Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Discussing the Lamy 2000: Quality Control

For years now we've been receiving emails and order comments requesting that we test out customers' Lamy 2000 nibs for "quality control" issues they've read about online. As we want to have awesome service, we test them on request, and seldom find anything actually wrong with the pens. After testing hundreds of pens, we thought it was time to share our experience and hopefully clear up some of the misconception we feel is out there about the way they perform.

So what specifically are we discussing here? It's mainly the issue of "quality control" in terms of how the Lamy 2000 writes. It definitely has a "sweet spot", meaning that it's sensitive to the rotation in your hand. Rotate it a little too much (especially to the right) and it'll skip or hard start. It's a little more sensitive than other pens in this way, and it's because of the way the nib is ground. It's very consistent from one pen to another, so it really isn't a QC issue, just a matter of design of the pen (the nib, specifically).

The nib is ground a bit less round then most other nibs, so it’s less forgiving. It's also very short and pretty stiff, so increased pressure won’t do much to compensate for over-rotation. If you write with more pressure, it will feel scratchy. It's our assessment that most of the complaints about scratchiness of the Lamy 2000 is related to the increased pressure some writers tend to use to compensate for over-rotation. It doesn't really matter if you're a lefty or righty, it's all about hitting that sweet spot! 

All this said, we’re still happy to inspect upon request when ordering at GouletPens.com, and we go a long way to help troubleshoot if there are any issues. We love the Lamy 2000 and we are in good company in saying it's one of the best fountain pens around today, especially for those stepping up into gold nibs. But it helps to know what you're getting into, and with a little getting used to, you can join the ranks of Lamy 2000 fans around the world.

What has your experience been? We'd love to hear in the comments below.

Write On,
Brian Goulet and Drew 


  1. This post couldn't have come at a better time as I am contemplating on purchasing a Lamy 2000, but was concerned about this exact topic. The last thing standing in my way are nib sizes. I generally prefer fine nibs (Lamy steel fine at its broadest). I've heard that the Lamy 2000 fine is broader than their steel fine. So should it be best if I went with extra fine? The nib nook is not clear enough for me to compare the differences.

    1. I have a fine safari and an extra fine 2000. Both are about the same width, with the 2k being perhaps a hair finer :)

  2. Great explanations. It's too bad that these days people always assume there's a problem without bothering to get information. Not just with pens, LOL.

  3. Love my 2000 it is one of the best writers that I have. This is my go to daily carry. Can't say enough good things about this pen.

  4. Nothing wrong with the 2000. It's one of my favorite pens. Get one!

  5. I've always heard the rumors and read many posts. I finally just went to a store a wrote a few words and...... it was amazing! Definitely getting none now.

  6. 100% agree with this post. Love my 2000 - perhaps my favorite pen. Definitely has a smaller sweet spot than other pens, though. With that in mind, it writes smoothly, wonderfully and the Fine nib fits my style perfectly.


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