Fashion and industrial designs from the 60 are mostly inspired by the upcoming space exploration in that era. Pen manufacturers got inspired by fighter jets, rockets and science fiction. In most cases this trend didn’t produce the most beautiful results. Fountain pens were made mainly out of steel and got thinner. As a result of this trend people were preferred the ballpoint over the fountain pen in this age. Fountain pens are nicer to hold when they are a little bit thicker and steel gives you the feeling of rubbing your nails on a chalkboard. A lot of fountain pen manufacturers got in trouble and went bankrupt. The Lamy 2000 is an exeption to this. The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s are lost years for fountain pen enthousiasts, but not for the Lamy 2000. When I first saw this fountain pen I couldn’t believe it. The Lamy 2000 is a design from the future and will probably stay the most modern fountain pen that’s ever made.
The design of the Lamy 2000
The Lamy 2000 is designed by Gerd A. Müller. I don’t say this very often, but the Lamy 2000 is a real beauty. Everything aligns in the modern design by Müller. The 2000 is modern, sharp and round at the same time. It’s made out of moder materials, the combination of metal and black plastic is well balanced and beautiful in it’s simplicity. In the original design the metal has just the right balance with the plastic. At the time of writing there are also Lamy 2000’s available that are made entirely out of metal. They do look nice, but far from the original design of the Lamy 2000 from 1966. In my opinion the metal variant is way too heavy compared to the fairly light original.
Nibs of the Lamy 2000
The Lamy 2000 is not just a pretty writing instrument, but also a well-made one. This fountain pen writes really well. It has a nice grip and is well in the hand. The pen is a lightweight, and I prefer writing with the cap on the back end for a better balance. The nib of the Lamy 2000 is made out of gold and writes well. There are different sizes and shapes available and most of them are perfect for signing papers and daily work. For calligraphy it’s better to buy another fountain pen, or to order a special nib that’s more flexible.