The Lamy 2000 seems like a great place to start talking about fountain pens. If you search for Lamy 2000 on the internet, or its reviews you will hear a lot about Bauhaus design from Gerd Alfred Müller, its black Makrolon body with silver accents, its 14k gold hooded nib, and you might even hear some about form from function. I want to tell you what a great pen it is.
Yes, I know you are supposed to say both good things and bad things about the object you are reviewing so that people will take you seriously... but seriously it's a great pen.
Now, I will say that you should buy one a size smaller than what you want, I will agree with a lot of the reviews that say they write a little bigger than you would guess by the labeled size. Below is an example of my writing with the Lamy 2000. I bought the one with a fine nib... I really feel like it is more of a medium.
See... I said something negative, now read the post and be rest assured that I am not just going to blather on about a great pen.
I bought my Lamy 2000 in Little Rock, AR. I know that Arkansas is not the place you would think to find a pen shop, but believe you me... ever time I find myself in Little Rock, I make sure I stop at Vanness Pen, Shaver & Gift Shop. Go in, talk to Mike, and you will be happy you did. While you are in there you can get your razor fixed, buy a wedding cake topper (we did buy ours there), and get a meat grinder attachment for your mixer. I had been in there on and off for about six months buying Lamy Safaris, Watermans, Sheaffers, a couple Cross pens... etc... Every time I went in, I oodled at the Lamy 2000. Finally Mike told me that I wasn't going to be happy until I bought one. He promised that if I bought it, I wouldn't regret. He was right.
It is a nice looking pen, in a very non-Montblanc way. It is matte black (there is a small bit of shine on the top of the cap.) The nob for activating the piston fill system blends in with the body perfectly. It even took me a few minutes to find it.
The writing is smooooooooth. I have written with a great number of pens. This is the smoothest. Considering that it was designed in 1966, They knew what they were doing. A lot of people may say that I am exaggerating the smoothness... that may be so, I do love this pen... but I have also noticed that the people who expound on the smoothness factor, are mostly operating the fine and medium models, and that a majority of the "toothiness" crowd are operating the extra fine models. I am not saying that I am trying to justify my experience of overwhelming smoothness... I am just saying...
My final thought on this pen is this. In a world hit by a recession (despite whose fault it is) extra cash is a commodity, everything is expensive, and you really have to want something to push yourself over the edge. I own 9 or 10 pens from Lamy. I do not think they have the best quality control in the world, but I don't think Parker, Pilot, Sheaffer, Waterman, Cross, or even Montblanc are any better. I really like Lamy because I know that what ever I get from them, they are going to stand by 100% and make sure I like it and that I use it. I moved twice over the last 2 years. During one of those moves, I found the section of my Lamy 2000 snapped. It had been in its case, and it was moved in a well packed box, but it was broken. It might have been my fault (or one of my helpers) it might have been weather shifts, it might have be a fault in the pen. At that point, the pen had been in my regular rotation for over 3 years. I sent it to Lamy with a letter of explanation and cash for return shipment. 2 weeks latter it was back, no questions asked. I have not had a problem since. I know that if I DO have a problem, they will take care of it.
If you are on the fence, go buy it. If you are not in or around Arkansas and can't go to Vanness, I would buy one from GouletPens.com Mike at Vanness was right, I don't regret it, and it has become one of my favorite pens.