First, the generic pen review items: don't care about the box; we all know what a Lamy 2000 looks like; the piston is relatively stiff; it doesn't post well without jamming on the cap, possibly marring the finish. But how does it write, and what is a Lamy 2000 EF in relation to other nibs?
I don't find the nib "scratchy", but it is definitely not as lubricated a big broad gusher. (In my experience, this is fairly normal for finer nibs.) For me, the EF writes fairly fine, but I've also found it to be one of my springier nibs--and I wonder if that's part of the reason that so many people dislike it and/or think the 2000 writes wide. Here are some comparisons to illustrate:
(for the record, the VP & the 2000 are loaded with Legal Lapis, the falcon with Lamy Blue-Black, the Esterbrook with Noodler's black, and the Safari with Baystate Blue)
To my eye the 2000 EF with light pressure is in the same ballpark as the Falcon SF and maybe a hair thinner than the 9461 (manifold fine). With moderate pressure the 2000 EF widens up to approximate the VP ItaliFine (the fine side, note that it's adjusted for heavy flow) or the Safari EF (handicapped by the Baystate Blue, which makes anything wider). Under heavy pressure the 2000 EF writes like the Safari M (which is like a sharpie with the Baystate Blue in it).
For actual handwriting I find the springiness to yield nice line variation:
At the end of the day, I'm quite happy with this pen. It's reliable, it's a great accessory for times when too much bling would be inappropriate, and it writes well.
Edited by MYU, 13 October 2008 - 03:57.