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#1 onefournine

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 17:21

I bought a brand new M200 in June of last year. I have used, exclusively, Waterman's purple ink in the pen from new. The gold is coming off the nib leaving the steel visible underneath.

Is this common with these pens or is there something in the Waterman's ink that the Pelikan nib doesn't like?

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#2 Augustine

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 17:30

QUOTE (onefournine @ Jul 11 2009, 01:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought a brand new M200 in June of last year. I have used, exclusively, Waterman's purple ink in the pen from new. The gold is coming off the nib leaving the steel visible underneath.

Is this common with these pens or is there something in the Waterman's ink that the Pelikan nib doesn't like?



Waterman ink is a very well behaved ink, it shouldn't cause that sort of problem. For the past year I've used Waterman, Noodlers, Pelikan and Lamy inks in my M200 and I've had no problem with the gold platted nib. I've even 'abused' my pen with iron-gall ink (Lamy blue-black) with no ill effect.

Perhaps the plating is defective?

#3 PJohnP

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 17:35

QUOTE (onefournine @ Jul 11 2009, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought a brand new M200 in June of last year. I have used, exclusively, Waterman's purple ink in the pen from new. The gold is coming off the nib leaving the steel visible underneath.

Is this common with these pens or is there something in the Waterman's ink that the Pelikan nib doesn't like?


Hmmm... I've never had flaking of the gold plating, but I've seen it wear down over time. AFAIK, it's not a terribly thick plating on these nibs.

Are you polishing the nib surface or regularly cleaning off ink on the nib surface ? Waterman's is, as things go, a relatively benign ink in terms of chemical attack on fountain pen components, so that's a bit puzzling.

Could you give a bit more detail on what you're seeing or a close-up photograph of the nib ?




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P.S. The term "relatively" above is meant to provide some measure of comparison with the marketplace of various inks that are available, not to impugn a specific ink. The entire topic of ink interactions with fountain pen components is fraught with a lot emotion for some folks, so please don't read too much into that word.

#4 RobertJRB

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 18:10

I use multiple inks in my m200. Mainly read private reserve ink, but also watermans purple ink. And it shows no signs of the gold coming off the nib.

I do have a 40 year old FP with has no gold left at the nib, but this is a 40 year old abused pen, not a nearly new pelikan.
If you don't like it, go back to the shop and ask for a new nib. It should not be like this.

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#5 Underskoterskan

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 17:03

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 17:11

It's probably just a thin gold wash chemical plating and the metal underneath is most likely stainless steel, so I wouldn't be too concerned.
If there's no copper and nickel under the gold, then there's no real bond for the gold as with heavy gold plating.
It sounds purely cosmetic, not functional gold plating and stainless steel will last a very long time.
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