it had a 'Tintomatik' system that ensured a smooth and clean flow of ink and was just what pen users had been waiting for. The system was revolutionary for its time and the Lamy27 helped solidify their place as a leader in the world of writing tools. Jump forward some years to the partnership between the son of the founder, Dr. Manfred Lamy, with Gerd A. Muller, a former designer for Braun. This is where things started to get really exciting. Manfred and Braun drew inspiration from the Bauhaus design philosophy and applied clear, functional practices to the design of the pens. That philosophy led to the invention of another blockbuster, the 'Safari’ pen, in 1980. It was developed using extensive research into youth psychology – Lamy wanted to design a pen for school children which could withstand the rough-and-tumble lifestyle of this particular demographic. Designer Wolfgang Fabian created the original olive green 'Safari' fountain pen made of sturdy ABS plastic, and this is the same model of pen we carry in our shop (we also carry the rollerball version of the 'Safari’.) All Lamy pens are still made in Heidelberg, Germany where it all began.