I obtained this pen in a trade that had initially gone bad. It was not the pen promised, but the person I was dealing with did go out of their way to make things right. I decided to keep the pen, yet because I was looking for a 100n, my perception of this one might be a bit skewed. I have not been able to decide if I want to keep it- but because our review section lacks one, I thought I would write it up.
The pen is sort of a blending of the old 100n style and a modern m400. I was surprised at how small and thin the pen was, although I guess it compares with other vintages, and it seems like many moderns have gone big and fat. This one has the well-known green stripes, gold clip, and has classic pelikan looks. It has a tapered end and finial cap, so it seems a little different than my others, vintage or modern.
The one I have is in very nice shape, desk or pocket wear only, I would say, with one small flea-bite in the filler cap. The transparency of the barrel is still quite clear. The cap unscrews with a little less than one turn. Its capband reads, Germany Pelikan 400. The imprint of the bird and two chicks is interesting as it is not on a flat surface, it is on a domed point. It seems very business-like and I don't think it would not attract much attention, however, any Pelikan owner would recognize its heritage.
Design, Size Weight
This is a small pen, measuring 5 3/16 inches capped, and 5 ¾ posted. I normally don't post. The Pelikna's balance works well that way, and it seems to be sized right when posted. I feel the same way about the 200 - m400 size. I would like it to post more securely, it would fly off pretty easily as there is little friction to keep it on the end.
I think it is celluloid, please correct me if I am wrong. It has the classic bird-beak clip which is a bit more narrow and pointed than the moderns I have. There is not else much to say about the green and black bird's look. I should also say that it feels like a light pen. The whole experience reminds me of my Parker vacs when it comes to the feel of the pen in use.
Nib design and performance
The nib seems sized correctly for the small nature of the pen, it is engraved with the Pelikan logo, and 14C 585, and an F for its size. I do not know if the nibs on these screw out like M series Pelikans, perhaps someone who knows can chime in. I tried to gently unscrew it but was unwilling to put too much pressure into my attempt.
It is a bit scratchy, and I have so far resisted attempts to smooth it out, worried that I might mess it up. It seems to be consistent with a modern Pelikan Fine. The nib has a down-turned profile to it, I am not sure if that is how it should be or if it has been bent. There is no flex. Nonetheless, it is a reliable starter and has worked well with the Waterman BB I have filled it with. If I were to use it for a long writing session, I would need it to be smoother. The feed has vertical fins which give it character. Other than my 100n, I have never seen a feed like this.
It is your typical Pelikan piston filler, and it works nicely and holds a good amount of ink, given the pen's small size. Pistons are my favorite filling system because of they hold a lot of ink and are integrated with the body of the pen. They may be more of a trouble to clean, but I don't mind the maintenance. The piston knob turns a bit stiff, I don't know if it will get lubed by the ink and start to turn more smoothly in the future, I hope so.
I wish I could say. I got this one in the above mentioned trade, and am not sure what it is worth. I'm not sure I am keeping it so you may see it on the marketplace soon. Who knows, though, just in the writing of this review it has started to grow on me.
Edited by bdngrd, 13 January 2008 - 16:35.