Lamy 2000: Did you know?

20 04 2010

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If you’ve been following Brassing for long, you’re probably aware that I think pretty highly of the Lamy 2000, and have owned several of them.  Lately, though, I’ve learned a few things about the Lamy 2000 that I thought were/are pretty interesting (and potentially very helpful to some of you).

1. OEM nib sizes: EF/F/M/OM/B/OB/BB/OBB – If you’re buying in the States, you’re most likely to find EF/F/M/B from most retailers. But…if you want an oblique or a double-broad, they’re easily sourced through Lamy USA. They offer free nib swaps (you pay the postage) on new pens.

2. Modern Lamy 2000 nibs tend toward the broader side of the stated width. That is, if you purchase an XF, don’t be terribly surprised if it writes more like a skinny-ish F. If you purchase a M, expect it to lay down a line boardering on broad. (This isn’t exactly a brand new revelation, but it’s worth mentioning just the same.)

3. Believe it or not, there was a day when Lamy nibs ran true to size (and potentially even a hair smaller than stated width). I have three Lamy nibs (two of which are vintage) that I alternate in my 2000, and while they’re all a little odd in their own right (one is stainless steel, one is yellow 14K gold, and one is missing the tipping material), they all actually write pretty well. The best part, though? The yellow gold nib is an XF, and it’s a TRUE XF (maybe even finer than that). The stainless nib is a B, and it’s got a naturally stubby cut to it – and it writes a fairly normal-sized broad line.

4. You CAN find nibs for these pens if you want something interesting or need a replacement. Nibs from the Lamy 27-30, 27-31, and 27-32 (all of which which are typically 14K nibs), and steel nibs from the 80 and 99 will all fit the 2000. These pens can sometimes be a bit of a bear to find, but if you’re watching eBay, they do come up from time to time. The best part? These pens featured a full(er) lineup of nib sizes than today’s 2000. Lamy produced nibs in the following sizes: EF, F, FK, M, B, BB, BBB, OF, OM, OB, and OBB. If you’re looking for a monster-sized nib for your 2000, the only place you’ll find a BBB is here, as far as I know.

Note: When looking for the Lamy 27, the models with nibs that will fit the 2000 are the ones with squared-off ends, not the rounded/torpedo-shaped ends.

So, there you have it. A few things that are hopefully helpful for those of you with questions about Lamy 2000 nibs, and how to make yours write the way you want it to! Special thanks to my good friend Gary out in New Jersey for sharing some of this great information with me (and for donating that 14K XF nib when I was in need)! Gary has a very nice collection of Lamy 27s (there are a zillion different models, and I think he has one of almost every one of ’em), and he’s done a tremendous amount of research into the history of these great pens.

*BTW – If you have a Lamy 2000 that’s broken, and you don’t know what to do with it, drop me a line. I might be able to help you out. I’m always on the hunt for parts pens, and perhaps we can work something out that’ll make both of us happy! You can email me here.

I’m not dead yet…

1 07 2008

…just haven’t had much time lately.

I’m working on a few cool things, though. Stay tuned in the next couple of days. I think my schedule is finally calming down a little bit.

I trust everyone is doing well!

Levenger jumps in with both feet…stub nibs!

7 05 2008

A quick one that I hadn’t had the chance to mention yet…

Levenger has recently jumped in to the world of customized nibs with a new stub/italic nib for their TrueWriter series!

I’ve had the chance to play with one of these for a while now (for a time, they were available in-store), and I have to say…it’s GREAT!  Super-smooth, and enough of an italic cut that it’ll give you great line variation!  Sadly, I don’t have any writing samples or homebrew pics because the TrueWriter is currently on loan to a good friend in North Hollywood.  When she’s done with it, though, I’ll take a few and post ’em up. 

Here’s a few pictures borrowed from their website.

Getting back in the saddle…

30 04 2008

Just wanted to let everyone know that I haven’t forgotten the blog, and also to apologize for my absence.  There’s been a new set of realities to get used to lately, and that’s taken a little time.  Rest assured, though…there’ll be some new content soon.  Hopefully tomorrow.  I’ve got stuff ready (almost), but haven’t had the time to put the finishing touches on it all yet.  Thanks for being patient.

Where did "Brassing Adds Character" come from?

24 02 2008

A few people have asked me about this from time to time, and since I had a few minutes, I thought I’d answer the question.

The title “Brassing Adds Character” was really derived from two things. 

  • My interest in vintage pens
  • An old Chevy pickup truck commercial

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve figured out that there’s more time spent on fountain pen reviews and the like than most out there (although I do try to mix in a bit on the productivity side, and a few hacks here and there). 

Many of you who know me personally also know that I really enjoy vintage pens, although they’re a bit difficult to review because each one is so different.  If I review a 1945 Dove Grey Parker “51” and urge you to buy it because they’re such outstanding pens, there’s no guarantees that your 1945 Dove Grey will end up being as outstanding as mine.  Vintage pens have been through a lot, and each one has its own story to tell.  The story that mine tells will undoubtedly be different than the one that yours tells.  I think that’s part of the joy of hunting through antique shops and flea markets looking for these things.  Each pen tells a story.

A few years ago (probably 10 or more), there was a TV spot that ran here in the States for Chevy trucks that showed an old rancher/farmer who had a shiny new Silverado hooked up to a big old stump in the ground that he was trying to pull out.  If memory serves me right (and honestly, it’s a bit fuzzy on this commercial), when he gave it a little throttle to get the stump out, the chain came loose from the stump or something, and at any rate, it ended up coming forward pretty hard and denting the tailgate.  The tagline at the end of the ad was “Dents Add Character.”

In my opinion, that’s where the two thought lines converge.  Each pen tells a story.  Most vintage pens (most vintage anything, really) aren’t perfect.  They’ve got dings, dents, and in many cases, spots where the metal has started to wear away (brassing).  That brassing, along with the dents, all tell a story. 

Hence, brassing adds character.