5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A classic design,
This review is from: LAMY 2000 Medium Nib Fountain Pen (Office Product)
I'd wanted one of these for ages, so swooped in when it was on offer on the W H Smiths website. It's a plain black fountain pen, made from steel and plastic. The plastic is a posh and very tough kind of plastic called Makrolon. Two tiny protrusions from the barrel help to secure the push-on cap. I've seen some comments grumbling about how these feel, but if you hold the pen normally, they won't be touching any part of your hand. The pen is new as I write this, but I've had the matching pencil for a year or so. Both are very comfortable to hold, and both are famously plain in design - apart from the top of the cap and the nib, all surfaces are brushed and matt, so finger marks and day-to-day wear and tear don't show, and the branding is just "LAMY" on the side of part of the clip.
This is a piston pen, so you cannot use cartridges or a converter. Instead, you fill the barrel of the pen itself with a much larger amount of ink, from a good old-fashioned bottle. There's a small transparent part of the barrel which is supposed to help you notice when the ink has nearly run out. I've seen one review that says this indication is rather late - not an issue for me, as I use fountain pens at work desks rather than on the road, so I've always got an ink bottle. I've also seen claims in a review that Lamy's quality control isn't very good. All I can say about that is that in half a dozen or so purchases of various Lamy pens and pencils, I've never needed to send one back.
If you want a fancy-looking pen, this is not for you. If you want one that writes well and will serve you well as a pen for good, this is the one.