The Lamy company began in Heidelberg, Germany in 1930. It quickly became a leading seller of fountain pens, and by the 1950's with its LAMY 27, became known for its innovative “Tintomatik” system that ensured a smooth, clean flow of ink.

The LAMY Safari was unveiled at the Frankfurt Fair in 1980, on its way to becoming the best-selling fountain pen in the world. Even now, Germans fondly remember it as the pen they used in school. The ergonomic design and sturdy workmanship of the LAMY Safari were perfectly tailored to the needs of schoolchildren, but also quickly won over many adult fans as well.