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  1. Asteris

    M200 VS m205

    The only key differences between these two models is that the one has a gold plated nib and trims and the second one has rhodium plated nib and trims. To the people who have used both: Is there a differences in the way those nibs feel? And question regardless of the topic. I have found a special edition m205 petrol in my local retailer for 107 euros, while on ebay is 140+ and I'm thinking od getting it. Have you ever regretted using a special edition pen for daily writing?
  2. BillH

    M200 Smoky Quartz

    Noticed an announcement in the Marketplace section of FPN for the new Pelikan M200 Smoky Quartz, available for pre-order and due to ship in August. Nice looking, dark brown translucent pen, darker than the amber one from awhile back. What do you think? I'm not sure I will pre-order it, but I will definitely buy one. Loving the ink too, which kind of surprised me, being a fan of Brilliant Brown.
  3. FlighterGuy

    Classic M200 With 18K Two-Tone F Nib

    First, I know absolutely zilch about Pelikans. I’ve been working my way through an estate of ~500 pens and I’m into the P’s. So, I’ve been wrestling with this M200 off and on for about a week, it was clogged with ink, the piston was locked and finally the piston pulled out the back end. That’s not supposed to happen so, on go the magnifiers, switch on the lights and $#!+!!, there is a 15mm crack in the barrel (now I know why this pen has been giving me grief). I’m about to throw the thing in the parts box and that's when I notice that this pen does not have a gold plated steel nib. It has an 18C-750 F two tone gold nib!! So I pull out a M800, not even close in size, then an older M200, they are the same size and it screws right in no problem. So now I have a $100 pen that is worth parts and a nib that's worth even more. Good thing I didn't throw it in the parts box!!
  4. MattDiamond

    Moisture Inside Barrel (M400/m200)

    Hi, I recently discovered I have quite a lot if moisture inside barrel of my M400 (behind piston in the shaft area). I have this pen for about 2 months now and cleaned it ca 4-5 times - with nib unscrewed and pen body under water tap. Is the connection between filling knob and barrel supposed to be watertight or is this normal? Problem is on M400 the piston part cannot be easily removed, unlike simple unscrewing on M800 so I cannot simply wipe it with paper towel. Do you have any proven methods or suggestions how to get rid of it? Leave the pen with filling knob fully unscrewed for few days maybe?
  5. Fritz Schimpf

    New Pelikan M200 Brown-Marble Fountain Pen

    We just got the confirmation that Pelikan will launch another fountain pen this year. By late November 2017 the new Pelikan M200 Brown-Marble fountain and ballpoint pens should be available. It seems, that Pelikan is having a brown year... Here are some pictures: Best regards Fritz Schimpf
  6. Hello all, Just a quick word of caution ! Just found that I properly cracked the section on my M200 classic by screwing in the nib unit too much. I was only using finger power, so surprised I could do this much damage. Only noticed when my fingers started getting really inky! There doesn't seem to be a stop mechanism to prevent this, and I was trying to screw it in further to remove some creaking sounds (from too much play of the unit) when I wrote. Perhaps there was another issue at work? So just to highlight that one needs to be careful! [edited for clarity]
  7. stephanos

    Astonishing Price For M200

    You, too, can own your very own Pelikan 200, with italic nib. Buy it through Amazon UK, and it can be yours for only a shade more than GBP2,637 (+P&P). Hurry: there are only three left!
  8. Prithwijit

    Asa Namenlos Review

    Introduction The story of this pen begins ironically with the story of my perception of a completely different pen brand which happens to be Pelikan. For quite some time there was a lot of enthusiasm in the “Fountain Pen Pals India” WhatsApp/Telegram group with people espousing the greatness of the brand and how Pelikan pens were the next best thing to sliced bread. I have been known to have a healthy dose of skepticism against any form of brand adulation and for some reason I found it very difficult to accept a steel nib lightweight M200 as being a much better pen than a Sailor 1911 standard or other pens of the same price point (we are talking street prices in India). My brief experience with a M400 and a M600 had not left me too impressed. A friend of mine was smitten with the M205 in white and I argued with him that he should preferably look elsewhere to get better deal for his money. Given my stated aversion, I was advised en masse by group members to try out a Pelikan to help change my mind. While I was open to the experience, I still wasn’t willing to spend Sailor 1911 money on a Pelikan. An opportunity arose when fellow FPNer Kapil Apshankar (@springrainbow) offered to get me a Pelikan M 200 nib unit from Europe at a cost that was substantially less than that of the entire pen. This was too good an opportunity to refuse and soon I was the proud owner of a M200 steel nib unit with medium tip. With the nib in hand, the next question was what pen to put it in. As is usually the case with me, I made an elaborate design of a beautiful pen using a mix of different acrylic rods. Unfortunately, making custom pens is a lengthy process and that design is yet to see the light of the day. I was however getting restless and reached out to Mr. Subramaniam of ASA pens to see if he has a quicker solution to the conundrum. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this is not the first time he has encountered this request and he has in-fact got a design ready for precisely accommodating Pelikan nibs. Without any further ado I put in the order and within a few week time the Namenlos ended up in my mailbox. Design For those of you who are familiar with the ASA catalogue, you would immediately recognize the Namenlos as an adaptation of the ASA Genius. In fact the Namenlos is a slimmer version of the Genius with Cap and barrel diameters being about 3 mm less than the latter. The slimming down gives the pen a much more balanced and purposeful look and the silhouette closely resembles that of the Duofold Centennial. Like the classic Duofold this is a straight line design with only a slight tapering of the barrel and the cap towards the end filial. The top of the cap and the bottom of the barrel are flat and polished. The body of the barrel and the cap are brushed to give a bakul (matte) finish. The edge of the cap where it meets the barrel is bevelled and the polished bevelled edge provides a nice visual contrast to the matte finish. The section design has been patterned on the ASA I-Can / I-Will which in my experience is extremely comfortable. The section gradually tapers from the barrel towards the nib before starting to flare out about 7mm to 8mm before it ends. The pen comes with a chrome plated clip which in my mind resembles the shape of the beak of a Pelikan. This is probably unintended since ASA uses this clip on a number of their designs but I found this design cue very interesting. Size and Balance At 132 mm, this is a classic small pen. For the purpose of comparison, the length of the pen is very close to that of Sailor 1911 standard and the Parker Sonnet. Being made of ebonite and not having any complicated filling mechanism inside means the pen is extremely light and hence very comfortable to use. From top to bottom - Parker Sonnet Mk I, ASA Namenlos, Sailor 1911 Standard, ASA Rainbow, Kaigelu 316 The balance of the pen is very nice and can easily provide comfortable writing for extended periods. I must also make a mention here of the section design which is the best in the business from ASA and contributes immensely to the writing experience. This is one of those pens which can be used both capped as well as uncapped. Since the pen is very light, capping the pen does shift the balance a bit. I found it is great to use the pen capped when it’s fully tanked but it’s best to use the pen uncapped once the ink level goes down. My personal preference is to use the pen uncapped and enjoy the minimal weight. Nib The pen is fitted with gold plated Pelikan M200 nib with medium tipping. This is the same nib that comes in the Pelikan Souveran M200 line of pens Filling Mechanism My normal preference is to have pens with feeds that accept standard international cartridges and compatible convertors. The Pelikan nib system naturally doesn’t come with such support since it is meant to be used with a piston in the back of the barrel. I deliberated having a piston system in Namenlos but eventually for the sake of simplicity, economy and greater ink capacity, opted to have an eyedropper instead. This is where I wanted to talk about how going for an eyedropper paid off and the superior Pelikan feed with its high tolerances negated any occurrence of burps or other typical ED maladies. The unfortunate reality in my case has been exactly the opposite. While Pelikan must have designed the feed to have high enough tolerances, the ink capacity of a piston pen and an ED are just not comparable and the feed was not able to cope up. As a result I encountered all the problems of an ED while using the pen in terms of burps and ink dribbling once the ink in the barrel dropped below the halfway mark. I had taken some poor quality phone camera photos of the issue when I encountered them and am sharing them to illustrate the situation. Build Quality The pen exhibits the typical hallmark of ASA build quality. I had opted for a bakul (matte) finish and the attention to detail in obtaining the desired finish is impressive. At the end of the day however it is a hand-made pen, so there are bound to be some fine traces of tool marks visible under minute inspection. Writing Experience We have an entire section dedicated to Pelikan brand of pens in the forum with many threads and posts talking about the M200 line. So I won’t get too much about the details but would instead delve into my personal perception. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the nib. It is adequately smooth with a hint of feedback and leaves a nice wet line on the paper. Having said that, this is not a nib I would recommend to anyone. While it was good, it wasn’t great. There was nothing in this nib that would leave a smile on my face. It was a good all-rounder, but a solid middle of the class in all the subjects. I find it difficult to justify the 200% price premium that Pelikan charges over comparable #5 nibs from Schmidt, Bock or Jowo. I have a solid collection of nibs from these brands and almost all of them are comparable if not better than the nib I have. To ensure that I hadn’t got a lemon, I tried out a few more M200’s. Most were very similar to mine and exhibited similar neutral characteristics. However, fellow FPNer Hema Koppikar (@Hema) had a vintage M200 whose nib just blew me away. It was amazingly smooth and wet with a writing experience that leaves you hungry for more. I wish my M200 nib similar to hers but the sad reality is that it isn’t. Price and Value Mr Subramaniam charged me as ridiculously low amount for the pen (sans the nib of course). While the actual transaction happened in Indian rupees, translated in USD it was around $15 (may go up to $20 depending upon conversion rate applicable at that point). If this is not a good value, I am not sure what is. To the best of my knowledge there is no other proper nice ebonite pen with such a large ink capacity which is capable of using Pelikan nibs at such a price point. In case, there are such pens available, kindly let me know and I shall happily stand corrected. Specifications I will put in my usual disclaimers here. I don’t have access to precision measurement instruments such as Vernier calliper and you would have to settle for the approximate measurements I made using a normal ruler and my eyes which means there might be a little bit of deviation due to parallax effect. However, given these pens are handmade and there are small piece to piece variations anyway, the measurements I am providing should give you a clear indication of what to expect from the pen. Length (capped) – 132 mm Length (uncapped) – 123 mm Length (cap) – 66 mm Length (section) – 24 mm Maximum width – 13 mm Minimum width – 9 mm Maximum section width – 11 mm Minimum section width – 9 mm Conclusion The pen is beautiful. It is very light, very balanced, comfortable, great grip, well built and will definitely prove to be comfortable for long writing sessions. I can doubtless recommend this pen to all those who have the need or desire for such a pen for using Pelikan nibs. I am less enthusiastic about recommending the need for such a pen though since I am not sure what great element having a M200 nib brings to the table. I may have to wait to use a M800 and M1000 nib with this pen first to come to a conclusion on the subject. In the meanwhile, if you love Pelikan and would love to have a 2nd, 3rd or nth pen for your collection of Pelikan nibs and are adept at handling eyedroppers, please go ahead and get the Namenlos. It’s a steal and a very good one at that. Postscript I had considered calling Mr. Subramaniam of ASA pens to find out if he had any name in mind for the pen. But by then I had already taken a fancy to calling it Namenlos and decided to skip the step and continue with the prologue section that I had drafted.
  9. MuttonChew

    Café Crème With Gold Nib?

    Hello all, I'm looking to buy my first Pelikan, and I really like the look of the M200 Café Crème, but I just cant justify the price for a non gold nib. What i'm wondering is if they ever released any cafe cremes with solid gold nibs and if so how much it would cost me to get my hands on one. Thanks!
  10. comixfan

    Yellow Pelikan M200?

    I'm trying to hunt down a yellow Pelikan m200 like the one in the picture below, and I was hoping one of the members here might have a lead on one. This pen is going to be an EDC gift for a friend, so I'd prefer to track down the less expensive Galeria Kaufhof version rather than the rare Critroenpers Limited Edition, but I'd honestly take either one. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks! http://image.rakuten.co.jp/hunnyhunt/cabinet/pelikan/pelikan-m200-yw1.jpg
  11. I had bought the m200 cognac with its stock Italic nib to replace my old rotring ArtPen. I have to simultaneously admit that the only reason for going with an Italic and somewhat flexible nib was to try it out and learn something new. Below is a link to the review on my blog: Pelikan M200 Cognac Review So here it goes. The cognac was launched last year as a special edition and the dazzling golden hues allured me. These were quite vibrant compared to the earlier tones of a lighter Amber demo. DESIGN - LET’S DRINK TO THAT (5/6) The m200 cognac shimmers in honey gold and its golden loops dazzle in absolute harmony. Lack of ambient light makes it adorn darker hues of brown. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fT6xC9gIP44/VfV5UPDBKJI/AAAAAAAAFfw/MTOzjk7U__w/s1600/DSC_6208.jpg The cognac colours are remarkably darker and more vibrant than the amber hues of a Pilot Custom 823. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BZHCuW_rPjg/VfV5RC0HpHI/AAAAAAAAFfg/EMhA4isRrXw/s1600/DSC_6212.jpg The radiance is matched throughout the pen starting with a golden gleam from the finial area and the pelican beak through the cap band before finally converging with the piston ring. When its an m400 the loops multiply into two. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WMd7Hh4uVv8/VfV5TlaxUlI/AAAAAAAAFfs/3WY9Hr6GIRk/s1600/DSC_6210.jpg The cap is light and unscrews with less than a complete turn which I like very much, revealing a slightly dullish golden nib. The gold plated steel nibs somewhat lack the lustrous enchantment of a 14k souverän nib, but again a 14k nib comes at a premium. The grip is simple and reveals interior threads of a screw fit nib. The section ends with a slight bump which is usually adorned by a loop in the souverän series. The transparency reveals the plastic piston mechanism. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hn4Qm-fS0PE/VfV5iUnlHXI/AAAAAAAAFgI/DYqFasSQ_3Q/s1600/DSC_6216.jpg A gleaming tassie decorated with a protruding plastic jewel painted with a golden pelikan logo adorns the cap with its signature pelican beak-shaped clip. The single cap band succinctly carries an imprint of PELIKAN GERMANY, which is common across the classic series. The logo on the finial is the one embraced by Pelikan post 2003, that of a mother pelican and its chick, in golden paint. You can also see the distinctive lines of the cap insert. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fuZfgsxpI-o/VfV5rsgnsvI/AAAAAAAAFgg/MsD9QP16Ef8/s1600/cap200.jpg FILLING SYSTEM (6/6) A piston filler with a smooth & sturdy knob is embellished with a golden loop. Apart from its looks, it's an utterly efficient mechanism. The piston end unscrews with three to four rotations and it draws ink quite quickly once the piston is screwed back on. The best part being you observe the thing in action probably through honey gold lenses. A plastic spindle connector in the M2XX limits its overall weight. A M2XX fills upto 1.5 mL of ink. However, given the wet & wide flow especially of the Italic nib, it may not last for a long time. I have found the 14k nibs of the same width running wetter & wider than the steel ones. Keep in mind that these piston mechanisms for M2XX/M4XX/M6XX are not supposed to be dismantled as they are friction fit under heat. In case of problems other than lubricating the piston seal, it’s better to send the pen to Pelikan Germany/Country Authorized Service Center. Pelikan does have an excellent customer service. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-121ww9XRbLk/VfV5jQpkNtI/AAAAAAAAFgU/2ZSht0LqzfQ/s1600/DSC_6220.jpg NIB - ALL THAT MATTERS (5/6) The steel nib comes in a classic m200 gold plated look across five stock widths - EF, F, M, B & I (1.1). Like all the pens in the classic series, the nib has standard pelikan logo with the usual convenience of a screw-fit section. With standard m2xx/4xx feed, the nib-section is easy to take out for swapping or cleaning. And this golden finish is meant to converge with the cognac glimmer of the pen as well as its gold-plated trims, although its shine is rather towards the dullish side of the golden spectrum. Below the circular breather hole it carries its brandname of Pelikan as well as an encircled logo of mother pelican with a chick. The nib started flexing its tines after some use and it was quite stiff at first. The nib is tipped. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lNgrygwghe4/VfV5a8Z73MI/AAAAAAAAFf4/z_r7-0mCIbk/s1600/DSC_6254.jpg A standard black plastic feed ensures a good ink buffer for the promised wetness and prevents hard starts. No skipping or hard starts in past few months, even if it is lying unused for weeks. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LI0MMDLB0DM/VfV5f6OYxlI/AAAAAAAAFgA/IIVEUYsvUH0/s1600/DSC_6274.jpg While cleaning the section area, I found some of silicone grease and water trapped between inner and outer walls. Initially I was scared at the thought of a crack, but thankfully the suspect crack-line seemed to move. There is a FPN thread on this. PHYSICS OF IT (5/6) – RELATIVELY SPEAKING It’s comfortable posted with a bit of heft and length, since the cap contributes more than a third of its weight. The capped length is around 12.5 cm. The pen does get some heft from ink inside the barrel. Incidentally, it weighs a gram less even when it shares all its dimensions closely with a m400. Uncapped Length ~ 12 cmPosted Length ~ 15 cmNib Leverage ~ 2 cmOverall Weight ~ 14 g (without ink) ECONOMIC VALUE (5/6) The m200 Cognac retails at around USD 170 with the stock gold plated steel nibs. It is also available with 14k nibs from the m400 series. As with all pelikans, the pen is dependable and could be an everyday writer. OVERALL (5.2/6) The tipped & gold plated steel nib is smooth and it’s graced with a wet flow. The Italic nib was quite stiff in the beginning, but within a month of ‘light’ use, it started flexing its tines like wings of a bird, even under light pressure. Very springy of course, the horizontal lines run thinner for the Italic nib. There is a lot of ink laid by the italic nib, which take more than 1.5 minutes to dry a wet Diamine Majestic Blue ink on MD Paper. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wSs7dk_LFqE/VfV5s9K6FnI/AAAAAAAAFgo/qdNLrzcdw48/s1600/DSC_6275.jpg In case you are wondering about the quote, it's by Swami Vivekananda. REFERENCES Pelikan M4XX Patent Piston mechanisms Ink Capacities Thank you for going through the review. You can find some more pen and paraphernalia reviews here.
  12. merrycitrine

    Would The Pelikan M200 Be Too Small?

    Hello! I want to bite the bullet and get my first Pelikan! I really like the look of the Congac M200 Demonstrator, and was thinking of getting this, or maybe the new Amethyst! However, my only concern is that a lot of people say these are small pens. Now when I purchased my Pilot Prera, I didn't expect it to be that small! I can write comfortably with it posted, but I wouldn't write with it unposted. I usually have a tendency to reach out for heftier and/or longer pens over it, such as my Platinum 3776 Century, Lamy Safari or even my Pilot Metropolitan. In this picture, the M400 looks really close in size to the Prera, so I have doubts about buying this pen. Any advice/comparisons would be appreciated! (sorry edit: forgot to post the link!) http://www.ciar-roisin.net/photos/SmallPens-01.jpg Btw, I am a woman, so I don't have very big hands, but I suppose I would like some feedback on how the community considers the "feel" of this pen. Thanks!
  13. Morning All, Just a quick comparison of the two fountain pens I use for work on a daily basis. Two similarly sized pens, both from quite different price points. The Pelikan M200 Cafe Creme and the Montblanc Hommage a Frederic Chopin: Although both write very smoothly, but you can feel the difference in the Montblanc; partly in its extra smoothness and definitely in its extra weight. It is the better finished of the two, with nice touches like metal threads when you separate the pen's body. They both start instantly, and only suffer the occasional an small skip if I'm writing very quicky. The Pelikan is the smoother reverse writer. I like fine nibs for the amount of writing I do (+/- 20 pages a day during meetings), but of course there is less line variation available from these. The Montblanc Royal Blue ink is a lovely classic blue colour which flows well. The Cult Pens Deep Dark Orange is very deep, almost red, and great for highlighting points or writing stand-out notes and points. Being similarly sized they are a great pair to use together as it's easy to swap between them when I need to change colour. The 145 gets the most use, and if filled in the morning it gets me through the day just fine. Hope that was of interest. Thanks for reading.
  14. OrangeSport

    M200 Café Crème - First Pelikan

    So my first Pelikan is on its way to me, an M200 Café Crème. I want a pen to use with orange ink to highlight key points from the copious notes I make every day and to mark up documents with notes and amendments. It is about the same size as the Montblanc Meisterstück Hommage à Frédéric Chopin I use most of the time, so switching would be easy enough. What's more, I just love the design and colouring of this pen. Very much looking forward to it arriving and putting it to use. As something else to look forward to, I think my wife will be getting me a lovely blue M800 for my birthday in a few months!
  15. Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I started a poll at mass drop for the M200. Please vote if you can and lets see if we can get it dropped and all score together. The poll is called "Baby Pelikans" If your are interested visit here dro.ps/v/RHfxrnU Cheers, Chris
  16. Titania

    Pelikan M200 Review

    I originally published this review on my blog with more pictures and better formatting. Please visit and leave your comments either on FPN or there. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qSVodRbtCtk/U5-Fmg23XEI/AAAAAAAAABU/O8Ue6kk5Krw/s1600/DSC_0155.JPG The Pelikan M200 Specifications:Brand: Pelikan Model: M200 Body Material: Resin (Plastic)Colour: Green with black accents (also available in black, as a demonstrator, and in several limited edition colours) Trim: 24k Gold Length (capped): 126 mm (4.96 in) Length (uncapped nib-end): 121 mm (4.76 in) Length (posted): 149 mm (5.87 in) Barrel Diameter: 12 mm (.47 in) Nib type: German, available in EF, F, M, B, BB, OB, & Italic (The Italic nib is ten dollars more) Nib material: Steel with Gold Plating Overall Weight: 14g (.49 oz)Body Weight: 9g (.32 oz)Cap Weight: 5g (.18 oz) Barrel design: Round Fill type: Piston-Filler Price: I paid $108 (€80/£64) for mine several months ago. MSRP is $165Where to buy: I bought mine from Amazon. It's also available from Fahrney's Pens, Nibs.com (with a gold nib), The Writing Desk (for those in the UK), and La Couronne Du Comte (in Europe, but only as the limited-edition Cognac demonstrator). Introduction:I had $125 to spend on Amazon a while ago and picked up this pen on a whim. Several months later, I know that I made the right choice, and my M200 is one of my favorite fountain pens.This review contains my honest thoughts about the pen, and I was in no way compensated or paid for writing this review. Packaging: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-99I0j13lRFI/U5-LNj5Sx-I/AAAAAAAAAFc/nl4lbLmE5-w/s1600/DSC_0185.JPG The sleeve that holds the pen. It can be used as carrying case. The pen arrives packaged in a drab white cardboard box used for most Pelikan pens. There is another box inside this one, and it slides open to reveal the warranty information and a nice faux-leather sleeve containing the pen. I actually prefer this practical packaging which can be reused to carry the pen over fancier packaging. Score: 9/10 - Not very fancy but actually useful Design: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pmaXyyvOzvc/U5-KSHpiFpI/AAAAAAAAAEk/7xXSOz0g5Xw/s1600/DSC_0176.JPG This is one of my favorite designs for any pen. The M200's design is a unique spin on the classic black with gold trim design seen in many pens. The green marble looks beautiful when complemented by the black resin and gold trim. This classic design makes it look like a much more expensive pen. The clip is the standard Pelikan beak clip, and it is springy but not spring-loaded. The cap screws off quickly in about one turn and does a very good job of preventing the pen from drying out. I left the pen inked for about two weeks without writing, and the nib wrote immediately with no hard starts or skips. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YIJAcGN9WB0/U5-FgO-d7nI/AAAAAAAAABM/rGthVS07omk/s1600/DSC_0156.JPG The clip in the shape of a pelican's beak Score: 10/10- A fresh take on a classic design. Size and Weight: One of the few cons about this pen is its small size. If you have large hands or don't post your pens, this is not the pen for you. The pen is diminutive when unposted, but it grows to a much more reasonable size when posted. Another common complaint related to the size is the pen's weight. This pen is extremely light and may feel cheap to those who equate quality with weight. If you can deal with the pen's small size and light weight, this is one of the greatest pens of all time. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sYLMbyB16bY/U5-HlLdzT7I/AAAAAAAAAC4/CXMbw2opCSs/s1600/DSC_0168.JPG Comparison with Lamy Safari posted http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-te889mGmrA0/U5-Hki0Zu1I/AAAAAAAAAC0/wJivwcmrQb0/s1600/DSC_0167.JPG Comparison with Lamy Safari uncapped http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mTpOHXYVQFM/U5-HOfG6W4I/AAAAAAAAACs/uAg9t2xiTcI/s1600/DSC_0166.JPG Filling System:The pen is a piston filler- my favorite filling system because of its large capacity and ease of use. To fill the pen, you simply twist the turning knob to push the piston down and then twist the knob back to its original position. The pen holds ~1.5 ml of ink. That's a very large amount and over twice the capacity of a short standard international cartridge (~.7 ml). One disadvantage to this system in some pens (mostly Montblanc pens which cannot be disassembled) is that it takes a while to clean. This is not the case at all with the M200 because the nib unit unscrews easily allowing you to access the barrel and feed. Score: 10/10 - Large capacity and easy cleaning The Nib:http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CcIUELLWYTU/U5-J41zSTiI/AAAAAAAAAEA/ey9YVExl4rI/s1600/DSC_0174.JPGThe nib that comes from the factory with these pens is a steel gold-plated nib. It's adorned with the Pelikan logo, the word "Pelikan," and the nib size. Something I must mention is that the nib sizes run a bit broader than typical nibs. If you like fine nibs, you might try an extra-fine with this pen. One advantage of this pen is that the nib is easily swappable. If you order it with a fine nib and don't like it, you can easily purchase a different nib for $30 from iSellPens. The pen is also compatible with the Pelikan M400's gold nib, so you can buy one of those nibs and have it customized to your liking by Richard Binder. This makes it a great pen for beginners who want to try a variety of nib sizes and materials. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pb-PB3fx508/U5-HKAbh2-I/AAAAAAAAACg/qHYdbmiwZ3I/s1600/DSC_0165.JPG The reason this pen is so wet Score: 10/10- One of the nicest pens available with user-interchangeable nib units Writing:Don't be dissuaded by this pen's steel nib; it writes smoother than some pens with gold nibs. The pen never skips and has no hard-starting issues. This nib writes extremely wet and this may be a problem on extremely cheap paper, such as copier paper or looseleaf. To remedy this, I would recommend a drier ink like Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black. Score: 8/10- Smooth but too wet for some paper Writing Sample:The scan is fairly accurate with the colors, but it makes the feathering seem more pronounced than it actually is. Ghosting is also much more apparent in the scan than in real life. You may notice some smearing of the ink in the sample due to the pen's wetness. I also apologize for my bad handwriting. Ink: Noodler's Midnight BluePaper: Black 'n' Red Notebook http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mQ9Kj2R8nYk/U596s4zgioI/AAAAAAAAAA4/3GlImB0K9MM/s1600/SCAN0008.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7g0aRN0yxi0/U596sUuphbI/AAAAAAAAAA0/8yblAioM0iE/s1600/SCAN0009.JPG Pros:A nice, professional designLarge ink capacityInterchangeable nibs which are available in EF-BB, OB, Italic, and gold nib sizesUseful ink window Smooth, reliable nib that doesn't skip and starts immediatelyCleaning is quick because you can unscrew the nib and feed to access the barrel.Cons:Too wet for lefties and those who are forced to use cheap paperTiny and very light (These could also be pros if you're looking for a pocket pen or have small hands)More expensive than similar steel-nib piston fillers like the TWSBI 580 Overall:Despite owning more expensive pens, this is one of my favorites. Pelikan's M200 is a great second or third pen (or even a starter pen if you're willing to spend ~$100) which allows you to try a classic filling system and a wide variety of nibs. Overall Score: 9/10
  17. jungkind

    Unusual M200 Red Striped?

    I just received an unusual M200 or M250 (nibs can be swapped) with red striped binde. See the attached photos. New Style, printed 2 chick captop logo. Anybody has ever heart of it? ...or what other model or Frankenpen could it be?
  18. Am I doing something wrong or something is not quite right with the nib? This is my first fountain pen, sometimes its writes sometimes not. Am i missing the sweet spot or what? Im not holding it too high, and not too low, and i try to keep the nibs top part up, its not on the right sight and not on the left, its at middle. And still no ink comes out. Sometimes if i find a point its okay, but its so hard to find that again. Its my fault or the pen's?
  19. Iguana Sell

    New Pelikan M200 Café-Crème Collection

    Hello Followers, Pelikan can´t stop releasing new and very nice collections.Now we have the new Pelikan Café-Crème. Click here to know more about this collection: New Pelikan M200 Café-Crème Collection For further information, please contact us to info@iguanasell.com Merry Christmas! Pilar Iguana Sell
  20. I have a Pelikan Demonstrator which came with the M200 Fine nib. This nib is steel with gold plate. I decided to see what the M400 nib would be like and ordered an Extra Fine nib knowing that gold nibs write slightly broader. I have been extremely disappointed to say the least. The 14c M400 EF nib writes like a broad nib. The lines are wide and it is annoying since it is suppose to be an EF nib. I contacted Chartpak and did a nib exchange and the replacement seems to be as broad. (which makes me sceptical if it was actually replaced). My question is, has anyone else had similar experiences and is the M400 EF 14c nib naturally a very broad EF? Pelikan nib writing comparison 2014.11.20.pdf
  21. Chicken Scratch Practitioner

    M150 Nib On An M200

    I am new to Fountain Pen Network and this is my first time posting anything so if I post this in the wrong spot or do it the wrong way, please feel free to correct me. I recently purchased a Pelikan M200 from my local pen shop. I had wanted one with a medium nib for some time and, as a college student, the decision to spend more than $100 on a pen was not an easy one. They didn't have any with medium nibs in the shop at the time or have any medium replacement nibs for the M200 so they took a medium from an M150 and put it on an M200 and gave me a free bottle of Diamine Presidential Blue (which I am now IN LOVE with) to compensate for the price difference. It writes beautifully and lays down a nice, thick line of ink but I've been wondering about the difference in the size between the nibs of the M150 and M200. Do you think this is causing any change in the writing experience from the way the pen needs to be held or anything like that and, if so, would it be enough of a difference to require buying an actual M200 nib (keep in mind, on a budget). Thanks!
  22. zuhandensein

    M200 Mold Lines?

    Hi all, I am looking for a classic pen for everyday use. Years ago I felt in love with fountain pens with a Parker 21 that I got from my grandfather. Then I had a Parker Sonnet and, after this one I have just been using pens that I never felt that they were "my pen". So I am still looking for a pen that I could consider a 'soulmate', using the word I read in one of this forums days ago, which really represents what I am looking for. Here is the question. My first option was the Pelikan M200. Certainly classic, good size and weight for me, piston filler, changeable nibs, reliable writer... In a couple of posts I read about mild lines.. I did not pay attention just thinking that probably it was not that bad or that they were isolated cases. But today I have just found a picture where one mold line is clearly visible... I am certainly picky enough to be seriously worried about it. I am currently using a Prera and has no line, as my Sonnet did not have... etc. so I was assuming that pens this level were only rarely showing this issues. I was probably wrong. So my questions are... — How serious is this: it has lines all along the barrel? Also in the cap? — Does the attached picture make it look worse that it really is? — Is there a safe way to polish or get rid of them? — What about other similar pens? I am thinking about other pens in my list, such as the Pilot Custom 74, the Kaweco Dia 2 or the Sailor Sapporo... Thank you very much,
  23. vikrmbedi

    Good Deal For Indian Members

    i came across these two offers... 1> @50% off a cross apogee fountain pen in both black and red colour. there is 30% off coupon on top(sparkle30)....on jabong.com link to the pen 2> pelikan m200 green marble body on flipkart.com @40%off for 5250. link to the pen not affiliated to any of the websites in any way. please use your own judgement. cheers. Vikram
  24. a.zy.lee

    Pelikan M200 Gripes

    Just over a month ago, I got a Pelikan M200 with a broad nib. I like the pen as a whole, but I have quite a few gripes. I don't mean to rant, I'm just stating some of the things that have been bugging me. Sorry M200 fans. 1. It's way too light. I didn't think this would bug me, as I don't judge pens by their weight. However, the M200 doesn't feel comfortable in the hand. The grip and balance are fine, but the weight makes the pen feel cheap and unpleasant. That's my experience, anyway. 2. Hard starts. This may just be in my case. My broad nib may have baby's bottom. Very disappointing and greatly worsens the writing experience. 3. The joint in the grip section. The joint between the two halves of plastic is not seamless. Very minor issue, but it's there. 4. The front of the feed is wider that the nib. Just a little bit. 5. The broad nib is impractical. Completely unusable for maths and cheap paper. I'm saving for a spare medium nib unit. Just so that this isn't a rant, here are some things I like about my M200: 1. Classy and timeless gold & black design. 2. Comfortable grip. 3. Piston filling system. 4. Removable nib & feed unit. 5. Screw cap. 6. The feed is aesthetically appealing. 7. Wet flow. 8. The broad nib is great for recreational use. 9. Long nib. 10. Springy/Flexy/Soft nib. 11. Aesthetically balanced. 12. It's (almost) everything a fountain pen should be! Can you relate to any of my gripes?
  25. Hello Fountain Pen lovers! Hope you are having good time! We have the Pelikan M200 ITALIC Nib fountain pen on sale for $89 (usually it is $165). We got a bundle from the distributor and are hence passing on the savings to you. This is the lowest price we had for this pen. To checkout or buy this pen at our site: http://www.penboutique.com/p-5223-pelikan-series-m200-italic-nib-black-fountain-pen.aspx Also do check out our FB contest done in collabration with AT Cross to win a Cross Affinity fountain pen. https://www.facebook.com/pensboutique/photos/a.400176259909.173100.267455209909/10152603917769910/?type=1&theater Thank you all for you time!





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