To start off our first round of brackets for finding the best beginner gold nib on the market, I have decided to pit the LAMY 2000 and the Pilot Vanishing Point against each other. I did this because they both have uncommon nibs (the LAMY 2000 being semi-hooded, and the Pilot Vanishing Point being retractable), are both fantastic EDC pens, and both are similarly sized and shaped. Let’s take a look at the specs of each pen to get a better understanding of what we’re dealing with!
Available Nib Widths
EF, F, M, OM, B, OB, BB, and OBB (an insane amount of choices here!)
Overall, the LAMY 2000 is a very comfortable, famously smooth pen to write with. The broad nib that I had the pleasure of using writes a juicy, fat line. It has great ink flow, without being overwhelmingly wet. The snap cap allows for quick and easy capping and uncapping of the pen, making it the perfect pen for both long writing sessions and simple, scribbled notes.
Additionally, the smooth, flowing, uninterrupted profile of the pen makes it comfortable to hold on any part of the section or barrel. That being said, there is one flaw to the 2000’s design, and it is that the section and barrel are both fairly skinny. If you have large hands, the skinniness might make for an uncomfortable writing experience.
Length (retracted and unretracted are equal in length)
Available Nib Widths
EF, F, M, B, and S (stub)
The Pilot Vanishing Point is a retractable nib fountain pen that comes in a whole array of colors and combinations. There are also yearly special edition colors released, which go for a higher price than the common colors. The fact that this pen has a retractable nib means that it has a place in every single pen collection. The novelty of the Pilot Vanishing Point is unmatched by any other, even when compared to its retractable nib counterparts from other brands.
To add onto that, the medium nib that I have installed in my VP is one of the smoothest nibs in my collection. It glides effortlessly across the page, with just a slight hint of marvelous feedback. However, just like the LAMY 2000, the Pilot Vanishing Point has one very controversial flaw. The clip. Yep, the clip is right up where the nib is, meaning that the user has to fit their grip around the clip.
Many people, including me, don’t even notice the clip placement. But, if you have a nontraditional 4-finger grip, you may have a hard time finding the VP comfortable to write with.
Considering both the pros and cons of each pen, they are very evenly matched. They are close to the same length, are almost identical in price, and both have a huge selection of nib sizes to choose from. Additionally, they each have one major flaw. So it all comes down to what you feel the bigger flaw is.
Personally, I feel that the LAMY 2000 wins this round. Being a more traditionally shaped pen with a far less controversial section, this would be the best choice of the two for your first gold nib experience.
Let me know what your decision would be in the comments below! Plus, come back next week for my showdown between the Pilot Custom 74 and the Sailor Pro Gear Slim, and in two weeks for the final showdown between the LAMY 2000 and next week’s winner!
Written by @palmerspens
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