Hey guys, didn't think I would get THIS many responses so quickly! Thank you all very much!
I will try to address all comments.
Tim, Thank you for all of that information! Definitely helped a bit on my decision!
Here in Europe, an M200 can be had for less than half the price of an Edison production line pen. But I guess in the States, the difference in price is not as steep.
I like my M200, and my M215 works even better for me (because I like the extra weight). You should also consider the fact that the M2xx pens are piston fillers, whereas Beaumonts are CC pens. My experience with CC pens has been less than stellar (ink flow problems), and that's pretty much the only reason I haven't yet bought any Edisons, in spite of the fact that many of those pens look drop dead gorgeous.
The Pelikan M200 has a very weird price range for me. It can range from $76 to about $120. So the price aspect is never really a huge issue in this instance.
I also don't really mind CC pens. I do agree though, that the piston filler on the Pelikan is indeed a plus.
Any reason why you don't want to post standard sized pens that have much better balance when posted like a 200/400 Pelikan or Esterbrook?
Is it religious or you have just not tried it much?
If you wax the pen, you don't get any mars.
As you can guess I grew up in the silver dime days of B&W TV and standard sized pens like a Esterbrook, or Wearever, so I do post. I do have better balanced pens.
I have grown to admire the steel nibs of the 200.
I trans-mailed 5 of them. 2 were as good as my 120 steel nib...a very good springy vintage regular flex nib.
3 were even better, as good as the very nice springy regular flex as my '90's M400 and two '90's Celebries, one with a gold and one with a steel nib that are equal to each other.
If you order your 200 through Richard Binder, perhaps he can root through his 200 nibs and find one with a bit more spring than others.
If you want a metal C/C pen the Celebry has a very good nib. It being a Large pen, you can get by with out posting.
It does post nicely too...assuming you let the pen find it's own resting place...ie resting in the pit of the web of the thumb.
For me posting with large pens is a whim factor; some times I do, other times I don't.
I just simply don't post because no matter what pen I have used (exception with my Parker 51) they always seem to feel unbalanced to me. And I actually love writing with small pens unposted. Maybe I'm just weird haha.
I do enjoy both nibs both spring and nail alike. So that is never an issue.
Glad the Craftsman is still working out for you. I'll throw in my 2 cents as I've had experience with both Edison and Pelikan. If I were to buy one or the other today, it would be the Edison (any Edison) hands-down. I've had three Pelikans and the third was the only one I liked, but only because I spent 50% more to have the nib professionally tuned. For that money, I could have bought an Edison. I've had three Edisons (a Hudson, Pearlette and Morgan) and all three wrote absolutely perfectly right out of the box.
Unposted, an Edison will be a good bit larger than an M200 unposted. Posted, most Edisons are mammoth by comparison. I like this so that's a selling point for me. My M200 had to be posted to be used comfortably (and I, like you, tend to not write posted).
If it were me, I'd get the Edison. The nibs offer less character than the steel nibs on the M200, but the pens are well-made and don't require tinkering right out of the box for the most part. My first Pelikan was a Medium and wrote like a double-broad, the second was a fine and wrote like a broad and the third was an extra-fine that wrote like a broad (all compared to Lamy, TWSBI, Edison, etc.). I finally just quit buying and selling them and sent the third one off to be tuned and it was darn-near writing perfection when I got it back.
If you've got the time and patience and will to do the nib dance, buy the Pelikan. If you're lazy like me and want a pen that you'll love right out of the box, get the Edison.
Last little bit... If you like the Edison lineup, but want an M200-sized pen, look at the Pearlette. Almost identical in size.
Hey Matt! The Craftsman is absolutely amazing, thanks again!
The nib width is definitely a concern. That is one of the big reasons I was very iffy on this purchase, because of reading of the more than handful of people saying that the fine nibs write like a broad. And I am still a young guy that can't really afford to keep sending nibs out for tuning. (Which CAN be avoided if I just get it done from Richard Binder in the first place.)
Also, how is the pearlette? I had that pen in mind as well, but I was a little concerned with the smoothness of the #5 nib. What are the size comparisons (to other pens) of the #6 and #5?
You might think about going to the Long Island Pen show where you could handle both I would think. The only problem is that it's not until March and you might not be able to wait that long. I know I probably couldn't wait. That would, though, give you a chance to evaluate how they feel.
That actually is a good idea. Wouldn't be TOO difficult for the wait because I shop like my father... I'll want something for months but never commit to a purchase haha. That's exactly why I made this post... Because I suck at choosing.
BTW Where is the Long Island Pen show going to be located?
the edison is the superior pen hands down.. buy a collier if you want to write unposted
I'm not a fan of how the collier collars are AT ALL. I love the style of pretty much all vintage pens, the very.. I guess "flamboyant" (please don't kill me for that lol) colors of a lot of Edisons pens has put me off to a lot of them. That is why the only ones that had been on my radar had been the Beaumont and the Pearlette.
Unfortunately I don't have an Edison pen yet, so can't compare, but I've had my Pelikan M200 for nearly 20 years and I still love it - I've bought some higher end Pelikans in the mean time, but I still use the M200 almost daily, so it has been well worth the investment (by my parents at the time). The steel nib is really smooth and nicely springy which I love. I do agree with Heymatthew however in that Pelikan nibs tend to be quite a bit broader than other brands, so if you only want a Fine that's something to consider.
That is good to hear that they write well. Still though, I really can not use anything too broad nib'd because I write way to small.
Thank you guys for all your replies! Even though it is pretty much a 50/50 split on Edison or Pelikan haha.
I will probably end up having both in the future, but getting which one first is a debacle...