At Goulet Pens, we're forging ahead into the realm of iconic fountain pens with the Goulet Pens Fountain Pen Hall of Fame. Our inaugural inductee, the Pilot Vanishing Point, set the stage, and today we unveil another contender, a pen that needs no introduction – the LAMY 2000. Before we delve into its prowess, let's revisit the five categories that define Hall of Fame pens.
The Five Hall of Fame Categories
We've curated five categories embodying the essence of what defines an iconic fountain pen:
- Significance: Pens that ignite passion, spark discussions, and inspire enthusiasm among the community.
- Innovation: Introducing groundbreaking technological advancements or influencing subsequent pen designs.
- Aesthetics: Distinctive and timeless designs that stand out.
- Utility: Reliable functionality, durability, and practicality as a daily writing companion.
- Writing Experience: Consistent ink flow, enjoyable writing, and a solid performance reputation.
Now that parameters are set, let's explore why the LAMY 2000 earns its place in the Goulet Fountain Pen Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Inductee: The LAMY 2000
The LAMY 2000 is a quintessential writing tool that seamlessly melds timeless design with functional excellence. Crafted by the esteemed German manufacturer LAMY, this pen is known for its iconic Bauhaus-inspired design, which priorititzes function over form, and innovative use of materials.
It is revered among fountain pen enthusiasts for its exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding writing experience. Developed in 1966, there have been remarkably few variations in its 50+ year history, and the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind.
Since becoming an authorized LAMY retailer in 2011, Goulet Pens has witnessed the LAMY 2000 emerge as a go-to next-level pen for many. Affordably priced and boasting a gold nib, it has become a staple recommendation in the fountain pen community.
Introduced in the 1960s, the LAMY 2000 was innovative with its fiberglass and polycarbonate resin material. Its piston-filling mechanism, integrated ink window, and semi-hooded nib are unique features unlike anything you see with other pens, from LAMY or other brands, that showcase LAMY's commitment to innovation.
Founded in Heidleberg Germany during the early-mid 1900’s, the LAMY 2000's distinctive Bauhaus-inspired design is timeless. Its simple lines, practical form, and vintage yet futuristic aesthetics make it easily recognizable, and the pen's focus on staying true to its iconic 'Black' version adds to its enduring appeal. There has been other versions offered, including the Stainless Steel, but the 2000 has really stayed in its wheelhouse.
The function of the 2000 is perhaps where it shines the most. Crafted with durable polycarbonate and stainless steel parts, the pen's piston operates smoothly, offering a generous ink capacity. The snap cap is not only functional but a pleasure to use. The hooded nib enhances ink longevity, making it ideal for uninterrupted writing.
While opinions on the nib may vary, the LAMY 2000's 14k gold nib, known for a slight "sweet spot," delivers reliable and consistent performance. It’s true that they’re ground in a somewhat unique way, but for the vast majority of pen users, this is a non-issue. The flow is good, nib is smooth, and the balance is great both posted and unposted. The torpedo shape of the body with absolutely no step makes it comfortable for just about everyone to hold, and it’s easy to consider as one of the best daily-writer pens available today, especially because of the hooded nib.