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    Default Lamy Imporium Review

    Not seen a review or comment thread here on the Lamy Imporium, so starting a new one to provide my views.

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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Thank you for the review. It's a pen I regularly search for but have so far not found at a good enough price to buy.
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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Iíve always wondered what makes an Imporium worthy of purchase compared with the venerable 2000.


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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Thanks for the great review!

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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Quote Originally Posted by thebenedictine View Post
    Iíve always wondered what makes an Imporium worthy of purchase compared with the venerable 2000.


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    I've had a think about this one and it also may be an excuse for a review of my 2k in a few months time. I personally think they are different pens in different target markets. The 2k is thinner, lighter (and shorter?) and I'd say actually would go up against the Pelikan M600 and Montblanc 144. For anyone just using one or a few pens then I see no point in having both, just the one you're more comfortable with. Personally I prefer the Imporium over the 2k, though the latter I got after.
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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    An interesting read, thank you. Very thorough.You donít see much mention of these pens.

    Have you ever had the chance to put your Imporium side-by-side with the original Persona model to compare? I ask because 3 years ago I was lucky enough to pick up, at a very competitive price, a mint first edition Lamy Persona Model 21 (titanium black oxide). It has an 18k nib, unlike the later run Persona & all Imporiums, which have 14k nibs (as you mentioned in your review). Itís interesting that Persona nibs are easy to remove, Š la Safari. Is that the same with the Imporium?

    Being from a very early run the pen I bought does not have the little bump roll-stop; personally I prefer that, from a design aesthetic point of view. Interestingly it doesnít seem to roll anyway....

    The one I bought doesnít have problems with the cap cross-threading when closing. The cap threads are incredibly finely engineered so perhaps with a lot of use it could become an issue? Thatís just speculation on my part though. I love that it opens with just 1/2 turn.

    The downside to the pen is its weight. Itís far too heavy for me. But I bought it for my partner & heís ok with it. It hasnít made his regular line-up though so I think would consider selling it on now.

    I must admit that, like other Lamy pens, the design leaves me cold. Whilst being a Bauhaus fan, & admiring the Lamy design ethos, for me their architectural, pared down styling doesnít translate to pen designs I personally can warm to or love using. Thereís no denying though that the Persona/Imporium is an eye-catching pen.

    Thanks again for your review.

    ps as an aside we jokingly refer to the Imporium as the Impersona :-)
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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    So, do you people think this is a better pen than the 2000?

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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Quote Originally Posted by migo984 View Post
    Have you ever had the chance to put your Imporium side-by-side with the original Persona model to compare? I ask because 3 years ago I was lucky enough to pick up, at a very competitive price, a mint first edition Lamy Persona Model 21 (titanium black oxide). It has an 18k nib, unlike the later run Persona & all Imporiums, which have 14k nibs (as you mentioned in your review). Itís interesting that Persona nibs are easy to remove, Š la Safari. Is that the same with the Imporium?
    I've come close to buying one in the same colour combination a couple of times and have regretted not doing so. I suppose I need both an early 14k and a late 18k one
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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    So, do you people think this is a better pen than the 2000?
    I'd consider them different types of pens due to size and weight. In the same way I'd suggest the Imporium is targeted at the Pelikan M800, I'd suggest the 2k is up against the M600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    So, do you people think this is a better pen than the 2000?
    For me, after looking at both, I think the 2K is better value for money in my books. I actually prefer itís styling over the Imporium. That plus the fact that here in Australia, an Imporium is at least 2.5 times the cost of a 2K at retail (which is putting it into Visconti Homo Sapiens oversized territory).


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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    So, do you people think this is a better pen than the 2000?
    The Persona, maaaybe. The Imporium, eff no.

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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    So, do you people think this is a better pen than the 2000?
    ... better? Not really. But whereas the 2000, Aion, CP1 and Safari are basically just "writers" within each of their niches, the Imporium, Scala, Studio, Accent and Dialog series are more like playful design experiments; they basically all write the same with only the gold and steel nib divide making a difference... obviously the L2k is in a class of its own as a piston-filler that doesn't use the standard LAMY nib format. If you enjoy an architectural, art deco style, the Imporiumor Persona would fit into that aesthetic a lot better than the 2000 or the Aion.

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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    I actually much prefer my Imporium to my 2k, which I've been reminded as I've leant the former to a fellow reviewer of mine from the same pen clubs and have been using my 2k instead.

    It all depends on what you prefer. The 2k is a workhorse pen, but I find it a little too small for my liking. Also the nib on the 2k is not as nice to me as the Z55 nib (a lot will be down to it's small size).
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    Default Re: Lamy Imporium Review

    I followed up Gary's review with mine (thanks for the loan!): https://ukfountainpens.com/2018/11/2...lamy-imporium/ . Funnily enough I prefer my 2000, but as Gary says the Z55 is probably a better nib.

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