Appearance and Design...Four Droolies:
I'll have to be honest. The pattern of the 215 Lozenge was about 90% of the reason I chose this particular Pelikan. The 215 line has four different snappy designs. I think that this is a great idea from the marketing team that brings young and new Pelikan customers to try the line. This is exactly what Montblanc did with the Starwalker and Boheme lines and it has worked wonders for them as well.
Comfort and Durability...Three Droolies:
The 215 is a relatively smaller pen that measures only 4 7/8 inches (12 1/2 centimeters) when capped and is also 5 7/8 inches (15 centimeters) when posted. The diameter if the barrel is a mere 1 1/2 inches (3 1/2 centimeters). At the time I ordered the pen I had never seen a Pelikan in person and expected the pen to be larger. The smaller size is great in the terms of portability but the pen causes my hands to hurt a bit when writing for long periods (3 pages+) of time.
A nice difference with the 215 is the fact that the barrels are made of metal as opposed to the other barrels that Pelikan normally produces. I like the nice weight that this adds to the pen and consider this a nice change from the normal "ultralight" compact pens that are all over (Montblanc Mozart and the Esterbrook SJ).
Filling System...Three Droolies:
The 215's use the classic piston filling system to draw ink into the pen. This is my first piston filler and it was nice to try something new. The best thing about the piston system was the ease of use and the large ink capacity. Two twists of the end and a wipe off and the pen was loaded with ink. The only thing that I don't like about this system is the fact that one must immerse the nib into the inkwell to fill the pen. The wipe off works well but I like the fact that converters or cartridges allow one to fill a pen without dirtying the nib.
Nib and Writing Performance...Four Droolies:
This, in my opinion, is where this pen shines. Being one who has myriads of pens, I often have a list in my head of the select few "Great Writers". The more I use it, the more this pen works it's way closer to being on that list. The more I write with the Lozenge, the better it flows and the smoother it writes. The nib I purchased was a fine and is already in my top 2 tier for my smoothest fine. (My Waterman Hemisphere is the smoothest...I know...I was shocked too.)
Cost and Value...Five Droolies:
These pens can be purchased for anywhere between $80 and $130. After shipping, I paid $89 for my 215 and I think that this unit was worth EVERY penny that I paid. I know of very few writers in this price range who offer as much performance and appearance matched with the prestige of a brand name like Pelikan.
I have not regretted this purchase in any way. Since I bought the 215 it has grown on me constantly and I must say that I still give it the eye every now and then. This is the perfect entry line Pelikan for anyone who hasn't ever owned one. The pen has the great Pelikan writing performance but also has a killer look that's sure to catch a few glances. If you are thinking of getting into this line I would suggest the Pelikan 215 Lozenge but do offer one warning...this pen will leave you vying to buy the whole line! Shalom Yall!
Final Rating...FOUR DROOLIES!!!
P.S. Anyone know the orator of the mystery quote? It's worth 100 points!!!
Edited by asimplemaestro, 08 February 2009 - 02:50.