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Pen Review: Lamy 2000 Ballpoint

I bought the Lamy 2000(affiliate link) pen because I have their fountain pen, and I really like that pen even if it’s very, very broad point. So, while I was at Daly’s (if you’re ever in Milwaukee, you really need to check them out) picking up some refills, I decided to pick up the Lamy 2000 ballpoint. I might yet pick up the roller ball, when my obsession comes back around to roller balls.

Anyway, so what kind of pen is the Lamy 2000? A pretty good one, even if it’s a bit pricey ($65). It’s been around since 1966, but it has a rather timeless design – I would have guess it came out maybe 5 years ago. The model I have is the fiberglass reinforced plastic version, they also have a “blackwood” (ebony?) version which costs more.

The pros:

  • Very light weight – no dragging down any pocket with this pen.
  • Cartridge is pretty large capacity.
  • The reveal is enough to grab the pen without trouble.
  • The barrel diameter is large enough for an easy gasp.
  • The surface finish also provides an easy grip.
  • The clip is hinge & spring, versus a straight spring clip. Should last a long time.
  • The refill doesn’t rattle or wiggle or click while writing – always a good thing.
  • There are no springs or other parts that come sliding out of the pen when changing the refill.
  • The mechanism doesn’t squeak or rattle, and has a satisfying action to it.
  • The mostly plastic body won’t mar or damage pocket-mates.

The cons:

  • It’s pretty expensive.
  • It’s so lightweight that you’ll never notice it missing from a pocket.
  • The clicker, for lack of a better term, looks the same whether the point is in or out – there’s no way to tell if the point’s out while the pen is in a pocket or sleeve.
  • The clip doesn’t have the capacity to clip onto thick pocket hems, like on the inside of a winter coat.
  • The clip has an annoying amount of side-play. It’s not a factor in actual usage, but a fine instrument, even a writing instrument, should have perfect fit and finish.

When I got this pen I selected the medium refill, but if they have a broad point I think I’d prefer it to the medium, which is a bit narrow. I like the pen, although the materials and weight make it seem more fragile than it really is. I find it very comfortable to write with, and an easy pen to carry. Time will tell how tough it really is.

3 comments… add one
  • Chris Meisenzahl January 2, 2006, 12:54 am

    I’ve had the Lamy 2000 fountain pen for over 2 years and love it. The piston filling mechanism is great, and holds a good amount of ink.

  • Doc TH December 7, 2010, 10:36 pm

    The Lamy 2000 is one of the most durable ball pens that you can buy. I had one accidentally go through the washer – a few superficial dings, but no serious damage. Didn’t even need a new refill. I have had it for about 20 years and it functions perfectly.

  • Gary in NYC February 6, 2013, 3:37 pm

    I wonder what version of the Lamy 2000 ballpoint you got. I have an older model, the one with the small “pip” under the clip, instead of the machined wedge. I have no trouble with the clip being loose at all. True, it won’t open up wide enough to slip over the pocket lip of a thick winter coat, but I don’t think that was ever the intention. It seems to work fine on any shirt pocket.

    I was lucky enough to get the 2006 Ceramicon edition of this ballpoint at a fairly good price about 3 years ago. It has an extremely luxurious feel about it. The click mechanism is superior to the old one. The clip is firmly in place with plenty of spring tension. I don’t think it’s worth over $250 (the current going rate), but if you can get one below $200 I’d say go for it.

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