I have read too many praises of the Lamy 2000 to think the pens are not wonderful. I wonder if sometimes you get a lemon.
I'm sure there is inevitable variation from one unit to the next for any given product model. In spite of the praises — and I've been convinced by a fellow member and (formerly) prolific commenter on FPN to get one, nay, two in all — I haven't found my Lamy 2000 Bauhaus limited edition pen to be 'wonderful', and so my run-of-the-mill Makrolon version of it is just still unused and never inked in a box stashed somewhere at the back of a drawer. I hate to say this, but maybe the supposed acclaim is more about others' 'romanticism' about piston-fillers, or German manufacture, etc. I hold German manufacture in high esteem by default myself way above, say, anything made in China or USA; but I haven't found in it the level of precision and consistency I expected when it comes to fountain pens, at least not in comparison to pens from the Japanese 'Big Three' brands. That hasn't stopped me from buying numerous Rotring (4), Pelikan (≥10) and Lamy (≥10) fountain pens, but I certainly wouldn't pretend you'll get a 'wonderful' German pen on the balance of probabilities just by making a purchase, even if I still rank it a far safer bet than buying anything other than Japanese pens.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 05 October 2020 - 09:10.
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