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Lamy 2000 – History written on Bauhaus principles

As Leonardo da Vinci said: “Simplicity is the ultimate form o sophistication”, and we are pretty sure that everyone agrees with that. Today’s article is about one of Lamy’s most iconic series which closely follows the above statement. Since its launch, the Lamy 2000 has already become classic and we are confident enough to say that it will remain a flagship of the German brand. That said, join us and let’s discover it together…

Before we dive into the series, I would like to give you some background on Lamy. The company was founded in 1930 when Josef Lamy, then a sales representative for Parker Pen in Germany, bought the pen manufacturer Orthos and started his own business. In 1952, the company was renamed and given the name of its founder – Lamy. In the same year, the LAMY 27 was launched as the first fountain pen under this name, marking a new beginning.

As for the LAMY 2000, it has an interesting and inspiring story behind. Born out of a desire to strengthen the brand, it was the Marketing Manager of that time, Dr Manfred Lamy that met designer Gerd. A. Müller and made possible such an emblematic project like this. Inspired and crafted based on Bauhaus principle “form follows function”, the revolutionary fountain pen featured no material surplus or design gadgets but pure functionality. Launched in the 1966’s autumn, the LAMY 2000 fountain pen has paved the way to the clean design ideal which is still a solid cornerstone for all Lamy writing instruments.

Besides it’s clean aesthetic, the pen set new standards in terms of workmanship due to the rather intricate combination of the matt-ground stainless steel and Makrolon which was very challenging to work with and completely new in 1966.

Today, the LAMY 2000 series is as iconic for Lamy as it is the M120 for Pelikan. The modern classic comes in 4 varieties of colours with different finishes and materials all keeping the same design and shape that established the line. The model which combines Makrolon with stainless steel is available as: fountain pen, ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, mechanical pencil and multifunctional pen (fitted with Lamy ballpoint pen refills in black, blue, red and green). Lamy has added two models which feature a hardwood barrel in dark Grenadilla wood or lighter Yew as well as a stainless steel model with matt brushed finish. We appreciate the idea that Lamy has revived the series with new wood finishes but we would love to see them not only as ballpoint pens but also as fountain pens or rollerballs, which would be great for all the enthusiasts out there.

Now let’s dive into the fountain pen’s features. Regarding its design, it is undoubtedly a very clean looking one. We enjoy the idea that you can just focus on the writing experience without getting distracted by the overall look of the pen. In terms of construction, the pen is crafted of Makrolon (a polycarbonate resin) combined with stainless steel elements. This type of material makes the pen so light while provides a nice feeling and a comfortable experience of writing. The nib is made of 14kt gold and it’s available in a wide variety of sizes such as: extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, double broad, oblique medium, oblique broad and oblique double broad to suit everyone’s tastes. The pen features a piston filling mechanism so you need to consider this if you are more into cartridges. 

To sum up, the iconic Lamy 2000 is a well-balanced fountain pen. We believe it works fantastic as a daily writer, but thanks to its legendary history, it can easily become a valuable piece in everyone’s collection as well. 

Prices: 
Lamy 2000 Black
– Fountain Pen: EUR 205
– Rollerball Pen: EUR 68
– Ballpoint Pen:  EUR 53
– Mechanical Pencil: EUR 64
– Multipen: EUR 68 

That said, do you own the Lamy 2000? We’re wondering how do you find this writer, so let us know in the comments section… 

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