I was dreaming for a while to compare these 2 pens.
For me these pens represents the bread and butter for those who like German everyday users with butter nibs, piston fillers, ink view windows, not a flashy design and not going to a high end pens like the MB or more expensive Pelikans.
Still these pens in many ways are very different and I will try to examine which is better and gives a more superior writing experience.
What a different design where do I startÖ...first the L2K is much bigger than the M400 I mean much bigger but then wait the moment you take the caps off they are almost the same size, the L2K is still bigger but the difference is basically insignificant.
Thats quite a surprise for me I must admit I always thought the L2K will be much bigger in the hand but no the cap is simply longer so if you dont post you really dont need to give any extra point for size as they are basically the same size.
But in the hand when you write there is a big difference, first the section of the Lamy is much thicker and I admit I like it a bit more than the M400 but just a bit because the Pelikan sits very comfortably in the hand.
The Pelikans body is much glassier and shinier than the Lamys matt body.
I also like the gold touches of the trim on the Pelikan, to me it makes for a richer look and feel to the pen but of course thats a matter of personal taste.
The Lamy simply looks more functional as if its saying I am here to do one thing and thats write and not play games.
The cap of the Lamy is frictions fit with the ring locking it into place while the Pelikan is threaded so you need to turn it to put it on or off.
Which is better ?
I like the Lamy as it makes for a much faster removal of the cap but to be honest it is not a deal breaker either way.
Both pens are very well made the Lamy spring clip feels very solid and the Pelikans clip simply slides into the pocket, both pens feel very well made even though the Pelikans trim and material feels slightly more superior to me.
So in the quality department I would say the Pelikan is better and more impressive but just a bit more.
The Lamys piston like all Lamys is butter smooth, its smoother then the Lamy but that doesnt mean the Lamys piston is hard to work with not at all its a pleasure to fill the Lamy but the Pelikan is simply smoother.
It also looks to me the Lamy will hold more ink but I am not sure how much more.
The Ink view on the Pelikan is much more user friendly, its bigger and easier to see while the Lamy is not as easy even though I found you can work well with it once you know how to use it.
Also here the approach is different, the Lamy has a semi hooded nib with white trim but it is 14k solid gold, nothing fancy to see here it matches the functionality of the pen but what a wonderful nib it is, its so smooth and so responsive since I own my L2K it became my favorite nib.
The flow on is as close to perfect as possible, what can I say its a fountain pen fans dream nib!!!
But here comes the Pelikan with its beautiful nib, this 2 tone nib is so elegant and is quite a statement even though its not the biggest nib out there.
The first time I put this nib on paper my eyes started to twinkle in excitement, this nib is even smoother than the Lamy, I know how impossible this was to me but it simply is butter smooth, its the butters butter smooth, I had friends who use FP's for their everyday for a long time and even they said this is one of the smoothest nibs they ever used and still you get a wonderful feedback from it, this nib is a work of craftsmanship.
I need to add both nibs are fairly stiff like most modern nibs so no big difference here
So which nib is better ?
Very tough for me to say, really I went back and forth, the Lamys nib feels a bit faster, quicker and more direct and involving while still being smoooooth on the paper but the super buttery feeling of the Pelikan is so addicting.
I dont like to take the easy road and say they are equal because they are not, they are different and I will choose my favorite nib.
The Lamy is still winning here even though its by the slightest of margins, I just love its direct feel how it connects you to the paper.
Who is winning here ?
Its very hard to choose here, both these pens are among the best pens any pen fan that looks for a perfect everyday user that doesnt attract attention can get.
The Pelikan has the advantage of quality, a more user friendly ink view window and a slightly smoother nib and a smoother piston.
On the other hand the Lamy has a more comfortable section, slip cap and that work of art nib of it.
So to me the Lamy still wins, as wonderful as the Pelikan is to use the Lamy is still better the section is more comfortable and that super hero of a nib wins this comparison add to it that its more than 100$ cheaper and it will just make this decision easier.
My advice to all of you is get BOTH pens if you can and if not then get the Lamy.
Edited by goodguy, 15 November 2012 - 11:38.