I’ve wanted to talk about the Lamy 2000 fountain pen for quite some time. This is not a new pen by any means, as most people in the fountain pen community are aware. Yet with so many new pen collections being created, it’s easy to overlook such a gem. The Lamy 2000 fountain pen dates back to 1966, and maintains its status as a timeless classic. Over the last decade Lamy created special editions of the 2000. Not to mention the regular editions they released of the 2000 in other finishes. While the entire 2000 collection (in steel and macrolon) is also available in rollerball, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil (one of the best mechanical pencils on the market), I’m looking forward to exploring the fountain pen with you.
First of all, you may be familiar with the aircraft grade macrolon material which comprises this pen. It’s incredibly sturdy, and has a subtle texture that isn’t intrusive to the touch. This lightweight material is truly comfortable to hold. Both the macrolon and the brushed stainless steel front section near the nib are not slippery. The lines on this fountain pen are so sleek and seamless that you really have to look carefully to see where the piston meets the barrel. Even where the grip section meets the barrel is flush with each other.
As I just casually mentioned a piston, that is worth exploring more. The piston filling mechanism on the Lamy 2000 fountain pen is smooth and easy to use. It draws in ink so effectively to the barrel, allowing for maximum ink storage.
Last but not least is the nib. This is actually my favorite part of this whole pen. Even though I usually am not the biggest fan of hooded nibs, this one stands apart from the rest. A significant amount of the nib is exposed for slightly more “give” as you increase pressure onto paper. Another bonus is that the nib is made of 14k gold. And as I mentioned in my review of the Pilot E95S (you can see it here), it is not common to find a gold nib below $300 these days (the Lamy 2000 fountain pen has an MSRP of $249). But wait, it gets even better. The nib options are more than just extra fine, fine, medium, and broad. It extends to double broad, and (special order for these) oblique medium, oblique broad, and oblique double broad. I’m looking forward to having one of each nib size in my collection for sure.
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