Fit and Finish: 9/10
It is small by modern standards, but grows to a nice size when the cap is posted. The pen is light weight and well balanced. The resin feels very pleasant to the touch, and typical of Pelikans, the pen is extremely well put together. Definitely will last decades of continuous use...I have an M200 as my daily user...and 5 years of abuse, the pen is still holding up well. Pelikans are built to last, an this one is no different.
I know this is very subjective...but let's face it, as far as pens go, this is definitely a good looking pen. Pelikan has been making pens virtually with the same design and materials as they were making them 50-60 years ago. While other pen makers have lost the ability to make them like they used to, every Pelikan Souveran is a classic from the moment of birth.
Filling System: 10/10
Typical of Pelikan, butter smooth piston mechanism. It operates flawlessly and the ink supply is more than generous. With a semi-transparent body, checking the ink supply is extremely easy. I don't now how Pelikan manages to be so consistently good with their piston mechanisms, but whatever they do, I hope they keep it up. It obviously works!
Like most Pelikan nibs, it works flawlessly from the start. The nib is butter smooth and never skips or fails to start. I'd submit a writing sample, but my handwriting sucks, and I don't want to spoil my review by making you stare at it. The best feature is that the nib is easily interchangeable. This is a lost art today, but many vintage pens also had interchangeable nibs. It means that you can swap nibs in 30 seconds or less, and with nibmesiters producing flexible nibs for Pelikans, this is a big plus. I will be buying a flexible nib for this baby.
Price/Value for money: 9/10
At $175 USD, it is still excellent value for your money, considering this pen will run circles around most $400-$500 pens I've ever owned. However, Pelikan prices have been going up recently as most Americans become aware of just how good this brand is. Although it is still excellent value for the performance and quality, I can't give it a 10/10. Pelikan should not forget that one of the largest things the brand has going for it is providing excellent, good looking and classic pens for a lot less money than the competition...(ie. Mont Blanc, CS)
Conclusion: 48/50 pts
This pen is a prime example of why people who own Pelikans always complaint that their "flock" just seems to breed like wild rabbits. It is just so good that you can't help but want to buy another Pelikan, and another, and another, etc.
Edited by Dr Ozzie, 17 February 2010 - 17:35.