Today, I got my first Pelikan and I am very excited, because it is a Pelikan.
I inked the M1000 with Noodler's Heart of Darkness Black which is a well lubricated ink. After some doodling on the very smooth Rhodia dotpad, I noticed the up strokes from left to right are kind of scratchy. Actually absolute value of the scratchiness is not very high, but the problem is the comparison between the scratchy up strokes and the very smooth other types of strokes make the pen a little bit weird.
I checked the tip of the nib under a 40x LED luminated loupe with extra head LED lumination and found the two tines are not perfectly lined up. There is really tiny inperfect lining up of the two nib tips. I held the pen to let the nib pointing toward me while feed facing down. The left tine tip is a little bit higher than the right tine tip. The mismatch distance is about 1/15 of the total thickness of the tine tip.
Some say, the M1000 tip is springy, but not in the flex family. I do not have much experience with flex before. I have three 1960's MB whose nibs have some flexibility. My first official flex pen Konrad arrived one day before the M1000.
So, my dear friends, is this unevenness of smoothness common and reasonable for a nib of the M1000? Is there anything I can do to improve the M1000 or should I just convert myself for this type of pen and get familiar with this unevenness property?
I also have a non related question. I saw many brilliant interchangable nibs for the Pelikan M family on Richard Binder's website. I am sure these nibs can bring much fun. But unfortunately, it looks except for the original different width M1000 nibs, there is no other fun nib for the M1000. Do you guys know the existance of some non-original interchangable nibs for M1000 (steel or gold)?
I would like to thank you all in advance for your generous sharing of your precious knowledge.
Edited by asaha, 17 May 2012 - 23:28.