Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies


Registration on the Fountain Pen Network

Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

Due to the enormous influx of spammers, it is no longer possible to handle valditions in the traditional way. For registrations we therefore kindly and respectfully request you to send an email with your request to our especially created email address. This email address is register at fountainpennetwork dot com. Please include your desired user name, and after validation we will send you a return email containing the validation key, normally wiithin a week.

Thank you very much in advance!
The FPN Admin Team






Photo

Pelikan Future


  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 kadymae

kadymae

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 252 posts

Posted 16 January 2008 - 04:49

I purchased this M nib Pelikan Future from Todd at isellpens.com about 3 months ago because I liked my Pelikano Jr, and wanted a durable "daily driver" with a finer nib.

First Impressions

Like the Pelikano Jr, it comes in a no frills cardboard box. Then again, this is an under $20 pen at most retailers.



Design

Like the Lamy Safari and the Pelikano Jr. this is a love it or hate it pen. In addition to Silver, it comes in Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow, -- bright, bold, command colors.

The nib is the same style found on the Pelikano family of pens. No decoration, just "M" for medium.

The section has an ergonomic grip different from those on the Pelikanos, made of three lobes of hard rubber embedded in plastic. I find it as comfortable to hold as a Lamy Safari, but unlike the Safari, a user is not forced to hold the pen a certain way in order to write.



The barrel of this silver Pelikano is made of a lightweight metalicized plastic. It's not 100% metal, and it's not 100% plastic -- tapping on the barrel makes a metalic sounding ring, but not the tone that would be produced by something 100% metal. About half way down the barrel is a cut out window which allows the user to check (to some extent) the amount of ink left in the pen, or see exactly how short a small ink cartridge is. wink.gif

The clip is made of what looks like plastic and rubber. I reguarly clip it to my shirt at work and it shows no sign of fatigue so far. The cap seats with a soft snap and is not hard to pull off.

I find the pen lightweight, with a good balence, and IMHO, it writes best without the cap posted, although posting the cap does not make it unusably top heavy.

Ink System

This pen takes Pelikan's cartridges and piston converter as well as international cartridges.

Performance

DO NOT USE NOODLER'S INK IN THIS PEN! When filled with Noodlers, this pen becomes a balky, scratchy, utterly unpleasant writer. (Odd because my M205 -- different nib design -- does just fine with Noodler's.) It performed so badly with Noodlers (even Aircorp Blue-Black, an ink noted for excellent flow properties) that I considered giving up on it.

On the advice of Old Griz, I tried using a different ink in it. It was like getting a whole new pen! When filled with Pelikan, Private Reserve, or Lamy ink, it writes smoothly and reliably, just like a Pelikan should. Ironically, I get the smoothest and best performance with Lamy Blue-Black (iron gall). With proper maintainance (daily use and a weekly flushing of the nib), I used iron gall ink for 3 consecutive weeks and experienced no problems.

(At the moment the pen is filled with PR Tanzanite because I'm at home and don't need a waterproof blue ink, plus I feel like purple.)



Final Thoughts

The Pelikan Future is an inexpensive, smooth writing, reliable pen.

And while it may be picky about the kind of ink it's fed, the nib can take a beating. I dropped it tip down --twice in the same day -- on thin carpet laid over cement and experienced no damage. The nib is a "nail".

Its light weight means it won't tire the user's hand, making it suited for extended use, and its grip is a good choice for those who need something ergonomic, but find the Lamy Safari uncomfortable.

Like the Lamy Safari, this is a great pen to use as a loaner or as workplace daily driver. It can take a beating, and if the worst happens, it can actually be replaced cheaper than the Lamy.

Edited by kadymae, 16 January 2008 - 04:49.

Katherine Keller
Culture Vultures Editrix
Sequential Tart
(A webzine by women who love comics and pop culture.)

Sponsored Content

#2 Maja

Maja

    Fan of colourful pens

  • FPN Hon. Admin

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,430 posts
  • Location:Vancouver, Canada
  • Flag:

Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:08

Thanks for the review and photos, kadymae! I got the same pen (but from PenCity.com) a few weeks ago and I love it! No wonder KendallJ was always raving about it as a great beginner fountain pen... rolleyes.gif I don't know why I waited so long to buy one, but I'm glad I did.

My Silver Pelikan Future pen starts up without hesitation and lays down a generous, wet line (I got a M but it's a wide M, I'd say). I love those long Pelikan cartridges that can fit in the barrel. I got one for free with the pen and I will keep refilling it with a syringe when I run out because it holds so much ink. I got a convertor for the pen, but the cartridge looks like it holds more ink, so I'll use the convertor in another Pelikan...

Oh, and thanks for the tip re: Noodler's. I haven't used up the cartridge that came with the pen (presumably it's Pelikan Royal Blue, but I can't be sure as I only got 1 free cartridge--no cartridge box). The ink is nice and dark, though, so I don't mind refilling it with the bottle of Royal Blue I have at home smile.gif
Vancouver (B.C) Pen Club (our website)

#3 Sno

Sno

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 108 posts

Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:16

Thank you for that wonderful review! Thanks to your review, I will not be buying this pen!! Ha ha! More specifically, the close-up picture of the section grip reminds me of the head of a Gromphadorhina portentosa, of which I have a mortal fear. That pen would give me the heebie jeebies.

#4 Maja

Maja

    Fan of colourful pens

  • FPN Hon. Admin

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,430 posts
  • Location:Vancouver, Canada
  • Flag:

Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:22

QUOTE(Sno @ Jan 15 2008, 09:16 PM) View Post
Thank you for that wonderful review! Thanks to your review, I will not be buying this pen!! Ha ha! More specifically, the close-up picture of the section grip reminds me of the head of a Gromphadorhina portentosa, of which I have a mortal fear. That pen would give me the heebie jeebies.

I just looked up your little insect friend. My gosh....All I can say is thank goodness it's wingless!!! yikes.gif
Vancouver (B.C) Pen Club (our website)

#5 Sno

Sno

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 108 posts

Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:27

They can jump. crybaby.gif

#6 Maja

Maja

    Fan of colourful pens

  • FPN Hon. Admin

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,430 posts
  • Location:Vancouver, Canada
  • Flag:

Posted 16 January 2008 - 06:01

QUOTE(Sno @ Jan 15 2008, 09:27 PM) View Post
They can jump. crybaby.gif

unsure.gif Oh jeez......

(sorry for the off-topic posts, kadymae blush.gif )
Vancouver (B.C) Pen Club (our website)

#7 Hans-Peter Ording

Hans-Peter Ording

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 334 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 16 January 2008 - 10:53

Thanks for the review.

QUOTE(kadymae @ Jan 16 2008, 05:49 AM) View Post
In addition to Silver, it comes in Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow, -- bright, bold, command colors.

I think I should mention that there are also discontinued and special edition colors. I own a black Future, for example. Other colors I know are clear (transparent), anthracite and silver/black.

Regards
Hans-Peter
Pens I own: TWSBI Vac 700 (clear F), 2 × Lamy Safari (Savanna F, Lime 2008 M), Waterman Kultur (orange F)
Pens I got rid of: Cleo Skribent Chiffre 05; Lamy Joy, Logo; Pelikan Future, M250, Pelikano; Waterman Philéas

#8 Grog

Grog

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 96 posts

Posted 16 January 2008 - 16:43

I've had a few of those. The one that's currently inked is the Silver version (like the one reviewed) and I have found it less comfortable to write with than the bold colors because the finish is a little different and tends to make my hand sweaty.

This being said, I love the pen. It's the one I take on trips when I know I'll have to use cartridges...

#9 willietheshakes

willietheshakes

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 67 posts

Posted 16 January 2008 - 20:11

QUOTE(kadymae @ Jan 16 2008, 04:49 AM) View Post
Performance

DO NOT USE NOODLER'S INK IN THIS PEN! When filled with Noodlers, this pen becomes a balky, scratchy, utterly unpleasant writer. (Odd because my M205 -- different nib design -- does just fine with Noodler's.) It performed so badly with Noodlers (even Aircorp Blue-Black, an ink noted for excellent flow properties) that I considered giving up on it.


Odd - I use Noodlers in all of my Futures and Pelikanos, and I've never had any problem...

#10 kadymae

kadymae

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 252 posts

Posted 17 January 2008 - 00:22

QUOTE(willietheshakes @ Jan 16 2008, 12:11 PM) View Post
QUOTE(kadymae @ Jan 16 2008, 04:49 AM) View Post
Performance

DO NOT USE NOODLER'S INK IN THIS PEN! When filled with Noodlers, this pen becomes a balky, scratchy, utterly unpleasant writer. (Odd because my M205 -- different nib design -- does just fine with Noodler's.) It performed so badly with Noodlers (even Aircorp Blue-Black, an ink noted for excellent flow properties) that I considered giving up on it.


Odd - I use Noodlers in all of my Futures and Pelikanos, and I've never had any problem...


What colors do you use because I've had nothing but misery with: Aircorps Blue-Black, Le Coleuer Royal, and Red-Black.
Katherine Keller
Culture Vultures Editrix
Sequential Tart
(A webzine by women who love comics and pop culture.)

#11 punch

punch

    Curmudgeon

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 343 posts

Posted 17 January 2008 - 02:13

Great review! I purchased one of these when I needed a pen for a different color of ink and my dealer was out of Safaris. While it is a good pen, I certainly prefer the Safari. However I will say this about it, I was impressed enough to get another Pelikan (Pura), and am rapidly becoming a fan of the brand.
"Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional and illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"

#12 willietheshakes

willietheshakes

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 67 posts

Posted 17 January 2008 - 04:44

QUOTE(kadymae @ Jan 17 2008, 12:22 AM) View Post
QUOTE(willietheshakes @ Jan 16 2008, 12:11 PM) View Post
QUOTE(kadymae @ Jan 16 2008, 04:49 AM) View Post
Performance

DO NOT USE NOODLER'S INK IN THIS PEN! When filled with Noodlers, this pen becomes a balky, scratchy, utterly unpleasant writer. (Odd because my M205 -- different nib design -- does just fine with Noodler's.) It performed so badly with Noodlers (even Aircorp Blue-Black, an ink noted for excellent flow properties) that I considered giving up on it.


Odd - I use Noodlers in all of my Futures and Pelikanos, and I've never had any problem...


What colors do you use because I've had nothing but misery with: Aircorps Blue-Black, Le Coleuer Royal, and Red-Black.


Depending on the day and pen, I use LCR and Red-Black (above), Midnight Blue, Brown, Walnut, Kiowa Pecan and, mostly, black. Plus the FPN colours...
Never had a problem with any of them in the Futures or the Pelikanoes (or any of my pens, truth be told).

#13 Italicist

Italicist

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 453 posts
  • Location:Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted 17 January 2008 - 17:45

Thanks for a good review! I'm curious as to whether anyone has tried modifying Futures or Pelikanos with custom nib grinding. They're probably not nearly as suitable for such work as the nibs of the Pelikan M200+ series, but I'd be interested to hear any reports of success or failure with them.

#14 jdclarkson

jdclarkson

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 361 posts
  • Location:Palm Springs, California, USA

Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:40

I bought one from Pendemonium with Broad nib that had been re-ground to a cursive italic. It is amazing! My only complaint is that the cap on my pen does not post securely. Does anyone else have this problem with their Future? If not, I intend to get another, re-ground, of course.

Thanks.

Edited by jdclarkson, 01 February 2009 - 06:51.

Posted Image

"Let those who don't want none
have memories of not gettin' any."

—Bro. David Gardner


#15 hadschihalef

hadschihalef

    NOS (New Old Stock)

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPip
  • 22 posts

Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:00

I recently got the Future at eBay just because I wanted to try another Pelikan than the Pelikano I used at school.
The straight design is very pleasing.
The three rubber compartments allow different attitudes of grip, I like this because my grip occasionally changes.
The M nib seems a quite broad M so I'd also try the F sized.
My Future is inked with De Atramentis Himmelblau which perfectly works with it.

Thanks to your review I finally know now the name of this smooth light weight every day writer!

#16 TwilightFury

TwilightFury

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 252 posts

Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:39

Great review!

I have the same exact pen, that I purchased to add to my collection of Lamy Safaris. Figured I'd branch out. I was very pleasantly surprised over this pen--- so much so that I purchased a Jade Green Epoch that's due some time next week!

Very smooth writer. I ordered another one in red with a M nib, as I have the B one and it lays down a lot of ink. Still nice, tho.

Pens I own: Waterman Hemisphere F, Pelikan Epoch M, Parker Frontier Luna Purple M, 9 Lamy Safaris, 2 Pelikan Futures, 2 Heros, Taccia Amethyst Mosaic M, Lamy 2000 B, Kaweco Sport B, Pelikan M101N Souveran
When I win the lottery: Montblanc Boheme Doue Collection - Pirourette with Lilac Stone FP


#17 all_inky

all_inky

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 74 posts
  • Location:Dallas, TX

Posted 08 August 2010 - 12:14

I know this is an old post, but I am so glad I found this! My mom wants a fountain pen for her birthday (she's a newbie) and I wanted to get her something she would like that wouldn't be too heavy but would come in a more neutral color than the Pelikanos (since she wants to put purple ink it it!) Thanks for the great review.
"When a man is tired of pens, he is tired of life." - Stephen Overbury
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." - Proverbs 25:11

#18 flashvictor

flashvictor

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 123 posts

Posted 09 August 2010 - 00:00

Big fan of this pen. Doesn't make usual rotation but it is goto pen for travel.

Edited by flashvictor, 09 August 2010 - 00:00.


#19 tigger23505

tigger23505

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 103 posts
  • Location:Virginia

Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:46

I'm on my second Future - purchased from Norfolk Stationery. I've now bought three of them, one for my beloved (Red and inked with PR Dakota Red) Mine have both been blue and inked with either the Pelican Long Blue, PR international cart in Black Cherry, waiting to test the Pelikan Blue-Black. Lost my original Future in our local airport while picking up my baggage. No hit on the clip, the pocket was overstuffed.

I find that the Pelikan matches very well with my other daily pen, a Lamy Safari Aluminum, currently inked with the Lamy blue cartridge. I've got a converter for the Lamy, and will start inking it with Noodler's Polar Black. I do get some nib creep, but I don't find it objectionable.
festina lente

#20 aardvark

aardvark

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 111 posts
  • Location:Southern Washington State

Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:04

I've got a couple of these pens. Always a great pen to loan to someone or take out into the yard with me. The bright green one won't get "lost". I too wanted an italic nib on one of them, so I bought a Pelikan Script desk pen and swapped the nibs. :bunny01:

I thought the reference to G. portentosa was too funny, so I went and compared it to a couple of mine. Sorry, I don't see the resemblance. :roflmho:

//mark






Sponsored Content




|