Lamy 2000

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Don’t look now, but it’s another Lamy 2000 review.  If the world needed on thing it was definitely another Lamy 2000 review especially from a Johnny-Come-Lately to the pen blogging world like me.  Before we really start, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this multipart Lamy 2000 review available at the Fountain Pen Network.  It covers the Lamy 2000 from every conceivable angle and is certainly a lot more complete than the nonsense I’ll be writing here.  In fact, just look at a couple of the pictures here and head over to that FPN review (check out the reviews listed below too).

Along with a Waterman Charleston I bought years ago, the Lamy 2000 (M nib) was my entry into the world of nicer (and pricier) fountain pens.  We all know there are more expensive pens out there, but the Charleston and the 2000 were certainly the first pens I spent more than $100 obtaining.  It’s fair to say that neither pen is a daily go-to pen for me, but they definitely have sentimental value.  If I had to choose a favorite between these two early additions to my fountain pen collection, the Lamy 2000 would win going away!

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Perhaps it’s because the Lamy 2000 has been around for nearly 50 years, because when I think classic pen shapes, the 2000, first released in 1966, comes to mind.  I wonder if Lamy is planning anything special for 2016.  Seriously, is there a simpler, more iconic shape in the pen world than a Lamy 2000?  Then there’s the Markrolon (polycarbonate) material.  L…O…V…E it!  It’s lightweight (maybe a touch too light for my taste), easy to hold and the fine striations of the material give the pen a unique texture that can show classy signs of aging (check out the aforementioned FPN review to see what I mean).  Also incorporated into the body of the pen is a subtle ink window that’s so seamlessly incorporated into the overall design of the pen it’s rather difficult to photograph effectively especially in the fading light of a cloudy winter afternoon.

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And then we have the nib.  It’s a platinum-finished 14k gold semi-hooded nib that can write like a dream.  I say “can write like a dream” because you need determine if you and the 2000 nib are a good pairing.  If the nib works for you, you’ll love it.  Otherwise, despite all the other positives of the pen, you’re better off staying away.  Even though I’m a lefty and have a few quirks to my writing style, the nib works for me.  The medium nib on my Lamy 2000 is a bit on the wet side (just a bit though) and shows more line variation than any other medium nib I have.  I don’t go out of my way to induce variation but the 2000 gives just enough variability yielding a distinct look I don’t see from my other fountain pens.

Rating
Honestly, this hard for me.  While I love the design, material and generally enjoy the writing experience, I have to say that the Lamy 2000 is a “Desk It” pen for me.  I need to be sitting at a desk with fairly ideal posture to get the pen to write consistently and in a way I enjoy  This isn’t a pen that works for me when jotting notes in a Field Note memo while walking down the hall.  However, if I’m at my desk and have the time and space to write carefully, the Lamy 2000 gives a smooth ride.  It’s not an everyday carry pen so much as it’s a let’s-sit-down-and-play-with-the-Lamy-2000 sort of pen.  Before I finish, I should mention that the piston mechanism of my Lamy 2000 stopped working at some point; I probably overtightened the piston’s screw.  I sent the pen to the Lamy USA affiliate in Connecticut where it was fixed for free and returned to me in about two weeks.  So, should you get one?  Probably, but take it for a test drive before consummating the relationship.  Speaking of test drives…

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Analogy
Do you collect classic cars?  Neither do I.  But, if I did collect classic cars I might tell you that the Lamy 2000 is like my 1966 Ford Mustang.  I know, I should be referencing a German car, but look I’m American and I know jack-squat about classic cars.  Even if you don’t know cars you do know what a mid- to late- ’60s Ford Mustang looks like because they have a characteristic and simple style much like the Lamy 2000.

The following reviews all came from just the first page of a Google search.  In other words, there are a boat load of Lamy 2000 reviews as you might expect for such a classic.
Fountain Pen Network (THE Lamy 2000 review)
Pen Addict (a long and sordid tale with a happy ending)
FP Geeks (“glowing” would describe this review)
Ed Jelley (another glowing review with Ed’s characteristic simple/clean pictures of this iconic pen)
Tyler Dahl (the glow continues)
From The Pen Cup (the word “love” is used three times in the last paragraph of this review)

Another gratuitous pen and ink collage:

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