About 12 years ago I had a collection of around 30 Pelikan fountain pens. Over time I sold or gifted most of them away, as I really did not have the time to pursue fountain pens as a hobby. Life got in the way, family, kids, studies, new career, etc. All these years I only kept one fountain pen, which I've carried with me everywhere and used so heavily that it is starting to really show it's age. That fountain pen is my Pelikan M200 Blue-Gray (Pre-1997).
However, over the last year I've finally started to feel the fountain pen addiction once again, and I've been thinking about staring a new flock. But not just any flock. I want my new flock to be colorful and interesting, so I've been looking towards the yearly releases from Pelikan (such as the M600's in pastel color, the M101N releases, and other special editions. Well, I finally found the first Pelikan for this new collection, and today I got it in the mail. I ordered it from John Mottishaw, whose name I still remembered from my fountain pen show adventures and fountain pen hobby talk from a decade and a half ago.
Here's the outer box:
I really like the box art. Let us hope the inside of the box is just as nice. From what I can remember, my old Pelikans were packaged in rather pedestrian boxes. Certainly nothing as nice as this big box.
By this point I was very impressed. I don't remember any of my old M200's, M400's, M600's and M800's ever coming so nicely packaged. And I got a bottle of ink thrown into the box too. Now let's just hope the pen is as nice as I've seen online.
Oh my! Talk about love at first sight. She might be small, but she is definitely some eye candy. The tortoiseshell material is as nice in person as it looks online. My cheapo camera will never do it justice, but trust me when I say my eyes were definitely loving what they saw. Only one question remains, does she post well? That's something i always loved about Pelikan pens, they post nice and snug and are well balanced both posted and unposted. Let us hope this Pelikan posts as nicely as the others I've owned.
Yep, it's a keeper. No doubt. I'm in love with Pelikan all over again. Only one thing remains, to ink her, but I won't do that just yet. I've ordered some brown Pelikan ink and I'll wait for it to arrive so I can ink her.
So, what do you guys think of my new bird after 12 years away from the hobby? Is it a good one? And what about my future collecting plans about acquiring colorful and interesting Pelikans that stand out from your standard blue, green, red, and black Pelikans? I can't wait for the new Pelikan M600 limited edition this year. I hope it's a pastel purple or another unusual eye-catching color, because I really want an M600 real bad.
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