Pelikan Special Edition Classic M120 Iconic Blue B Nib
~ Nearly all of the fountain pens on my writing desk are Montblancs. A half dozen Parker 51s and several Lamys are also available for writing or sketching.
Heretofore only two Pelikans were present — a 1960s 140 M and a 1950s 400 OF. Both are superb writers without any issues.
My FPN friend Lam1 has cheerfully promoted Pelikan, keeping me aware of the beauty of both vintage and recent Pelikan fountain pens.
Despite the Montblanc 149s I regularly use, I like smaller-scale fountain pens. I'm 191 cm, yet my large fingers easily hold diminutive pens.
By chance I saw a photograph of a blue fountain pen about five months ago. After looking, it was identified as a Pelikan Special Edition Classic M120 Iconic Blue pen.
After seeing it, my thoughts kept returning to it. Comparable to a school pen, the design, ink window, intense blue hue, and the nib decoration all appealed to me.
The Fritz Schimpf stationery company in Tübingen, Germany had one in stock with a Breit ( nib, which was my preference.
During the ordering process, it was suggested that Fritz Schimpf's nib grinder could take the B nib and give it an Italic character.
I'd never ordered any such grind before, but trusted the advice given, so ordered it. I'm so glad that I did as the result is outstanding.
As Fritz Schimpf is full-service, I also ordered five bottles of Fritz Schimpf's in-house ink, including two bottles of their Fritzrot Rusty Red.
I also ordered a 3-pen Pelikan black leather etui and two pads of Fritz Schimpf writing paper for fountain pens, which is so good that I'll order more.
There are substantial issues at present concerning the importation of “foreign” goods into the country where I work and live.
Fritz Schimpf was sensitive to those potential problems, working closely with me and two other friends to make possible the shipment.
The Pelikan Special Edition Classic M120 Iconic Blue pen with the Fritz Schimpf Italic B grind is a pleasant surprise.
It's a bit larger than I expected. The piston knob is smooth, the overall handling is comfortable.
The nib is everything that I'd hoped for and more. There's no skipping, it starts every time, the letters are crisp and even.
For printing, cursive and sketching, it meets my modest requirements. I'll put it to work in classes next week.
Inked with Fritz Schimpf Fritzrot Rusty Red ink, it's the sort of practical working tool which I appreciate.
After such a positive experience, I'll continue adding small Pelikans from Fritz Schimpf to the little nest on my writing desk.
Personal Note Written with a Prototype Montblanc Expression Nib
From Tübingen, Germany
Pelikan Leder Etui
Etui for Three Pens
Dark Brown Ribbon
Pelikan Special Edition Classic M120 Iconic Blue B
Fritz Schimpf Italic B Grind M120
Pelikan M120 B Feed
Pelikan M120 Iconic Blue