In the middle of the 1960s, having just taken over as Head of Marketing, Dr. Manfred Lamy sat down to have a meeting with renowned product designer Gerard A. Muller. The result of that meeting was the Lamy 2000 and with it the foundation that would guide the design of all Lamy pens to come.
Using the Bauhaus design philosophy of "Form Follows Function" Gerard Muller put together a pen that appears basic, simple, but hides under its black exterior intricate and beautiful design.
The Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen holds a permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art.
The body of the Lamy 2000 is made from a mixture of brushed and polished stainless steel in the nib and head and a material known today as Makrolon for the matte black body.
This innovative material is a fibreglass polycarbonate, a highly durable but lightweight structure that absorbs light and gives the Lamy 2000 its unique style and color.
experience but it is coated with a shining palladium coating. This allows the pen to glide across the paper whilst keeping the aesthetics of the pen in line.
The fountain pen also uses a piston refilling system. This system, built in to the body of the pen, draws ink up through the nib and in to an interior chamber cleaning the nib as it is refilled. A simple twist of the body locks the pen back together.
The clip and cap of the Lamy 2000 lock neatly in to place over the nib to prevent leaking and staining in the pocket however the clip also hides my favourite piece of design engineering on the pen. Muller and Lamy recognised that, with any quality fountain pen getting heavy use, the gold and steel clips being used would all bend over time. Losing their spring and grip meant that the clips also lost their function; to hold the pen in place in pocket or briefcase. To anser this issue Gerard Muller built the clip from solid stainless steel, polished to a high shine, and then embedded a delicate spring and pivot system in to the cap where the clip connected. The solid steel is resistant to warping and bending but it still serves the purpose of holding your pen firmly in place.
The Lamy 2000 is still being produced today in it's distinctive Makrolon style how ever Lamy have introduced a full range of finishes to suit everyones personal tastes. Wether you're using the Blackwood Ballpoint, with it's body turned from a solid piece of polished wood, or the latest in the line with it's brushed stainless steel body (designed to match a series released to celebrate the year 2000 - The pen I used myself to draft this article.) you know you are using a Lamy 2000. A pen with history, with weight and one designed to perform with beauty.
Devlin's have just received a new shipment of Lamy pens, including the Lamy 2000, which you can view here: http://devlinsonline.com.au/collections/lamy