Lamy 2000 brown 1

I noticed that Lamy is releasing a limited brown edition of the Lamy 2000 fountain pen to celebrate the 2000’s 55th anniversary.

It is an absolutely beautiful pen, but unfortunately, it also comes with a price tag to match.


For everyday items brown can be a very nice colour. It often reminds me of wood or leather. In the past fake or real wood on everyday items used to be more common than they are now. My Atari VCS 2600, for example, had a fake wooden front and the brown colour complemented the console nicely. Later versions without the brown front just didn’t look as impressive.

1977 - atari 2600
The VCS 2600 is much nicer with the brown front. This is an embedded Flickr image. Click to go to this image on Flickr.

With brown colours sometimes appealing to my taste I also bought the Samsung Galaxy S3 in brown. At the time I read a review where the author made fun of the brown colour option. I didn’t quite understand why – to me, it was the best looking option.

Sarasa Grand Vintage

Back to pens: by coincidence, a few days before I found out about the Lamy 2000 in brown, I ordered the Sarasa Grand Vintage in brown. I only found two online shops in the UK selling the Sarasa Grand or Grand Vintage: MiSo Paper and Awesome Pens. In the end, I ordered from Awesome Pens (first time) as they also had the Uni-ball One I saw in a Pen Addict review.

The Sarasa is an unusual pen for me. According to Unsharpen it was released in 2000. I don’t think I saw it in the year 2000 and I first came across it in 2001 when I saw the ones my wife bought. I didn’t like them at all at the time, mainly because I didn’t like the look of the early clip. The newer clips with a metal spring do however look more attractive [1]at least to me, I wonder if some people prefer the old look…. So much so that the whole pen suddenly looks attractive to me. Once I saw the scented, i.e. smelly, version I was sold and bought some Sarasas myself.

The Sarasa Grand Vintage in brown and the uni-ball one in orange.

Unfortunately, neither MiSo Paper, nor Awesome Pens, the shops that had the Sarasa Grand I ordered, had the beautiful Sarasa R I saw in a Pen Addict Giveaway – in fact, I haven’t found any online shop in the UK selling the Sarasa R. The white colour of the Uni-ball One and the Sarasa R gives them a lovely clean look. That clean look reminds me a bit of the Lamy Safari Griso, mentioned previously.

For Sale: Vintage Lamy Safari Griso fountainpen and rollerball set. NOS. selling for 100€ including ww tracked shipping! rare set! Email me at miss.thundercat (at) gmail.com if your're interested. #forsale #pensforsale #selling #fountainpen #fpn #fountain
The Lamy Safari Griso. This is an embedded Flickr image. Click to go to this image on Flickr.

Lamy 2000 brown

Now that the topic has circled back to Lamy it’s time to talk about the Lamy 2000 in brown.

The brown version is the latest special edition (you can find out about other special editions on stationery.wiki) and is being released for the 55th anniversary of the Lamy 200. It comes in a nice presentation box, together with a nice, brown notebook and a biography of Gerd A. Müller, the designer.

Designs by Gerd A. Müller, Hannes Wettstein and related designs

When I checked the price I was rather disappointed. Here in the UK this set will cost nearly £500. In the USA the set will sell for $579. The set is limited to 3,300 pieces which explain the price, but I’d rather prefer an affordable version that can be used than an expensive limited version that will end up being a collector’s piece ending up in someone’s drawer. For comparison: my Lamy 2000 from 2008 was €89 (€105 / $124 in today’s money), my Lamy 200 from 2011 was £92 (£109 / $128 in today’s money). No matter how nice the colour, if I had the brown edition I would probably get the black 2000 out instead, as I would be worried the expensive and irreplaceable brown version would get damaged. Some people collect watches or motorbikes, so I can see that £500 can be cheap, compared to other hobbies, so I hope many of these brown 2000s get used.

Image © Lamy

Luckily you will be able to buy the Gerd A. Müller biography from the anniversary set on its own. It looks really good and is some consolation. I plan to buy it when it is out in the UK.

Price and exchange rates: July 2021

The last two images have been taken from Lamy and the avedition sites. I believe that the use of these images falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.


1at least to me, I wonder if some people prefer the old look…


A few years ago M&G, a brand I have previously only seen in Shanghai, started to make its appearance in some local shops. It is still pretty uncommon to see M&G pens here in the UK, at least with M&G being mentioned on the pen or packaging, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some no name pens you can buy here are actually are from M&G.

Deli, another Chinese brand, has already entered the West as on OEM for some famous brands like Faber-Castell and Koh-I-Noor. I have previously looked at Deli’s sharpeners: the 0620 might be the original classroom friendly sharpener, the 0668 is great if you don’t want your sharpener to produce too acute a point and don’t mind a quirky look and the 0635 is a personal favourite of mine.

Now Deli also seems to become more easy to get hold of in the West, this time for another product that is not directly linked to pencils. This time this is thanks to Amazon. When I needed some Sellotape (a brand name that is used as a generic term in the UK, the US equivalent is Scotch tape and the German equivalent is Tesa) I thought I give Amazon’s own brand a try. Amazon Basics tape was similarly priced to other brands, but I was keen on trying out a taped I hadn’t tried before – there might be some good stuff out there I missed so far.

I haven’t used used much yet, it just arrived this week, but so far I am quite happy with this tape.

Coming soon to a Bleistift blog near you:

Puma’s Kakikata pencils.

Sean 1

Recently I came across some nice drawings of Sean Malone that I want to share.

This is an embedded Instagram post. Click on it to go to this post on Instagram.
This is an embedded Instagram post. Click on it to go to this post on Instagram.

They are from Conisanco who has previously been featured on Bleistift.

If you’ve watched a few videos from Bleistift’s YouTube channel then you might have come across some with music at the beginning. Sean created this intro music.

Last month, between Sean’s birthday and Cynic Day [1]In Japan some Cynic-fans say April 29 is Cynic Day.
April = 4 = si (in Japanese), 2 = ni, 9 = k
, I posted a video on the channel with some background information about Sean’s intro music:

Sean, we are missing you.

You can visit Sean’s blogs at https://contrapuntalism.blog/ and at https://blackwingpages.com/.

Kaco Alpha gel pens

A few years ago I bought Kaco’s Alpha gel pens in Shanghai [1]Shanghai is also the city where Kaco is based. The Alpha pens are part of Kaco’s KacoGreen range.

When I asked an employee from a Kaco stall they told me that ‘green’ refers to the fact that the plastic from these pens can be recycled [2]It is rather cheeky to name something ‘green’ because it can be recycled, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the employee just made it up. Green might not mean anything here..

The pens feature a pleasant to touch rubberised grip section and there’s one of each letter and number. The letters, where most pens have the clip, prevent the pens from rolling off the table. The gel ink is black.

As I am currently clearing out I am selling these on eBay for 99p each. Figuring out postage to all countries is messy, but if you are interested and are not in the UK please contact me and I can look into what the cheapest postage is.

Below are two more videos: a funny video I found about the Kaco Alpha…

..and a video I made about some other Kaco products.


1Shanghai is also the city where Kaco is based
2It is rather cheeky to name something ‘green’ because it can be recycled, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the employee just made it up. Green might not mean anything here.

Blinkenlights 4

While looking through The Pen Company‘s products last week I came across a slightly unusual pen from Scheinder: the Base Senso. The description read ‘This rollerball can sense when too much pressure is being applied, and will warn by illuminating the light at the end of the pen‘. How curious.

Schneider Base Senso

Easger to find out more I went to Schneider’s web site which provided some further information: The pen ‘indicates when too much writing pressure is exerted and teaches how to judge the right pressure for fluid writing. Ideal for beginners and for people with motor difficulties‘.

Image © Schneider

There’s even a seal that implies this pen has been developed together with a a joint expert.

An interesting idea. I’m just imagining a classroom full of children with blinking pens…