I have a slew of semi-vintage and vintage Pelikans and one new one.
First, you didn't write with the 200's nib...and or you lack experience to understand it.
There is steel nibs and then there are Pelikan 200's steel nibs.
I trans mail pens and such for a pal in England.
Two of the six 200's nibs were on par with the joy to write with springy vintage regular flex 120's nib....a '50-60's pen.
I have three '90's Pelikans; a 400, and two Celebry's; one in gold the other in Pelikan steel both equal. They are a tad better than my 120's nib.
4 of the 200's nibs I trans-mailed matched them. A modern nib, matching the '90's semi-vintage Pelikan nibs.
All those nibs are 'true' springy regular flex nibs that spread the tines 3 X a light down stroke.
Even in the '50-60's there was a difference in quality between a 120, a school pen, the 140 the middle class one, and the top of the line 400....as is now between the 200 and the 400/600 and up pens.
Had you tried a 400 you might also be surprised.There is not all that much difference in feel...the price new is a bit too much for such a small improvement.
Inexpensive plastic...not cheap. I expect a 200 to last 70-100 or more years with no trouble, just like a 400...120 or 140.
Some times when you pay for a 'name' you get it. Pelikan is a very good name, has been since 1929. Just because some one sells pens don't mean he knows anything at all....or he'd been praising the 200's nib. Don't worry he'll be selling ties next week, with the same depth of knowledge.
I have a '38-40 100N, a bunch of '50's...'60's pens. 500, 400N, 400NN, a black and a green stripped 140...and there is a difference in the binde's quality between a 140 and a 400NN...a 120. '90's two C/C metal pens, Celebry's and a 400....and a modern cheap looking didn't sell well 605 (2005)....wrong color scheme.
Out side the last's new modern semi-nail nib....standard now...unfortunately; Pelikan has very good to great nibs.
Many respected posters do like the school pen Pelkiano's nib...I've not gotten around to them yet. Again....a good nib.
If you lay your hands on a modern used 400 or 600 with 'silver' trim....the first thing you do, is buy a 200's nib and put the better nib on it. Put the gold semi-nail in the back of the drawer.
A 200's nib, writes narrower than modern, leaves a cleaner line and has some natural spring to the true regular flex nib.
There is a difference between true regular flex....spreading it's tines 3 X a light down stroke.....well you do have to mash it a bit, and a "Springy" nib like on a Falcon or a MB....the tine tip bends OK, but tine spread is Only 2 X a light down stroke.
I'm probably going to buy a 200's nib for my 600...and return the vintage 1955's 400N's semi-flex B to it's original pen.
I had at first thought my two Celebry pens, one in gold and one in steel were "hard semi-flex"....and my '90's 400 had been rated even with my 120, until I pressed the nib just a bit, and it too was "hard semi-flex"....no....they weren't!!! They were true springy regular flex....and 4 of the 6 Pelikan 200 nibs matched that.
I'd been sort of a snob...having gold nibbed 400's did not need a 200....fool ....a pure yellow 200 passed me by brand new and I'd not jumped on it.....the nib of the 200 is one of the best nibs now made. I was ever so ignorant a few years a go...ain't a hell of a lot smarter now either. Until all those 200's nibs passed through my hand... steel.... .... Then with out warning...after all whom am I to listen to folks praising a 200's steel nib....when I had good gold nibbed 400's.
A 200's steel nib is a a very fine nib. I recommend them.
There is a good number of different binde models, you can find one that you like.
PS don't waste your money on any one's modern Oblique....buy only '60's and before semi-flex and 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex....I've said that 1000 times....but some folks learn the hard way...in the pen's got to be new...
IMO even a 200's Oblique wouldn't quite do the trick.
I suggest buying a used post '97 M400 and putting it's semi-nail nib in the back of the drawer and forgetting it and using a 200's nib....something 'real'....if you want more than just pure butter smooth.
That is the next thing to get away from....boring as custard...butter smooth nails and semi-nails.
I really feel since 1998 Pelikan has gone down hill with it's nibs...outside the 200.....The 1000 has a springy...the one I tested seemed 'semi-flex' nib...but again it is 18 K, for a light hand only...in 18 K bends and stays bent.
A 800 is a nail, the 400/600 semi-nail.
At least they still make a real nib, the 200/215.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 30 March 2014 - 09:47.