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