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My Pelikano Collection In A Custom Box

pelikano custom pen box wood inlay

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#1 austollie


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 01:24

Dear lovers of Pelikano pens,


When I started school in Germany in the 1970s, the use of a fountain pen was mandatory and at my school the teachers strongly recommended the use of a Pelikano with an A nib (A being for Anfänger= beginner).  This started my obsession with fountain pens and to this day, my primary interest is in student fountain pens.  That said, I am not so enamoured with the current Pelikano line and when it comes to modern student pens, I prefer the Lamy Safari range.  This may be anathema to hard-core Pelikan fans, but that’s how I see it.


Picture 1 shows my collection from the first model 1 through to model 7S plus a modern Pelikano for comparison:

Pic 1 Pelikano over the years.jpg


In my view, there was little improvement after model 2 was released in 1965.  The feed in model 1 pens is problematic.  Both the blue and black versions came into my collection blocked and the pens needed literally months of soaking before they started to work.  No other pen that I’ve ever bought (and I’ve bought a few) needed that kind of treatment.  I started school with a model 4 and later had a model 5.  The Pelikano 5 Super with the metal barrel is my favourite, albeit that it was a flop for Pelikan.


Picture 2 shows the box that I made to house my Pelikan collection.  The stylised pelican is cut from Queensland Walnut (the name is a misnomer- Queensland Walnut not a walnut tree at all) and has been inlaid into Queensland maple.

Pic 2 Storage box with trays.jpg


Picture 3 shows the box with the top layer of pen trays removed.  The bottom left tray has no Pelikano pens at all.  Instead there is a loose collection of other pens, including two special edition GeHa pens.  GeHa was ultimately bought by Pelikan, so I suppose the Geha pens are not that out of place.  To the right of the photo are my two Pelikan Pura fountain pens.

Pic 3 Lower trays.jpg


Picture 4 shows the storage for the original pen boxes underneath the two layers of trays.  I like keeping the original boxes, but I like to have my pens in trays.

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I realise that the Pelikano line of student pens is not everyone’s cup of tea.  After all, the nibs are nails and the pens are made to a budget.  However, to me the Pelikano line is what fountain pens are all about.  The Pelikano pens are robust and write well.  I don’t have any problem writing with a ‘nail’. 


I'd love to hear from other Pelikano fans.




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#2 Tom Kellie

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 02:15

~ austollie:


What a terrific custom box!


The inlaid Pelikan logo is highly impressive.


Your care, attention to detail and devotion to Pelikanos is an inspiration.


Thank you for sharing these images and the background information.


Tom K.

#3 zaddick


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 03:55

What a lovely collection and box. Ypur passion shows through. Great work!

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:17

It is definitely my cup of tea ❤
Your collection is fantastic and the box as well. I started school in 1979 and, as Italian, the most used pen together with Aurora Auretta was the Pelikan 4 Antimacchia. I had a red one, then a yellow and a dark green. All of them still working. The nib wasn't A, it was a F.

Still the best model for me ❤ it took me a very long time to get accustomed to the new grip of the Pelikano 6 (Then I did and was quite happy with it too). I missed the 5, don't know why 🙂

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 18:47

Excellent in every way!  Well done.  And I agree, the Pelikanos are a very usable line for the most part and it's too bad they get such little notice here on the forums.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 21:15

I think I have a vintage yellow Pelikano laying around if you are interested.

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#7 austollie


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 22:01

Hi G-S,


Yes, absolutely.  I've been looking for a yellow Pelikano for a while.


I've just sent you a PN.


Cheers, Ollie

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 19:34

Wow.  Very nice box!

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 20:49

What a great way to enjoy your collection! Exceptional work.

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 20:59

Bravo! Superb workmanship, and a wonderful collection.

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