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Pelikan M205 blue demonstrator


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#1 holgalee

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 12:31

Iíve always wanted to own a piston fill demonstrator. Like a magpie thatís magnetically drawn to shiny things, my pupils widen at the sight of this polished piece of blue plastic with silver trimmings. When I first read about Pelikanís new M205 demonstrator in blue, I knew that I would be getting the pen. Images of the pen stayed in my subconscious, taunting me for months, as I patiently waited for the pen to appear in the shops. When I read that the local FPNer printhardcopy had finally received stocks and was offering them for a good price, I decided to get one. I placed my order on Wednesday afternoon and it arrived on Friday. It came in a bubble wrap envelope that contained a golden yellow cylindrical aluminium case and a Pelikan warranty booklet.

1. Appearance & Design
There are those who like Pelikan piston pens for their conservative aesthetics, and then there are those who think they look too blah. The coloured demonstrator adds an element of fun to the pen and makes it more appealing to a younger crowd. Well at least thatís what I think! I wasnít sure about the shade of blue based on photos on the Internet, but it turned out to be a sky blue. Depending on the lighting, it can look like closer to cobalt blue too.



Iíd previously considered the colourless M205 but it did not attract me as I could see the grey and black plastic innards too clearly, and that to me cheapens the look of the pen. An added advantage to the M205 is that being coloured, any ink stains and condensation will not show up as clearly. Iíve never been a fan of ornate pens and prefer my pens to have minimal or no bling, so the M205 suits me just fine. Compared to the dark green M200 which I own, I prefer the silver trimmings of the M205. The other demonstrator which I owned briefly, the Pilot Custom 74, appears to have an over-large cap that ruins the aesthetics of the pen. Given my inexplicable attraction for most things blue, my rating for the appearance of this pen is probably a little biased.
Score: 10/10

2. Construction & Quality
The pen feels reasonably solid even though it is made of plastic. If memory serves me correctly, Iíd dropped the cap of my M200 before and it endured that abuse without any signs, so Iím expecting this pen to behave the same as the plastics used for both pens appear to be similar. The section of the M205, however, has a slightly prominent manufacturing seam that I could detect, compared to that on my M200, which is almost unidentifiable by touch. Iím not too pleased with that, so Iíve deducted one mark for that. The clip of the pen appears to be sturdy and tight, but I donít clip my pens so I'm not the best person to determine that. The section has just a slightly raised instead of over-pronounced lip at the edge, and that is what I prefer for my pens. Iíll say that the pen is very well constructed in general.
Score: 9/10

3. Weight & Dimensions
Capped: 12.4 cm. Without cap: 12.1 cm. Posted: 14.9 cm. Diameter of middle part of section: 1 cm. Using a flimsy letter scale, the pen appears to be about 15 grams with almost a full tank of ink. Most people consider this a small sized pen, but the dimensions and weight are just nice for me as I have small hands. While I do not usually post my pens, Iíve tried doing so for this pen and the cap sits in place nicely without shifting the balance of the pen much. Hereís one more gratuitous photo of the pen.
Score: 10/10



4. Nib & Performance
I got an EF nib as I think finer line widths complement my writing better. The nib is made of stainless steel and there are two chicks on it, compared to the cap, which has one chick, though I doubt if you can see it from the photo below. Not that it makes a difference to how the pen writes!



This particular nib that I have is not as smooth as the nib for my M200 but feels a little toothy, and Iíve tried it with both Parker Quink and Sailor Jentle Blue. The nib is a little too wet for my taste, making the line width closer to 0.6mm instead of 0.5mm. There is also considerable bleedthrough on the lecture pad that I use, which is usually tolerant of all but the wettest nibs. This can probably be improved by using a drier ink, but I like how the Noodlerís Ottoman Azure looks with this pen!



For both inks that I tried, some of my strokes are not fully formed, especially at the beginning of a downstroke. This is not reflected in the bad poetry that I got inspired to pen above, but it's occured often enough for me to be sure it's due to the nib, not the ink or the paper. Using my 30X loupe, it seems as though the left tine facing me has a slight babyís bottom. Iím disappointed with the performance of the nib, but Iíll be contacting Pelikan for a replacement once the weekend is over. The good things is that I got the pen from an authorised distributor and replacement nibs are readily available on the Internet. Thatís one of the reasons why I like Pelikans.
Score: 7/10

5. Filling System & Maintenance
This piston filling pen holds between 1.3 to 1.5 ml of ink, acording to this thread. The piston is really smooth compared to those on the M200 and M150 that I own. I first filled the pen the usual way by dunking the entire nib and section into the bottle of ink, but ink got into the double-walled section. While it doesnít bother me very much, it does obscure my view of the feed, which kind of defeats the pen being a demonstrator. For my second filling with the Ottoman Azure, I rinsed out the pen and used an eyedropper instead, so the section is now clean. Since the nib can be unscrewed easily, cleaning the pen is a cinch. Being a demonstrator makes it even more fun.
Score: 10/10

6. Cost & Value
I got the pen for $75.99, which is the best price Iíve found so far, compared to the local brick and mortar shops as well as reputable online shops. However, I do wish that Pelikan can price their piston pens even more competitively, so that I can afford more of their pens! That said, Iíve tried a few low end vintage piston pens, and theyíre really nothing to write home about. Or at least, I wonít be able to write anything very pleasant about them. So I've decided to stick to Pelikan piston pens, and I guess the price tag comes with the quality, though I still wish that it were cheaper. Perhaps someone can enlighten me about the costs of making fountain pens in general and piston pens in particular!
Score: 8/10

7. Conclusion
The M205 demonstrator in blue is great if you like small pens that hold a lot of ink. The blue demonstrator is IMHO even nicer than the colourless one and the M200 that came with gold trimmings. Iíll be using it as a daily pen once I get the nib replaced. Iím looking forward to the white M205 as well, and hope that Pelikan will offer more exciting colours for their pens in the future. Iím enamoured enough with this pen to vaguely consider getting another one for safekeeping just in case I lose or damage it!
Final score: 9/10

Edited by holgalee, 29 August 2009 - 13:32.


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#2 mgepark

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 14:26

Great review and thanks for all of the details as many of my clients buy pens and I can refer them to this on this pen. I have bought one already also. That sounds like a cool box that it came in as I have only seen the blue boxes (mine is the standard one I presume as I am also hearing about an upgraded box which has a bottle of ink with it) which are fairly nice. WE have a limited production pen with several different box choices, interesting concept.
I am glad to hear your ef nib is functioning for you nicely as I the one I received skipper miserably after several fix attempts, ink changes and paper changes. I have used a F nib from an associate and it was better although there was slight down stroke and sidestroke skipping with that as well.

[quote name='holgalee' post='1204306' date='Aug 29 2009, 08:31 AM']I've always wanted to own a piston fill demonstrator. Like a magpie that's magnetically drawn to shiny things, my pupils widen at the sight of this polished piece of blue plastic with silver trimmings. When I first read about Pelikan's new M205 demonstrator in blue, I knew that I would be getting the pen. Images of the pen stayed in my subconscious, taunting me for months, as I patiently waited for the pen to appear in the shops. When I read that the local FPNer printhardcopy had finally received stocks and was offering them for a good price, I decided to get one. I placed my order on Wednesday afternoon and it arrived on Friday. It came in a bubble wrap envelope that contained a golden yellow cylindrical aluminium case and a Pelikan warranty booklet.

Edited by mikeycpa, 29 August 2009 - 14:29.


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Posted 29 August 2009 - 15:14

Nice, I need to pick up one of these one day. I have a demonstrator vista, but will need to pick up a piston filling pen. Seems good at the price.

Edited by HenryLouis, 29 August 2009 - 15:21.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 22:38

QUOTE (holgalee @ Aug 29 2009, 02:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For my second filling with the Ottoman Azure, I rinsed out the pen and used an eyedropper instead, so the section is now clean. Since the nib can be unscrewed easily, cleaning the pen is a cinch.


Hey, I never thought of this. Pretty ingenious!

And thanks much for the pics and review. I love the silver furniture of the MXX5's, and with the combination of that shade of blue it is very appealing.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 23:31

QUOTE (HDoug @ Aug 29 2009, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (holgalee @ Aug 29 2009, 02:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For my second filling with the Ottoman Azure, I rinsed out the pen and used an eyedropper instead, so the section is now clean. Since the nib can be unscrewed easily, cleaning the pen is a cinch.


Hey, I never thought of this. Pretty ingenious!


Ingenious, sure. It makes the piston a bit superfluous, though. A preference for filling the pen this way would suggest to me that the owner should really check out eyedroppers if he hasn't already.

It's a very attractive pen I very nearly bought today instead of a VP, but I left this one alone because I already have an anthracite M200 and just don't use it as much as I should. Pens this nice need to be in the hands of people who will use them.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 23:38

I love mine, which I got from Richard Binder, who has also got them for a good price. It cost a few dollars more (not many), but there's the out-of-the-box perfection of all the nibs he sends out... plus I went all-out and got mine ground to a cursive italic.
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Posted 30 August 2009 - 15:18

Very beautiful pen! I love blue colour, must get one for myself.
Thanks for sharing this great review with us.

#8 holgalee

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 12:03

I brought the pen down to the local Pelikan office and was assisted by a remarkable staff who loves fountain pens. She will be checking with Germany to see if they have any more EF nibs, as I declined exchanging it for an F. Hurray for Pelikan service!

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:50

This may just be the most perfect color for a Pelikan pen thus far. M805, M605 and M205 versions all gorgeous. The M205 though is just that little bit extra pretty to me. An absolute perfect paring with the solid blue M605 to me.

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:58

Got mine about three weeks ago, with the broad nib. Writes pleasantly wet and smooth with Pelikan turquoise ink. Highly recommend the M205. I like the silver-colored (rhodium plated) trim better than the gold-colored on some of the previous demonstrators.

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 09:26

Great review!

Problem is, I already have the clear version of the M205 and have been trying to convince myself that I don't need the blue version. But seeing this review is really pushing me over the edge.

I don't need this pen, I don't need this pen, I don't need this pen, I don't need this pen..........

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 15:04

I have this pen as well in medium. I agree with the toothyness, if that's a word, of the nib. I wasn't sure that I liked it all that much, but have found that this pen seems to follow me everywhere I go. I've loaded mine with Montblanc blue and it is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. Still not sure about the toothyness of the nib, there's that word again, but I just can't seem to not take this pen with me.

I think it might have a spell on it... :o
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 15:11

My fine nib is super smooth.

I've only used it with PR American Blue.

I keep the pen with me at all times. It's also a better writer than my M400 whose fine nib writes too broadly at times and gives me more feedback than the M205.

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 19:07

My blue M205 has the broad nib, which has no "toothiness" to it at all. It's buttery smooth with a fantastic flow - a real pleasure to use. I bought mine from a well-known nibmeister, so that may have something to do with it.

In fact, I like it so much both as a writer and for its appearance that I am thinking about getting a "spare".

Edited by inkstainedwretch, 07 November 2009 - 19:16.


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 15:53

What inks are you all using with this pen? Is it particularly prone to staining?
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:50

I've since changed the ink to Namiki Blue but haven't finished using it (too many pens in rotation), so I've not washed out the pen. Perhaps someone else can give feedback on staining. :)

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 03:37

What inks are you all using with this pen? Is it particularly prone to staining?


Only the Pelikan Turquoise so far, which does not stain but is also relatively unsaturated and not waterproof. Am wary of trying some of the more saturated permanent inks in this clear pen!

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 16:31

nice review
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