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#1 DJJM9598

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 20:59

I like the Lamy 2000 very much, and here is my review:

Appearance and design: A very conservative pen with almost nothing shiny on it at all, except for the semi-hooded nib. (Check out the pictures at the bottom of the page) The design is very simple. I think the simplicity is nice, but that is just my opinion. 5 5/16 inches capped, 6 inches posted, a little short or 5 inches without the cap.

Comfort and durability: The simple design fits very well into my hand, and the brushed stainless makes for a great grip. The material it is made out of is super durable, does not scratch, and does not show fingerprints. It is the perfect everyday pen. I usually do not post on any pen but my mini-Vac, and I do not post on this one.

Filling System: I personally like piston-fillers and piston converters. This pen holds a lot of ink (2.67mL, I measured) and lasts a long time. However the piston is a little tight and slow moving compared to the piston in my MB149. The ink view window is quite small, but is easy to use nonetheless. Breather hole is behind the hooded nib.

Nib performance: I bought this in a fine, and as most Lamys are, it is thicker than the average fine. The nib writes very smooth, not to dry and not to wet, more wet than dry though. Hold on to the box it came in because there is no marking on the pen as to the thickness! I currently have it filled with a beautiful wine colored ink that I made by mixing some Parker Green with MontBlanc Bordeaux.

Price: At around $100 this is the best pen in the price range. I love it and I could not have spent my money in any better way.

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#2 Robert Alan

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 19:22

Thanks for the nice review. One of my favorite fountain pens is my L2K with medium nib. It was made in "West Germany" and it has been in, nearly, constant service since the early 1980s (a good investment).
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 22:03

QUOTE (DJJM9598 @ Jun 5 2009, 09:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the Lamy 2000 very much, and here is my review:

Appearance and design: A very conservative pen with almost nothing shiny on it at all, except for the semi-hooded nib. (Check out the pictures at the bottom of the page) The design is very simple. I think the simplicity is nice, but that is just my opinion. 5 5/16 inches capped, 6 inches posted, a little short or 5 inches without the cap.

Comfort and durability: The simple design fits very well into my hand, and the brushed stainless makes for a great grip. The material it is made out of is super durable, does not scratch, and does not show fingerprints. It is the perfect everyday pen. I usually do not post on any pen but my mini-Vac, and I do not post on this one.

Filling System: I personally like piston-fillers and piston converters. This pen holds a lot of ink (2.67mL, I measured) and lasts a long time. However the piston is a little tight and slow moving compared to the piston in my MB149. The ink view window is quite small, but is easy to use nonetheless. Breather hole is behind the hooded nib.

Nib performance: I bought this in a fine, and as most Lamys are, it is thicker than the average fine. The nib writes very smooth, not to dry and not to wet, more wet than dry though. Hold on to the box it came in because there is no marking on the pen as to the thickness! I currently have it filled with a beautiful wine colored ink that I made by mixing some Parker Green with MontBlanc Bordeaux.

Price: At around $100 this is the best pen in the price range. I love it and I could not have spent my money in any better way.



Agree with the review, good pictures. Mines an XF. Only just received a replacement. The first one went back to Lamy due to a faulty nib - quality control issues with Lamy 2000s?

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 02:17

My 'goto' pen, the one that never fails no matter what the paper.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 02:22

If you take out the nib section there is usually a marking stating the nib size.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:49

I recently bought one, due to the positive reviews here in FPN and the history of the pen. My Lamy 2000, XF, loves Noodler's Black even more than my Lamy Safari F, and loves my Moleskine, therefore, it has become my #1 pen.

For those who are having problems with the nib, try some inks on it. My pen works very well with Noodler's Black, but had an " independent personality" with Lexington Grey.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 08:51

ha
LAMY is a great company.
i like the feelling of writing with LAMY SAFARI

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:03

I usually carry 3 pens. One of them is always my Lamy 2000.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 19:51

My all time fav pen at this time , just wish that it was a bit more on the heavy side. always write the first time every time even if not used for several weeks.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 03:20

QUOTE (DJJM9598 @ Jun 5 2009, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However the piston is a little tight and slow moving compared to the piston in my MB149.



If you unscrew the section then you could dab a little silicon grease around the edge of the piston. That will make it smooth as butter.

And I might also add that I've handled a lot of pens both vintage and modern by many different manufactures and the Lamy 2000 is one of the pens that is always with me.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:55

QUOTE (scutterdav @ Jun 25 2009, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And I might also add that I've handled a lot of pens both vintage and modern by many different manufactures and the Lamy 2000 is one of the pens that is always with me.


My 2000 is one of my most-commonly inked pens, too. It's a very good combination of factors - durability, smoothness, capacity, design...
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:01

I gave my first Lamy 2000 away to a good friend, but missed it so much I bought another. They really are terrific workhorse pens. Good nibs (if a bit on the wide side) and very dependable.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 00:46

nice! wink.gif

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 13:59

Great review Dom! Makes me glad I bought the Lamy 2000 myself!

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 03:17

I have a question for Lamy 2000 owners.

I just got one last week and I haven't inked it yet, but I noticed that the piston knob feels a bit loose when it's screwed down, as if I could easily start unscrewing it with very little effort. Once it unscrews a full turn or so it tightens up so I don't think there's a risk of it accidently pushing ink out of the pen, but I do think it might be annoying if it's not tight against the barrel as I like how the seam almost disappears when it's screwed all the way down. Is this normal for the Lamy2000? This is only my third piston filler, my other two are a Pelikan m400 and a Signum Ornamenta. The knob on the Signum is loose like this too, but it also doesn't move up and down while turning like it does on the Lamy and Pelikan. The Pelikan knob tightens very nicely.

I look forward to using this pen as it looks great and the nib, at least dry, feels very smooth. I just want to make sure mine is normal.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 00:29

Great review!!I love the pen,unfortunately for now is expensive due to my tight budget,but is waiting on my wish list,hopefully in the near future I will be holding it,and writing everything that comes to my mind... :thumbup:
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#17 Flourish

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:14

I must agree that the Lamy 2000 is one truly fine pen. So far of all my pens only the Lamy 2000 and Sailor 1911 have been able to withstand the dreaded 3 months filled with ink without use test with flying colors. You just gotta love a fountain pen that you can fill and forget for months at a time between uses but will start up on the first stroke every time. Only a Fisher Space pen has had better results between uses and it's a freaky frustrating ball point that sometimes will take what seems like hours to get going.

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 17:42

I have a question for Lamy 2000 owners.

I just got one last week and I haven't inked it yet, but I noticed that the piston knob feels a bit loose when it's screwed down, as if I could easily start unscrewing it with very little effort. Once it unscrews a full turn or so it tightens up so I don't think there's a risk of it accidently pushing ink out of the pen, but I do think it might be annoying if it's not tight against the barrel as I like how the seam almost disappears when it's screwed all the way down. Is this normal for the Lamy2000? This is only my third piston filler, my other two are a Pelikan m400 and a Signum Ornamenta. The knob on the Signum is loose like this too, but it also doesn't move up and down while turning like it does on the Lamy and Pelikan. The Pelikan knob tightens very nicely.

I look forward to using this pen as it looks great and the nib, at least dry, feels very smooth. I just want to make sure mine is normal.

Thanks,

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This is normal I think. At least my L2K has the same feature. I have also to unscrew the piston knob a full turn before the piston starts his way down. My Pelikan 800 has the same feature with 1/4 turn. I guess this is to avoid accidently unscrewing and spoiling ink. But I'm not sure.

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Edited by Orval, 05 November 2009 - 17:44.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 16:12

I have a question for Lamy 2000 owners.

I just got one last week and I haven't inked it yet, but I noticed that the piston knob feels a bit loose when it's screwed down, as if I could easily start unscrewing it with very little effort. Once it unscrews a full turn or so it tightens up so I don't think there's a risk of it accidently pushing ink out of the pen, but I do think it might be annoying if it's not tight against the barrel as I like how the seam almost disappears when it's screwed all the way down. Is this normal for the Lamy2000? This is only my third piston filler, my other two are a Pelikan m400 and a Signum Ornamenta. The knob on the Signum is loose like this too, but it also doesn't move up and down while turning like it does on the Lamy and Pelikan. The Pelikan knob tightens very nicely.

I look forward to using this pen as it looks great and the nib, at least dry, feels very smooth. I just want to make sure mine is normal.

Thanks,

--Stephen


I wanted to post an update in case anyone finds this in a future search.

I looked at a Lamy 2000 in a retail store and realized that mine was not quite normal. I sent my pen to Lamy because it has warranty coverage, and in about a week they sent it back to me after having replaced the "filling mechanism." The repair person said in his note, "some play with the end and beginning of the piston is typical," but it was obvious that mine was way too loose. The new mechanism that they installed for my pen is much better; now the piston knob will actually stayed screwed down to the barrel without coming loose on its own, and the entire movement feels very consistent.

I am very impressed with the Lamy warranty service. Their return shipping fee was very reasonable ($7.50), and the "repair specialist" who worked on my pen sent a hand-written descritpion of the repair that he performed. (he wrote with a very broad FP too!) It was nice to have this personal touch. The turn-around time was very fast too--I had the pen back in my hands 8 days after mailing it out, and I didn't even use fast shipping when I sent it off.

I'm happy to now have a pen that operates the way it should. Now I can start using what everyone says is a wondeful pen!

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Edited by Rabbit, 23 November 2009 - 16:13.


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Posted 24 November 2009 - 23:16

I get caught up with life sometimes and forget that I have several pens inked, one time I realized that I hadn't used my Lamy 2k for a little over 3 months, So I was thinking that I would have to do some soaking and cleaning, well I put it to paper and instantly it started writing. This pen amaze3s me it always works, holds a lot of ink, doesn't have any paper fetishes and drinks most inks, what more could I ask for/
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