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#21 Bigeddie

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 17:36

Fantastic work! The 2000 is a lovely pen, I have just ordered my third. Every time I read one of these design history pieces there are new intricacies to be discovered; revelations for me were the cracks in the section without the metal threading (which one of my older pens has suffered and I am about to get repaired), and the differences in the clips on the early models.

The sections on design were wonderful. Thank you :)
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 18:00

B magazine (which documents brands) has an entire issue about Lamy. Saw it the other day in Magma Books in London, £10. The short video in the link flicks through the magazine, which is similar to those specialist Japanese magazines - someone once told me the name - that are devoted to Sailor or Nikon or Leica or whatever.

Thanks for that. I didn't know B did one on Lamy (ordered it!). There is a Lamy design book on Rakuten.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 22:08

Thank you for such a great piece. I especially enjoyed reading about the history of Lamy and your insights into the provenance of the 2000 design. The fountain pen has always been a favorite of mine, but I even more impressed now.

I hope you forward the link to Lamy.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:07

Damn. Thank you for your work. As a fan of the 2000, it was very nice to read.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:44

Fascinating and well done write up! (Calling it a review just seems inadequate)

I'm now somewhat distraught to find that not all Lamys are perfect. I confess I was ignorant to "all the complaints" about the 2000 nibs. Aargh, will the search for the perfect pen never end??

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 13:43

Man. This must be the definitive guide to Lamy 2000. Thank you for this contribution to pendom.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 13:52

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Seriously amazing work.

Now, if only there was a Lamy forum where this could be pinned...Oh wait, there is.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 14:10

Thanks so much for compiling all the exhaustive info on this pen. Saves sifting through thousands of threads...

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 15:01

excellent and comprehensive topic on Lamy 2000 :thumbup:
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 17:08

Impressive review! That's how I like them: detailed, thorough, full of information, and excellent pictures. I think certain iconic pens such the Lamy 2000, REQUIRE these kind of reviews to be present on FPN. I reckon this thread will eventually show up high in the Google search results for this pen.

The Lamy 2000 is my favorite FP. One of them has a recalcitrant EF nib, so it has been sent to John Mottishaw for repair. I won't see it for 6 months.

By the way, to add to this review's completeness, the 2000 had a pen stand, the Lamy HW69, an acrylic cube that holds two Lamy 2000 pens and giving the illusion that you've placed them frozen in an ice cube. These are really rare now.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 18:10

Amazing. I am informed and impressed. Thank you!



I reckon this thread will eventually show up high in the Google search results for this pen.


My (very scanty) knowledge on the topic says that this can be hastened if those of us with blogs or online journals post links to it. I know I intend to do so!
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 18:58

This is the best article I have read in a very long time.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 19:36

Thanks Brandon for an invaluable contribution. Awesome review, great research, well written and nicely presented. As an owner of a first generation Lamy 2000, I can say I love the pen even more now that I've read your review! :thumbup:
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 21:13

By the way, to add to this review's completeness, the 2000 had a pen stand, the Lamy HW69, an acrylic cube that holds two Lamy 2000 pens and giving the illusion that you've placed them frozen in an ice cube. These are really rare now.

If I recall correctly, there is also a black and steel version, as well.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 22:44

Very interesting read. Thanks for putting so much work into it.

I've been thinking of getting a 2000M, but would like to handle one first. I think Bruce-YVR will be getting one, though, so that'll give me the opportunity.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 23:04

Seriously amazing work.

Now, if only there was a Lamy forum where this could be pinned...Oh wait, there is.


If you're going to put this on FP geeks, I think it deserves to be a full fledged article, or series of articles!

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:32

What a review!
Like the Lamy 2000, this review raises the bar and becomes the benchmark of what other reviews will be measured by.


Makes me want to reach for one of my Lamy 2000s and start writing.....

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:50

Wow. This is a humbling review.

Research is fun when you're actually researching something you love.

I did want to point out though, there are a few typos in Part 5, specifically in the quote from the Lamy booklet for the Edition 2000.

We are (or should be) grateful to have people like you in our community who simply love collecting information and thinking and analyzing critically, not because you have to, but just for the sake of scholarship itself. My proverbial hat is off to you, my friend.
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:05

This was a pleasure to read. What a terrific piece of work.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 14:56

Superb work! We always say 'Oh Lamy - very Bauhaus, very modernist', but very few of us could quote sources the way you do here. And the comparison with Braun designs was new to me. (I wonder if anyone's done a Moholy-Nagy source compendium for the P51 - another Bauhaus link?)

Of course you've got me in trouble now as I realise there are even more variations of the wonderful Lamy 2000 out there. I personally like the Taxus a lot - I don't usually like wood pens, but the combination of warm wood colour and classical cool lines is one that I find very appealing.

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