Lamy pens (their fountain pens in particular) and I have a long, long connection. I recall my first experience with a “fancy” pen was coveting and sneaking a turn with my father’s Lamy CP1’s. He had (and I believe still has) multifunctions, ballpoints and mechanical pencils in his little collection of Lamys. Even back then I admired the design, look and feel of these pens and pencils. Which at the time I thought were surely the bestest and most fanciest pens ever!
Of course, time may have dulled that childish exuberance a little. But not much…
My first fountain pen (as I’m sure it was for many) was the venerable Safari. Unfortunately, that pen is lost; but I still have one or two limited edish Safaris in my stable. To me they simply represent the best in quotidian writing instruments.
So you see Lamy is a brand with which I am not just very familiar but have a real and enduring emotional connection with. With any number of FP’s, MF’s, Picos and pencils in regular rotation, I guess it comes as not surprising that I am a huge fan of the brand. For me though, the real area where Lamy shines is the its use over many years of innovative materials and in the 2000 range in particular.
The 2000 series represents that pinnacle of Lamy design and craft. Perhaps more than any other brand there is an important aspect of the 2000 range that is often overlooked – its (relatively speaking) affordability. The pens (and pencils) that make up the range are IMHO incredible value for money. The uniqueness achieved through the use of materials such as Makrolon and solid wood go a long way to setting the 2000 series apart from the pack.
Look in almost any pen blogger or afficionado’s list of “Best Fountain Pens” and you’ll invariably see the 2000 FP listed if not at the top then close to it. I certainly love mine. Though it has not been without its frustrations that have caused me to set it aside for perhaps longer than it deserved (look out for the complete story of my Lamy 2000 FP saga in an upcoming post). For now, take it from me that the nib on a 2000 FP is just sublime and it alone is worth the price of admission.
Then there is the 2000 ballpoint. I have the yew wood edition; and use it with a B for Bold refill. It’s just about the smoothest ball point experience I know. Ok, that’s a bit fence sitt-y for me – but I do think some deference needs to be paid to Parker and Montblanc. Push comes to shove though, I’m reaching for the Lamy…. (feels good to be off that fence)
I think a great deal of that is down to the the 2000 BP’s marvelous “weightiness” in the hand and the graceful angle with which the barrel slopes to the ballpoint. Not to mention the warmth from the feel of the wood barrel. It is just so comfortable and luxurious to write with. I feel bad that is spent such a long time out of use. Regrettably not comfortably at rest in a nice drawer – this pen suffered a far more ingnominious fate – carelessly allowed to roll and become lodged underneath the passenger seat of my car. I thought it was lost, MIA; only to be joyfully reunited some while later when I was cleaning out the car in preparation for sale. It’s quite to be reunited beloved pen thought to be lost forever. Though I did find out the hard way that wedged underneath a car seat is not the best place to store your pens. It suffered a few bumps and bruises; but still looks great and the barrel has gained a nice patina. All is not lost.
Rounding out my 2000 trio is the multifunction pen. The MF showpieces the of Makrolon beautifully. I love the fact that Lamy have manage to take advantage of the striations evident in Makrolon’s finish to make the seam for the barrel screw opening all but imperceptible. I’ve owned this pen for a long time, but must confess I don’t use it all that much (it’s not you, MF, it’s me…) A demonstration of just how long it may have been between drinks if that when I took the MF out of its slot in the pen drawer and gave it a once over, I notice that one of the function positions is still occupied by Palm Pilot-era stylus. I’m nothing if not a techno-veteran.
One last word about Lamy and the 2000 series in particular (but without forgetting some of the other awesome series in the Lamy Family like the Dialog, Pico, CP1, Safari etc). It’s a word I usually screw my nose up at – but I’ll use it anyway – timelessness. I really enjoyed checking out the Lamy website whilst putting this post together to see that many of the pens I have had in my collection for so long are still in production. It’s testament to good design and great products – withstanding the test of time.