Recently I got my hands on this supposedly green striated 120 Merz & Krell
As a green striated Merz & Krell 120 was never documented I asked one of the Pelikan Gurus in Germany about his opinion. He reminded me that the 400NN from Merz & Krell has the same size of barrel.
Here the two side by side
In fact the only difference is in the section: The 400NN has a flared section and the 120 a strait one.
I took out the nib of a real 120, the straited one and a 400NN and took a photo side by side from the front
(120 left, 120 striated middle, 400NN right)
You can see that the 120 has a smooth front and the 400NN has 6 small indentation in the front, the striated in the middle has the same indentations and other signs that it was machined from a 400NN barrel.
Conclusion: Someone has fabricated a 120 green striated, using a barrel from a green striated 400NN
If this was done by a worker in the factory or later we will probably never know, but there could be another hint, All of the 120 M&K I have, have a Pelikan120 imprint in the cap plastic, The cap that came with the pen has no cap imprint, but it has the correct capband with the correct stamping.
Anyone has heart about this pen before???