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Pelikan M415 brown tortoise

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#21 ShadowWriter


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Posted 20 June 2009 - 04:31

QUOTE (alvarez57 @ Jun 19 2009, 11:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
... my M250 I bought it from them at a clearance for it was dicontinued...
That was great but *speaking* of clearance sales, how am I always getting to every site just as companies have sold the last one? *sigh* Guess I am just going to have to keep computer on, multiple windows open and permanently give up sleep. smile.gif

One time, ages ago, Swisher had an item, then "out of stock", no problem. Got usual notice that balance of items "shipped". Good. Immediately after sending notice about shipping, they found 1 more of "out of stock" item, ran out to box still on their premises, and added it to box at the eleventh hour, so to speak. It was only a bottle of ink. That's good service.

Well it's after midnight here, should I just make a pot of coffee and start looking for bargains before everyone beats me to the good deals on discontinued items at different web sites? biggrin.gif Perhaps sleep is overrated?

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 04:34

really nice pen overall, got mine from Pam as well.

I have, however one comment. Mine has an injection mold mark --- a fine, raised ridge on the section, is it normal? I would likt that pen at this price point would be smooth azimuthally around the section.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 04:45

This iconic design is indeed wonderful. I have a 400NN that is a fine writer. I don't know where you've heard enough horror stories about vintage Pelikans that caused you to shun them. The 400 tortoise from the 60's/70's is readily made available on "that auction site" from reputable sellers and feedback for them always appears quite good. Anyway, the new one has a very appealing nib, unlike the originals. I just wish the Pelikan logo was engraved onto the cap top, instead of silk-screened. smile.gif

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 11:39

Thanks for all the kind comments. Hopefully I've done my bit to perpetuate the cult of the brown tortoise wink.gif

My views on vintage Pelikans come from regularly using mint pens and seeing them gradually fall to pieces in my hands - heartbreaking. The modern Pels are built like tanks in comparison. Haven't had one fail on me yet.

Edited by 1000km, 20 June 2009 - 11:45.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 12:36

Great review - I'd love to get one. If only you'd waited 29 minutes on that picture smile.gif

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 15:04

Great review!

I have a Mint Stickered vintage 400 Tortoise.

But the 400 is just too small for me.

I too wish they'd make an 800 or even a 600 in this color.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 23:52

I got the Tortoise this summer as well, and I am so pleased with it. The colour - both of the striated barrel and of the brown resin - is absolutely remarkable. The resin is a rich red-brown, like a very dark bordeaux. The striated material is subtle and delicate. They did a wonderful job with this pen.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 03:37

I have tried a couple of tortoise M415 in NYC stores last year and was disappointed by the 2 cheap-looking vertical mold lines on the section and the blobby nib tipping which laid a thicker and less characterful line than their regular M400 nibs. The tortoise was beautiful and was hiding well the innards of the pen, unlike the green tortoise used on the white honey and M450. Still I was ambivalent about the pen and decided to pass on the purchase.

Fast forward seven months and with M415 stocks dwindling near extinction, I though I'd better purchase one now and think about it later. I have received the pen recently from Avalon pens (superb service) and am mesmerized by its classic look and beautiful tortoise. Thank you for your thoughtful review and inspiring pictures. The pen does match well a glass of whiskey and rich leather. It is the perfect cigar lounge pen.

PS How surprised I was to find the section on my pen smooth and lacking the cheap mold lines. I guess that not all pens present what could be considered an imperfection. I would be curious to know if the mold lines show on the sections of M200 pens.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 10:46

Great pen and nice review, lovely photographs of the classic lines.
And how can this be, because he is the Kwisatz Haderach.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 20:50

Appreciate the kind words. RedRob's decription of the M415 as 'the perfect cigar lounge pen' is spot-on. This edition is becoming increasingly scarce now - get one while you can.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 00:09

Nice photos like the watch.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 16:36

Fantastic nib....
I have a 400 Tortoise (1984-96) in the darkest brown cap and end cap you can think of, only when you put it next to a real black pen is it "brown".
My nib only has a couple of thin lines, and the stamp.
That is a great looking nib.

I started looking up various Tortoise pens, and need to hit the lottery; there are so many of them in Vintage. So different, so nice.

Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 22 April 2010 - 16:39.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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