We saved the best for last - a pen that truly transcends time. The Lamy 2000 is a piston-filling fountain pen you buy for life. Just by looking at the pen's sleek, space-age design, you would think it was invented in the last 10 years. Try 56. Lamy introduced the 2000 fountain pen in 1966 and it's captivated writers ever since.
The Lamy 2000 is a Bauhaus-inspired design executed to perfection. The strong, arching lines of the pen's profile are adorned only by a spring-loaded, metal clip. The material of the pen is a blend of fiberglass and resin called Makrolon. It has a warm, matte textured feel in the hand. Pulling off the snap cap reveals a brushed stainless steel front section, 14kt gold hooded nib, and a thin, translucent ink window.
For the purposes of our piston-filling discussion, the Lamy 2000 checks all the boxes. Not only does the 2000 have an ample ink capacity of over 1ml and a buttery smooth 14kt gold nib, but its hooded design allows you to draw ink from the bottom of an ink bottle or sample vial with ease.
To top it all off, the Lamy 2000 is one of the most affordable, gold-nib fountain pens with a street price of just a shade under $200 USD for the black Makrolon finish. A stainless steel version and limited edition styles are also available at an additional cost.