|WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW|
|Nib Material||14k gold|
|Dimensions||Capped Length: 138.5mm
Posted Length: 153.8mm
Uncapped Length: 123.8mm
Section Ø: 6.6-11.6mm (front of section to section/barrel seam)
Barrel Ø:13.2-7.9mm (widest point to end of piston knob)
|Notes||For more info on the Lamy 2000 family please read Lamy 2000 and the Origins of Lamy Design|
|Price||MSRP $395, Street $300|
When we first heard the news that Lamy would be producing a new stainless steel version of the 2000 we were ecstatic. Lamy was finally going to produce a pen similar to the Limited Edition 2000 that would be readily available. Then we saw the price and were brought back down to reality. The initial images showed an all metal pen, even the section, which differed from the LE 2000, no ink window, and no tabs for the cap to attach to. We though Lamy had redesigned the cap closure system, which made many jump for joy, but soon found out it was just photo-magic trickery. Now that we’ve had plenty of time to use the new Lamy 2000M we can give you our thoughts on it and whether or not it’s a worthy successor to the original 2000.
The Lamy 2000M is a substantial pen. While nearly the exact same dimensions as the 2000, the 2kM is more than twice as heavy! The increase in weight has caused some concern for a lot of users who were so enamored by the 2000. I’ve discovered that the increase in weight does have some drawbacks, but it hardly renders the pen unusable. While I can use it for short notes quite comfortably, writing just half an A4 page can be fatiguing. This does become more manageable if not posting the cap, but then it reduces the imprint in my hand making it just large enough to use comfortably. I really do think the 2000 has the best combination of size and weight, not just between these two pens but of all pens. If you do happen to prefer a very heavy pen then you’ll be happy to know that the cap will stay securely in the posted position.
One redeeming factor of the 2kM is the sheer pleasure it brings just from holding it. The texture applied over every inch of the pen, except the clip, is very similar to that of the Makrolon 2000. It gives the 2kM a more matte finish and an excellent feel! This is one metal pen that I don’t mind using and actually have very little issue with concerning grip.
Also, the shape is just delightful. A completely smooth transition from section to barrel makes finding the perfect grip position easy and frustration-free. The little “ears” on each side of the section that hold the cap on have never bothered me and I sincerely feel sorry for those of you who refuse to use this pen because of them. You’re really missing out on a great writing instrument.
The piston operates smoothly, but the piston knob doesn’t blend into the barrel as well as on the 2000. There’s no ridge and I can’t feel the seam, but I can see it. “So what!”, you may say, but I remember the first time I encountered the 2000 and was shocked when my friend operated the piston because I had no idea it was there. And this was after having handled it! Moving to the opposite end of the pen, the polished, solid stainless steel clip subtlety contrasts the cap. Just like on the 2000, the clip here is spring loaded, easy to operate one-handed, and stays wherever I happened to place it.
The 14k gold Fine nib is good. Not great, not bad, but good. It’s as rough as it can be without being scratchy, and that may just be due to a misaligned tine. One thing’s for sure, I’ll definitely be giving the nib a smoothing. Otherwise, the writing experience has been great. The feed supplies a consistently wet flow of ink and when combined with the generously sized Fine nib, creates more of a medium line. The nib does provide some line variation but it’s nowhere near what I would call flexible or even semi-flexible. It’s a soft nib that provides some line variation when moderate pressure is applied to the down stroke, but that’s it.
Is the metal version of the magnificent Makrolon Lamy 2000 so much better that it deserves such an increase in price? In a single word, no. If you’re looking for a pure writing experience the 2kM will be worse for most people. The metal construction certainly warrants an increase in price since I’m sure it costs more to manufacture, but many feel it’s way overpriced. I think it has the same percentage of markup that other Lamy pens have but without actual numbers we’ll never know.
So what’s the point of producing this pen if it’s so much more expensive and the writing experience isn’t as good? Well, for one, it’s always good to have options. Just because it doesn’t appeal to you, doesn’t mean it won’t appeal to others. Two, it fills the void for many people who’ve wanted a Limited Edition 2000 but have been unable to find one (like me) or pay the ridiculous amount some collectors have been asking. This pen isn’t for everyone and to most people I’d recommend they buy two 2000′s, or a 2000 and VP, or a…you get the picture. However, I’m very happy with my purchase; it just won’t be the pen I reach for when I need to take pages of notes or write a letter.
This pen was purchased for review.