I bought the pen in poor condition, for not much. The piston was broken. It has just arrived back from being repaired by a well known FPN member so I thought I would try a quick review.
I understand the IBIS was first produced in 1936. It was not produced between 1942 and 1947. Before 1949 the pen was 115mm long. This one is 120mm capped, with a barrel diameter of 11mm which means it was made after 1949. I believe it went out of production in 1954.
The above information was obtained from this site
It is a small pen. It looks and feels stiff and well made. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the pen looked compared to how it was when I sent it away to be repaired.
It is typical of early Pelikan design. It has the domed cap shape of the 100 and 100N. The pen is completely black with gold clip and cap ring. I use the pen capped but it does not cap particularly securely.
This is the best part of the pen. It is a springy Fine steel CN nib and ranks as one of the best Pelikan nibs in my small collection. It is stamped IBIS. It is slightly oblique and semi flexible with a good ink flow. It is fun to use and deserves an owner with a better writing style than I possess. It is smooth but a little noisy on the page.
A piston fill holding a large amount of ink for a small pen. The correct piston seals are hard to find so it was repaired using an O ring. This makes the piston a little stiff but perfectly usable.
It is a great user grade pen, with a very good nib.
For size comparison I include the picture below. From bottom to top the pens are a Pelikan 100, 100N, IBIS, 120, 140
Edited by vans4444, 09 January 2011 - 08:55.