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Best sub $200 fountain pen out there...
on August 26, 2013
There are many, many reviews of the Lamy 2000 pen available; numerous on Amazon and a plethora of them on the web proper. The pen itself has been in continuous production for almost 50 years, so you won't find a lack of information on it. My perspective on it is from a 'semi-pro' fountain pen collector standpoint; I have a myriad of Mont Blancs, Parker Duofolds, Watermans, Pelikans and other Lamys plus a few Sailors and Pilots thrown in for good measure, so while I'm certainly no expert, I do know my way around a fountain pen.
And saying that, I'll emphasize: There isn't a better sub $200 fountain pen available. It is just a darn near 'perfect' pen.
There are, of course, lots of pens available under $100; LAMY's own Safari's are typically found under $50. But with the 2000 you get three things in a perfect storm of quality that others only offer 'pieces' of:
1. Polycarbonate construction. Lexan/Makralon, call it by it's tradename but it's a form of plastic and it's extremely durable and, for me at least, extremely LIGHT to write with. This pen weighs NOTHING in the hand. If you love heavier writers, you will NOT like the 2000. If you like lighter weight pens, this one is the champion on that aspect alone.
2. Gold nib. Platinum plated gold nib, no less. Other reviews compare it to the Safari and I don't feel that fair; the Safari is a steel nib and open hood; the 2000 is gold and semi-hooded. The 2000's nib is very much 'springier' than the Safari's nib. That's a matter of personal preference, period. I LOVE the Safari in F, or EF for its ability to do fine, intricate detail work. Superlative value there, but it's still like writing with a nail. You do get used to it, but the 2000 is just better in all aspects for cursive writing and expressive writing. Lastly, the semi-hooded design allows the pen to maintain ink flow longer with the cap off.
3. Piston filler, NOT a converter pen. Nothing beats a piston filler for ink capacity. Converters give the least capacity in the LAMY line, then cartridges. But if you're tied to LAMY's PROPRIETARY cartridges, you'd better love their ink colors (unless you go to the trouble to refill them and some actually do!). A piston filler gives you easily a week to two week's worth of writing and is absolutely trouble free.
Combine these features into a pen that is less than $200 and you have a winner. The closest competitor to a LAMY 2000 is a Pelikan but you will have to look long and hard to find one near this price. And even then it won't have a semi-hooded nib or be as light as the LAMY.
All around, a classic pen that is an outstanding value.
***January 18, 2014 Update***--still stand by my review but wanted to add one thing that might help someone out. I accidentally dropped the cap of this pen (and just the cap) and it landed on a vinyl floor. Not concrete, not asphalt, not tile, a vinyl floor. Still took a divot out of the cap's lower ring. My fault, of course, but was surprised the materials used on this pen are that delicate. New cap? $40.00 from Lamy! I bought it because I was mad at myself but wanted to warn those that read these reviews...fantastic pen but don't drop it!