First Impressions--My experience with the M200 encouraged me to get a more flexible-nibbed Pelikan, and one that is slightly larger than the M200/400 series, which is a little small for large hands. Comes in a stout box, and, well, it has the unmistakable Pelikan look.
Appearance and Finish--I got mine in the blue/black stripe, and it of course comes with a black cap. I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the stripes, but they grow on you. Trimmed in gold plate, with two gold rings on the piston fill knob, a thick gold ring at the bottom of the cap, and a heavy metal gold plated trim piece at the top to house the distintinctive Pelikan clip and the Pelikan logo button on the top of the cap. There is also a gold ring at the bottom of the grip.
Design/Size/Weight--Despite being slightly larger than the M400, this is still a lightweight pen, 19 g (0.67 oz) fully loaded, remarkably just a shade lighter than the smaller Sailor 1911M. It is 4 15/16" unposted, a stout 6 1/8" posted, but a compact 5 1/2" capped. The cap posts securely, but the pen is large enough unposted to be comfortable even in medium-large hands. A quick 3/4 turn removes or secures the screw-on cap. Nice. The grip is tapered and flares at the bottom where it is terminated by a gold ring for a comfortable and secure grip.
Nib design and performance--I selected a fine nib to accommodate my typical writing tasks. The nib is an atrractive two-toned 14K gold, with the typical fine-finned feed. The nib lays down a fine but wet line about 0.45-0.50 mm wide, actually slightly narrower than my M200 fine nib. It is actually narrow enough to do fine writing work, whereas my Sailor 1911 M can be a little sloppy for very small, detailed writing. The nib is very smooth, and I would classify it as only slightly flexible. It is certainly more flexible than an M200, but not nearly as flexible as a Sailor 1911M. This nib will stand up to a heavier touch and has a huge sweet spot so it is not too fussy about writing angle.
Filling System--Uses the Pelikan piston fill, of course. The M600 holds what seems like gallons of ink. I would imagine I could take this on a 4-day business trip and not have to worry about running out of ink with the fine nib. Fills efficiently when only submerged past the breather hole on the nib. If held up to the light carefully, the ink level can be seen by looking through the semi-transparent "black" stripes on the barrel.
Cost/Value--Available for $215 from Richard Binder. Not inexpensive but a stout, attractive, everyday workhorse writer. It's always in my pen rotation, along with my trusty Sailor 1911M, and more recently joined by the Namiki Falcon.
Overall Opinion/Conclusion--I purchased this pen to be one of my primary writers. It had to be both attractive but highly functional and a pleasure to write with. It also had to be reasonably sized, yet lightweight, as I don't like heavy pens for extensive writing. The M600 succeeds on all counts, and is exactly what I was looking for. Enthusiastically recommended.
Edited by chemgeek, 19 January 2007 - 17:14.