I've just received my first modern Pelikans, a broad M805 and a medium M815 with an additional spare M805 Broad nib.
All three nibs sadly have featureless blobs where once Pelikan had faceted grinds to form a crafted writing surface. This isn't what I expected.
All three are aggressively over polished, have baby bottom also some attempt at a top and bottom grind, applied with no care, just a nominal and pointless feature. I'm highly disappointed in the nibs, to be quite frank, in terms of the tipping, they are (bleep) and not what I expect at this price point. This is where Mont Blanc have many points over Pelikan.
The saving grace, I intended to grind all the nibs myself but am limited due to the over polishing from the top and around to the bottom of the tip, I need to grind quite far back in order to get level thus loosing too much valuable tipping.
On the medium nib, the top 'careless nominal' grind is sloped down towards the tip in such a way that a properly formed top grind can not be applied, too much tipping has been carelessly removed.
It would be great if these could be ordered in a state that bypasses the nominal carless top and bottom grind & over polishing, in my opinion the nibs are rendered useless. Unless of course large featureless writing is your things then you may as well get a biro.
Of my three brand new nibs, I can rescue both the broads although one doesn't have enough tipping after the awful treatment at factory to get to a cursive italic thus it will have to settle at a loose stub. The medium...thats a loss, just plain (bleep) which I will likely just flick off on the Bay.
Massive thumbs down on current Pelikan nibs.
This is one of the broad nibs part way through grinding, this is the top grind but note the dark patch of the inside of the right hand tine near the tip, that is what remains of the over polished and unequal polishing of the nib, one tine polished further back than the other. Why on earth they would they baby bottom right around to the top of the nib? I have to either grind the top grind down further or cut the final CI face grind even further back into the tipping to remove the visible top side baby bottom.
In my opinion this is unacceptable from Pelikan, they are ruining the nibs to such an extent that even grinding them sometimes isn't even an option.
Also note the slit isn't central along the nibs stamped embellishing, also the slit isn't central through the tipping material with one tine being wider.
These are hands down the worst modern nibs I have received beyond a $10 fountain pen (and Visconti) and sadly here ends my venture into modern Pelikan pens, three strikes.
Edited by jaytaylor, 10 August 2019 - 06:24.