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Posted 26 March 2010 - 16:42
The silver is hallmarked Ag 925 and bears a code specific to a particular metal artist (9/AP 73EH in this case). The binde appears to be cast with the circles, squares, and the Pelikan patterns intact, or perhaps it etched from a typical mask. The raised areas are then polished and hundreds of small cuts are added in by hand to accent the design. Thus, most of the metal work is probably not done by hand but it is surely still labor intensive. However it is produced this is the most striking pen I own, and it is certainly the most expensive. This is not a limited edition -- Pelikan calls it a special edition -- but evidently the numbers are kept relatively small at ~200 per month, and production will only run for a limited time. Regular M800s are far more common, and far more affordable.
Considering the metal binde, cost, and beauty of this pen it is remarkably practical as a daily writer. Reasonably heavy, the balance is set towards the rear of the pen but it feels so solid and well built it is a pleasure to hold and to use. The yellow resin seems to be of very high quality and is a pure yellow color that is bright but not excessively so. The silver/gray binde contrasts in a very pleasing way with the bright plastic that practically screams “Hey, look at me!". The pen feels so well built that it could be confused with a solid rod of metal, but it has the standard large M800 ink capacity.
Note how nicely the pen is finished. The joints between the disparate plastics and the metal binde are almost invisible.
Note also how the light glints off the hand-cut accents in the binde. Cuts just like a jeweler would make on a custom item.
At least with Pilot’s iroshizuku asa-gao ink this pen is a fantastic writer. The tip is smooth at a variety of angles and there is a little spring for a soft feel. Pressure also allows for some, but not a lot (~2 times increase), of line width variation. While smooth the nib is not glossy; there is a little bit of pleasing feedback allowing the user to feel the nib move across the paper. The cap posts securely without fear of scratching the silver binde. Although this makes the pen long, the weight is so concentrated in the barrel balance is barely affected. The presentation box is an understated small black wooden box painted with the Toledo logo, but it does come with a booklet unique to this line of pens.
All considered this pen is a triumph of form and function combined with beauty and quality. Built to last, it should still be a joy to look at, and to use this pen 100 years from now. The only way this pen could be better is if the tassie was like the old-style M800 since I think the silkscreened Pelikan design is kind of cheap looking compared to the old stamped line design. Nevertheless, I love this pen and am starting to desire another one or two, one in red and one in vermeil.
Posted 26 March 2010 - 16:50
Thanks for sharing. Great photographing skills!
Posted 26 March 2010 - 17:23
Posted 28 March 2010 - 13:30
It is amazing what a cheap camera like a Canon PowerShot S5 IS can do these days. Super macro (micro for you Nikon guys) to 12X zoon. My Nikon D40 needs several lenses for that.
Posted 28 March 2010 - 14:09
Posted 01 May 2010 - 09:17
I either have not looked hard enough, or yellow pens are scarce.
Now of course I find a Yellow pen, a Pelikan, I would like to have.
Something like that can take half the joy out of life. It looks like a pen that would be always in rotation.
With a great pen rotation; it would force sale of other pens, and stop the collecting bug; or slow it way down, to a crawl.
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.
The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.
Posted 01 May 2010 - 21:22
Fountain pen lover
Posted 01 May 2010 - 21:27
Pelikan 140 OB
Pelikan M605 blue F
Pelikan M200 transparent (Demonstrator Japan) M
Pelikan Level 65 yellow M
Pelikan Level 65 red B
Pelikan Go! black/magenta M
Pelikan Go! black/petrol M
Pelikan M70/Go! (C/C) magenta B
Pelikan Steno red (70s)
Lamy Safari charcoal 1.5 mm italic
Lamy Safari yellow EF
Lamy Vista Eyedropper 1.9 mm italic
Reform P 120
2x Reform 1745
Posted 01 May 2010 - 22:30