FPGeeks ScoreCard Lamy 2000

Review Specificaitons

Lamy 2000 Capped

 

Pen Class: Standard ($100 to $199)
MSRP: $195.00
Street Price:: $156.00

Body Material: Fiberglass (Black) and Brushed Stainless Steel
Nib Material: Platinum Coated 14k Gold
Nib Size: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad
Cap Type: Slip/Snap On/Off
Post-able: Yes
Filling Mechanism: Piston
Ink Capacity: 1.0 ml / 0.034 oz
Overall Weight: 25 g / 0.88 oz
Cap Weight: 10 g / 0.35 oz
Body Weight: 15 g / 0.53 oz
Overall Length Capped: 140 mm / 5.51 in
Overall Length Posted: 154 mm / 6.06 in
Body Length (not including nib): 118 mm / 4.65 in
Nib Length: 7 mm / 0.28 in
Body Length (including nib): 125 mm / 4.92 in
Cap Diameter w/o Clip: 14 mm / 0.55 in
Cap Diameter w/Clip: 16 mm / 0.63 in
Body Diameter at Ink Window: 13.5 mm / 0.53 in
Body Diameter at Blind Cap End: 8 mm / 0.32 in

If this pen were a movie, it would be…

Magnus Opus (2003)

Review Dealer Prep

 Eric: 6.75 – As with the Lamy Studio, the Lamy 2000 is presented with an outer sleeve of heavy, grayish paper. Removing that sleeve reveals a high-quality, cardboard, tri-fold box that proudly displays the LAMY name on a silver colored plastic plate. The cardboard box is light black in color and has very nice ribs, giving it a corduroy feel. Opening the tri-fold box reveals the instruction/catalog leaflet and the warranty policy. Under those items you’ll find the pen itself in one of the “valleys” created by the zig-zag positioning of the box’s floorboard.

The box is well designed and I like it. I like it quite a bit.

Lamy 2000 Box Open

Dan: 7 – It’s always refreshing when a pen doesn’t come in the typical clamshell style box. Thankfully Lamy takes a different approach to their packaging. Once the outer sleeve is removed the black, corrugated-like cardboard, tri-fold style box can be opened to reveal the pen. Also included in the box is the warranty and pamphlet that includes all of Lamy’s current pens on one side and operating instructions on the other.

This is where you will first experience Lamy’s attention to detail. There’s a distinct black and silver theme to their packaging. Four of the outside surfaces are black with both sides being silver, providing a very nice contrast. The Lamy logo on the top of the box that holds the lid closed is also silver. The manual and warranty papers are even printed on matching silver paper. Lamy did a great job of making the packaging attractive, compact, and functional.

Review Filler Up

Eric: 8.25 – The Lamy 2000 has a great piston filling system. I find the turning knob a bit too tapered, but understand that it must be so for the pen’s overall design lines. Anything else would be out of place. My favorite “feature” of the Lamy 2000 filling system is that it makes flushing/cleaning fun – something you’ll rarely hear me say. In the section, just under the nib, is a small hole. When filling / emptying the pen, ink or water is drawn in and expelled via this hole. When flushing the pen with water at the sink, I can turn the piston knob quickly enough to turn the pen into a mini water pistol. It may be childish to find this fun and amusing, but believe me, anything that helps make pen cleaning more enjoyable is a blessing.

Dan: 8.75 – The Lamy 2000 features one of the best pistons I’ve ever used. It has a long stroke to hold plenty of ink and a smooth action. The piston knob is large and the texture of the pen makes it incredibly easy to get a good grip on. This specific Lamy 2000 is the fourth one I’ve owned. As far as I can remember, the piston in all my previous Lamy 2000s felt just as good as this brand new one. I’ve never had any issues with the piston either. It’s my favorite filling system on one of my favorite pens.

Review Test Drive

Eric: 7.25 – My Lamy 2000 Test Drive was nice, but could have been better. I experienced many hesitant starts, which tend to drive me bonkers. My pen has a Broad nib and I made a concerted effort to find and always use the “sweet spot.” Even with that concentrated use, hesitant starts were common. And having to pay very close attention to how the pen is rotated in relation to the paper takes nearly all the fun out of writing. When the pen was not being hesitant, it was quite fun to use. I’m relieved that this Awesome Review is ending because I cannot wait to have this nib turned into something more exciting than a broad, wet, hesitant starter.

Dan: 9 – This Test Drive brought back so many great memories of my previous Lamy 2000s. Posting the cap and letting the pen settle into my hand was one of those refreshing “Ahhhh” moments. I filled it with Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-ryoku (deep forest green) and started scribbling like a madman painting the page with ink from the Broad nib. It was a great feeling. The same feeling that I remember experiencing from all my other Lamy 2000s.

Review Under the Hood

Lamy 2000 Nib Top View

Eric: 7.75 – I make no secret of the fact that I am not a huge fan of hooded nibs. The Lamy 2000 sports a hooded nib, but as with the tapering of the piston turning knob, I think the hooded nib is necessary for the overall design lines of this pen. In fact, I’d go so far as to say a non-hooded nib on this pen simply wouldn’t look good.

Unlike other pens in the Lamy line-up (Safari, Al-Star, etc.), the nib on the Lamy 2000 is not “hot swappable.” But it does score points by being 14k gold and platinum coated. Lamy nibs have the reputation of being on the wide side. If you prefer a Fine nib, many would advise that you use a Lamy Extra Fine. My pen has a Broad nib and while it’s certainly a broad Broad, I’m not sure I’d call it a Double Broad.

Lamy 2000 Nib Bottom View

Dan: 8.75 – Lamy isn’t known for making a nib in the traditional shape that most other fountain pens use. The Lamy 2000 features a hooded nib design that’s more similar to a vintage Aurora 88 than a Parker “51”. I really like the shape of the 14k gold nib and I like its performance even more. I’ve never had anything other than a great writing experience with any of the Lamy 2000s that I’ve owned. The Broad nib in this particular pen is especially smooth and a little on the wet side. I definitely plan on turning this into a juicy stub.

I absolutely love that the section is the same texture as the rest of the pen. It really helps you keep a good grip on the pen when there’s any moisture or oils on your fingers. Between the section and the body are two small tabs that protrude out that the cap attaches to. There’s nothing more controversial on this pen than these little tabs. People refuse to use the Lamy 2000 because of them. They don’t bother me and I would opt for those tabs over threads any day.

Review Performance

Eric: 7 – The hesitant starts of my Lamy 2000 with Broad nib aggravate me no end. Not just because hesitant starts are frustrating in general, but also because I truly wanted to give the Lamy 2000 a higher score in this category. I will say that the Broad nib seems to prefer being used for printing instead of cursive. When printing block letters, hesitant starts are few and far between, but still there. The flow of my Lamy 2000 is what I would call very wet. It’s too wet for my tastes, but that is correctible. If I ignore all hesitant starts, the pen performs very nicely. But really now, who can ignore hesitant starting between words? Something in my mind tells me that the hesitancy is somehow related the Broad sized nib. I imagine that other nib widths are not quite so finicky.

Dan: 8.75 – I was in sort of a euphoric state while doing the Test Drive because it had been so long since I’ve used a Lamy 2000 and it really is one of my favorite pens. Because of that euphoric state I was in doubt I would have been able to see any shortcomings or annoyances the 2000 had. After a few weeks with the pen I can say that there really aren’t any with this pen. I was expecting the Broad nib to be a little more stubbish than it is, but can’t really complain too much. After all, I chose the Broad so I could grind it into a Stub anyway. The nib is incredibly smooth and glides across the paper, but not in that uncontrollably smooth kind of way. The nib writes pretty wet, which is great for me and those who like it that way, but I think it’s too wet to try to accommodate everyone, if that’s even possible.

Review Design Notes

Eric: 9.25 – From a design standpoint, the Lamy 2000 really made me consider whether or not any pen could ever receive a perfect 10 as a score in this category. There is very, very little that can be complained about regarding the Lamy 2000 design. As the Lamy website says, the Lamy 2000 is a work of art that “still works for a living.”

Somehow, the pen strikes me as both modern and a bit retro. It’s amazing that the pen is quickly approaching it’s 50th birthday yet still looks like something that could have been designed last week. This really is a pen that you could have framed and hung on the wall! If I were forced to complain about something, I could name only two items. Firstly, I’d like to see the ink window either slightly larger or gone completely. Secondly, the small tabs on the pen that hold the cap are out of place. I prefer them to the obvious alternative of threads, but they still annoy me, probably a bit more than they should only because without them, the pen might just get a 10 in this category.

Dan: 9.75 – The Lamy 2000 was designed by Gerd A. Müller, who also designed the Lamy cp1, the st, and the unic. I keep forgetting that the 2000 was designed and first manufactured in 1966 because the design seems like something that should have come about just a few years ago. I think it’s a timeless design and will continue to look great for generations to come.

The Lamy 2000 is constructed of fiberglass and stainless steel with a wonderful brushed finished all over the pen. The fiberglass makes it a very light pen, which is great for long writing sessions, and the brushed finish creates a texture that makes it very easy to keep a solid grip on the pen. Also, because of the finish, it hides the seam between the piston knob and barrel very well. I remember the very first time a friend showed me the Lamy 2000 and I was shocked when he operated the piston because I had no idea it was there. The seam was invisible to me even after having handled it!

I’m a huge fan of the solid stainless steel, spring-loaded clip. It’s beautiful. It has a low profile. And it just works. I have no problem slipping it over the thick edge of my jeans pocket and the spring is strong enough to securely hold it wherever I place it. The cap closure system is probably my favorite thing about this pen. I love that there are no threads on the section and the slip cap system makes it quick and easy to get to the nib and start writing. To keep the cap in place are two metal tabs between the section and barrel that stick out just a tiny bit. For some, that tiny bit is enough to prevent them from using this pen. But not me. I don’t even notice them.

Having removed the cap, you’re now in full view of the section and nib. And what a sight it is! I love the look of the semi-hooded nib and the contrast of the stainless steel part of the section. I often wonder what the pen would look like if the section was all black like the rest of the pen but I think Lamy made the right choice. I don’t think I have to say it, but I really, really, really like the design of the Lamy 2000.

Review Detailing

Lamy 2000 Uncapped

Eric: 9.75 – What amazing attention to detail! Aside from a small item hidden on the underside of the clip, I can find absolutely no remnant of the Lamy 2000’s manufacturing process left on the pen. We all know that the devil is in the details and Lamy has, without a doubt, tamed that devil. It’s likely an absolute impossibility, but if the nearly invisible seams between the turning knob / barrel and barrel / section could be made undetectable, this score would be perfect.

Dan: 9.5 – I hate to say this, but there’s really nothing to complain about here. There aren’t any injection molded parts on the Lamy 2000 so finding any flashing is impossible. I’m not sure how the fiberglass cap and barrel are constructed but there are no visible seams anywhere. Heck, even the seams between the section/barrel and barrel/piston knob are nearly invisible. I couldn’t find any rough edges on the clip or cap lip. The cap post securely and when capped it doesn’t budge at all, unlike the Studio. I suppose, if you really want to get picky (which we tend to do here) I could complain about the silver dot on the end of the piston knob. It looks to be slightly off center by just a fraction of a millimeter. I haven’t actually measured it, but it looks that way.

Review 21 Minute Road Trip

Eric: 7 – Within the first five minutes of the Test Drive, I managed to convince my brain to simply ignore any and all hesitant starts. I really am willing to say that my particular writing style, which is cursive, would be better suited to any Lamy 2000 nib other than the Broad. Once I “turned off” my hesitant start monitor, the Test Drive was extremely nice. I never experienced a skip or even a hint of a skip. The weight of the pen, both posted and non-posted, feels wonderful in my hand.

I did find that the rotation of the pen in my fingers was somewhat difficult to control, which likely explains my problem with the nib. The pen seemed to easily twist between my fingers unless I applied both a strong grip and much concentration. Switching to a nib other than the Broad will hopefully eradicate the hesitancy I encountered and perhaps make the rotational variances while writing a non-issue as well.

Dan: 9.25 – I’ve used this pen a lot in the past so I knew what to expect and couldn’t wait for the Road Trip to start. The Broad nib was a little large for my preference but I plan on turning it into a stub, which will suit me perfectly. Using this pen was like driving along the coast with the top down, hitting every green light, and not running into traffic. It was pure bliss and one of those moments you wish would last forever. Thankfully, with the Lamy 2000 you can at least recreate that moment whenever you like. It was seriously that good for me. I didn’t get any fatigue during the trip and was able to hold onto the pen very well due to its texture, even with some moisture on my hand from the condensation off my Jones soda bottle.

One thing that I wished was different about the 2000, and I don’t remember thinking this before, was that I would like the cap to be a little heavier. I like pens to be a little more back-weighted but the way the pen is now probably suites many more people. Regardless of it’s weight distribution, I sailed past the 21 minute mark with ease. I looked up for a second to think about what I was going to write and noticed I had gone over by 5 minutes. It’s a good thing I wrote down what time I started the Road Trip so that I could verify that I had been writing for 26 minutes.

Review The Checkered Flag

Pros:
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General Awesomeness
Design
A Museum Piece in your Hand
Cons:
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Zero Color Options
Nib Widths may be Wider than Expected
May Ruin you for All Other Pens

Famous Last Words:

Eric: If for some strange and unthinkable reason, you were forced to live with only one fountain pen, the Lamy 2000 might very well be the perfect choice. On the other hand, if your fountain pen collection consists of more than one pen – and you are not diametrically opposed to hooded nibs – then the Lamy 2000 deserves a place not only in your collection, but in your rotation.

Dan: This is probably one of my top three pens of all time. When someone asks me for a recommendation for a pen over a $100 I always say the Lamy 2000. Heck, I’d say the same thing if that person had a $1000 to spend! This is truly a great pen and you need to do whatever you can to add one to your collection.


This pen was purchased for review.

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  • Minislot

    An absolute god among pens!
    I really do like it, and may consider buying one the next time I fall into some money.
    The one critique I would give it is the lack of colours,nothing garish but a Sage Green,Deep Red,Or Navy Blue could really make it turn into even more of a living legend.
    Still hard you buy this at the same time you could buy a P51.

    • Minislot

      Sorry; I meant ‘Still hard to comprehend that you could’.

  • http://wwww.justdaveyb.com JustDaveyB

    Your nib sizes only went to Broad – Don’t they still make a double broad?

    • http://www.gouletpens.com Rachel Goulet

      If they do, it’s not imported into the US.

      • http://fpgeeks.com Eric Schneider

        Lamy’s German site, however, does list Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, Double Broad, Oblique (beveled) Medium, Oblique Broad, and Oblique Double Broad.

        Let’s all plan a trip to Oktoberfest and pick up some nibs while we’re at it! =)

    • Jolanda

      No unfortinately there are no BB nibs for Lamy……

  • Monketah

    I’ve purchased a Lamy factory OM nib through the U.S. distributor in Connecticut. Runs about $50.00.

  • http://roossinck.wordpress.com Stiggy Ray Cyrus

    Great review of a fantastic pen, fellas.

    (However, if it’s a squirt gun you’re after, Eric, go for a properly restored Snorkel. They’ll get at least five or six feet when they’re fresh!)

    • Will Platt

      Yeah…..

      If I end up with a Lamy 2k and a snorkel at the same time,
      I will make a WATERFIGHT showdown!!!!! No joke :)

  • Lee Smallwood

    I love this pen so much I sought out some vintage Lamy piston fillers before buying one to make sure I liked the general pen design. After buying a Ratio, a second Ratio, and a 99, I finally bought one. The 2000 surpasses them all (though I don’t have a 27).

    I will say my understanding of this nib style, that of the Parker 45, and the vintage Aurora 88 is that the style is known as a semi-hooded nib. I prefer an open nib in general, but I could not imagine anything as sublime as my juicy broad that in reality seems more like a double broad stub nib. My only complaint is the lack of color options because it’s hard for me to justify owning more than one when I can’t purchase it in different shades!

  • Andrea Kirkby

    That’s a super review. One thing you guys do that I really value is to give the RRP and the street price as well – there is often a real mismatch. Not so much in the case of Lamy.

    I can’t believe that design is 50 years old! Isn’t it marvellous! Like the Little Black Dress, I don’t think the Lamy 2000 will ever go out of date.

  • Herman van Corbach

    This pen is a true classic and a great performer. I have one for two years now and it has never left my daily rotation. It has my best nib next to my Edison Nouveau Premiere (steel M).

  • Tony Bee

    I bought this pen – M nib – in February before the supposed price increases from Lamy. I immediately thought it was a exceptional pen. It was as smooth as glass on any paper I used. I loved it.

    This past weekend I went to the Baltimore pen show and had Pendleton Brown give the nib some character. An elegant stub with panache is what he called it. Now… I LOVE IT

  • Kevin

    The Lamy 2000 was one of my first fountain pens, a daily writer at work before alas … the nib was damaged and I paid it forward after a regrind.

    I then went through a series of bold nibbed Lamy 2000’s both dip testing and then purchasing one. ALL of them had issues as you describe with hesitant starting and occasional skipping. Ink choice and paper did make a difference and on closer examination, determined it was a ‘baby bottomed’ nib. Wonderfully stubbish in grind but irritating also with how it wrote. I managed to fix it with a bit of micromesh but this is certainly not a DIY repair for the average FP user. Thankfully, my secretary accidentally threw it out.

    I am now on a perfectly writing Lamy ‘F’ 2000 … with the modern day metal nib section unit. Lovely writer. Perfect. No skips. I strongly recommend the EF and F nibs having used both previously. Often my go-to work pen, it is starting to develop a patina (I miss my first one). The ergonomics, piston filler and design / durability make it an almost perfect pen. A lot cheaper too! Yes, I prefer my Montblanc 146 but I reach for my Lamy 2000 first when I go to work.

    I purchased from Goulet (no affiliation) and am a very happy repeat customer of Brian & Rachel Goulet.

  • http://www.pretenseofknowledge.com/ Chris Meisenzahl (@speedmaster)

    I REALLY regret selling my 2K, need to buy another one day. One of the all-time classic best pens.

  • Attila

    I have an EF L2k for a while and I love it!
    Smooth and reliable writer. I LOVE the design, the feel…everything about it!
    I have even thought about getting an other EF just in case :P

  • Ryan

    You guys should review the Pilot Vanishing Point next! preferably the matte black one!

  • sharkync

    What I don’t understand – if you find a pen such as the Lamy 2000 that you positively love, why would you use anything else? I can understand special circumstances but not on a daily basis. Variety may be the spice of life – but I usually dance with the girl that brought me…

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  • Fiona Cameron

    I bought one on ebay, M nib, arrived today, and unfortunately I’m straight into the ‘hesitant start’ mode. The pen itself is in excellent condition, barely used. Once it gets going, it’s fine (though, as has been observed above) a much wetter writer than any of my other pens. Any tips, anyone, on getting the damn thing to start every time?

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