Despite their almost sterile industrial appearance, I've been very pleased with my Lamys so I decided to upgrade once again, this time to the Lamy 2000.
The Lamy 2000 is a design that has remained virtually unchanged since it's appearance in the late 60's and remains true to Lamy's "Bauhaus" inspired designs. It's so plain and sterile looking that one would think it was military issue. In fact, the mere design of the pen makes it look at home clipped to a BDU pocket. The only thing that identifies this pen is the small LAMY engraving on the left side of the pocketclip and GERMANY underneath the clip. Other than that, the pen is quite sterile.
The pen's barrel and cap are made of a fibreglass-reinforced polymer called Makrolon which gives it a lightweight, but virtually indestructible feel. The cap simply snaps on, giving an audible and authoritative "snick" and is very secure. The section appears to be brushed stainless steel leading to the partially hooded 14K gold nib.
Unlike, the Safari or stainless steel version of the Studio, the nib on the 2000 is not stiff at all. It has enough flex to give distinct character to your writing, making the pen a dream to use. The one I bought has a medium nib and lays down an exquisitely smooth wet line. This is a piston filler like Pelikans and operates in the same way. There is a thin translucent window near the section which would warn you if the ink is too low, but I find it hard to view the ink level. Nevertheless, since it's a piston filler, it should hold at least twice the amount of ink that a typical converter would.
All in all, it's a very clean, modern design and despite the lack of any decorations or color, I find that the Lamy 2000 has alot of character and is a pleasure to write with. If you appreciate the Bauhaus design and like to take the "Form Follows Function" approach, then you'll find the Lamy 2000 elegantly understated and a must to own.
Edited by Apollo, 29 August 2005 - 01:31.