Black Amber

As most of you will know, 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the Lamy 2000, one of the most acclaimed and revered fountain pens ever made. For months leading up to the anniversary, Lamy had been hinting at a special anniversary model and anticipation was huge. When the design (and, perhaps more importantly, the price) was finally announced, virtually all of that anticipation turned into disappointment, which in turn led to weak sales. In today’s post, we have a look at the Black Amber disaster and consider what it tells us about Lamy. 

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Omas Ogiva Maintenance

The Omas Ogiva is an excellent pen. It's a great size, very comfortable in the hand, lightweight, and some Omas nibs can blow your socks off, time and time again. Unfortunately, the demise of Omas means that these pens are not only difficult to acquire but they are difficult to troubleshoot when things go wrong. This is a short post that might help if your Ogiva is leaking or if the piston is stiff/stuck, information which I haven't found elsewhere.

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Mental Models

One thing that jumps out at me when reading FP blogs and discussions is that most people have a very different perspective about how businesses operate than I do. That’s probably not surprising, but it’s been on my mind lately, and today’s (long overdue) post explores a typical mental model, its limitations, and how that model might be improved. 

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