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Pelikan M101N


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#1 hari317

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 18:43

It was love at first sight. I fell in love with this pen ever since I saw the first Pelikan press release pictures posted by somone over at the Pelikan forum. When news came that the pen was slowly trickling into stock, I contacted a few online Pelikan dealers to enquire. I got the best deal from Pam Braun of Oscarbraunpens, I ordered a B nibbed pen and I was able to get a B nibbed pen from the very first lot that she received.

Now, Pam is able to accept only cash/cheques or MOs. I live in India, so these modes were out of the question... Here my friend, who is also on FPN, pelman, stepped in to rescue me. He is a long time client of oscarbraunpens and I sent the payment to Pam through him. Pam's service is outstanding. She despatched the pen to me even before she had received pelman's cheque.

The pen was despatched to me on the 5th of April, it entered the customs clearance centre at the Foreign post office, Mumbai on the 13th of April but Indiapost really tested my patience this time. The parcel was released only today, 19th May 2011 after more than 5weeks.

Finally I got to see the beauty in person today.

First impression I got was "delicate", pen is really beautiful. The cap is finely machined of very thin material. The fit and finish I found very satisfactory. Simple nib, I took some pictures:

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The B nib is quite stubbish.

The samples in Blue are of the Pelikan M101N B:
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The filler unit is of the screw in type, unlike the press fit fillers found in the M600 and below.
The filler unit flats:
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A number on the Filler: "102" any idea what it stands for?

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Finally a group photo of my small Pelikan flock: L-R: M101N, M450, M650, M800, M1000.

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In conclusion, The pen has worked well out of the box, the nib is smooth with some feedback, the filler is maintanable, all in all a beautiful and well made pen. It is not inexpensive at 345USD before shipping, but the cost seems justified due to the beautiful celluloid cap and barrel and the specially made monotone nib for this model.

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#2 Taurean

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 18:49

Congrats on the acquisition Hari.
Beautiful pen!

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 19:50

excellent review and pics
thanks!
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Posted 19 May 2011 - 19:59

Thanks for your interesting review Hari
Good to hear the piston unit is not mounted using the pop-in ridges fixation used on the modenn 200 & 400 pens.!
Does the piston unit screws down using left hand threads as on the old 100 pens?
Beautiful pen,enjoy !
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Posted 19 May 2011 - 21:13

I absolutely love this pen! Mine has a B nib, too. It's not quite as stubbish as yours, but there is definitely some subtle line variation. It's a dream to write with.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:17

Thanks for the nice review. The pelikan looks like it is pressed from chocolate! Cool binde you have on the M1000.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:13

Hari, lovely pictures and thoughtful/informative description as usual. I was considering the M101N, but went instead for the M1005 demonstrator. The coloring and pattern on your pen is fabulous. And I, too, have to comment on the binde on your M1000 - it's stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:44

Great review Hari. How do you take close-up shots of the nibs?

#9 hari317

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 14:21

Thank you all for the kind comments.

@Francis: Yes, the filler unit threads are Left hand. Link

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 15:47

Hello Hari,

Wonderful review of a beautiful pen and now I would like to have one.

That's the last time I help you out. :roflmho:

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#11 hari317

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 16:29

Wonderful review of a beautiful pen and now I would like to have one.

Then you must hurry, I believe the pens are sold out from Pelikan as per Regina Martini.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 17:36

Wonderful review of a beautiful pen and now I would like to have one.

Then you must hurry, I believe the pens are sold out from Pelikan as per Regina Martini.



I was afraid of that. :gaah:

#13 hari317

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:26

:puddle: :puddle: :puddle: Very beautiful.......... I feel like this pen will stump collectors in 100 years though.....


Thanks! I really hope the modern pen holds up as well as the vintage ancestors.

Can others who have the M101N check the number on their fillers and report? is that some sort of a hidden serial number?
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 16:34

I just inked mine up and took it for a spin after a 'seeing-to' by Oxonian.

Having owned an original 101N, I must say this pen is a disappointment. The finish lacks the lustre and depth of the vintage pen, especially the cheap and nasty feel of the brown acrylic ends. The imprint of the Pelikan just looks and feels to the hand cheap cheap cheap.

Well, I guess I can't really complain about the nib: only because like all my modern Pelikans, it isn't a patch on their vintage nibs. It writes like a nail and just completely lacks personality, even after John's gentle massaging to a stub. Competent, yes, but bland.

All in all, not what I was expecting...

Edited by mongrelnomad, 30 May 2011 - 16:35.

Too many pens; too little writing.

#15 hari317

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 16:59

Sorry to hear that the M101N has been disappointing mongrelnomad. but I think that is the penalty to pay for getting to own the original. once you are in love with the original nitro cellulose and ebonite pens with the nibs of yore, the modern substitues do not match up.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 19:12

pen family photo is incomplete Haribhai..... :blush:

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 19:23

Congratulations on this purchase. Great pictures of a wonderful pen, I hope you have years of fun!
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 19:53

Congratz on such a nice pen. The nib point looks huge!

#19 hari317

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:06

pen family photo is incomplete Haribhai..... :blush:


Hi Adam, the latest addition is wonderful, yes, this family photo needs to be updated, will be done soon!

Congratulations on this purchase. Great pictures of a wonderful pen, I hope you have years of fun!


Thank you Lewis!

Congratz on such a nice pen. The nib point looks huge!


Thanks Ivan, my usual preference is for a F nib but somehow big nibs on small pens give me a lot of joy, i have a B nibbed Mozart which is a delight, so went for the B on this.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:06

I want one! Nice acquisition.






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