So if you are considering getting your first Pelikan, should you go ahead and order an M200?
Size/Durability/Quality of material
Ok, so let's talk about the size and weight. It is a small pen by modern standards, however, it does have a good width and the light weight makes it a well balanced pen that can be used for hours at a time without discomfort.
When the cap is posted, the M200 turns into an average sized pen, suitable for larger hands
Capped and Uncapped M200 (Notice the size difference)
Well, what about the Quality??? How will my M200 hold up to years of use and abuse??? The M200 is a "battle tank" that can take lots of use, and yes, even abuse. The M200 pictured below has been used almost every day for more than 16 months, and despite being dropped on the floor twice, being carried in backpacks and other kinds of abuse, look at how good it looks.
It has endured a lot of tough love and after all this time it still looks as new as the day it was purchased. The M200 is a tough little pen
How much ink will my M200 hold? Plenty, about 1.4 m of ink. As you can see from the pictures below, the piston's parts are made of plastic. However, it is well put together and tough. It can take years of heavy use and it will still work perfectly. Pelikan pistons are known for their smoothness and ease of operation.
Note: as you can see from the pictures below, there is some humidity that builds up around the piston mechanism, but since it's plastic, you do not need to worry about it, it won't affect the performance of the smooth and reliable piston. You will not even notice it anyway unless you happen to have a clear M200 Demo.
The first nice thing is the ink window. Not only does this pen hold a ton of ink, but you can see how much you have left without much effort.
One of the best features of the M200 is the interchangeable nib. You can swap your nib with ease and replace it with a stub, italic, medium, fine, or any other type of nib you desire. You can even replace the gold plated steel nib with the 14K gold nib of an M400 and have a whole different pen without having to replace it or buy another(see pictures below)
The turning knob for the piston has a smaller circumference than the body of the M200. This causes the M200 when posted to allow the cap to post securely without scratching the body of the M200. It's hard to explain the exact mechanics, but if you get a demonstrator you'll be able to see it easily. It works
If you have read this far and have not ordered an M200 yet, what are you still doing here? I think the review speaks for itself. It is an excellent pen whose only fault is that it works so good, it's so reliable and it's so easy to use that it can get borring. If you like cheap pens that leak and don't work, the M200 is not for you.
However, if you like high quality pens that won't break your bank account, go buy yourself the M200.
Edited by Dr Ozzie, 22 January 2009 - 21:17.