Beginner Nib Bracket #3: LAMY 2000 vs. Sailor Pro Gear Slim

Here we are, at our final match-up in determining the best beginner gold nib fountain pen! The two pens we will be taking a look at today are the LAMY 2000 and the Sailor Pro Gear Slim. They both have a 14 karat gold nib, with flat tops and a curved, football-esque shape. Before making our final determination, let’s take one more look at each pen!

 

LAMY 2000

The LAMY 2000 has a snap cap, hooded nib, and is a piston filler. It comes in two main color ways (matte black makrolon and full metal stainless steel), and LAMY rarely puts out limited edition colors of the 2000.

LAMY, in what seems to be a way of making up for only offering the 2000 in two main colors, gives customers the choice of nibs ranging from extra-fine to double broad, with oblique medium, oblique broad, and oblique double broad nibs also being offered.

The nibs, especially the broader ones, are insanely smooth, gliding effortlessly across the page. They are generally on the wet side, so the huge ink capacity given by the piston filling mechanism definitely comes in handy.

All in all, the LAMY 2000 is a fantastic pen with awe-inspiring nibs and a beautiful, understated design.

For a full list of specs and a look at the mini review see, LAMY 2000 vs Pilot Vanishing Point article.

 

Sailor Pro Gear Slim

The Sailor Pro Gear Slim is Sailor’s entry level gold nib fountain pen, having a 14 karat gold nib that has a hint of bounce and some wonderful feedback. With constant limited edition and exclusive color combinations being pumped out of Japan from Sailor, you are bound to find a PGS that you think is beautiful.

Plus, you can make your writing just as beautiful as the pen you choose, since Sailor offers nib sizes from extra-fine to broad, with medium-fine, Zoom, and Music nibs also being offered.

The Zoom and Music nibs are very special, allowing the user to enjoy a huge amount of line variation. They give you a unique writing experience that will wow all of your friends and family.

Additionally, the small size of the PGS makes it very easy to slip in a pocket and carry it everywhere, without having to worry about it. That being said, it is still a very comfortable size for longer writing sessions or large hands. Clearly, the Sailor Pro Gear Slim provides for a lovely writing experience that leaves the user feeling satisfied.

For a full list of specs and a look at the mini review see, Pilot Custom 74 vs Sailor Pro Gear Slim article.

 

Determination
And the winner is… drumroll please… 

...the Sailor Pro Gear Slim!!!!

In my personal opinion, there is no better choice for your first gold nib fountain pen than the Sailor Pro Gear Slim. It comes with a very affordable price tag, countless gorgeous color combinations, insane nib selection, and a lovely writing experience.

Bonus: a converter is included! While it may be a bit small for some, I think the majority of people would agree with me in saying that it fits well in the hand and is nicely weighted and balanced.

Congratulations, Sailor Pro Gear Slim!!!

I would love to hear what you think of the winner I chose, and which pen you would have chosen as the winner. Please let me know in the comments below, and, as always, thank you for reading the Sunday Scribble!

 

 

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Written by Arlo Palmer,
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Author: Arlo

4 comments

WaskiSquirrel

Of course you know that I like the Lamy 2000 quite a lot! This past year, I branched out and tried a lot of other daily writer pens instead. But what I’ve realized is that I’m very ready to return to the Lamy 2000. I won’t criticize your final choice, though. I’ve never tried this Sailor pen, so I can’t speak intelligently about it. I do see how the Vanishing Point and the 74 were beaten and agree with that.

DrDeb

I disagree. For the first entry-level gold nib, I believe the Lamy 2000 is a better option. Most people want to purchase a gold nib because they believe that it will be smoother. The Lamy 2000 nibs deliver that smoothness without additional feedback that the Sailor nibs give. In addition, for the money, the Lamy 2000 is a piston filler – something that people seem to want in a “higher priced” pen.

While I appreciate your methodology, and competitions are great fun, I must disagree with your final conclusion. But it is wonderful that there are so many different fountain pens – something for everyone.

Joanna

I agree, and wish you had the PGS in stock more often. I just went through the inventory and could not find a single one!

Anna Iglesias

Don’t get me wrong, I love them both but I think the Lamy 2000 would probably win over most people as an entry-level gold nib pen. It’s also a piston filler – so for those who want more ink would probably gravitate to the Lamy 2000 which might offset the slightly lower price of Sailor PGS pens. Size might also be a factor here since the two are not comparably the same / similar sizes. Pro Gear might be closer to the Lamy 2000 in terms of size and weight. Anyway, you can’t go wrong with either!

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