1966. 52. 1. What are these numbers about? Well, 1966 is the year the Lamy 2000 first appeared. That’s 52 years ago. It wasn’t until 1 month ago that I got a Lamy 2000 (Lamy 2K or 2K as I’m being lazy) fountain pen. (I also have the 4-pen multisystem pen; that’s another review.)
I’m going to say this up front. The Pelikan M800 is my favorite pen. This pen didn’t change that opinion. The 2K is a good pen, and deserves consideration for a daily use pen.
The 2K has some notable strong points, those include the material, filling window, clip, snapcap, piston filler, good availability, and moderate price. The body and cap are made mainly from Makrolon®, a high-performance thermoplastic; it’s not a fiberglass as many have stated. This stuff has exceptional impact resistance. There is no mass produced pen that uses a plastic as tough as the Lamy 2K. The front portion of the pen is brushed stainless steel. The body also contains an ink window, nice feature that prevents guessing about how much ink is left. The clip is solid metal, and pivots into the cap by what I believe is a spring mechanism. Snapcaps are loved by some, hated by others, but they are great when your going for speed, or one handed uncapping. I prefer pens with piston fillers. While this isn’t the best or smoothest piston filler I’ve used, it certain works. I couldn’t imagine or let alone recommend this pen if it was a cartridge / converter setup. Lamy 2Ks are available from all the major pen sellers. You don’t have to look far to find them new or used. It’s not a cheap / inexpensive pen, used $80-$100, new around $150. With sales and special offers, I’ve seen them as low as $110 new.
Plenty of strong points to note. So now for the negatives, or more like the negative. It’s a big one, the hooded 14k nib. Lamy 2Ks have a widely know reputation for inconsistent nibs. Common issues, flow, tines not aligned, and small sweet spot for tipping. Don’t let a bad nib stop you from liking any pen. Either tune the nib yourself, or use a nibmeister.
My first 2K came from Dan Smith. Instead of the standard nib inspection and tune, I went with a full regrind. My Lamy 2K is a medium cursive italic. Great nib size, and smoothness, perfect for my letter writing. My second Lamy 2K is an extra fine (EF). The EF nib needed some tuning. It was a bit on the dry side, and had the small sweet spot that most 2Ks have. The EF was easy for me to adjust; about 3 minutes for tuning.
The Lamy 2000 is now in my rotation. A pen that can take abuse, and a pen that I don’t mind abusing more than my other pens. (I treat my pens very well.) Looking for a pen that isn’t flashy, this is it. Looking for a pen that is tough, this is it. Looking for, well, a pen you won’t have to look everywhere to find, this is it. If you do decide on one, consider getting it from a dealer that can check and tune the nib.
As with all my reviews, I purchased the pens with my own funds, and this is not associated with anyone else. The Lamy 2000 EF was won in a contest.