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M200 Café Crème - First Pelikan

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#1 OrangeSport

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 23:16

So my first Pelikan is on its way to me, an M200 Café Crème. I want a pen to use with orange ink to highlight key points from the copious notes I make every day and to mark up documents with notes and amendments. It is about the same size as the Montblanc Meisterstück Hommage à Frédéric Chopin I use most of the time, so switching would be easy enough. What's more, I just love the design and colouring of this pen.

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Very much looking forward to it arriving and putting it to use.

As something else to look forward to, I think my wife will be getting me a lovely blue M800 for my birthday in a few months!

Edited by OrangeSport, 17 July 2015 - 23:22.

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#2 jkingrph

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 23:44

I bought one when they first came out.  I got the medium nib, and it honestly one of the smoothest I have, better than some of the larger Pelikans , Montblancs and vintage Pelikans.  I load mine with Diamine chocolate.

 

The colors are like described, much like coffee variations, from  dark to café a lait .   In differing light the cap appears in various shades from dark chocolate to almost black.  I think you will enjoy it.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 00:20

That's a great pen. One of my favorites from Pelikan's recent offerings. Congrats and enjoy!

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 00:20

Thank you Jeff, I hope so. I've gone with a fine nib....

Edited by OrangeSport, 18 July 2015 - 00:22.

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 00:24

Congratulations on your new pen. The cafe creme is a gorgeous pen, even more beautiful than the photos indicate, and in my opinion it begs for a brown ink. Let us know how do you like it.

Oh, and careful with that m800, it's a slippery slope from there, and when you realize you have a whole flock ;)

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 00:36

I'll certainly report back once it's had some use..
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 03:10

Right now I have diluted MB Lavender Purple in mine (I got one with a broad nib, just to have something a bit different from my usual stable of vintage F nibbed pens).  I think the next fill will be either Diamine Terra Cotta or Tyrian Purple, both of which are great colors.  Or maybe I'll change it up entirely and go with something blue....

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 20:20

J Herbin Lie de Thé goes very nicely with this pen too, I use it regularly for taking notes, it might be my favorite. 


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Posted 21 July 2015 - 12:14

The M200 Cafe Creme was my first Pelikan as well. I went with an F nib which suffered some babies bottom in the beginning. 15 minutes with some micromesh and now it's absolutely perfect. Smooth, wet and the finish is absolutely gorgeous. 

 

I have already ordered my 2nd Pelikan thanks to this pen, an M400 White Tortoise. I also plan on purchasing the M205 Amethyst.

 

I think I have caught the Pelikan bug :)



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Posted 21 July 2015 - 16:11

 
I think I have caught the Pelikan bug :)


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Posted 21 July 2015 - 16:31

Wise choice.  You'll love the pen.  I added it to my flock back in the spring, and I've been pleased with its performance since then.  The Pelikan metal nibs, I believe, are some of the absolute best ones available.



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Posted 22 July 2015 - 20:16

Turned up yesterday, so it had its first full day in the office today. Initial impressions? Very nice for the money.

It looks great, really nicely finished. Great colour scheme.
The filling mechanism is nice and smooth.
It writes nicely, smoothly and using the reverse of the nib it writes reliably.
Very comfortable to use, and quite "chunky" for its length.
It does feels a little cheaper tham my MB, but then it is! About a quarter of the price.

All in all I'm very happy so far. I'll add more detail in due course...
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#13 jkingrph

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 20:52

Yes, a bit "chunkier" than the Montblanc style, but then Pelikan needed a style of their own. Folks than know pens can recognize either in you pocket at a glance. I have both and honesty do not see much if any difference in quality, but certainly a lot in price. For my part Montblanc has priced themselves out of my market, plus I like the variety of colors available from Pelikan vs the anything you want from Montblanc as long as it is black.


Regards

Jeff





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