These two are from two of the more 'premier' manufacturers, and they are both the model below the flagship pen of that company, the 149 and the m1000 respectively. A lot of people, including me, will not be looking at the flagship models for such reasons as they are simply too big or too expensive. With that in mind I decided to compare the two more affordable (?!) and smaller pens.
I managed to pick up the Montblanc on the 'Bay for just over £200 which I thought was a very good deal considering that its retail price in the UK is well over £400. The Pelikan I bought from Pelikan Pens UK for £266. The Montblanc is more expensive when bought new but deals for pre owned ones are there to be had.
Winner: Pelikan (if both pens are purchased at RRP)
As you can see from the photos, the two pens are about the same size when capped and when posted the Pelikan is a fair bit longer. Although I forgot to take a photograph, the Pelikan is about 2mm longer when not posted. The nib of the Pelikan is also noticeably bigger. Both pens feel very comfortable in the hand, I post neither but I just prefer the feel of the MB, I think it's the balance I prefer.
Both pens use a piston filling mechanism and as such hold a large quantity of ink, however the piston in the Pelikan is far smoother and nicer to use.
Both pens have a medium nib, and whilst I am very happy with the nib on the MB I wish I had bought the Pelikan with a fine nib as the medium on it runs really quite wide. Although one advantage of the Pelikan is that one can simply unscrew the nib and replace it with another one, although the nibs themselves are far from cheap. Both nibs are very smooth although it took me a while to find an ink that the Pelikan liked, Noodlers Black was far too dry but Diamine Midnight performs very well. I also think the nib on the Montblanc looks nicer, although the Pelikan's nib is by no means unattractive.
I bought the Pelikan in the 'traditional' green straited material and it looks very pretty, the semi transparent barrel also allows one to see the piston at work and the amount of ink remaining. The Montblanc is the 'classic' cigar shaped design, and the white star on top of the cap is very distinctive. I like the appearance of both, the slightly different look of the Pelikan and the more classic appearance of the Montblanc.
If I had to choose one pen, what would it be? It would be the Montblanc, just. I prefer the more classic look of it, I think the nib is prettier and, at least for the moment, I prefer writing with the Montblanc as the nib on the Pelikan is just a bit too wide. However, both are excellent pens for those who cannot afford to splash out on the flagship models or those who prefer a slightly smaller pen.