Cool Trick for Greasing a Lamy 2000 Piston

If you have a Lamy 2000 or any other piston-filling fountain pen that doesn’t easily disassemble on the piston-end, then you will benefit greatly from learning this handy little tip for greasing up your piston seal. It doesn’t take long to do, and can make your pen feel brand new.

Essentially, you’re just taking off the nib (or the grip, in the Lamy 2000’s case), and swabbing the inside of the ink chamber with a q-tip coated with silicone grease. This works well for the Lamy, as well as Pelikans and other piston pens that have easily removable nibs (but not easily removable pistons).

If you have one of these pens you can surely benefit from this handy trick. Do you have any cool tips like this that you have for maintaining your pens? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet
2017-10-11T13:58:10+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Tips & Tricks|8 Comments
  • Tony

    Great idea. Can you essentially do the same by unscrewing the nib from a Pelikan M800?

    • Serge Vdovychenko

      Of course! However, an M800 (unlike M600 and lower models) has an easily removable piston (7 mm thin wrench, unscrew _clockwise_).

      • Tony

        Thanks Serge. My TWSBI wrench fits perfectly.

        • Serge Vdovychenko

          that’s an even better option

  • hambone

    Brian, does the silicon grease interact with the ink since it is within the ink chamber? New to FP and own a nice Lamy 2000.

    • Reynard

      The only ink I’ve heard of interacting with silicone is the famous Bay State Blue, which dyes it blue. No inks interact in a bad way.

  • Geeppen


    Thanks for this simple trick. I should have yhought of it years ago bit I didn’t. Now Lmay2000 & Pelikans move as smoothly as silk

  • Suzette

    Can this trick be used to grease the piston of a cartridge converter that doesn’t disassemble? I have a one in a Sheaffer pen that doesn’t come apart, but is very hard to slide up and down. The hole is very small and since it connects to the feed it’s trickier, but I wondered if a slim piece wire covered in rubber (like a round twist tie) dipped in silicone grease would do the trick?