Notes: I’ve been between picking up the Lamy 2000 ballpoint and the unique multipen for a while. I opted for the ballpoint, mostly because of the D1 refills that the multipen takes. They’re really small and I didn’t want to have to deal with constantly changing out empty cartridges. The L2k ballpoint is a simple pen that matches the rest of the 2000 line – stainless steel and makrolon.
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The L2k ballpoint writes reasonably well, but it takes a proprietary refill. This is kind of annoying, as I will have to go out of my way to order a new one when this runs out. Monteverde makes refills for this pen, and I snagged a pack of those along with my order. The pen is on the shorter side and it’s quite light. The knock has a nice feel to it, the clip works well, and the tip of the pen tapers off to a nice point so you can easily see what you’re writing.
- Proprietary refills – this means there’s not as many color options or ink types to choose from
- Price – at ~$60 there are SO many options out there for a solid pen. You’re not getting much out of this pen (other than design) than a Parker Jotter
If you’re as big a fan of the Lamy 2000 fountain pen as I am, then you’d appreciate the ballpoint for its matching aesthetic. If you’re just looking for a really nice ballpoint pen, there are plenty of better options at a much lower price point. If this pen was around $40, I’d be much more likely to recommend it. The construction is great, the design is clean and appealing, but it’s just a little too much money for what it is.