This pen was meant as a replacement for the Pelikan M200 I had lost a few months ago. I wanted to step up to a true Souverän, and since the green-marbled M200 is rather difficult to find, I decided to go with the M600. When I first encountered the packaging at the dealer, I was surprised that it was so drastically revamped:
Pelikan Souverän M600: Box Contents by DragonLord878, on Flickr
I liked the new box, and it would make a superb first impression as a gift. When I first picked up the pen to try it out, my hand was shaking like crazy . I found the pen to write a bit too wet for my taste (more on that later), but it was silky smooth. The pen was truly beautiful, inside and out.
Appearance and design: 10
The M600 I bought is black-green, a classic Pelikan color combination. The green-striped body is based on the Pelikan 400 of 1950 and is constructed of cellulose acetate. The green "Stresemann" stripes lend a timeless look to the pen. Add to this the elegant gold-plated trim, including a new metal logo in the gold tassie, and you have a truly beautiful pen. You can't get much more elegant than this.
Pelikan Souverän M600: Pen and Box by DragonLord878, on Flickr
Pelikan Souverän M600: Logo On Cap by DragonLord878, on Flickr
Construction and quality: 8.5
As noted before, the pen is constructed of cellulose acetate. The piston assembly is made of plastic and not brass as in the M800 and M1000, but this is not a problem for me. There are no obvious flaws in the construction of the pen. The body is quite durable and will withstand impacts, but I wouldn't want to abuse it.
Weight and dimensions: 9
The pen is of a comfortable medium size and is very easy to handle whether or not the cap is posted. It is lightweight and well balanced. While posting the cap results in a large pen, it is by no means uncomfortable.
Nib and performance: 7.5
While this is a very smooth nib, it writes wider and wetter than expected. This can cause bleeding and feathering on various papers, and while less than ideal, this is not a bad characteristic per se. (It will feather on, but not bleed through, Moleskine paper.) The nib is made of 14K/585 gold with two-tone rhodium plating, inscribed with the Pelikan logo and decorated with scrollwork. I like this design, but as noted before, it is a bit too wet for my taste. The nib is firm, but will spread slightly with moderate pressure. The nib can be easily removed and replaced—a key advantage of Pelikan fountain pens.
Pelikan Souverän M600: Nib Detail by DragonLord878, on Flickr
Filling system and maintenance: 9
The M600 uses the tried-and-true differential piston filling system. The system is reliable and offers a relatively high ink capacity. While three passes were needed to initially fill the pen, subsequent fills require only one to two passes. The piston knob rotates smoothly and easily. Based on Pelikan's superb reliability track record, this pen is extremely unlikely to leak or show other serious problems. The pen is very easy to clean because the nib assembly screws out easily; you can let the nib sit in water while rinsing the ink out of the barrel. However, the piston assembly does not screw out like that of the M800 and M1000.
Pelikan Souverän M600: With Edelstein Ink by DragonLord878, on Flickr
Cost and value: 8.5
This M600 was purchased from Fountain Pen Hospital at US$299. While this is not the best price for the pen, it does carry the assurance that the pen comes from an authorized dealer with the three-year warranty, as well as the opportunity to try it out and get an idea of how it writes before buying. Compared to other pens, this is a good value and is competitively priced compared to other pens.
Conclusion - Final score: 8.75
The Pelikan M600 is a superb pen and should be strongly considered for your first-choice pen. There may be better options if you prefer a drier-writing pen, but you should still consider it. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants a elegant, reliable pen with a wet, smooth nib.
Edited by DragonLord, 16 November 2011 - 02:03.