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#1 DennisT

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 21:03

My wife and I have not had time for fountain pens for some time.  When first married, she did a good job of collecting a few modest pieces.  She loves fountain pens.  This Fall, she voiced a renewed interest so I bought her a subscription to Pen World.  I wonder if there are other publications/periodicals she'd be interested in.  ???   Years ago I think it was Pen Fanciers' Club we belonged to.  Somewhere, she still has them.  Seems the Pelikan has a, "draw."  Now I've become interested in them myself.  Did come across the Pelikan Perch, which is a really nice site.

 

SO.......over the week end I ordered her a Pelikan 200 from Pen Chalet.  During order I emailed a question and got a fast, pleasant reply.  Seem like nice folks.  So now I'm reading all I can find on Pelikans.  (Pelikan Perch being one)  We'll see how she likes hers at Christmas and perhaps I'll look into one myself.  I wonder where all of you shop for them??

Pelikans sure seem to be capturing my attention suddenly..................

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 21:26

Welcome Dennis! My Pelikan's are among my favorites. (M200 #3 just ordered, it will be Pelikan #6) The man who runs Pelikansperch is a regular here. Goes by sargetalon.

I have bought from The Writing Desk in the UK, Amazon (Japanese seller, don't recall name), Rick Propas thepenguin.com, and ebay.

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 22:01

Hello Dennis.  Watch your wallet, these birds are known to steal them.  Read sargetalon's site, look at the archives here, and use the search feature.  I have purchased from many vendors and collectors.  Also eBay, once I learned a little bit about models and pricing.  Sadly, I have until now bought new almost exclusively from UK and European vendors because of the price differences.  Read about that on sargetalon's site and a thread or two here.  I am extremely satisfied with Niche and Cult Pens in UK, and LCdC and Appelboom in Netherlands, just to name four.  There is a list of them on that site also  ;)

 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 23:35

The new marbled brown is now a standard color, so you don't have to hurry on that.

Often lately there are Limited Editions, like the Amethyst, Aquamarine and Smoky quarts translucent 200's.

I have an Amethyst and the new marbled brown should get to me by the end of the month.

 

I like the 200's nibs....write rants and raves about them often. One can buy new screw in nibs at different widths, for some @ $30, so you can have a skinny nib ...for poor paper or if you like skinny or M or B. They are 1/2 a size narrower than the modern 400/600/800.

That was the vintage semi-flex ('50-65) and semi-vintage regular flex ('82-97) widths. 

 

Regular flex gives a good ride, is in F&M good for shading, could well be in B too but I don't....yet....have a nib of that width in regular flex. (Have other pens in B.

M is a good width, is smoother being wider than F. In most go skinny or wide on the next pens.....M gets disrespected when it shouldn't be.

 

On 90 g paper, MB Toffee is a nice brown shading ink..

Fine was light with dark trails.
Medium was 50-50. :yikes: Destroying the "boring M" myth for me.
Broad was dark with light trails.


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#5 sargetalon

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:08

Welcome Dennis!  I hope that you have found my site useful.  Pelikan is a great brand and the M200 is a great way to get started with it.  Have you looked into Pen Collectors of America?  Nice back catalogue of information if you join.  Pen Chalet is good.  If you look under the "links" section on my site, I detail several vendors of Pelikan pens for whom I can vouch.  Be careful though.  One Pelikan quickly multiplies and it will be no time at all before a flock has come together.  Lots of great information in the archives here and good folks willing to answer your questions.  Which M200 did you order your wife?


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:14

My marbled brown M200 is a M nib. I thought about getting a B, but then decided I didn't have a M in a M200. (F and OB though)

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:30

Thanks, everyone.  Sargetalon, I ordered my wife a Peliken 200 Green Marbled, fine, 994095.  I won't get much of a look at it until after Christmas morning.  Does not stop me, however, from reading and looking.  Neither of us really care for cartridge pens.  We started out with Parker and others of the 1950's era.   Nice to have but some worry about bladders and condition.  She got pretty good at repairs.  Snorkels were interesting;  still have a few in good shape.

I came across the white Pelikan, "statue," with the beak pen holder.  Found a couple on ebay and would get her one but I see they are of noticeable price themselves.  I know her enough to realize that would be right down her alley.   !!   'Gotta think that one over................

Dennis



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:31

Welcome to our little corner of the universe from a pen user and Pelikan fan in San Diego. 



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 02:41

Thanks, everyone.  Sargetalon, I ordered my wife a Peliken 200 Green Marbled, fine, 994095.  I won't get much of a look at it until after Christmas morning.  Does not stop me, however, from reading and looking.  Neither of us really care for cartridge pens.  We started out with Parker and others of the 1950's era.   Nice to have but some worry about bladders and condition.  She got pretty good at repairs.  Snorkels were interesting;  still have a few in good shape.

I came across the white Pelikan, "statue," with the beak pen holder.  Found a couple on ebay and would get her one but I see they are of noticeable price themselves.  I know her enough to realize that would be right down her alley.   !!   'Gotta think that one over................

Dennis

 

 

Good choice on the green marbled, particularly the newest version which has a great luster to the barrel in the right lighting.  Pelikan's piston fillers are relatively low maintenance.  The only thing you may want to pick up down the road is some pure silicone grease.  The pen holders are pricey.  You can buy them from retail outlets and not just eBay.  Here is one such vendor; https://www.fahrneys.../Item--i-363250.


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:35

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Just ordered the pen stand for her too.  Couldn't resist.

Thanks, (?), Sargtalon...........



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 05:21

Hi and welcome, Dennis. Sargetalon (and his pelikansperch) is a wonderful source of information, as are BillH, Bo Bo Olson and a host of others here.

 

There is a fascination to the M-series Pelikans for me, a combination of classic look/design, interchangeable nibs, reliable piston system that, having heard their siren's call make it difficult to imagine buying anything else (well, except for Waterman JIF school pens - I have a fondness for those). They will steal your heart and then, as BillH says, they'll likely steal your wallet if you're not careful.

 

I've bought most of my Pelikans off ebay, usually from individuals but some from various vendors, Rolf at missing-pen.de and Renata at martini.de, for example. The classifieds here at FPN are also a good source; I bought one there and got both a pen and a penpal. :)

 

The green marble is a beautiful pen, I'm sure your wife will love it.


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 13:32

Welcome, Dennis! You and your wife will have a wonderful time here. So many beautiful birds!


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 06:09

Dennis, pelican-collectibles.com is another good resource, pictures and production info on possibly every Pelikan made.

https://www.pelikan-...ikan/index.html


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 17:59

Buying Pelikans is a slippery slope! Started out with one gifted to me now have 18. Once I bought a M800 I couldn't stop buying more of them!


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 02:57

What's that old saying?  'Happy wife, happy life'? Having a wife with an interest in FP's is sort of a blessing;  you'll have an enabler in the house, and if you are clever you may get some quality time with some of 'her' pens.

 

Given your experience with Parkers, you are going to fall in love with Pelikans, they are just about maintenance free.  I have to admit, I have a soft spot for vintage Parkers too. 



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:32

Going through a similar situation here... After graduation from university, I had a brief hiatus in which I got too caught up with work and left all my fountain pens in the dust. Only recently did I have time to take a look at the state of neglect I left them in. My only Pelikan, an M205 Blue Demonstrator, ended up in the best condition and I impulse bought two more Pelikans today in the ecstatic realization that Pelikans are so tough (Smoky Quartz EF nib at a store, and an Aquamarine with M400 F nib online)... Haha! Really looking forward to using them!! Have fun with your journey too!

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 22:55

My collection of Pelikans:

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Left to right:
120 Merz & Krell M (1970's)
M150 F
M200 Cognac F
M200 Brown Marbled M
M200 Blue Marbled OB (old style)
140 F

Once upon a time I had two M205's - black and a Toledo Red. One had an F the other an M, as well as an all black M150 and a green/black 120 M & K with an EF. Sadly, I no longer have them.

Edited by Runnin_Ute, 27 January 2018 - 22:56.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 14:13

I too went through a hiatus in my collecting some years ago, partly due to financial setbacks, and partly because the modern makers were into silver metal, while at the time I preferred gold. I even let my Pen World subscription lapse. Later, I came to my senses and my tastes became much more catholic. I now have all sorts of vintage and modern pens. The Pelikans I've been collecting lately have been the limited edition ones, like the City and Place series, and the Gaudi. I've also been buying some M620 and M800 nibs that have been tuned by Richard Binder and Mike Masuyama. They are quite remarkable. I now spend altogether too much time and money on pens, but I sure enjoy meeting all sorts of wonderful people.


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