Sometime last year, Lamy released an update to the design of the 2000. The changes were minute but quite significant if you like this pen. Rather than my own incompetent photos, I'll refer you here:
The first picture shows the two pens side by side. The newer version is on the left. Note the fully metal section under the nib, with no more U-shaped Makrolon. Other changes include a new metal inner section, a change in the weight of the pen, and a supposedly smoother piston.
As the owner of the older version of the 2000, I wanted to try the new version out. The new pen arrived today, and here are my impressions:
- The new metal under the feed is nice. If you'll recall, there were some people having issues a while ago with ink leaking out at the U-joint of the Makrolon section. This is no longer a potential problem with the new version, since there is nowhere for the ink to leak from. Perhaps Lamy sought to remedy any QC issues with this design change.
- The internal metal section is nothing you will notice unless you enjoy taking your pen apart, and you don't really have to take a 2000 apart.
- The pen feels slightly top-heavier. This might be because the metal underneath the nib simply weighs more. I did not think it changed the balance in the hand by any noticeable amount when writing.
- The piston is the best change of all. It is noticeably smoother in both directions. A small change, to be sure, but if you're using this pen as your daily writer you'll appreciate the difference almost immediately.
- I could not find any clear cosmetic differences between both versions beyond what is stated above. The front end is still polished Makrolon; the rear still has the silver dot.
- As far as I can tell, no change to the nib. Still writes like butter, just like my old pen!
Verdict: If you are not a fan of the 2000, the redesign won't change your mind.
If you are already an owner and a fan of the older version of the 2000, though, the difference in the piston action alone might be exciting to you. I know I like the new piston a whole lot better.
Unfortunately, it seems some retailers are still selling from the old stocks of the 2000. A friend who ordered one just last month received an older version. I obtained my new version from Pam Braun (no affil. etc) and I know from asking melpens over at the 'Bay that he stocks the new version for EF, F and M at the very least. If you want your new pen, you might try these two sources.
Hope this has been helpful! For those of us loyal to this wonderful model, any slight improvements are always appreciated, and it's nice to see that Lamy is constantly improving even on a design that is as old and timeless as this.
Edited by Kessel, 07 May 2010 - 03:58.