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Pelikan 100N


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#1 Sallent

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 06:45

The Pelikan 100N was produced by Pelikan from the mid-1930's all the way until 1951. This pen has become an iconic symbol of vintage German pens.

First Impressions: 5/5 pts

It is small....very small as a matter of fact, and very light too. However, when posted the pen grows to a very respectable size and is a remarkably well balanced writing instrument.

The quality is great. The piston is super smooth, the ink window is a nice touch (mine is loaded here with Waterman Blue) and the Gold nib is impressive.

Filling Mechanism: 5/5 pts

The pen uses the same reliable and buttery smooth Pelikan piston filler that all Pelikans are known for. Although this is a small pen, it hold a ton of ink. What's not too love about this efficient filling system?

Writting performance: 5/5 pts

This vintage beauty is sporting a highly flexible fine Gold nib. The nib easily screws out and can be swapped for another in a matter of seconds. thumbup.gif The ink flow is nicely wet and consistent, the nib is smooth and very responsive as it glides above paper. A superb performance!!!

Quality: 5/5 pts

The Pelikan 100N is built like a battle tank. These pens have held up extremely well after more than 5 decades of use. This one is no different. These Pelikans are very well built using high quality materials. I have no doubt that this pen will still be around 50 years from now.

Total Score: 20/20 pts

And now for some beauty shots from the Queen herself! Please excuse the thumb prints, I have been using the pen all week and a few thumb prints are to be expected here and there laugh.gif




Edited by Dr Ozzie, 22 January 2009 - 06:47.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 06:58

I bought a 100N with a broad stub nib a few months ago, and I agree with the good doctor this pen writes like a champ - even after five or more decades of use - smooth, wet, and reliable.

The 100N is the only pen I use posted. Posting makes this diminutive pen longer if not wider.

It's easy to see why Pelikan has been a mainstay of the pen market for so many years.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:18

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 16:55

I hear so much about the vintage Pel nibs, but never see any writing samples. Wanna show off the fruits of that flexi fine nib?!

Love the vintage birds, especially the bold caps. Thanks for bragging sharing!

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 18:10

Great pen! Thanks for writing the review, I never realized it's so small. What is the size compared to a Pelikan m200? Could you post a comparison shot?

#6 Sallent

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:03

QUOTE (Tsujigiri @ Jan 23 2009, 01:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great pen! Thanks for writing the review, I never realized it's so small. What is the size compared to a Pelikan m200? Could you post a comparison shot?


No problem thumbup.gif

The M200 is larger with the cap on, but when posted the 100N is larger than the M200.

If you write with the cap unposted, the M200 is just a tad bit bigger, but it's a very small difference. Anyway, here are some pics




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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:13

I should also add that the ink window has excellent visibility, but since the pen is full of ink, it looks darker than it would look if it was empty.

I hope the size reference pictures were helpful
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 01:29

Thank you for the pictures! It's great to see this less-reviewed but extremely beautiful pen.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 14:08

Thanks for the review! Do you perhaps have a writing sample of your pen? I'd really like to see how wide the M-nib on this pen writes!
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:18

Also very keen to see a writing sample from the legendary Pelikan 100/N

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:09

I just got mine with a Mike-it-Right nib and am enjoying it now.

#12 Mags

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 15:14

Still looking for pictures of the later 50's version of this pen.  Does the ink window in translucent green extend to the nib section also?


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