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Pelikan Souveran M600 black gold trim


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#1 Exupery

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 21:20

I got myself a nice Pelikan M600 in black with gold trim some time ago. It was a nice pen but for no good reason I sold it again. Actually only to find out this was a very big pity because it is indeed a nice and interesting pen this M600. Ironically the pics in this review are the ones from my sales post! Well, luckily this pen could be replaced pretty easily. Let's not try this joke with my minty minty Parker 51! On the plus side of this Souveran I first and foremost see a very pretty design. The black with gold is traditional yet not over the top. The Pelikan clip is the most pretty clip design of all times IMO. Than there are the other great features: 14 k. M nib.



I always use M nibs: My Parker Duofold with F nib I used so long it got an M sized line. So I found out 15 years of Duofold got me from being an F writer to an M. Actually the Duofold is still a top grade pen that looks and feels like it just left the factory. It has a thick wet line and a super smooth slightly flexy nib. It feels like a BMW that had it's first 100.000 km: kind of unimpressed by the challenge untill now, and just getting started.



Back to the Pelikan: it has a nice see through reservoir and a large piston filling system. The price is very good actually also for what you get. The sweet spot of this pen is big and tolerates many positions, including a very upright, almost ball point like position without trouble to the ink flow. I filled this one up with Noodlers Eternal Black upon arrival which gives a deep black line. Though this M600 is not as wet as my first sample, the M600 has plenty of ink coming to the nib. Only on putting the pen on paper for a first letter it sometimes skips. Yes I know, many will think it's the Noodlers causing it, but somehow I feel that's not the reason. I rinsed the pen in fresh water to see if it would go away, and it did help a bit indeed. Maybe it has to settle in a little more.



I find this pen so pretty I will also order a K600 matching ball point. A ball point?? Yes, when your ink is finished or someone asks for a pen in a meeting, a ball point can be nice as well. I sometimes write my MBA exams on paper that doesn't seem to tolerate fountain pens, so enough excuses to own one of those nice K600's as well.

Back to one final remark on the M600: In weight this pen is pretty light, one should realize that before getting one. But on the good side it feels well constructed, it is solid enough and it has plenty of attention to detail and great finish.

So, is this pen as good a pen as my 1993 Duofold? Well, in some ways it is: It is well made, a piston filler which the Duofold is not, it has a transparent ink reservoir the Duofold hasn't and in a way it looks more pretty because it is so blackety black AND on top of all that it is a great writer.

On the other hand, the nib of the Duofold is too fenomenal to be beaten by any M600 and the Parker is just this tiny little bit more heavy and even more solid in used materials. So, in the end, can it beat the Duofold? Nope. Is it fair to compare the M600 to a much more expensive pen? Maybe not. Is it fair to compare a pen you have 1 day with a pen you have 15 years? Nope. But this is my review and I don't care ;-) So, let's see what happens and review the Souveran again in some time. Thanks for reading!

M600 PLUS:
+ great design and looks
+ well made, solid product
+ very good writer, smooth not too stiff nib
+ 14 k nib, see through reservoir and piston filler is all features a fountain pen needs
+ nice price level
+ the clip! it is so pretty. The contrast with my Duofold that had the clip broken off for years now makes it look even nicer.

M600 MINUS
- very light weight
- some initial skipping
- in total not as great as a Duofold

Edited by Exupery, 18 February 2009 - 21:27.


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#2 diplomat

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 21:59

Thank you for the nice review. I hope you will get another Souveran soon.

I want to report my opposite experience: I got a pinstripe Duofold as one of my first FP. Sold it, now I have 15 Pelikans Souveran/Tradition.
I can't stand the c/c filling and the fact that the nibs aren't easily interchangeable...

Thank you again.

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#3 Lloyd

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 22:18

YMMV...I prefer lightweight. However, I wouldn't be as patient with skipping.
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Posted 18 February 2009 - 22:45

Thanks for posting this review, I think that as an audience I would be easy to please as I am a Duofold and Pelikan fan and use both daily...
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#5 Leftytoo

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 06:55

Nice review. roflmho.gif I use both my Duofold and Souveran 600 all the time. I love them both; the logical side of my brain says Pelikan, the emotional side says Duofold. I do like the line width of the Duofold F nib, it is just right, half way between a medium and a fine.

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#6 FrankB

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 14:53

Thanks for a good review.

When you compare your Pel M-600 to a Duofold, I assume you mean the Duofold International? I am a Duofold addict, too, but I prefer the Centennial size, so my choice for a Pelikan is generally the M-800. I must admit that my experience has been such that I just cannot say definitely that one pen is better than the other. Both fit my hand super well, both are fun to write with, having a good balance and weight. If anything, I find the Pelikan to be slightly more reliable. But Duofolds come with factory italic nibs which the Pel does not. All told, I love both.

I find the M-600 to be a useful and interesting size. It seems identical in size to those pens the Italians call "standard." They are easily portable, fit my hand nicely enough for some serious writing, and hold enough ink for an entire day and more. I have multiple M-800's and M-1000's but only one M-600. Yet it does see use and I like it a lot.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 19:32

Sorry for this, but? Why compare a BMW v.s. VW? So, why you've compared a Duofold International or Centennial with a M600, I think you must to compare to top class Pelikan, I mean compare M800 vs International, M1000 vs Centennial and maybe a Pelikan M900 Toledo vs Parker Duofold Esparto.

I love my Souveran M600 and my Sonnet Chisseled too. But between M600 and Sonnet, I prefer the Souveran (my right hand supports me) because is superb while Parker Sonnet is excellent. Take advice that I love both pens.

So, what do you think about it?

By the way, if you have to choice between a Parker Duofold Centennial (the best of Parker), Pelikan Souverän M1000 or Omas Paragon. which do you choose?

Edited by afagjoi, 20 February 2009 - 20:03.


#8 Daedalus1

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:50

thank you.
i am fan of both parker duofold and pelikan souverän.
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 00:26

I just took my new M600 out of my pocket and place it ont a sheet of paper and "no skip". I have not owned this pen long enough to tell for sure but this pen has not failed yet. I love the size and the weight and how it feels in my hand. I am also using Pelikan 4001 ink.

#10 lowks

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 02:52

Is the old duofold better or the new ones?

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 22:52

Nice review. I like the centennial duofold and pelikan 800 series and wondered how others would find the M600/605 series in comparison to the intl duofolds. I agree with many of your observations and find the skipping problem gets annoying real fast. However, the good news is that the pel should stop doing this with use as it may only be remnant oils or gremlins that tend to go away with use. Having said that my experience with the duofolds is that I cannot recall any that I have ever used that had this problem.

Thanks for the review and great shots.



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Posted 19 September 2009 - 21:23

Nice! I am waiting for a M600.....
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#13 haziz

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 03:30

Sorry for this, but? Why compare a BMW v.s. VW? So, why you've compared a Duofold International or Centennial with a M600, I think you must to compare to top class Pelikan, I mean compare M800 vs International, M1000 vs Centennial and maybe a Pelikan M900 Toledo vs Parker Duofold Esparto.

I love my Souveran M600 and my Sonnet Chisseled too. But between M600 and Sonnet, I prefer the Souveran (my right hand supports me) because is superb while Parker Sonnet is excellent. Take advice that I love both pens.

So, what do you think about it?

By the way, if you have to choice between a Parker Duofold Centennial (the best of Parker), Pelikan Souverän M1000 or Omas Paragon. which do you choose?


Some of us prefer smaller and lighter pens. Give me an M400 or M600 over the M1000 any day!

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 17:02

nice review and nice pics
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