These affordable Pelikans have a lot going for them and have been available in several translucent and marbleized barrels. Still, there are those who have probably overlooked these pens because of their plastic bodies. Some folks like a bit of metal in their pens. Well, if a little more metal is your scene, then dig if you will the Pelikan M215.
The Pelikan M215 is none other than the classic M200 with a suit of armor on. The collection is only available in blue/black metal barrels lacquered in a pinstripe pattern. The chromium plated clips, rings and polished nibs contrast nicely with the blue/black finish giving them a truely elegant look. Here's a comparison pic of the pen with an M250:
Like the M200/M250 series, the M215 has a translucent ink tank to let you know when it's running low on ink. As with my M250, the piston filling mechanism is flawlessly smooth. Despite the lacquered metal barrel and cap, the M215 is not heavy at all. In fact, it's not all that heavier than my M250. You can actually feel a slight weight difference, but not by much. It's certainly not heavy enough to cause fatigue when writing.
When I compared the gold nib on the M250 versus the steel nib on the M215, I found the M250's nib had a little more spring to it, but honestly speaking, there's not a whole lot of difference in writing to say one nib is better than the other. That said, the M215 has quickly become one of my favorite fountain pens and is certainly going to be a constant companion. If you're a fan of the Pelikan M200 or want an affordable classy looking metal barrel piston filler, take a serious look at the Pelikan M215. I'm sure you won't regret it.
Edited by Apollo, 27 August 2005 - 20:57.