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The Real "like Chips" Pens?
Posted 29 December 2012 - 00:11
Bah, I wish. I have three of the things and have yet to find one I really like. Will likely sell them all and I've stopped looking for them.
But Pelikans? These birds flock, and they just keep inviting more! I started with a little M200 from Greg Muniskin, super cheap. (How was I to know what that $25 would lead to???) Darn little enabling pen. That led to trolling eBay and buying an antique 140 green stripe with a flexible nib. THOSE TWO invited home a gorgeous tortoise shell 400NN with a flexible nib. Now I'm thinking that the red one sure is pretty, and wouldn't a BLUE pelikan be nice to have, just to round things out you understand?
So they accumulate like a sweet, adorable, don't-you-dare-try-to-take-them-away, flock. But unlike Esties that I could get cheap for a few bucks, restore and play with... Well, these birds aren't cheap! Le sigh. I'm doomed. At least there's a whole forum of folks here that look equally doomed.
Hi, I'm Jo, and I'm going to be "that crazy Pelikan lady."
Posted 29 December 2012 - 14:43
Posted 29 December 2012 - 15:25
Pelikans aren't inexpensive like Esterbrooks or Lamy Safaris, but if you are patient, you can get some very nice vintage pens for reasonable prices from other FPN members.
And just wait until you try out a vintage B nib...
Posted 29 December 2012 - 16:44
Here they are sold for $195, and through slightly grayer channels - read no warranty- for $72 at the lowest.
Esterbrooks are non-existant. Though I found one on a shopping site, for about $150, but decided to pass.
(prices are converted from CNY)
Posted 29 December 2012 - 16:45
Here M200s go for around $100 from nibs.com (that's with a Binderized stock steel nib). You can still get them off Amazon for around $80 I'm told.
Edited by tandaina, 29 December 2012 - 16:46.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 22:41
PT Barnum has come back to life, there is a sucker born every minute....who don't know how to look up past auctions.
They are starting Geha School pens at €19, getting 35-45 last year 12 was pretty high as an end price. I think I just saw one with a start price of €70.
Prices asked are now double or triple of what pens went for, in that some folks will pay too much...now we all have to.
Doesn't any one know how to look up past auctions?
Wisdom of the Founders, and their check and balances system is more a wonder than I thought.
Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I try not use the term Easy Full Flex, but fail...sigh.
Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing with a touch of flair. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For bit more of that get a maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X. Those are not "Flex" nibs.
Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens and inks only; not the users or inks of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 22:50
Posted 29 December 2012 - 23:05
Ebay has made it MUCH harder to look up past auctions than in the past. I used to do it all the time, was a simple search filter on the left hand side. Not any more, I think you must use advanced search now.
Last time I looked they still had "Completed listings" in the left panel. Maybe you need to extend it a bit.
Anyway, don't put those Pelikans too close to each other. They may breed....
If I mention a supplier, I am ONLY affiliated if I EXPLICITLY say so.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:42
In the last month some sort of madness has struck on ebay.de with mediocre pens going for double what they would have got 2 months ago.
The nice thing with Pelikan is the easily interchangeable nib so you can always get a replacement nib at a reasonable price. Something you can't do with MB and only a few Parkers. If you do find an MB nib, it is probably cheaper to buy the whole pen!
Plus, the M200/400 cap will fit the old 120 and 140!
Theoretically, as long as the body is good, you can get the rest to work.
There isn't much that can go wrong on the Pelikan so as long as the body is fine (and cap if you want original) you can replace or fix the rest.
As Tandaina says, you can still get good deals out there if you are patient and keep your eyes peeled!
Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:42
...Here M200s go for around $100 from nibs.com (that's with a Binderized stock steel nib). You can still get them off Amazon for around $80 I'm told.
Please pardon the liberty, but I'm sure you meant that Richard Binder sells Pelikans at Richardspens.com. Nibs.com is a great seller, too. And indeed there are many options for new M200s. The used ones seem to hold their value fairly well, except for the odd amazing $25 bargain.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 23:44
Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:58
Hi, I'm Jo, and I'm going to be "that crazy Pelikan lady."
I know what you mean! I think I may be destined to be a "crazy Pelikan guy."