I was bowled over the first time i saw the pictures of Pelikan Majesty, in a pre release advertisement . It's release was delayed and so after three months of following up with Pam Braun , i finally bought this pen at a much lower price than it's list price.
The pen comes in one of the biggest and nicest looking presentation boxes i have ever seen ,complete with a cloth pouch and a very nice booklet.
This pen is a stunner and attracts attention wherever it goes. It's platinum-plated sterling, with gold-plated furniture, and it's solid. Still the Majesty has a conservative look and it doesn't potray a gaudy and bejewelled look .It's looks speak for itself , and for a long time it was one of the most discussed pens in varoius pen forums.
Like all Pelikans it's a very we well designed pens but in many ways Pelikan has deviated from the traditional Sovereign design and looks and for good. This pen seems to be based on M600 chasis but as many have mentioned before this pen looks and feels more like an M800 or even an M1000 than an M600. There is a signficant amount of heft to this pen as this pen is made up of solid silver .There are some uses of other materials. The cap itself is solid silver, but there is a plastic inner cap. This inner cap serves two important purposes: it provides a seal against the section that could not be created effectively with silver, and it also ensures that there is no silver-to-silver rubbing when you cap or post the pen. The barrel is solid silver, with no liner; but there is an internal band of plastic about 1/4" wide near the open end to provide a secure threaded fit with no metal-to-metal contact in the same manner as the inner cap. There is a resin layer within the section, to provide a proper seal and threaded fit for the nib. You won't feel the need to post the cap as even unposted it gives a substancial feel.The grip section of this pen is pretty long and i think it provides one of the most ergonomic grip amongst all Pelikan models. The cap screws and unscrews easily and is rock solid . The clip has good tension , but the pen snags your pocket as is expected from a heavy pen like this.The barrel locks into place with a loud click and a bit more effort during the final turn , which is due to locking screw threads, which prevents it from becoming loose and rattle. These small thoughtful design features make this pen standout and make it ''The Majesty'' amongst the commoners.
One word of caution , the piston knob should be screwed all the way in before assembling the barrel fully otherwise there is a chance of damaging the piston mechanism, as there is very little clearance at the bottom of barrel and top section when they mate togather . Also , I feel the pen body is prone to scratching easily , due to smooth gloss finish.
Length posted: 6-19/32"
Length capped: 5-11/32"
Length uncapped: 5"
Barrel length: 4-7/32"
Barrel diameter at threads: 0.48"
Barrel diameter at middle: 0.52"
Weight: 2.21 oz (62.5 g)
The nib is the soul of a fountain pen. So many people have written it, but it is so true. My pen has a fine nib. The fine nib
lays down a smooth wet line but i feel is a bit small for a pen of this size and looks . This is a two tone 18C gold nib which is totally diffrent from any of the other Pelikan models . As usual the nib screws in and out easily and what is really heartening is that the Majesty will take any M600 size and other compatible nibs .This opens up a lot of options for the users.
Filling System (5/5)
The filling system is standard and time proven Pelikan internal piston system , which is butter smooth. What is diffrent and very interesting to me is that the barrel screws to reveal the transparent ink section . I sometimes just fill and empty the pen to enjoy the sight of moving internal mechanism. What other pen can combine the values of a solid silver look and vitues of a demonstrator(partial).
Cost and Value (5/5)
Purchased from Pam at Oscar Braun Pens. She offered me a the best price in world, which was considerably lower than the list price. This pen is excellent value for money if you consider the astronomical prices of some other full silver pens and other
special/limited edition pens , as it encompasses the look and many features of them.
This is the most expensive pen that i own till date and i think it is one best investment i have ever made.
To me this pen is total value for money and more , specifically as i can always go for the custom nibs anytime.
This pen oozes class and taste.
Note : The dimensions and some other information in this review have been taken from Richard Binder's excellent post here in FPN . No point in reinventing the wheel Rest all are my own views.Thanks to him for this and inspiring me to buy this excellent pen.
Some photos .Please , excuse my poor photographic skills as they don't do justice to this beautiful piece of art.
Edited by devjeethensh, 10 February 2008 - 13:22.