Photo of the Day – Episode 17

Pen Review: Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque

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When it comes to the parts that construct a fountain pen, perhaps it’s common to expect a pen barrel as the main piece, a cap that prevents the ink from drying out, and of course, a nib. For fountain pen designs, often the refresh is focused on the decorations on the pen, or a colour scheme change. In comparison, it’s not very frequent that there is an innovation on the structure design. And it’s even more difficult to have one that actually works well. But the pen model to be reviewed today is a real example that such innovations are definitely possible and can be successful as well. The pen is the Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque
Nib: 18K gold medium nib
Filling System: Pilot proprietary cartridge/converter
Production: Regular edition

1. Package (7/10):

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The Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque is presented in a simple package. The black cardboard box has a cutout on the top, and then covered by a transparent film. This conveniently shows the fountain pen, which is secured in the box. An ink cartridge and the Pilot CON-50 converter are included in the box. I always appreciate it when the converter is provided in the packaging, because then I don’t have to worry about finding a spare converter or buying a new one, in order to use bottled ink. It makes a great user experience. What’s also provided is a metal sleeve. It is to be installed to serve as a protective cover for cartridges. I don’t use cartridges so I don’t need to use this sleeve, but I appreciate that Pilot provides it in the box by default.

2. Pen Design (9/10):
This is where the Pilot Vanishing Point stands out. Unlike what’s usually to be expected from a fountain pen: a cap, a nib, and a barrel, the Pilot Vanishing Point doesn’t have a cap. The 18K gold nib is retractable and can be hidden in the pen body. On the back of the pen, a button is clickable to extend/retract the nib unit. On the other end, a spring loaded door is installed inside the pen body. When the nib is retracted back into the pen, the door is automatically closed, in order to prevent the nib from drying out. Once the click mechanism is triggered, the nib unit extends and pushes the door open, so then the pen can be used. For ballpoint pens, a click button may not be fancy at all. But for fountain pens, which usually require a pen cap to prevent the nib from drying out, the click mechanism and the retractable nib are features that are not commonly seen.

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Since the Pilot Vanishing Point doesn’t have a cap, the pen clip has to be relocated. It is placed at the grip section of the pen. In fact, the clip’s two sides are concave right at the grip section, so that the fingers can have a firm grip on the pen. The placement of the clip may look strange to many users, but it does serve its functional purpose well. When the pen is clipped, this configuration makes sure that the nib is still pointing upwards, therefore reducing the risk of ink leakage. Unfortunately, the design may not be suitable for some users. Depending on how anyone grips the pen, the presence of the clip may be uncomfortable. Personally, it doesn’t bother me too much. However, I wouldn’t complain either, if the pen doesn’t have a clip at all.
The length of the pen is very decent. Whether with the nib extended (so that the button is pushed in) or retracted, the length is similar to a capped Lamy 2000, longer than a Montblanc Meisterstück 149 that is uncapped and not posted, but shorter than many common small to medium sized fountain pens with posting, such as the Pelikan Souverän M400/M405 and the Pilot Metropolitan. Because of the metal body and lacquered barrel, the weight is on the heavier side for its size, but definitely comfortable in the hand.
Considering the streamlined shape, the metal trim, and the lacquered barrel, some may worry that the pen is too slippery to grip. Fortunately, that’s not the case here. The lacquered barrel and the metal plating are smooth, but not too slippery. In fact the “Blue Carbonesque” finish gives the pen a bit of texture, which also helps the fingers to hold the pen firmly.
Overall, the design of the Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque is modern. The silver coloured trims are clean and shiny, which match well with the blue barrel, but also offers great contrast with the “Carbonesque” pattern as well. It’s a regular edition pen, but I find this finish quite unique.

3. Filling System (7/10):
Proprietary cartridge/converter filling systems are not my favourite, because the user has to stick to the brand and continue purchasing the proprietary parts. However for the Pilot Vanishing Point, I consider it as an exception. The push button mechanism here actually pushes the end of the converter, or the end of the metal sleeve that protects the cartridge, in order to extend the nib unit. For this mechanism to work properly, here a Pilot CON-50 converter is provided. It is integrated into the whole mechanism. It is going to be extremely difficult to ensure that the push feature always functions properly, if the pen doesn’t use a proprietary converter, which has the exact dimensions that the pen designers would like to see.

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The Pilot CON-50 converter fits firmly on the nib unit. There is an agitator inside the converter, which is supposed to help make sure the ink is carried to the feed, rather than staying at the back of the converter. While there isn’t much issue with the converter itself, combined with the nib unit, I find that it does have many areas for improvement. First, once the converter is installed onto the nib unit, it’s very difficult to check how much ink is left. There is only a very narrow section left, that is not covered by the nib unit. It helps if the ink level is running extremely low, but it doesn’t offer much information, when there is more left. Secondly, I find that the converter tends to stay too tight in the nib unit. When I try to remove the converter, often I have to pull it very hard. It can cause ink/water splash, if there is ink left inside, or if the pen was just flushed, but not yet fully dry.

4. Nib Performance (8/10):

This Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque is equipped with an 18K gold medium nib. The nib writes very well right out of the box and writes very smoothly.
Being an 18K gold nib, it has a lot of bounce, which makes writing much more enjoyable for me, compared to the usually more rigid 14K gold and stainless steel nibs. The nib doesn’t provide any line variation, but with the moderate to generous ink flow, it’s very suitable to be a daily writer. One thing that I find quite interesting is the placement of the tipping on the nib. For most of my pens, the tipping is placed with about the equal amount above and underneath the end of the nib, or with a bit more on the underside. However, the tipping of the Pilot Vanishing Point medium nib is heavier on the top side. When I first look at it, it seems a bit strange. But soon I find that it makes the writing very smooth at almost any angle, especially when the pen is held at a steeper angle. The ink flow is still normal and there is enough tipping material to make contact with the paper.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (9/10):

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Being a cartridge/converter fill fountain pen, the Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque is fairly easy to clean. However, I do find one small issue. The nib unit pushes the spring loaded door open, in order to extend the nib out. During this process, the nib feed makes contact with the door and therefore transfer some ink to it. Later when the pen is filled with a different ink colour, the old ink on the door may get transferred back to the nib and feed, so that the first few letters written down could have an interesting mixture of colours. Unfortunately, the whole mechanism here is not easily accessible to clean.
Otherwise, the pen is easy to maintain and take care for. The lacquered body is very scratch resistant and the metal trims are easy to wipe clean and polish.

Summary:

Packaging: 7/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 7/10
Nib Performance: 8/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 9/10

Total: 40/50

The Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque is a great offering to the users who would like to enjoy the smoothness of a fountain pen, but prefer the convenience of a ballpoint. The great nib performance and excellent ink flow make it a good choice as a daily writer. The push button mechanism that extends/retracts the nib makes it super easy to use, especially for quick writing. Meanwhile the placement of the clip and the spring loaded door ensures that the risk of ink leakage or nib drying out is reduced to the minimum.
Among the collection of fountain pens that I have, the Pilot Vanishing Point Blue Carbonesque introduces good innovations on how fountain pens can be designed differently. The design may not be ideal for everyone, but it’s definitely a pen model that is worth checking out.

Pen Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White

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I have reviewed several Pelikan Souverän M400/M405 fountain pens in the past, and most of them are excellent daily writing pens. But in my opinion, none of those colour versions are as beautiful and unique as the one that I am going to review this time. This pen is the Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White
Nib: 14K gold fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Regular edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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This is a regular edition fountain pen and there is no special packaging. But what’s been presented is excellent. The pen box uses solid cardboard, and the white Pelikan pen pouch gives the pen the extra protection. It has pretty much everything that one should expect from a regular edition packaging. The build quality and attention to details are adequate for the price of the pen.
2. Pen Design (9/10):

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The Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White shares the same size and structure as the other M400/M405 versions, such as the ones that I have reviewed before (M405 Black-Blue-Silver, M400 Black-Green, and M400 Black-Red). The pen is in the small to medium size range. But with a light weight construction and a cap that can be easily posted, the pen is quite comfortable to hold, no matter whether it is posted or not. Since I already have a few of the M400/M405 fountain pens, then why would I want to also get this version? It’s because of the colour scheme. The Tortoiseshell-White has the white cap, grip section, and piston knob. The gold plated trims mix well with the overall light coloured pen. However, my favourite design is on the barrel. It’s the light green, yellow, and brown coloured stripes. Unlike the other regular edition colour stripes, which are the green, blue, red, and grey (Stresemann), the Tortoiseshell-White has everything. It is multi-coloured, with no two stripes being the same. The barrel blends in very well with the rest of the pen. The light green and yellow tone is the perfect match with the white resin. For all of the current offerings in the M400/M405 line, the Tortoiseshell-White is my favourite. If there has to be something that I don’t particularly like, then it has to be the trim colour. I enjoy the gold-plated clip and rings here, but silver coloured trims is always my preferred choice. What else do I wish for? If this finish can be made for the M800/M805 and the M1000/M1005 models, that would be a dream come true.
3. Filling System (10/10):

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If you are looking for the best implementation of a piston filling mechanism, then Pelikan is the brand you would like to look at. Even though the M400 model is not Pelikan’s flagship product, the pen still has one of the best piston filling system on the market. The operation is easy and smooth. The ink capacity is high. And the removable nib unit makes it easy to complete a thorough cleaning. Specifically for this Tortoiseshell-White finish, the light coloured barrel stripes find the perfect balance between showing the beautiful patterns on the barrel and serving as an ink window. Among the pens that I’m aware of, that are lower than or in the price range of the M400/M405, I find that no one offers any filling system implementation that is as great. Many of them can’t even compete in any one of the features that I just mentioned.
4. Nib Performance (9/10):

Just like the other regular edition M400/M405 fountain pen, the M400 Tortoiseshell-White is equipped with a 14K gold nib. For this pen I selected a fine nib. The nib writes well out of the box and writes very smoothly. The ink flow is very generous. This 14K gold nib gives a little bit of line variation. It is a bit bouncy, but it’s no way near any nib that offers flex or semi-flex writing. Similar to the fine nib on the previously reviewed M400 Black-Red, this fine nib is on the wider side of its nib size designation. But other than the concern with the line width, this nib is a good choice as an excellent daily writer.
5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
Being just another version of the standard M400 model fountain pen, this M400 Tortoiseshell-White is as durable as the other ones that I have reviewed. With the same high quality piston filling mechanism and the removable nib unit, there is no problem with the pen cleaning either. One thing to mention is that since this pen uses white coloured resin, when the pen is getting ink fills from ink bottles, the white grip section may have contact with the ink. Compared to the other pens that use darker materials, any ink residual can be easily seen. However, fortunately I find that wiping the ink off the grip section is fairly easy. And the ink doesn’t seem to cause any staining so far, as long as I try to clean the grip section right after the ink fill.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 47/50

The Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White is so far my favourite model in the M400/M405 lineup. I like the finish so much that if it is available on the larger M800 and M1000 size, I will be very happy to get them. Other than the beautiful finish, this pen is not much different from the other standard M400/M405 versions. The design is classic and the performance of the pen is consistently high. Considering its small to medium size and light weight, it’s a great pen to carry around and a wonderful daily writer.

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Pen Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red

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When it comes to the Pelikan Souverän series of fountain pen, often the versions with the green or blue stripes appear. These colours can be found in many different pen sizes. Particularly, the Black-Green model is available in M300, M400, M600, M800, and M1000, which essentially is the entire regular production line of the Souverän series. There are also other coloured models that have a solid presence in Pelikan’s regular lineup. The Black-Red is one such model.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red
Nib: 14K gold fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Regular edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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The Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red is a regular edition pen. And it comes with the standard packaging for the Pelikan Souverän line. It’s a fairly large box that can be opened by lifting the top cover. The fountain pen itself is well protected in a white Pelikan pen pouch. The design and the materials used for the packaging is adequate for a pen of its price range. I always wish that for different pen models and colours, there can be a bit of variety. But I don’t have much to complain here considering the high build quality.

2. Pen Design (8/10):
The Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red has the same dimensions and weight as the two other ones that I have reviewed in the past, the M405 Black-Blue-Silver and the M400 Black-Green. The pen is of small to medium size, and the light weight makes it easy to handle, no matter whether it’s posted or not. The threads on the pen are smooth and they are not sharp. The cap posts securely, and the pen body is well polished. It is not difficult to tell that this is a well built fountain pen.

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What’s different for this version of the M400 fountain pen is the colour scheme. The pen is decorated with red stripes on the barrel. Considering that I already had two M400/M405 at that time, the red stripes was pretty much the main reason why I bought this pen. The stripes are not monotone; with different angles, there are a variety of shades of red reflecting on the barrel. Combined with the gold-plated clip and trim rings, this pen offers a warm feeling. And the contrast between the red stripes and the black resin really makes this pen stand out.

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The Black-Red design is currently available on the M400 and the M600 model. Unfortunately the M800 Black-Red seems to be already discontinued. However if that pen ever gets reintroduced, it will be an easy purchase decision.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Pelikan makes a lot of piston filling fountain pens, and the brand knows how to make it well. This M400 Black-Red has the same high quality piston filling mechanism that can be found in the other M400/M405 pens that I have reviewed. It’s smooth. It’s efficient. It has a fairly high ink capacity. The transparent caps between the stripes serve as the ink windows. I find no other pen model that also has such a great filling system within its price range.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):

The 14K gold fine nib on this pen writes very well. I did not have a very great experience with the fine nib on the M400 Black-Green that I reviewed, but this one writes without any of the issues that I had before. It writes very smoothly without any nib adjustment. My only concern about the nib is that it writes more like a medium nib. I find that Pelikan’s nibs tend to be on the wider side of the nib size designation.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
I do not find any issue that makes this M400 Black-Red difficult to be taken care of. The materials used to construct the pen is durable, and the pen design ensures that cleaning this fountain pen can be quick and easy. With a piston unit that runs smoothly and a removable nib unit, any fountain pen ink can be effectively flushed out of this pen.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 8/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 46/50

Perhaps the most iconic design of the Pelikan Souverän fountain pens is the green stripes. But the red stripes here can be equally as beautiful, if not more. Personally, I enjoy the writing performance of the Pelikan Souverän M400/M405 fountain pens, and recommend them as excellent daily writers. This M400 Black-Red adds a great colour scheme to the lineup and I really hope that this option can be available on the larger M800 and M1000 sizes.

Pen Review: Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème

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Pelikan in the recent years have been releasing special editions in the Classic M200/M205 line, mostly related to the Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year, or as re-release of past special editions with slight tweaks. While having a special edition that matches with the ink of the year is a cool idea, reintroducing old special releases doesn’t sound that interesting to me. However, this isn’t always the way that Pelikan releases new pen finishes. The Pelikan M200 Café Crème is one good example that has a brand new colour scheme and is quite well received.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème
Nib: Stainless steel medium nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Speciel edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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The Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème uses the standard Pelikan packaging for the Classic line. There is nothing that is special for this model. It’s the same box that is used by my previously reviewed M200 Black, M200 Demonstrator, and M205 White-Silver. It’s a cardboard box that can be pulled open. Inside there is a white pen pouch that protects the pen. Considering the price of the pen, the packaging here is adequate. Pelikan’s gift box for the Classic line offers elegant designs, high quality accessories, and does not take a lot of spaces.

2. Pen Design (9/10):
This special edition Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème shares the same pen construction as the other M200/M205s that I have reviewed before. The resin body makes the pen quite light. The length and width of the pen are both about average. It’s not a big pen, but still comfortable to hold in the hand. The weight balance is well executed no matter whether the pen cap is posted or not. These small to medium size M200/M205 fountain pens offer a good balance between usability and portability.

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The biggest highlight of this special edition is the colour scheme. What’s featured here is a cream coloured barrel, with a dark brown/chocolate coloured ink window. The grip section, piston knob, and cap are made from resin in the dark brown colour. This subtle yet still unique dark brown resin is quite a good choice, in my opinion. Along with the gold-plated trims, the pen represents the “Café Crème” theme well and has a warm feeling. The colours used here are not simple repetition from another version. Instead the whole colour scheme is more or less fresh, and easily distinguishable from the other ones in the lineup.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Pelikan’s piston filling system always works reliably. This pen’s piston mechanism is no exception. It’s smooth and efficient. The barrel holds a lot of ink and the large ink window helps the users check the ink level of the pen without any difficulty.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):

The gold-plated stainless steel medium nib on this pen writes well right out of the box. It doesn’t offer much line variation but still has a lot of springiness. The nib is very smooth but not over polished. I don’t find much issue with hard start or skipping. It’s the perfect candidate for daily writings.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):

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Just like any non-demonstrator version of the Pelikan M200/M205 fountain pens, this M200 Café Crème is easy to handle when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. The nib unit is removable, making it very convenient to access the ink reservoir for the detailed cleaning. The piston unit is smooth and powerful enough to clean ink out of the pen quickly.
The resin construction may make the user feel that the pen is light and fragile. But the material is actually quite durable. Other than the normal micro-scratches, I don’t find much extra wear and tear on the pen.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 47/50

Among all of the special edition Pelikan Classic M200/M205s that I have, the M200 Café Crème is one of the my favourite. While most of the special editions are just different shades from the spectrum, with a single colour used for the whole pen, or just a different colour on the barrel with the rest of the pen unchanged, the Café Crème has a set of carefully selected colours and actually carries a theme. The choice of colours is up to the personal preference, but at least I really like the cream and dark brown coloured resin used here.
The Pelikan Classic M200/M205 is a good line of pens that offers excellent writing performance, high ink capacity, and relatively affordable prices. In my opinion, this M200 Café Crème is a perfect example to demonstrate what a Pelikan entry level piston filling pen should look like. With the tasteful colour scheme, it’s not just a great daily writer, but one of my favourite Pelikan fountain pens.

Pen Review: Lamy 2000

There are many new fountain pen models every year. Some of them are just a refresh of colours used, while the others have new designs. There are also designs that had never been significantly changed. These are the classics that often have a large number of followers, and the designs have stood the test of time. The pen to be reviewed this time is one good example of the pens in the classics category. It is the Lamy 2000.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Lamy 2000
Nib: 14K gold fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Regular edition

1. Packaging (7/10):
Just like any Lamy packaging that I have seen so far, the pen box of the Lamy 2000 provides adequate protection to the pen, but it looks underwhelming. The design is towards saving the space, saving the material used, and let the focus stay on the pen.
However as one of Lamy’s most iconic designs, this pen deserves a more delicate packaging, in my opinion. Personally, I can understand the simplicity design. But I still don’t really appreciate what’s provided here. I feel it’s not enough for a fountain pen of this status and price range.

2. Pen Design (9/10):

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The Lamy 2000 speaks both classic and future at the same time. It has a high performance gold nib and an efficient piston filling system. It shifts away from using traditional pen materials, but instead let Makrolon and stainless steel form the streamlined shape of the fountain pen. The overall matte finish and the contrast between the grey and silver tones create a piece of writing instrument that is not only looking elegant, but also comfortable in the hand.
The Lamy 2000 features a snap cap. The capping mechanism provides a solid feedback when the cap is closed/removed. The pen has a good weight balance with or without posting the cap. Without posting, the pen is still long enough. With the matte stainless steel grip section, the Lamy 2000 is comfortable to hold. Since the surface is not polished to a mirror like shine, it is easy to have a firm grip on the pen, and there are no threads to be found. The hooded nib design is not commonly seen on modern fountain pens. This design integrates well aesthetically, as the streamlined shape of the pen extends naturally all the way to the nib.

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On the other end of the pen, here it comes one of my favourite designs on the Lamy 2000. The piston knob is perfectly integrating into the shape of the pen, and it is easy to see how great it is engineered. When the piston knob is screwed in, the gap between the barrel and the piston knob is incredibly thin. It is quite difficult to see where that gap is, making the pen look wonderfully simple and elegant. At the end of the grip section, there is also a narrow gap. The grip section is removable, and can be screwed off to gain access to the nib unit and the ink reservoir.

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My Lamy 2000 is equipped with a 14K gold fine nib, plated with platinum. The nib is quite tiny. With the hooded nib design, the nib cannot be very large. Even though usually I prefer the appearances of pens with large nibs, this design of the Lamy 2000 doesn’t really bother me.

3. Filling System (9/10):
The Lamy 2000 utilizes the piston filling system, and it has a great one. The piston filling mechanism integrated into the pen is not only working well, but also aesthetically pleasing. As mentioned earlier, the piston knob is perfectly fitted as the extension of the barrel. The piston operation is smooth, and the ink reservoir has a good capacity. With the installed fine nib, I think the amount of ink that this pen can hold is quite generous. On the barrel and near the grip section, there are four clear stripes. These are the ink windows. When the pen is filled in full, these ink windows can hardly been seen. However, when the ink level gets lower, the ink windows start to reappear and can show the colour of the ink used. Other than Pelikan’s piston implementation, this is one of the best that I have used.
While this piston filling system works really well, it is not perfect. The grip section is removable, so that the ink reservoir can be accessed. However, the ink reservoir is quite narrow, making is a bit difficult to lubricate the piston seal through the chamber. It seems that it’s not very straightforward to remove the piston mechanism either. Regardless, I really enjoy the piston filling system on the Lamy 2000.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):

Many of the Lamy fountain pen models share the same nib configuration, whether in stainless steel or gold. That is the nib that’s been used in the Lamy Safari, Al-star, Studio, Dialog 3, etc. But the Lamy 2000 doesn’t use this same nib design. This pen uses a small nib that fits only on the Lamy 2000 series. For the one in my collection, I picked the 14K gold fine nib. Other than being very rigid and have no springiness or line variation, I like everything else about this nib. The fine nib writes true to its size designation, and have a fairly wet flow for a fine nib. It’s very smooth right out of the box, and there has been zero issue with skipping or hard start. It is such a perfectly tuned nib, particularly good for daily writings. Thanks to the snap cap, the Lamy 2000 is an excellent choice for taking quick notes as well.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
The Lamy 2000’s pen body is made from mainly Makrolon and stainless steel, and both are very strong and scratch resistant materials. After long period of uses, my pen is still able to mostly keep its original look and feel.
The grip section of the Lamy 2000 can be removed, therefore gaining direct access to the nib unit and the ink reservoir. The piston unit seems to be difficult to remove, but the operation is smooth and effortless. Cleaning the pen is a fairly simple task.

Summary:

Packaging: 7/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 9/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 44/50

The Lamy 2000 is a classic fountain pen that has been an excellent choice for more than 50 years. Its modern styling and strong performance make it frequently appear on many people’s recommended fountain pens or wish list.
It has a very balanced weight distribution. The snap cap opens easily and can be posted without making the pen too back heavy. The generously flowing 14K gold nib, the smooth piston filling mechanism, and the precision of the manufacturing, all can be found in the Lamy 2000.
Personally, I think the Lamy 2000 is one of the best offerings in its price range. It is a pen to be expected to work well all the time, every time.