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  1. kircher

    M300 Vs M400

    Maybe it's because i've never tried an M300, but I think I don't really get why M300s seem to be more expensive than M400s. Is there a special reason or is it just an accident of the retail chain?
  2. Hello my fellow fountain pen enthusiast. This is my first pictoral review review on this board. I just managed to buy a mint Pelikan M400 W -Germany. I quess the pen might be made in 1982 because it has a single tone golden 14c friction fitted nib. The nib is OB and at first it was a little strange but when i get used to it it is actually quite nice. I bought it in eBay from dealer reima-jr (not affiliated). Price was 90 euros and item was as described. Kari
  3. Florida Blue

    Vintage 1980S Pelikan M400.

    http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/027dc5a5-680d-4d35-abdb-c831786df228_zps8d6b4c5f.jpg http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/8a5e9841-297e-4197-b159-5ed73e751804_zps1b300add.jpg http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/87d4afc7-4765-4e30-a381-3482bc4c4863_zpsb17feb33.jpg http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/8990b6d2-4068-4b2d-b3de-fd97cf059911_zps2cf3c107.jpg The nib can go from a fine to about a BB with minimal pressure. I don't normally write this way, but it is quite pretty when you take the time to do it. A 2013 m400 next to the earlier (1982-1990) m400. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF0936_zpsed3ce440.jpg Older cap logo vs. modern. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF0949_zps0978f0dc.jpg The pen on its own. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF0956_zpsc63bef6a.jpg My flock of Pelikan nibs: Modern m400 B, vintage 140 OBB, m100 1.0 calligraphy and vintage m400 F. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF0927_zps6a65d8c5.jpg
  4. Hello people, I am now chasing nibs (since I'm too poor to afford another pen). I have a Pelikan M200 which writes smoothly, never skips or hard starting (albeit underlining stuffs is the equivalent of asking someone to jump off a bridge, can't do it without major skippings but I /don't really/ mind for now). A man in the shop in which I bought this pen recommended me the Pelikan M600, if one day I would like to upgrade to something more classy, it has the right size and all... BUT, that would also mean that I'd have to spend ~$400 for one! So since I know that Pelikan's Souverän series pens have interchangeable nibs, like Lamy Safaris, I wonder if investing in a M400 14 carats gold nib is worth it (so I can upgrade the nib only, not the entire pen), that would only cost me the price of the nib, ~$135 (My M200 costs less than that lol but who cares it's a gold nib). So people who owns Pelikan M400, what's your opinion on that nib? Is it worth getting one? Or should I just go straight up for a M600? ($400 vs $135 mmm) Thanks!
  5. savingbirds

    First Pelikan: M400 Vs. M600

    Hello there everyone! I am by no means new to the world of fountain pens; however, this will not only be my most expensive purchase so far, but also my first Pelikan fountain pen. As a graduation gift to myself, I originally planned on getting a M400 blue stripe with a fine nib to last me, at the very least, through undergrad if not longer. One website that I stumbled upon was ISellPens.com. Though I have never bought from the site, many people claim that Todd is a very trustworthy and friendly distributor. The only reason that I am hesitant is that their prices for Pelikan pens are much lower than MSRP and competitors (Goulet Pens, Richard Binder, Nibs.com...). Another point that I noticed is that Todd sells the M400 currently for $266, while the upscale M600 at only $279. My question is: has there been a mistake in the pricing, or should I take advantage of the seemingly good deal (especially after the recent price increase). Also, a $13 difference in price is really tempting, so is it worth it? Thank you in advance.
  6. Lady P

    Pelikan M400 Skipping

    Dear fountain pen experts and amateurs alike, I was hoping someone might be able to help me figure out why my new pen skips and perhaps even find a cure for it. A few days ago, my brand new Pelikan M400 White Tortoise arrived in the mail. It looked gorgeous, and I was excited to fill it up with some Waterman Intense Black. I did so, and unfortunately, the pen skipped quite a bit. I thought the problem might be that the ink that I used came from a bottle that I opened a long time ago (about a year and a half ago), and so I emptied out the pen and inked it up again with the the same type of ink (Waterman Intense Black), but from a newer bottle (opened only about three months ago). The pen skipped less, but still enough to bother me. So yesterday evening, I emptied the pen again, meticulously flushed it three times (first with clean water, then with soapy water, then again with clean water), and inked it up again (still with Waterman Intense Black). Performance drastically improved, there was hardly any skipping. It still worked beautifully this morning, and then again this afternoon. But then an hour ago, it started skipping again! There's plenty of ink left (it's more than half-full, as can be seen through the translucent barrel), so it's not that. I also know that skipping can sometimes be due to a baby bottom. Unfortunately, I don't have a loupe (I ordered one, but it hasn't arrived yet), so I can't check. However, I used the pen fairly extensively for 24 hours with no trouble, which makes me think it's unlikely that the problem is caused by a baby bottom. Essentially, I have no idea why my pen might perform beautifully for 24 hours, and then suddenly go back to its old ways. Is it bothered by the full moon or something?? Any and all ideas are welcome.
  7. Gamma Goblin

    Pelikan M600, But Which One?

    Oh dear! I should not have done it but I did. Walked into a well-sorted B&M store and tried out multiple Pelikan pens of the M200/400/600/800 range. The M800 was too heavy for me, the M200 and M400 too small. Only the M600 pens they had fit my hand perfectly and were of ideal weight and balance. So I have decided to get me a M600. But which one? There are so many around. In the shop they had a green marbled one that looked very good and a light blue one with silver trims that seemed to be some kind of limited edition and also looked cool. I can`t have both pens, so I must decide between these two. If you had the choice, which pen would you take and why?
  8. Hi, I've received my M800 Tortoise today! It is my 10th pen right now, and one of my grail pens. I'm very happy with it, and glad that I've decided to spend more than what I usually do! http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170317_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170309_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170299_2_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg M800 & M400 http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170329_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170336_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg M400-M600-M800 http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170255_2_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://www.kepfeltoltes.hu/131118/P1170258_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Thank you for watching!
  9. Hi all, I've been lurking around here for a long time but finally get to post a question. For Christmas, I'm convincing my wife to get me a FP nicer than what I have (Lamy Vista & Waterman Kultur). I'm debating whether the Visconti Rembrandt (~ $150) that I hear writes wonderfully smooth (even though it comes with a steel nib) however, I've read that it has some rusting issues where the cap magnet touches the pen. On the other side of the ring, I'm considering spending twice as much for a Pelikan M400 (~ $300) which has great reviews and history, has a 14k gold nib, but from what I've heard, even though it is a 14k gold nib, it is pretty stiff. I like extra fine nibs, very smooth (not scratchy), and somewhat soft. My ink of choice is Noodler's Baystate Blue (I know, a "love it" or "hate it" ink), I just love the intensity of the color blue, the somewhat fast drying and water resistance properties. Thanks for your input.
  10. How (easy) does the M400 disassemble please? the filler is sticking quite badly and needs a touch of silicon grease to ease it.
  11. After springing for an italic nib for my 80s M400, because the semi-flex gold nib was not appealing to me (not a flex lover) I'm actually considering offloading it. I love my M800 but thought it would be nice to have something smaller for journaling, and though that is true, after several weeks, I find that the M400 is just a bit too small and light to be truly comfortable during long writing sessions. My thought is that the M600 (it is bigger, right) might have been a better choice for journaling- and my italic nib would actually fit it, which is nice- but now I'm torn because I do so love this tortoise. Talk about #firstworldproblems, I can't decide whether I want a slightly bigger fountain that's plain but comfortable, or my slightly too small fountain pen, which is gorgeous.

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