Over the last weeks I’ve had something of a Shakespeare moment… Not the dark sort of moment from the Scottish play, I have seen no daggers before me as it were, but more of a much ado about nothing moment. Particularly a turnabout in affections that I would liken to the comedic Benedick of Padua. You’ll remember the scene when he is fooled into expressing his newfound love for his nemesis the lady Beatrice. In one of his soliloquies he says the following,
‘I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage: but doth not the appetite alter? a man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age. Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humour? No, the world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.’
What has this to do with pens? Well only that I have recently had to recant my implacable distaste for all thing Lamy after I finally resurrected my Lamy 2000. As Benedick, due to the newfound appreciation of the charms of this particular pen I find myself enduring some remnants of wit because of my many historical comments on certain other Lamy models.
As many of you will know the no less than iconic Lamy 2000 has been around for nearly 50 years now, being first released in 1966. Anniversary model in 2016 anyone? This length of time hardly seems credible looking at the pen in the cool light of day. It certainly looks as modern as any other pen I possess in terms of its styling, indeed having something of an ageless look to which other pens would only aspire, it looks better than most.
Description: I have the black ‘Makrolon’ version. It is a subtle minimal looking pen from the outside save for the brushed steel clip. It is minimally branded too. The striations of the polycarbonate give it a matte look and something of a unique and pleasing feel in the hand. The pen transforms when uncapped. The brushed steel grip section stands out in bold relief to the muted black pen barrel and the pen is finished off with a semi-hooded platinum coated 14k nib giving the whole pen a truly sophisticated look.
Dimensions: The 2K is mere 138mm long when capped, which reduces to 124mm when the pen is unposted. Pop the cap on the back and it elongates to a comfortable 152mm. In terms of weight it comes in at about 25g.
On Test: Resurrecting this pen has been an experience. To be honest I had a hard time remembering why I had relegated it in the mists of fountain pen history. As I think, I recollect it was more about the nib being a medium than any other reason. My handwriting at the time was much more suited to a F or EF nib. These days my handwriting has changed and I can tolerate a medium.
I think because of this I fond the whole experience with this pen more akin to buying a new pen. I have been delighted with it. I know the nibs on these models are notoriously inconsistent but all I can say is that this has always been delightfully smooth. The pen is a piston filler and has a subtle ink window on the body of the pen. I have always been a fan of piston-fillers and this one is no exception. Not only is the mechanism reliable, it is also so well integrated into the whole that one wonder why there need be any other way of filling a fountain pen.
The 2K is als comfortable in hand and well-balanced. I find it easy to hold and write with for long periods of time. I also love the way the cap has a reassuring click when I’m finished.
Summary: I’m having to admit that I am glad to have resurrected this pen. I don’t think it will be relegated to its box in the near future even if, because of my newfound affection, I have to endure more ‘quips and sentences’ from others. Do you have any pens that you might be glad to resurrect? Let me know…
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