This is the famous, or is it infamous, Lamy 2000.
I'll be honest, I had absolutely no desire to acquire this pen. It's not particularly an attention getter - no bells, no whistles, no "look at me" feel. Yes, it has received praise and attention from dozens and dozens of fountain pen fanatics as a wonderful pen, but I just said "nah" and focused on my vintage pens.
Then a friend in the UK started telling me that he had acquired one and while he liked it, he was not completely enamored of it. For some time he had been wanting a Pilot Vanishing Point but didn't want to spend the money in case he hated it. I really like my faceted VP from the 1980s but was not as crazy about the more modern Carbonesque's design and found that I did not use this pen very often. So I proposed a trade.
Well, he agreed and off went the Pilot and in came the Lamy.
I was immediately impressed by the understated look and the feel of the pen. Although, a lightweight pen it gives a real feel of sturdiness and quality. As it's arrival happened to coincide with my receipt of J. Herbin's new 1670 Edition Anniversaire ink I immediately loaded it up.
Ok, I mean loaded it up. This pen holds a TON of ink. It is a piston filler with a large ink capacity. This is a double edged sword: you are able to write for a very long time before refilling, but you'd better be happy with the ink you chose.
Here is a description of the Lamy 2000 taken from Wikipedia:
Lamy's flagship fountain pen is the 2000. Designed by Gerd Alfred Müller and released in 1966, it remains in production today. The 2000 was innovative for its day for its use of a special fiberglass resin produced by Bayer, Makrolon, for the body of the pen. It is the only Lamy fountain pen that is a piston fill pen, so thus only takes bottled ink. It has a flexible 14 carat gold nib, though it is plated with platinum, which achieves a uniform colour scheme to the pen. The pen's design demonstrates the Bauhaus influence on Lamy pens, and that of "form follows function". The classic design continues to be popular forty years after being introduced. Notable author Neil Gaiman wrote his book American Gods with his Lamy 2000, which he refers to as his "novel writing pen". In addition to normal production mechanical pencil, ballpoint and four-color ballpoint versions, a commemorative fountain pen version was produced for the millennial called the Edition 2000, which features an inverse design of the original: a stainless steel body with Makrolon ring and polished clip.
Most of the following is taken directly from the Lamy Company website:
The Lamy Fountain Pen Company has a long, long history. Up until 1930, C. Josef Lamy, worked as an export and branch manager for an American writing instruments manufacturer, The Parker Pen Company according to Wikipedia. When he left Parker he set up his own business in Heidelberg, the Orthos Füllfederhalter-Fabrik.
At the beginning of the Second World War, during Which time the young Heidelberg enterprise has to take on armaments work, more than 200,000 fountain pens of the ORTHOS and ARTUS brands are being produced annually.
To mark the start of a new era, three years after the end of the War, the name of the firm is changed from Orthos Füllfederhalter-Fabrik to C. Josef Lamy GmbH.
The streamlined fountain pen LAMY 27, which with its innovative “Tintomatik” system ensures a smooth, clean flow of ink, symbolises the birth of the LAMY writing instruments brand and achieves the firm’s breakthrough on the market.
Well do you think I'm a fan? If not let me tell you that I am! I absolutely adore this pen. It is comfortable, it writes well, they only problem I see is... why the heck didn't I get one sooner?!?!