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Pelikan M400 - early 1980s nib.jpeg


Detail of the 14k gold ‘M’ nib on my Pelikan M400 in Brown Tortoiseshell from the early 1980s.


This M400 nib looks very similar to the M400 nibs from the later 1980s.

The most obvious difference is that the later nibs have a slightly larger gap between the Pelikan logo and the letter (in this case ‘M’) that indicates the nib’s width grade.

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Important Correction:

This nib is not from the early 1980s; it is from the early 1990s!


I had not only mis-remembered the chronological distinction between nibs that have a ‘large gap’ between the Pelikan logo and their nib-grade stamp (i.e. the early M400 nibs) and the nibs that have a ‘small gap’ between the Pelikan logo and their nib-grade stamp (i.e. the later nibs), and got that distinction the wrong way round…


…I had also disregarded the bleedin’ obvious fact that the cap band on my M400 in Brown Tortoiseshell finish is inscribed ‘PELIKAN GERMANY’, and not ‘PELIKAN W.-GERMANY’!


The re-unification of Germany - which I am old enough to remember - happened in 1991, with a few pens with old-stock ‘W.-GERMANY’ stamps still sold into early 1992.
My pen therefore dates to no earlier than late 1991 or early 1992.

It was, unquestionably, produced some time between 1991 and 1997!


Stupid boy!

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