The Lamy fountain pen 2000
This pen is a true Classic. Although it has a very modern look. It has also a lot of recommendations on the web. It has been around since the sixties and this surely must be the best sign of success. I personally love this Lamy pen because it is a timeless statement of true German design and simplicity, it has a technical superior piston mechanism, a gold-nib but it is on top of it all, very inexpensive.
The picture below shows my Lamy Studio. As you can see it is very similar but it is definietly another model.
Here is mine in brushed stainless steel.
C. Joseph Lamy, founder of the company, worked for Parker before founding his family business in Heidelberg in 1930. His company was not really noteworthy until his son, a true marketeer, Dr Manfred Lamy came on board in the sixties. The legitimate success of the company started when this pen came out in 1960. This authoritative pen changed the coarse of the company and it is still today the Lamy’s flagship and best pen. Out of the three big companies in Germany, Lamy, MontBlanc and Pelikan, Lamy is the only company that is still independent family-owned firm, hence in German hands, actually based in the same town today.
The Lamy’s were true designer fans and they have a high design ethos. Since their origins are rooted in the thirties of Germany, it is of course no surprise that by good tradition the Lamy’s embody the Bauhaus principle of functional design: ‘form follows function’. Another reason why this design pen is for me ‘a best pen’, because most of my friends can attest, I am a sincere Bauhaus fan. The Bauhaus principle can be seen in most of their ranges, but especially in the abc children’s pencil up to the dialog3. So when Lamy felt the need for a totally new design he brought in Gerd A. Muller for the design of the pen. Lamy uses often designers with some reputation. Their Persona pen was designed by Mario Bellini. Muller, raised in the Bauhaus school designed in that era an electrical razor, several kitchen supplies and other similar products so typical of the sixties and he did so with quite some success.
The avant-garde Lamy pen 2000
The Lamy 2000 was quite avant-garde and leading edge in those days because of its use of a unique fiberglass resin Makrolon, produced by Bayer, for the body of this best pen. The pen also uses modern brushed stainless steel, for cap and front section. It is the only Lamy fountain pen that is a piston fill pen, and so for me this holds another advantage because it can use bottled ink which I love. The nib is a non-flexible 14 carat (with 58⅓% gold content) gold alloy nib. Although you can not see the gold because the nib is plated with platinum, and so it achieves a uniform color scheme to the pen.
Fiberglass is a polycarbonate and like all polycarbonates it scratches more easily then metal. Also do not clean or use acetone, or other paint thinners because these products will leave marks. On the other side this type of material can be polished even at home if you have the right tools, and can look brand new after a treatment. They are actually hand polished after assembly. No sir, this best pen is not solely made by machines… which I find quite charming. One owner recommends sending the pen every 2 years to Germany for a refurbishment so the pen stays impeccable inside and outside. It will only cost you some transport costs.
Obviously with such a name, a commemorative Lamy fountain pen version had to be produced for the new millennium and it was called the Edition 2000. Respectfully the main characteristic is the inversion of the original design, namely a body of stainless brushed steel with a ring and polished clip in this fiberglass resin, or Makrolon.
Quite a lovely range of nibs are available because as mentioned before this pen is not expensive : nib grades: extra fine (EF) / fine (F) / medium (M) / broad (B) / extra broad (BB) / oblique, medium (OM) / oblique, broad (OB) / oblique, extra broad (OBB).
Neil Gaiman and his best pen
The very cool and successful writer Neil Gaiman wrote his book American Gods with his best pen, a Lamy fountain pen 2000. Gaiman has written novels and comics, for theatre and for film.
He cowrote the script for Robert Zemeckiss Beowulf with Roger Avary, a collaboration that has proven productive for both writers. Gaiman refers to it as his “novel writing pen”. It became one of Gaiman’s best-selling and multi-award winning novels upon its release in 2001.
Of course Neil Gaiman uses a fountain pen. The author had this to say in a 2012 interview:“It started in 1994 when I wrote the novel Stardust — in my head I wanted it to be written in the same way as it would have been in the 1920s, so I bought a big notepad and Waterman pen. It was the first time I’d used a fountain pen since I was about 13. I found myself enjoying writing more slowly and liked the way I had to think through sentences differently. I discovered I loved the fact that handwriting forces you to do a second draft, rather than just tidying up and deleting bits on a computer. I also discovered I enjoy the tactile buzz of the ritual involved in filling the pens with ink.”
He goes on to reveal that he owns about 60 fountain pens and enjoys writing his novels with two different types. He also signs books with them.
“I like changing ink colour each day. It shows me at a glance how many pages I wrote,
he once noted.”
Brands Gaiman has mentioned he uses: TWSBI Diamond 540, Visconti, Pilot Custom 823 Amber, Delta Fluida, Lepine Indigo Classic and off course the Lamy 2000.
Although he can write a book with this “best pen”, the man is not all that traditional with media. In February 2001, when Gaiman had completed writing American Gods, the publishing house created a website and Gaiman blogged and described the day-to-day process of revising, publishing, and eventually promoting the novel. The website evolved once the book was published in to his Official Website. (source Wikipedia). He really interacted a lot with his readers and one of his famous answers on why he writes (the blog)
“because writing is, like death, a lonely business.”
This iconic design pen continues to be popular for half a century after being designed by Bauhaus designer Muller. It is the flagship pen of the house Lamy that has won more international design awards than any other writing instrument maker. The 2000 itself has earned countless design awards and has respectfully earned its permanent place in the MOMA (source Lamy’s website). For me an obvious first choice if this is your first pen and do not want to invest too much, but just as much an easy addition to a collection or the basic tool on your writing desk.
You can find more information, reviews and the price of this best pen, here.