I'm always surprised when folks bring up the threads of a Pelikan, in I don't notice them. But I grew up with mostly screw cap pens back in B&W TV days.
If I ever had a P-45 it like every other fountain pen back then were stolen. So I never got use to slip cap pens.
""Pelikan M200 - quite expensive for a steel nib."" Nib and feed Costs some E 27 the last time I looked....which was a while ago.....but it is a nice springy regular flex nib.
What cheaper steel nib are you looking at that is springy regular flex?
Is semi&vintage width....1/2 a width narrower than modern 400/600/800 nibs.
"The threads, at least on my M400s, don't tighten securely until you torque them so much they grip into the plastic a little bit."
Never really noticed that....but I've been using a Pelikan for about a decade, so have the Pelikan snug feeling down; with out thinking about it. Just ran a few Pelikans through my hand.
Don't have an 800.
"I actually suspect that a good part of the famous "misaligned nibs" from Pelikan happen when sellers have to change the nibs before shipping and, accidentally, cause the problem, since in most cases the person changing the nib does not know much about FPs, nib alignment, etc."
Beats the hell out of the post offices of the world kicking Pelikan pen packages around. Though that could be happening too.
A lot of minimum wage klutzes in the world....who really don't care about what ever 'job' they have this week.
Those would be the ones with a ball point in the pocket in the B&M you visit.
Changing nibs, is not something I need to do weekly, in I now have so many, but I have no problem. And right now that would be putting a semi-flex B on a 600 or 200....if the urge strikes.
I have more than enough semi-flex 140-400's.
I first soak nib, feed and lower section of the old pens I get a day or so, before taking a folded paper towel in the forefinger joint of my left hand and place my thumb on the nib top, then twist the barrel toward me, with the right hand.
Now, with nib sections that have been removed once, I normally don't have to use the paper towel, but it was something I got use to doing with the vintage, 3 and 4 rill/comb nibs, in they are delicate.
I do recommend a paper towel on those vintage or any old pens for first time.....and softly, softly there after.....A Kleenex could be used...to keep your fingers from being inky.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 10 April 2018 - 21:30.