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Pelikan 300 Review

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#1 asimplemaestro


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Posted 11 April 2009 - 07:06

Welcome to the Aviary. Here there are all sorts of birds big and small. This particular fancy flier is the Pelikan 300. Among small pens this is one of the two that are on my list with the other being a platinum trim Montblanc Mozart which I am still looking for. I was wary of the small size of this pen but I was not disappointed as you will see.

Appearance and Design: Four Droolies... puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif

This is the classic Pelikan design. I love the sharp lines all over this pen and the green color has the transparent stripes on the barrel which keeps the green from overpowering the appearance of this pen. It's a tiny pen but with the gold trim and the great color you can see from a mile away that it's no $10 special.

Comfort and Durability: Three Droolies... puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif

This is actually a surprisingly long pen when posted. I think that you pretty much have to post this pen due to small size. The 300 isn't super thin though it is thinner than the 2XX or 1XX line. It's a great jotter or quick note taker but I would imagine that after a few pages this pen would make your hands cramp. However, I'd like to see you for an M1000 in your wallet. I did not have a Mozart to compare this to but I do think that this pen was more comfortable than the Mozart I previously owned.

Filling System: Three Droolies... puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif

The Pelikan 300 comes with the filling system that is standard with most of these birds. The 300 is a piston filler and being excited about receiving it, I had it in an inkwell within 5 minutes of getting the package from the postman. The piston seems to be pretty sturdy and I got a 9/10 charge on my first try. The only drawback is that though most piston fillers hold the most ink, the small size of the 300 limits the amount of ink you can carry. I would say that it holds about as much as a super thick converter. For someone like me who alternates, fills, and flushes pens as often as I do, it's not a problem.

Nib and Writing Performance: 4 Droolies... puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif

Guys, this is what blew me away about this pen. It's as small as most peoples fingers but it still writes like a dream. The tiny fine point 300 nib is beautiful as a 1000 nib, just a tad smaller. It lays down a great, smooth line and starts up the second you put it to paper. I couldn't have been happier with this tiny pen's writing...well...there's always Binder isn't there?

Cost and Value: Two Droolies... puddle.gif puddle.gif

My only beef with this pen is the price. I love the 300 and Mozart but do not honestly understand the killer price behind them. I think that these are great pens but for the money there are much more impressive pens to be had. Nevertheless, if I was that ticked about it I wouldn't have the pen to review then would I? (Thank you to Feiye!)


This is possibly my favorite of the small pens out there. Between the Pelikan 300, the Montblanc Mozart, and the Esterbrook SJ; I would say that the only competition is the interchangeability of the nibs on the SJ. True you can swap nibs on a 300 but it's just a tad more expensive. Bottom line it's not just a back up pen. The Pelikan 300 is a serious writer with a small package.

Thanks for reading,

Final Rating: Three and 99/100 Droolies... puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif puddle.gif
(The last Droolie really is a 99/100. Look closely and you'll see that his tongue's about a tenth shorter than the rest.)

Edited by asimplemaestro, 11 April 2009 - 07:11.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 07:56

I have a 320 (jade) and love it but wish they did an x/f nib for it...sigh...
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Posted 11 April 2009 - 11:05

Thank you for a very comprehensive and pleasant review. I like your puddle.gif grading system!
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#4 asimplemaestro


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Posted 11 April 2009 - 16:21

QUOTE (tawanda @ Apr 11 2009, 02:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a 320 (jade) and love it but wish they did an x/f nib for it...sigh...

I just got en email from Richard Binder and he said that they have 3XX Extra fine nibs in stock.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 16:33

Nicely done. The contrast between the gripping section width of the M300 and the M1000 is quite helpful.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 17:49

Thanks for a very good review. I also like your grading system. puddle.gif

I am glad to hear the M-300 lives up to Pelikan's quality expectations. If I were still working and carried an agenda, I would seriously consider one. But, being retired, I think I will stick with the M-1000. wink.gif

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 19:56

Nice Review. Can't go wrong with a Pelikan.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 20:00

Nice to see an M300 up there.

My Pelikan gang of 300-series pens includes the M300, K300 ballpoint and D300 mechanical pencil in a cute-to-death tiny leather Pelikan 3-pen pouch that's a black/slate green-gray.

I really need to take stock & pics of my diminutive pen gang and post some threads here!

Isn't it so cool that the proportions on the 300 remind us of the 1000? If the photo is not to scale, one may not know which is which, if the pens are presented alongside in two pictures. All of my Pelikans are black resin, but these green ones sure look nice. And the fire amber M320 is just... wow...

Edited by MDI, 11 April 2009 - 20:02.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:56

Well now this pen with it's astounding nib is for trade HERE if anyone's interested. I have a green 400 on the way and would like to have this in black if possible.


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