I bought this pen after becoming interested in them by following a FPN thread.
As background, Pfhorrest wrote in the above mentioned thread:
“The Mk. 10 is a student pen with a resin body and cap, and has a gold plated steel nib.
The Mk. 20 is the same model with a steel (I believe stainless) cap with a resin body, and has a 18c nib.
The Mk. 30 has a rolled-gold cap with a resin body, and has an 18c nib. Some Mk. 30s have a resin cap, or they could just be Mk. 10 caps (all three can take the same size caps).
There is also a Mk. 60 with all rolled gold furniture, body, and cap.”
I understand these pens were made in the 1970's
Slightly thinner than I expected. Well made, good condition, solid, exactly what you would expect from a Pelikan. I like the look of the pen.
Appearance and finish
Black plastic (resin?) with gold fittings. Pelikan log on the top of the cap
I assume that Pelikan wanted a break from the more rounded designs of their earlier pens. This has more sharp edges and the barrel tapers. In a strange way is reminds me of other 1970’s design, like the sharp edged and tapering bodies of European cars of the time. This may actually make it look more dated than older Pelikan pens. It reminds me of some MB pens of about the same date.
Capped the MK30 is 132mm, posted 142mm, the barrel has a maximum diameter of 10mm. The end of the barrel twists to move the piston. This part of the pen is unusually large being 28mm long, compared to the Pelikan 400NN piston knob of about 20mm. It makes it easy to use but does seem to take up a needless amount of space that I presume would otherwise be used for ink.
The cap is push fit, held in place by friction rather than a clutch ring. The cap band is stamped "Pelikan MK30 Germany". The section is unusually long with a ink level window. The window is blue, I don't know if this is the original colour or stained blue by ink.
It weighs about the same as most other medium size pens.
The imbedded nib (is that the correct term?) has to be removed to see the impression giving the material and size. I have not done this but comparing it to a Lamy 2000 EF nib I would say it is very slightly wider so I would rate it as a gold F.
It writes very well. Not the smoothest nib I have but very acceptable. It is not quite a nail, but it is stiff.
German piston filler. It works faultlessly and the large filler knob makes it very easy to use.
It cost £33 plus postage which I think is reasonable.
I like this pen. It is easy to use, well balanced, a pen that can be used for an extended period. It feels like a pen that will give good service for many years. A workhouse rather than a showy pen. I would like it more if it was a few mm wider and a few mm longer but you can’t have everything.
So in summary, this a good rather than a great pen. The MK30 is another quality Pelikan piston filler.
Compared in size to a Pelikan 400NN
Edited by vans4444, 20 February 2010 - 13:12.