... Today I'm showing to you my last collection acquisition.
Model: 1935 Lapis Blue - "Originals of their Time" Edizione Limitata in 1935 esemplari
Production year: 2001
Material & Color: Lapis Blue Celluloid (Visconti production?)
Nib Dimension: Fine
Closed Dimension: 11,7 cm.
Poid: 13,7 gr.
Price: italian LIRE 1.250.000; at "crazy" price of 900 euro new old stock, at today circa $ 1.160
This is a limited edition of the famous Pelikan 100 that, in addition to being the first is also one of the most successful models of the famous German brand. The first version of the Pelikan 100 was released in 1929, and today (or in 2001), this beautiful new edition of the famous model in 1935 celluloid Lapis Blue, can be considered, along with other limited editions with gold and celluloid in past years, one of fountain pen most sought by collectors around the world.
I was looking for a new pen in lapis blue celluloid, even the most famous model Parker Duofold Lucky Curve '20s, but apart from the exorbitant cost requested from resellers for versions shabby and in very poor condition.
Then, looking better other newer models,and with a lot of patience I found it fortunately by a popular italian forum user... No I cannot tell you the name that has pulled out of the hat a new, even from his own collection (Sanpei), perfectly preserved and unused!
I remember that it is sold out everywhere.
As I said this L.E. of 1935 picks up the same design of the original Pelikan 100 made in this period and the famous and the small size, I would say Lilliputian, is perhaps one of the reasons for his great success in recent years, in fact it is little less than 12 cm . To about 13.7 grams, making it very easy to handle and comfortable, but certainly also very nice especially with the color of this beautiful blue celluloid!
Build quality: 9,5/10
Given the price and the value of this new edition could not be less worthy of the "original" of the '30s, the cap and the barrel are in lapis blue celluloid and, it seems, from sources "reliable" that part of this fountain pen, celluloid, etc. was built on commission by Visconti ... It "looks good"!
The thing that surprises even more is the great "window" in the middle of the fountain pen that allows you to observe the movement of the piston and controlling the large amount of ink that, despite its small size, is able to suck.
Furthermore, it is very simple to disassemble for cleaning and maintenance operations, in case of necessity ... It is all simply "twist-off" (see photo)!
Unfortunately, I always have in my mind the pleasure experienced by Omas Extra Flexible nib but, in all honesty I must say that this pen is great, leaves the same feeling I get when I write with my Montblanc 146, soft and "springy" and especially not "scratcy "on any type of paper. Aesthetically, no frills, with the same written that recall the original version is installed in the 30s from is a 18KT gold monocolor, the iridium tip is more elaborate (side is flat as the MB nibs) of cheaper versions from 14KT mounted on the Souveran series , with which it shares the same system of screw. So, it is a great "plus", if desired, you can change it to a M600 nib, with which it shares its size.
As usual, it is a "German" pen the Fine nibs mark on the nibs are only to write something because, instead, it corresponds to a nice medium nib and is equipped with a slight flexibility, since it is a 18KT!
While the feed, makes the ink flow nor abundant nor dry, and is surrounded by a metal collar to prevent any disaster when you try to extract from the barrel.
Filling System: 10/10
The 1935th is build exactly like the vintage model, except for a few "upgrades", like internal improvements, since the version used in 1935 work with a piston cork. The unit that moves the piston (see photo) is different, and the thing that struck me the most is the ease of operation, it seems, in fact, that has a sort of "servant" in moving through the rotation of the knob, that is made of rubber, but it could not be otherwise, given that Pelikan was the first to introduce it on the market just in 1929, after having bought the patent by an Eastern Europe engineer named Theodor Kovacs, and all time, it was the most advanced pen on the market; copied only a few years later by the MB.
Unfortunately, this 1935 is a limited edition and out of production for several years and find it as "new" is very difficult, that's the high price paid is secondary importance, but also the old list price is "crazy"! Pelikan under the guise of a re-issue, too limited, has increased enormously the price, it is a tiny pen as 11cm. at "only" $ 900 in 2001!
In fact, another re-issue history, the M101N lounched in 2011, it costs 1/3 of the amount paid by me.
So no any "bang for the buck", in fact it was a real "hole" in my wallet or a "bang" in my head if my wife reads this review!
So... Personally, I'm loving it, since I prefer much more fountain pens handy, like my Aurora's Optima Mini, very similar in size and with this one, in more rare celluloid Lapis Blue ... So for me it was: "love at first sight!" It is a German fountain pen (in all senses), it is a PELIKAN that writes excellent and is very comfortable to carry in your pocket thanks to its "feather" weight.
For those who wants to add to collection, this is a rare piece... In fact, they were baked only 1935... Until next limited edition!!!
To find a real flaw, Pelikan had "promised" to build every part of the original 1935 with only a few small update "inside" but, forgetting the most important of all: a "real" flexible nib like original Pelikan 100 version!
Edited by colex, 13 October 2012 - 17:31.