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Maker: Lamy.

This pen might be thought of as a lower-end version of the rather splendid Lamy 27, or indeed a school version, as it was available with steel points.  I must admit that in the case of the example I have, I don’t see much in the way of corner-cutting apart from the relatively simple unlined cap.

I am not, I’m afraid, going to expand the currently available information on the Lamy 99 in English, which is sadly somewhat sparce.  Some general notes, then:

  • The earlier models have more rounded ends, while later were rather squared off.
  • Slip-caps appear on the earlier models, while screw-caps appear later.
  • Metal and plastic caps were both present in the early versions, but is seems that the later ones were only in plastic.

Production Run: 1962 – 1970s

Cost When New: Ads for what appear to be fairly early in the run indicate DM13.50, which at the time converted to about $3.50.  This seems an amazing bargain; however, I have been told without any details that the Deutschemark was artificially undervalued for a long time after the war, so export prices, if it was indeed exported, would have been slightly higher (probably about the same as the Parker 45, which aimed at a similar market).

Size: Older round-ended type– 13.6cm long capped, 15.8cm posted, 12.3 cm uncapped.

Point: 14K gold in some versions, steel in others.

Body:  Polystyrene.

Filler: Piston, approx. capacity 1.3 ml.

The Lamy 99; somehow, a less expensive pen than the 27.  With round ends and a screw cap, it’s (probably) mid-run.

I’m not altogether sure what that “OM” is about; it does not describe the shape of the point, at least in this pen

I assume this is a personalization, but it’s so wee.

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