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  1. Ricky2011

    Parker Victory Mki - Examples

    Just thought id share some of the parker victory MKI examples. (Marble, Pearl, Hatch [candystripe], Transparent, Block, Hex, lizard, herringbone).
  2. ​Pen Pit Stop : Pelikan Souverän M101N Lizard Welcome to the Pen Pit Stop. Here you will find reviews of pens that already have some mileage on them. More specifically, these reviews are of pens that are in my personal collection, and that have been in use for at least a year. I thought it would be fun to do it this way - no new & shiny pens here, but battered vehicles that have been put to work for at least a year. Let's find out how they have withstood the ravages of time. The fountain pen that enters the pit stop today is the "Pelikan M101N Lizard". Pelikan is one of the best-known European pen-makers, with a long history dating all the way back to 1832 when the company was founded in Hanover, Germany. The brand offers both semi-entry-level pens (like the M200 series) all the way up to their flagship M1000 model. All Pelikan pens adhere to the same classical style, and as such are immediately recognisable. I bought this pen in August 2018. The pen has a stylish business-elegance, with a vintage feel to it. It's usually paired with a nice grey ink. Pen Look & FeelThe M101N series are Special Edition pens that Pelikan produces for a limited time only. The design of these pens is derived from pens dating back to the 1930’s. This particular Lizard design is based on a historical model that dates back to 1937. The Lizard SE was released in December 2012 - I was lucky enough to be able to still get one in August 2018. The M101N Lizard is a beautiful looking pen, with a stunning design of grey-black scales on cap and barrel. For me personally, the pattern is more reminiscent of snake scales, and Black Mamba would be a more appropriate name ;-) But naming aside, Pelikan produced a really beautiful pen here! The grey-black scale pattern is complemented with black accents (cap top, piston knob and grip section). A matching shaded grey ink window is built into the design, and makes it easy to view the ink level in the pen. Gold would not look good on this black-accented pen, so Pelikan wisely decided to use palladium trimmings for the double cap ring and clip. Pelikan also dropped the tradional two-toned nib, and opted for a monotone rhodium-plated 14C gold nib. All these pieces complement each other quite nicely, making for a very elegant and beautiful pen. I thought it would be nice to put the Lizard next to the Stresemann for comparison. Both are beautiful black-accented pens with silver-coloured trimmings. The M101N Lizard and M405 Stresemann are of comparable size when capped. Uncapped, the Lizard turns out to be a little bit smaller. Similarly themed elegant pens... I love them both! Like all Pelikans, the cap unscrews with about three quarters rotation, so it’s quickly ready for action. The M101N is a smaller pen, but can be posted, giving it a substantial size that is very comfortable to write with, even if you have larger hands. I've got smaller hands myself, and typically use the pen unposted. For me, this M101N is just the right size and weight (i.e. featherweight). The pictures above illustrate the size of the M101N Lizard in comparison with a standard Lamy Safari. The pen is definitely smaller than a Lamy, but still reasonable in size - not so small that it is uncomfortable (and if you find it too small uncapped, you can simply post it). Pen CharacteristicsBuild Quality : build quality is excellent. The pen looks really polished and refined. The pen also withstands the passing of time without any problem. After more than a year of use, it looks good as new. I really appreciate the shaded grey ink window incorporated in the design, that makes it easy to judge ink level.Weight & Dimensions : about 125 mm when capped - and as such a rather small pen. It's also definitely a featherweight. If you prefer pens with some heft to them, the M101N model will not be your thing. Posted - the pen becomes about 155 mm long, and fits even larger hands.Filling System : this is a piston-filler, that holds quite some ink. The piston is made from plastic, but works really well. Pelikan are known for their excellent piston mechanism.Nib & Performance : the M101N Souverän pens have gold nibs. This one comes with a rhodium-plated monotone nib, that really suits the aesthetics of the pen. The nib unit can be exchanged quite easily, and is compatible between the M120/M200/M400/M101N models. Being able to change nibs is a significant plus in my book! Price : I got this pen for about 460 EUR, including taxes. These are definitely more expensive than the regular M400 pens. For this, you get a limited production pen, with a vintage-inspired design. ConclusionMy Pelikan Souverän M101N Lizard is a beautiful vintage-looking pen, with a truly stunning grey-black scaled pattern that really makes this pen stand out from the crowd. Add a grey ink, and you are in writer's heaven!So the answer to the question "would I buy this pen again?" is easy: yup! I would... without hesitation.
  3. Stitchpunk

    Any Idea Of Value On This?

    I paid NZ$200 for this Canadian-made 92v (pocket sized) Waterman in brown lizard finish. It's in excellent condition with no scratches or damage and a nice semi-flex nib, and has been restored to full working order. I'd like to get an idea of value, mainly for insurance purposes, but also so that if I ever decide to sell it I have some idea of what price to set. I keep looking in the forums and on eBay, but have yet to see anything similar to offer me any guidance! Can anyone give me at least a vague idea?
  4. Driften

    Pelikan M101N Lizard

    Not long ago I had decided I had enough pens and should focus on enjoying them. Then on a whim I bought a Pelikan M120 Iconic Blue with Broad nib and I remembered how nice the smaller Pelikan pens were. My favorite pen is a Pelikan M805 and my m200 and m215 have been sitting unloved for the most part. The M120 works so well for pocket carry it woke the need to get a few more pens. I next bought an vintage 400 with OM nib and while I was waiting for it to come from Europe I just needed to scratch the need for a 100n style pen, but I wanted one with modern materials that I would not have to worry about becoming brittle or celluloid shrinkage any time soon. One of the things that bothered me about m200-m400 series pens is the friction fit piston housing. Like the vintage 100/100n/101n or my m805 the piston housing on this pen unscrews. I have never needed to remove the piston on my m200 that I got back in 2008, but it's a feature that feels right to me. It's just elegant that the pen was built to be disassembled from the cap down to the piston. So why the m101n lizard? I could have gone with the brown tortoise and maybe some day I would get that, but more likely I would go vintage for similar styled Pelikans now that I have one that I don't worry about being in my pocket on the go. The nib on this pen is fairly standard modern Pelikan M gold nib. Smooth with out being over polished. Everybody says the nibs run wide but this M puts down a 0.55mm line on Rhoda paper which is half way between fine and medium. It does not take much pressure to bring the line width to 0.8mm, but in my normal writing it stays at 0.55mm. My m805 M writes with a 0.6mm line. I must write with a softer hand then most people to not experience these gold nibs being wider then standard. I have the pen inked with Robert Oster Blue Water Ice and I love the shading I get with this nib. Remember it's also easy to swap a vintage 400 nib into this pen for a different writing experience. I think the design of the pen is very classy. The lizard pattern reminds me of carbon fiber with it's swirl of different shades of gray. Pictures don't do justice to the depth this material has. The gray ink window is very easy to use. It does hide the ink color but it does not take strong light to see your ink levels. It's like the m120 Iconic Blue in that. The shape of the cap final makes it very easy to remove the pen from a shirt pocket or the pen pocket on my shorts. In pictures it seems too tall but it's not at all in person. This feature is part of why it's my favorite for pocket carry. The cap does not post very deep, but on mine it posts securely. I have medium sized hands and it's easy for me to write with posted or not. I expect people with larger hands would only be able to use it posted, just like a m400. This is not an inexpensive pen. I was able to get from a FPN user this pen un-inked for $400. I could have gotten an m800 or one of the special edition m600's for less from Cult Pens. I have seen these listed on eBay for much more. You can also pick up vintage 100n's for less money, or in restored condition more. For me it was worth the money. I smile every time I see it sitting on my desk asking to be picked up. It's size and light weight makes it a great pen to carry around when I would have left my m805 on my desk. It being a 175th anniversary edition does not hurt, but also does not stop me from using it. It's strange the re-introduced m101n's have not gotten a lot of love. It would be cool if Pelikan re-introduced the Magnum model that was a little larger then the 100n it proceeded. Having a slight larger and thicker model I think might have gone over better with todays market. http://driften.dragonsightsoftware.com/images/PelikanM101nLizard-1.png http://driften.dragonsightsoftware.com/images/PelikanM101nLizard-2.png





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