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#1 Namo

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 07:00

My ideal pen would probably be a Lamy 2K deskpen. I think I found the next best thing....

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Lamy 99s I hope it works!! 25$... :-D

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 14:25

Nice! I think I know where you got it. Have you turned up a Lamy desk set base?


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 14:36

No base yet. But I will wait that I go back home before having the pen shipped (I am near the end of a six months vacation), so this will have to wait. And I want to see if the pen actually works first.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 15:05

OK. Wow, a six-month vacation... do you remember how to do your job?  :D  After six months away, there's a chance that I wouldn't.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 19:55

Karl's page said the 99s should fit a Parker 45/51 base.

I tested my 99s in 4 different Parker bases, and it only fit snug in 1 of the 4 bases.  The different holders a just a tiny bit different, and that makes the difference between fit and loose.  While the pen profiles look similar (P51 and 99s), I did not do a careful compare of the pen profiles to see where the difference was, but obviously the 99s is a tiny bit smaller than the Parker 51.

 

BTW, a Lamy Joy also makes a good desk pen, but without a base.  And it has the advantage of being able to easily change nibs to any of the nibs that the Safari takes, from XF to B and 1.1, 1.5 & 1.9 stub italic.  I have a Joy with a 1.1 nib, and I LIKE it.



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 06:38

OK. Wow, a six-month vacation... do you remember how to do your job?  :D  After six months away, there's a chance that I wouldn't.

 

Not a chance! All the more because what I am doing during this vacation is not far from my job. But it's so fortunate to have this kind of opportunity, just to stop and having to job related obligations... :-)

 

Karl's page said the 99s should fit a Parker 45/51 base.
I tested my 99s in 4 different Parker bases, and it only fit snug in 1 of the 4 bases.  The different holders a just a tiny bit different, and that makes the difference between fit and loose.  While the pen profiles look similar (P51 and 99s), I did not do a careful compare of the pen profiles to see where the difference was, but obviously the 99s is a tiny bit smaller than the Parker 51.
 
BTW, a Lamy Joy also makes a good desk pen, but without a base.  And it has the advantage of being able to easily change nibs to any of the nibs that the Safari takes, from XF to B and 1.1, 1.5 & 1.9 stub italic.  I have a Joy with a 1.1 nib, and I LIKE it.

Precious info, thank you so much! I am familiar with the Safari, but never tried a Joy. I suspect the grip would be a problem. As for the base: I still don't know what I will do, but it's likely I will be looking for it in antiques store. I might also try and see if a L2K might be kind of a fit for the pen.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 22:42

 

 
  Precious info, thank you so much! I am familiar with the Safari, but never tried a Joy. I suspect the grip would be a problem. As for the base: I still don't know what I will do, but it's likely I will be looking for it in antiques store. I might also try and see if a L2K might be kind of a fit for the pen.

 

The grip of the Joy is virtually the same as the Safari, so if you do not like the grip of the Safari,  you won't like the Joy.

Think of the Joy as a Safari with a longer tapered barrel/body.

 

FYI, the Joy is the same length as my Parker 51 desk pen.

 

You can find bases for P21,45,51 on eBay.  But as I mentioned, the problem is that the holders are just a tiny bit different between the one that fit and the ones that are loose.  I will take a look at my bases again, to see if I can ID something about the holder that fit vs. the other holders that did not.  Take the 99s with you to the stores to check the fit of the holder.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 06:35

The grip of the Joy is virtually the same as the Safari, so if you do not like the grip of the Safari,  you won't like the Joy.
Think of the Joy as a Safari with a longer tapered barrel/body.
 
FYI, the Joy is the same length as my Parker 51 desk pen.
 
You can find bases for P21,45,51 on eBay.  But as I mentioned, the problem is that the holders are just a tiny bit different between the one that fit and the ones that are loose.  I will take a look at my bases again, to see if I can ID something about the holder that fit vs. the other holders that did not.  Take the 99s with you to the stores to check the fit of the holder.

Thanks for the info. I really love the Safari, I have one green lime that I am using with a generous gold nib. But the grip doesn't work for me and the pen is too light for my taste - my daily is a Lamy 2000 steel with a makrolone cap.

Pen base: I'll see what I will do about that, but if the pen feels right to my hand, it may not stay sitting on my desk only. So I might have to find a cap first. Hey, I kind of like looking for that kind of stuff, and since I do have a couple of other pens I love to use, I will be in no hurry at all. Maybe I can Fons a nice vintage base on Bakelit. That would be nice!

Edited by Namo, 08 June 2014 - 06:40.

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 06:23

Well your first target is to look for a Parker 21/45/51 base.

Then test for fit.

- It should be a friction fit of the pen into the holder.

 

Be careful, I have a holder where the pen drops down onto the nib, way too loose. 

So don't just drop the pen into the holder.  On the off chance that you might have an oversize holder, you don't want to damage the nib.

 

gud luk in your hunt for a base.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 19:02

Well your first target is to look for a Parker 21/45/51 base.
Then test for fit.
- It should be a friction fit of the pen into the holder.
 
Be careful, I have a holder where the pen drops down onto the nib, way too loose. 
So don't just drop the pen into the holder.  On the off chance that you might have an oversize holder, you don't want to damage the nib.
 
gud luk in your hunt for a base.

Thanks again!! Your posts should be published as a "hunt for a base " for idiots; so much useful infos, thank you very much!!

Edited by Namo, 15 June 2014 - 19:42.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 17:26

The original base is nearly impossible to find. But the Lamy cube fits also.

 

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 19:35

Thanks, Dib, I was wonhering about thst! I am currently waiting for the pen. I had it shipped last week, so it won't be long. Back home only yesterday from Beautiful Sicily and already missing the see.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 23:40

Pense received. Tunes put to be a frankenpen frp. A 99s and a 99e. A piece of the piston was missing. Fortunately, it's 2k compatible so I did have the necessary spare. The cap of an old Parker 45 is a nice fit until I can fond a deskbase. The nib is amazing, even if it's not to OM the engravent on the barrel announces :'(

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 02:38

Too bad it isn't a 26P.

I have an OB nib that I pulled from the pen (its someplace in this room), cuz I just could not get the hang of writing with that nib. 

I replaced it with a F nib.