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Pelikan M200 (Green Demonstrator)
Posted 11 April 2013 - 17:42
I bought this pen from Ebay on a whim - I somehow managed to get a decent deal and so was excited to start using this pen, especially as it was in "pristine" condition. Once I had it unpacked my initial impression was less than good. Although I loved the green colour of this demonstrator this pen had not been cleaned prior to being sold and there was ink visible inside the barrel. Not only this but the nib was not aligned with the feed. For a pen only "used once" I was expecting a little more. I put my initial disappointment aside and wanted to take a closer look at the pen.
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN (09/10)
I love the style of these Pelikan FPs. Although not as good looking as my m600 this m200 looks very smart indeed. Pelikan have chosen a great shade of green for this pen, and it definitely complements the gold-coloured furniture/nib. The furniture itself is simple but effective - the addition of the gold ring near the piston knob brings some balance into this pen's design. One small drawback - the nib design is rather plain - I think a two-tone nib would have suited the pen better.
CONSTRUCTION AND QUALITY (09/10)
top: Pelikan Souveran M600 / bottom: Pelikan M200 Green Demonstrator
This m200 has an air of quality and I think looks much more expensive than it actually was (better than being more expensive than it looks perhaps!). I am trying to avoid making a direct comparison with my Souveran m600, which is difficult as these are the only two Pelikan pens I own. Despite its simpler appearance the quality of the finish with this pen remains excellent. The twist cap unscrews with 1 full turn, it posts securely, and the piston mechanism feels very secure and draws up ink beautifully.
WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS (09/10)
This is a very light and comfortable pen to use both for short and long writing sessions. It isn't especially large, but just about comfortable to use unposted for me (the posted length is ideal, however).
NIB AND PERFORMANCE (08/10)
I am not sure whether I should provide a score here. I was looking forward to trying out the gold-plated steel nib of this pen. I really enjoy the 14K gold nib of my m600 - it's incredibly smooth and puts down a rich wet line (looking great with whatever ink I choose). This pen came with a medium gold-plated steel nib. Once I started writing with it I thought something was seriously wrong - the nib was scratchy, it was squeaking and even skipping. I thought that perhaps the tines were misaligned badly - this wasn't the case. The nib was slightly out of alignment with the feed and so some gentle adjustment corrected this. However that made no difference to the quality of this nib.
At this point I wasn't sure whether to return the pen. Instead I chose to try and correct the problem myself. Being relatively inexpensive this seemed to be an excellent opportunity (and if I were to make a bad situation worse replacement nibs don't cost the earth!). After some painstaking micro-mesh work I managed to turn this god-awful excuse for a nib into a smooth writer which lays down a 'Pelikan' medium line - more like a Western broad. There still remains a little tooth but overall I am happy with the job and thought it best to quit whilst I was ahead. If I had to score this nib pre-adjustment it would probably be 03/10. After, I think 08/10.
FILLING SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE (09/10)
Piston filler - enough said! Smooth mechanism with a great ink capacity. The nib/feed unit screws/unscrews easily allowing for very quick nib swapping.
COST AND VALUE (10/10)
As I mentioned earlier this pen was purchased from Ebay. I have had a few misses so far in my short life as a FP 'addict'. I don't think this will count as one (even with the state of the nib!). I got this pen for less than £40 which I was happy to pay and for a piston filler I think this is a great price.
CONCLUSION (Final Score = 54/60)
Hope you enjoy reading this review! Now for a quick writing sample:
Posted 11 April 2013 - 21:29
Posted 11 April 2013 - 21:58
looks nice,really,i love the dark green color of the body...personally i own a pelikan m200 clear demonstrator (2012 special edition) and it is very nice with a wonderfuly smooth piston (it's a pelikan) but i was very disapointed as there was a default in the pen,a crack in the inside part of the barel,after the piston. They have recognized that it was clearly theyr fault and repaired it for free with all theyt excuses but it's still disapointing as when you get a pelikan you think you buy a well built pen
at least it was fixed in the end! I don't think my nib issues were the fault of Pelikan though. One question - did your demonstrator come with a steel nib? Or is it the 14K gold? Just curious!
Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:04
Posted 12 April 2013 - 17:22
Posted 13 April 2013 - 00:01
Posted 13 April 2013 - 00:54
However, I could not buy used items off eBay as all such purchases would be a gamble. I only buy new ones even if they are more expensive than used ones, as I like a peace of mind over buying someone's problems.