This is a closer shot of the nib on a 80 gsm Bagasse fountain pen friendly and eco-friendly paper I am using on a daily basis. I am creating a line of notebooks with a new 90 gsm Bagasse paper for fountain pen enthusiasts. Stay tune if you are interested!!
Insofar as the Lamy 2000's aesthetics is concerned, I certainly appreciate its matt, Bauhaus no-frills appeal. And faithful to its Bauhaus and later Ulm roots, I also think the Lamy 2000 succeeds as an affordable and high quality product that has become the signature of Lamy itself. Significantly, I really enjoy the contrasts between the shiny platinum plated nib, the stainless steel matt, followed by the black 'wood-grain' fiber-glass. Clearly, the designer knew about visual balance and proportion. That said, writing under the sun (as I did) with the shiny nib in a oblique stance (the slanted nib facing me) shinning like a tiny star was surprisingly uncomfortable. This may have to do with the small visual space the nib occupies--it is like writing with a laser beam close to the paper. Anyone who has tried fooling around (i.e. staring at the beam near its target) with a laser pointer when that technology was popularized would know what I am talking about.
Overall, the finish is of a very high quality. The grains of the black fiber glass between the cap and the barrel did not quite line up--but I am bone-picking here. The piston pump is so so smooth. Buttery smooth is probably truer to the mark. I have heard of an uneasy tightness in the piston of this model; but at least on my first use this was not true, at least for the time being. Time will tell if the piston continues to work in this manner. And the cap snaps on and off with a satisfyingly aural feedback, likely generated by friction from the 'ears' on the pen. Posting the pen also gives a satisfying click, a nice sound between matt surfaces that let you know that the cap is secured. From a user's angle, such aural feedback is very important. Again, time will tell if all these pieces involved stay intact.
Here is a photo of this 'Bauhaus-Ulm' pen with a 'Bauhaus-Ulm' watch by Max Bill made by Junghans. Another piece of great functioning design with lots of thoughtfulness expressed by its visual language.
Altogether, this is an excellent pen (so far) and I am thankful to own such a pen! Now I just have to find something to write after handing in my dissertation draft (not written in long hand; only the notes leading to the draft were...).
Edited by MYU, 02 July 2009 - 07:46.