Lamy 2000

Jeremy sent me a Lamy 2000 fountain pen for Christmas! I’ve been wanting one of these for a few months.

Currently, this has displaced my Vanishing Point as favorite pen. The vanishing point is smoother, but on good paper, it’s too smooth, and feels like writing on ice. The Lamy 2000, on the other hand, feels perfect on good paper. Still smooth, it also has some pleasant feedback. After writing with the Lamy, the Vanishing Point feels wild and out of control.

On ordinary paper, the Vanishing Point’s extra smoothness is a plus … the Lamy still feels good on mediocre paper, just a bit heavier than on good paper.

out of the box



first writing


Pelikan M200 Citroenpers

Purchased via Citroenpers.

This pen had a rough ride from the Netherlands to me. It took nearly a month! The plastic case the pen was shipped in was cracked in several places, but the pen itself was unscarred.

There was some condensation inside the barrel, so I took the nib off and it dried out over night. Then I was finally able to ink up and write with it. Nice writing experience. My complaint is the pen is too light, I prefer something more substantial. This Pelikan is lighter even than a Lamy Safari, and very small.

Pelikan M200
ink feed


I put Waterman cartridges in this pen. Once the current cartridge is empty, I’ll be cleaning the pen thoroughly and packing it away, probably never to write with it again. (I’m now spoiled by my Pilot Vanishing Point.)

The wood is bocote from Central America.


fine nib

You can mostly read the labelling in the large pictures. The nib reads “IRRIDIUM POINT GERMANY” on the front, and “6” on the back. I suspect it is actually a steel nib made in China; the Chinese didn’t bother to change the words after buying the works. The other reason I suspect the nib to be of chinese origin is because the nib is very scratchy when writing. My humble Parker Vector is a bit smoother writing than this pen.


The finish on the back end of the barrel is rubbing off.


Not a very good seal. The pen must be written with nearly every day or the nib will dry out.

The wood looks very nice though!


Namiki Vanishing Point

The shipping box

The real box

The Namiki Vanishing Point fountain pen!

Ships with the twist converter attached.

A nice shot of the nib.

Instructions are under the false bottom.

Sometimes it is a good idea to read first.

Under the directions: a cartridge of blue (or perhaps blue black) ink, and a metal cap to put on top of the cartridge (so the push button will still work with the cartridge, which is shorter than the twist converter)

Trap door closed.

Trap door opening, with nib just barely coming out.

Nib extended all the way.

Pulled the twist converter straight out.

Put in a Pilot Black cartridge (IC-100; not the Blueish one that shipped with the pen). Had to squeeze the cartridge a few times to get some ink started.

Hard to tell with this lighting, but I put the metal cap on top of the cartridge.

Nib back in the pen.

First writing!