My “gateway pen” was a Pelikan 200 with a crisp italic nib from Richard Binder. What an eye opener! When I found the gorgeous Pelikan M800 B-0-B and could get it with an italic nib and for an amazing price from Pam Braun, I got it. But, the smooth writing of the Pelikan nib made me curious about what Richard's cursive italics offered. I also felt the P 200 was a bit small for me, and the M800, while not uncomfortable to use, was a bit large for everyday use, especially with the broad italic nib. So I ordered and just received a beautiful green striped Pelikan M600 with two Binder cursive italic nibs, a 0.7 mm and a 0.9 mm. So far, I've just tried the 0.9 mm nib, and I couldn't be happier with the pen or the nib.
The M600 format seems just perfect for my hand, and the green striped barrel is gorgeous to my eye. The fit and finish seems flawless. The piston works smoothly. The whole pen reeks of quality design and workmanship.
I had a bit of a problem getting any ink flow after loading the pen, but I finally got it going by partly emptying it. I suspect there was air in the channel or something. Once in gear, the flow was perfect, and the nib writes super smoothly. The cursive italic is much more tolerant of imperfect contact with the paper and still gives a very nice line differentiation when positioned properly.
I think I've found my daily writer.
Size comparison: Pelikan 200, M600 and M800 (Blue O' Blue)
Binder 0.9 mm Cursive Italic Nib
Comparing the cursive italic 0.7 mm nib with the 0.7 crisp italic nib (both on a Pelikan 200), the crisp has greater thick/thin line differentiation, as expected. However, the cursive italic's line differentiation is certainly quite good, and the writing is very much smoother.
Edited by dms525, 28 August 2011 - 18:28.