Another thread got me thinking about some minor changes to future Pelikans, that all though not crazy to do, would make the pens even better (in my opinion)
1) For the M80x/M1000 striped Green/Blue/Red bodies having the internal piston changed from the silver brass to a black coated/anodized brass, so that the silver piston wouldn't shine though half the body and detract the eye. Then having the piston as an optional extra to retro fit on existing models if so desired.
2) The option for single tone nibs.
On the Mxx05 range rather than a dual tone nib or rhodium plated nib, I think a 18C White Gold nib would look great, and no concern for plating coming off.
On the MXX00 range an option for a single tone gold nib. On a black and gold pen, I think an all yellow Gold nib would set it off more.
What would you change ?
Good luck with changes to nibs. If recent history is any indication it would seem that consolidating nib options is a place where Pelikan sees opportunities to save on costs. Apparently high inventory and long shelf times for unique elements takes away from the bottom line. I an assuming that this is a business decision. They apparently can make more from a vistor to the factory waitng for a custiom grind than putting a whole range of nibs into inventory.
Here is a question for you though. If they had a factory custom nib exchange option, would you take advantage of it? If you could send yor bi-color nib to the factory to exchage for white gold, would you do it? If so, how much would you be willing to pay? I'm not picking on you but seen from the manufacturers POV, options = costs. So the question is would any additional revenue cover the additional costs?
Personally, I would appreciate a little more certainty. If we knew that every two (three?) years they were planning to come out with a new SE series (cities, nature, writers, whatever) and that they would on alternate years offer additions to existing lines ( i.e. a new color or pattern to the Traditions) and perhaps one or two LE pens it would make it easier for me to decide what to do with my limited pen budget.
I'd like to see a line of pens and peripherals dedicated to travel (auto mfgrs have SUV's, why not 'extreme' or rough stuff pens?). Hardier pens, perhaps a clever travel inkwell (incorpoated into a sturdy pen case?) a travel ready pelikan portfoloio, stainless or grippy hard rubber binde's click lociing caps, something that you could jam in a pocket or pack and know that it would still look good after a day, or a week on the road. Pelikan could do this with class and it would certainly set them apart from other high end mfgrs.
They would be filling gap however the question begs: Why is that gap there? Is there a market opportunity or is there no product because there is no demand? But these are different times: There was no demand for touch phones, then someone brilliant figured it out and look what hapened to Blackberry. I can already hear people saying things like: "looks interesting but it's not to my liking" ,,, because that's not how we see Pelikan now.