My Lamy 2000, a brief update.

After writing up my history with the Lamy 2000 recently, (My Lamy 2000 fountain pen and I), I made a fairly simple do-it-yourself adjustment to the nib to increase the flow. Mine has a broad nib. Being left-handed and writing in an “overwriter” style, I need a slightly wetter flow.

This involved carefully bending the small nib upwards very slightly to widen the gap between the tines. The result was a wetter flow, better lubrication and a generally far happier and less frustrating writing experience. No longer was it necessary to maintain pressure on the nib to write. The gap between the tines is now clearly visible when viewed under a loupe, although in profile, any upward bend of the nib is barely evident.

Lamy 2000 Broad nib, 14k gold and platinum plated. Now with tines a little wider than before.

I happily wrote more than 12 pages of A4 paper before getting through one fill of Waterman Serenity Blue ink, which gives you an idea of the wetness of the nib. If anything it was perhaps a little too much on the wet side.

I found that trying to close the gap is more difficult than opening it. Instead, it occurred to me to try a drier ink and I recalled that Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue (“Konigsblau”) is such an ink.

Showing front section, nib and feed, disassembled for cleaning.

Once again, the Lamy 2000 went upstairs for a bath. It is an easy and enjoyable pen to clean. For the benefit of anyone unfamiliar with this, my routine is as follows:-

  • Unscrew the section from the barrel. Lift off the metal horse-shoe shaped ring which sits in a recess at this join, which is the clip to hold the cap on. Do not lose it or let it go down the plug hole.
  • Then, holding the nib between finger and thumb (above and below the nib, not at the sides), gently push the nib inwards, so that the entire nib and feed unit comes out through the back of the section; note that there is a thick rubber washer towards the back of the feed, which you must also be careful not to lose.
  • The nib and feed unit can then be rinsed in water to remove all traces of the last used ink. If desired the nib can be slid off the feed, as this simply clips over the sides, just like a Lamy Safari nib. Be extra careful not to lose this either, as it is quite small and fiddly on its own.
  • Wash the ink reservoir by drawing water up and down a few times until this runs clear. If desired, to lubricate the piston, (although I do not do this every time), introduce a tiny amount of silicone grease to the inside walls of the reservoir, with a toothpick or similar implement and wind the piston up and down a few times to spread the grease. Thank you, to an old Goulet Pens video for this advice.
The small bits – cap locking ring, the nib and feed washer. The washer makes a handy support for nib photos.

I filled the pen with Pelikan 4001 Konigsblau and, low and behold, the flow now seems to be spot on for me. It is still sufficiently wet to give great flow and lubrication, for effortless writing with minimal pressure, but the flow is not excessive.

Writing sample, Lamy 2000 with Pelikan 4001 Konigsblau on Basildon Bond letter writing paper.

The Konigsblau is an ink that I have not used very much before. I have had two bottles of it hanging around for a long time. I had never really liked the shade of blue all that much as it seemed to me rather pale and lacking the vibrance of say Waterman Serenity Blue or Montblanc Royal Blue. And yet now, in a wetter pen with a broad nib, this Pelikan ink comes into its own. It does seem paler than Serenity Blue but gives an elegant look, with some subtle shading. With the stubby broad nibbed Lamy, you benefit from this shading and also a degree of line width variation.

I could easily have given up on the Lamy or left it dormant as I had not got on with it for so long. Similarly, the Pelikan ink had been little used and was always passed over when I wanted a royal blue, as I would pick another from Waterman, Montblanc, Aurora, or Caran d’Ache from my ink drawer.

I am now using and enjoying my Lamy 2000 more than at any time since I bought it almost six years ago. The conclusion is that not only pens, but inks too, can enjoy a renaissance if we give them (or ourselves) another chance.

Writing sample on John Lewis Script, Post quarto laid writing pad, Ivory, 100gsm.

11 thoughts on “My Lamy 2000, a brief update.

  1. I am thrilled that you have your 2000 the way you want it. I too have had some pens that just aren’t right, and then after a ten-minute fix they are transformed. Satisfying yet a certain degree of regret that you didn’t do it sooner! Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you! Yes that’s true. Thinking back to five or so years ago, I did not have the confidence or experience then to risk ruining a gold nib and it has taken a while to get to this point. A happy ending this time 🙂

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  2. I keep trying mine and putting it away, but not because of the nib/writing experience. I just find in this modern world of oversized pens I actually find it a little too thin. Certainly keeping it though. Good to see you now get on with yours.

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    1. That’s interesting. I hold mine high up and posted so the girth is ok for me. But it just depends on what you get used to…after a week with a Lamy CP1, the 2000 would probably feel quite generous.

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  3. Always good to hear that DIY nib adjustments end in happy writers/owners! And I never ceased to be surprised by what a difference drier and wetter inks can make to a pen that might otherwise be consigned to the-bottom-desk-drawer-of-pen-disgust.

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  4. Really nice entry – I bought my Lamy 2000 at an estate sale – it’s one of the earliest (though the differences with a modern model are subtle) and one of my favorite pens (along with my Parker “51” and PFM).

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for reading Bill. This is a pen that I have always wanted to like but it has taken me a while to finally get there. Now I have a lot of catching up to do and find myself reaching for it frequently from the pen cup.

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  5. Hi Rupert
    That’s a really interesting and very helpful post. I bought a 2000 M nib from Cult Pens and found writing with it such hard work that I returned it and to their credit they swapped it for a B nib at the discounted price. It was still skipping and needed a lot of pressure; even with a thousand loops written on rough brown paper there wasn’t a huge improvement. After trying your tine spreading trick it’s appreciably better. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Emile. Your story sounds very similar to my own. I am very glad to have been of some help. I had been reluctant to tinker with the gold nib but eventually reached a stage of being past caring, which is sometimes just the right time to tackle some risky nib work.

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