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#1 nm4

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:09

Actually it's an m805... :headsmack:

I've seen several reviews for the m800 series, but I don't recall seeing a recent one with an evaluation of the m800's EF nib. Here goes.

STORY: I'll make this short and sweet: I love Pelikans and lusted for the m805. Wanted a pen I could use at work where there are forms with small spaces requiring writing, so I ordered the EF nib. Additionally my print handwriting is small so an EF suits me quite well.

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BODY: I find the m805 in blue irresistible. The blue striations look even better in person, shimmering in the light. Possibly the best looking pen I own. The rhodinated trim is tastefully done and gleams. The pen's size/weight are literally perfect for me: large but not imposing, substantial but not heavy. I do wish the section was just a bit longer as my index finger occasionally extends past it and is rewarded with ink. 9.5/10.

CAP: A twist-on cap with a highly functional and elegant beak clip. I wish the threads were metal...otherwise I can't really complain. 9/10.

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FILLING: Typical Pelikan piston here - smooth. It holds a lot of ink. Excellent. 10/10.

NIB: The Pelikan EF nib is a treat. It's comparable to a Pilot F-nib (see writing sample) but it's even smoother. The ink flow is generous and consistent. The nib is very forgiving and writes beautifully without any pressure.

Some folks complain that the 800-series nib is stiff. It is...but that's exactly what I wanted in an EF nib (consistency in ink flow). Sure it's not exotic..but the writing experience is exemplary. Despite being a "nail" it provides a nice smooth "ride." A large step up from the M200 nibs in smoothness...and it even pips the Pilot Falcon SF nib. Wow. I'm going to give it a 10/10 on this one.

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Here's a writing sample. On the R column I have compared the line thickness to the Pilot Falcon SF nib and the Pilot VP F nib.


Cheers,
NM

Edited by nm4, 05 February 2013 - 02:10.

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#2 Frank C

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:24

Nice review and I like your photos. I have one of the older all blue M805s with an EF nib. I keep it filled with Pelikan Blue ink. It is a beautiful pen and a great writer. I find the M800 nibs a bit springy and wouldn't really call them nails.
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#3 PAKMAN

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:44

My blue stripe 800 is still my favorite pen of all time! My xf nib perfectly fits my writing too! Congrats on a great pen!

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#4 pbkgwo

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 20:32

Thanks for review. I very like this pen.
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#5 jandrese

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 13:28

I have only one blue stripe in the M400 size and it is very attractive. Somehow I prefer the green stripe at least on the bigger pens. Maybe the blue is too bright for me on the M800. Anyway, thanks for sharing and enjoy!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 14:11

I just picked up a pre-owned M800 F nibbed green stried yesterday. Bought if from a fellow FPN'er. First impression is nice and smooth. The only ink i currently have at work is a old bottle of Parker Blue Quink; its the first bottled ink I ever got (from grad school in the 80's) but its actually quite OK. I have written probably thousands of pages with it, but I still like it. I actually preffered the blue 805 over the green 800, but I got it for a nice price. Congrats on your new Peli!
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#7 Nibwitz

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 14:56

Absolutely beautiful pen. The cold blue color very well fits the silver trim.
I thought about getting this color for weeks, but finally pre-ordered the (in)famous Schildpatt Braun/ Tortoise Brown M800, it will cost me an insane 30% more than this perfect blue-silver one, and no-one in the world can rationally defend that. And they, the grinning marketeers at Pelikan, know that all too well.
This is how knowledge of human psychology is used for commercial benefits.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 17:13

Very nice to hear, as I have a Pelikan 800 in my future but no experience yet with a new FP nib. Am glad it works for you!
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#9 anaximander

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:05

Very nice review. I have a blue M805 as well and it is a great pen. It's a little on the big side for my hand, but it's beauty and an amazing nib make up for that.

I got a good deal on this pen used from the FPN classifieds, but it had an M nib, which was way too big. I sent it to John Mottishaw and he modified it to a narrow, slightly oblique stub which is fantastic.

#10 nm4

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:03

Must say that after a few days I am loving this pen more and more. Strongly thinking about buying a second nib..this could be trouble...expensive trouble.

Cheers,
NM
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#11 cnjackson

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:36

Must say that after a few days I am loving this pen more and more. Strongly thinking about buying a second nib..this could be trouble...expensive trouble.

Cheers,
NM

Hi NM4--I can't seem to see your writing sample--would love to if you can post it!

 

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 22:45

Mine is 7 years old, Blue/Black and a Broad Cursive Italic Nib (from Sam Fiorella of Pendemonium). It is my favorite pen, and every time I use it and compare it, I reach the same conclusion. The only problem is that it is getting some decoloration at the contact surface with my hand (or it is me the one who is corrosive, my former wife could said that), but it is an amazing pen.

Thanks for the review



#13 Pen2009

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 03:21

I am very satisfied with my M800 Tortoise Brown's EF nib.  I have to admit I was a little bit concerned about the possibility of getting a mis-aligned or scratchy EF nib, before I get a delivery of this pen.  The nib is smooth (with just a tiny bit of feedback) and ink flow is just right (not a typical super wet Pelikan nib). The line left by Pelikan EF is similar to the one left by Platinum F. 

 

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 21:05

I like the extra fine as well.  My only issue is that I find the treads sharp and just at the wrong place.  A pity because the pen is gorgeous.








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