Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Removing a Lamy 2000 Nib

I love the Lamy 2000, but the one thing that's kind of confusing about it is checking the nib size. The hooded nib covers up the stamping of the nib size, so you have to disassemble the pen to check it. I've been asked how to do this, so I thought I'd break it out into a very focused video specifically on the topic.

The grip of the pen unscrews slightly above where the stainless steel stops, where the notches sit for the cap. Unscrew it all the way, and using your fingers only (no tools), try to push on the feed on the nib end of the grip to push the nib/feed unit out of the grip housing. It'll take a little finagling to make this happen the first time, but it should be easier after that.

Once it's removed, you can see the nib size and clean the pen more thoroughly. But, make sure you put it back in the right way, it has to be in the same orientation you pulled it out. Also, make sure you don't lose the ring that has the tabs on it, otherwise you won't be able to cap your pen!

This all sounds a lot more elaborate than it is, and once you do it a couple of times you'll be a pro. Just make sure you're careful and don't lose any parts or damage anything, there are no Lamy 2000 parts available through retailers, you'll have to go through Lamy USA to get new parts (and probably have to pay for them). And if you have a stainless steel L2k, the process is the same!

Write On,
Brian Goulet


  1. Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the video. Is there anything special about cleaning this pen? I'm used to and quite comfortable cleaning and swapping inks with my Safari pens, but haven't really been sure how to thoroughly clean the 2000. I'm a little more cautious about the 2000 than I am with the Safari. Any advice?

    Also, I've been using Noodler's Liberty's Elysium in my Safaris (I love the color) and I have a little bit of nib creep going on with that particular ink. I haven't put it in my 2000 as a result (and the uncertainty of proper cleaning). Any thoughts on the use of ink in the pen or if you know of the ink tending toward having nib creep?

  2. Wait a minute. Does this mean the Lamy 2000 has the same nib as a $10 Safari? Because it looks identical.

  3. Strange... I did this with mine (bought in early 2006) and it says .565 instead of a letter.

  4. No, the Lamy 2000's nib is rhodium-plated gold. The Safari's nib is stainless steel. However, Lamy nibs are interchangeable--at least on the Safari, Al-Star, Studio, etc.; not sure about the interchangeability of the 2000 nib.

  5. It might be worth noting that technically, I believe this could void the warranty. I contacted Lamy about a stiff piston in my 2000 and inquired if it would void the warranty if I unscrewed the section in order to apply a small amount of silicon grease. They confirmed that any disassembly of the pen would void the warranty, full stop. Now, I can't imagine they could really TELL you had unscrewed the section, but that was the word from the horse's mouth. Maybe Brian knows more?

  6. OK, I'll ask. Have you (or will you) try exchanging another Lamy nib into the 2000 please? even if replacing a gold one with steel? Just to see.....

  7. The Lamy 2000 nib is more rounded at the base of the nib and they are not as wide over all.

  8. My wife is a 'nib gripper' (she really chokes up on any writing instrument she uses) I bought her a Shaeffer 100 because it has a shorter nib than most, and this has helped keep her 'fingers semi-free of ink'. However, after watching this video, the Lamy 2000 looks like just the ticket to keep her fingers completely free of ink. So my question is this, when deciding between the fine and x-fine nib are there any recommendations? She is going to want the best writing experience. This would be defined as smooth, minimal feed back, and not scratchy. Her writing paper is usually HP Premium Choice 32# or Rhodia Premium Soft Touch Notebook. However, she does want the finest line possible. We are wondering what people's opinions are who have used the Lamy 2000 with fine and/or extra-fine nibs, and what choice we might make. Thanks!


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