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The Mystery Of The Pink Pelikan With Something In It's Gutts

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#1 asincrono

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:08

Some months ago I was wandering in a stationary (Spain) and I found out they were doing some clean up. They had a can full of 2€ fountain pens and I found a couple of Pelikans I thought were interesting.
 
They were 80-90s fountain pens, one was the Pelikan Go (70 -> no piston :() and the other I took was... this:
 
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It's a plastic metallic-pink painted body. The cap is screw on. The clip you can be "operated" with your thumb to open. There is a transparent pink "dome" in top of the cap that let you see the point of the nib. The section is transparent too and the feeder is white:
 
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But that –let's say risky– design and aesthetic choices, or even the model I couldn't find anywhere, are not the surprise.
When I holded the pen in my hand I felt that was something odd with the balance. The body was too heavy for a plastic fountain pen. I looked inside and saw there was a metallic thing attached to the body. "Weird" I thought but didn't care much until yesterday. Yesterday I gave the body a couple of bumps and this thing fell out:
 
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At first glance I thought "WTH... a bullet???"... then "An international cartridge... made... of... brass???"... and finally "Why?".
Here you can see it side by side with an international cartridge:
 
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Can anyone shed some light on this mystery?
Which model is this?
What is this brass thing for?
 
Best regards.
 
(I edited this post because some people have problems seen the images. The images are from Google Photos and I don't have any other image hosting.
I can see the images without problem and I don't know how to fix this. In any case here there is a link to the full album with the photos.)


Edited by asincrono, 10 April 2016 - 13:22.


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#2 sargetalon

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 12:09

It may just be me and my iPhone but I'm not seeing any of the pics embedded within the post.

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#3 asincrono

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 12:22

It may just be me and my iPhone but I'm not seeing any of the pics embedded within the post.

 

Damn... I will try to solve it. I can see them but there is something wrong with linking from google photos. Sorry.



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 13:28

 

Damn... I will try to solve it. I can see them but there is something wrong with linking from google photos. Sorry.

 

Hope it's solved now :S



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 19:45

Never seen the like, but would be perfect cartridge holder for those who throw themselves into spontaneous wild break dancing or do flips with a skate board or bounce down the sides of buildings for entertainment. 

Very well made; Home made, or there would be or have been others asking about it or selling them for vastly more than they are worth.


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 20:13

The pictures look great. Not sure what model that is though. That extra piece looks like it is to be used instead of the spare cartridge. Let me ask, does the blind cap at the back of the barrel unscrew? Pelikan had a short lived convention where they would include something akin to what you display that was an ink eradicator. The tip would protrude out of the narrower top portion of a similarly shaped piece. It would take the place of a small international cartridge and when you unscrewed the back of the barrel, it would be exposed. Not saying that's what that piece is but it's reminiscent of it. Came on the P70 Go and the P25 Super Pirate Pens. If the piece at the back of the barrel is fixed, then I'd just assume it's meant to fill the space so you only need to use one short cartridge and not two.

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#7 asincrono

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 22:12

No, the blind cap doesn't turn, it's fixed.

Looks to me like an overkill to craft this fake brass cartridge just to take the place of a regular one. Wouldn't be cheaper just to include two cartridges or one big international instead?

On the other hand this brass thing it's not just a capsule of thin brass. It's hollow but I would say that it's 2mm thick at the thickest point. It's shaped inside with 3 steps each one thinner.

 

I don't know (obviously). Makes me think in some kind of adapter. For what? I don't know.



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 22:28

Please have a look at
https://www.pelikan-...heading_toc_j_3

It looks like yours is a Pelikan 2000 year 1998

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 15:52

Could it possibly be that this brass piece is something that got left inside during manufacture -- by mistake?  In those photos from the link to Pelikan-collectibles, there is no sign of anything (substantial) <inside> the blue pen...


Edited by Christopher Godfrey, 11 April 2016 - 15:52.


#10 asincrono

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 16:17

Thanks Rafapa, looks indeed like some variation of the Pelikan 2000.

 

Christopher Godfrey: You guess is as good as mine.

But as no one identified it yet, plus I can't find any other of such brass things around the web. I think that could be possible that is something that someone at the factory or in the shop forgot inside.

Maybe something to test that the section and feeder where right to take a cartridge, or if an international cartridge would fit? 

 

I don't know yet.



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 17:20

It could just be a Fraudulent Heft Inducer.  The Waterman Phileas had one.


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 17:27

It could just be a Fraudulent Heft Inducer.  The Waterman Phileas had one.

That's interesting. The Aurora Ipsilon has a brass inner sleeve to "induce heft" (not sure if that's fraudulent). If it came unglued, or unattached, maybe it would look like that?
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#13 asincrono

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 18:33

It could just be a Fraudulent Heft Inducer.  The Waterman Phileas had one.

 

Don't think so as: 

a. It unnecessarily resembles a internatinal cartridge.

b. There is a transparent body version of this  pen.

c. Can't see any glue remains inside the pen or in the brass piece.

d. This pen looked like a cheap one regardless of heft. Hard to believe someone took care in adding heft to make it feel more spensive :S

 

Right now I'm thinking that this brass "cartridge" wasn't supposed to be there in the first place.


Edited by asincrono, 12 April 2016 - 18:34.






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