The pen arrived in excellent condition for a used pen. The pen measures 14.7 cm capped. The finish is excellent. There is a little micro-depression on the blind cap which I have smoothened with polishing cream.
Design, Size, and Weight 4.75/5.00
The pen has simple design and does not warrant too much attention from non fountain pen users. In my opinion, the design is very traditional. A very positive point is that the cap takes about 0.75 turn to uncapped. The cap sits snugly when tightened. The size is good. I like the weight of the pen (not too light nor too heavy).
Nib Design and Performance 4.75/5.00
The nib is 18k EF. The nib is big, which is what I like. The nib arrived in M nib, which is very wet and writes a line too thick for my liking. After the exchange at Chartpak (thanks, Chartpak for the super fast exchange), the EF nib (which writes like a F nib) is also a wet and smooth writer (although not as smooth or wet as a M nib). The nib is slightly flexible.
Filling System 5.00/5.00
The pen is a piston-filler, with a window to see how much ink is left. I read that the piston parts are made of brass, and the parts should last a long time.
I bought it for $255 including shipping. It did not come with the original paper and box.
I am not really keen about Pelikan pens in general. I have a M400 Honey White pen which I seldom use. I have also sold other smaller Pelikan pens after I have bought them for less than 2 months. The main reason for selling is to get funds for other pens, and not because they do not write well. In fact, they are good writers, just that I am not hooked to them. I read a lot about the rave reviews of M1000 pens, and this M1000 pen has been one of my favorite pens. Hopefully, it will stay with me for a long time.
Edited by purpledog, 22 June 2008 - 06:24.