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Background: I've been looking for a reliable, durable, practical and aesthetically pleasing fountain pen for quite some time. I've been juggling between several pens like the Lamy Safari, Esterbrook J + SJ, and Parker Challenger, but all of them lacked in some critical way which detracted from their appeal and forced me into using a Rainbow Titanium Nitride Fisher Space Pen (ballpoint) for the last 6 months. Not to disparage the Bullet Pen, which itself is the best ballpoint I've ever used.

 

So seeing as how my first semester of grad school just ended and Christmas was approaching, I decided to take the time to really sit down and scrutinize the market for the "perfect pen" - for under $150 shipped. It was a very tough decision as many models from many companies both modern and vintage can be had for that sum of money. Ultimately, the choice came down to the Lamy 2000, Pilot Vanishing Point, Bexley Simplicity and the Toledo Red Pelikan M205, and it was the latter which ultimately triumphed despite my biting concern over buying yet another twist cap pen.

 

http://www.amitynet.jp/images/Pelikan/Pelikan_Trd_M205_Red_6_s.jpg

 

First Impressions: Love at first sight. I had heard good things about Pelikan before, but I never figured that I would buy one as their conservative looks and price were offputting despite my adimiration for their reputation and history. However, browsing Richard Binder's site (no affiliation) I found my attention seized by this Red Bird. I wondered if such a strikingly RED pen would be too pretentious for a student to use but these concerns were swiftly cast aside when I considered the feeling of appreciation for the pen that I felt the instant my eyes gazed on it strapped tightly into its presentation box. A looker, yes, but this pen is more than that. I felt a wave of buyer satisfaction rise over me before my hands ever held the pen.

 

Appearance: Make no mistake; this pen is outstandingly red. For me, the color is what attracted me to the pen and I really do find, contrary to my concern, that the striking color which draws the eye to the pen is also pleasing enough to keep it fixed there. The classy and masculine silver trim is a great synergist with the red and the black-tinted ink window is both large enough to be functional and engineered to streamline with the aesthetics of the piece. Everything is shiny, there are no manufacturing imperfections in either the plastic or metal components which I've detected; basically the pen looks and feels well built and projects itself as the product of fine craftstmanship and careful construction. The pen itself is fairly traditional looking sans the color and the Pelikan clip I've heard so much about is like youre own little membership card to Club Pelikan. I dig.

 

http://www.pelikanpens.co.uk/acatalog/M205all.jpg

 

Design: German engineering encapsulated. Everything about the pen is created with the intention of preserving its practicality while introducing sophistication. Knowing that the M205 is among Pelikans lower tiers, I find myself comforted knowing that the quality of pens from eras past has not yet been lost because there are still modern manufacturers who put their blood, sweat and tears into their product. One such manufacturer is most certainly Pelikan. Mad props, yo.

 

Nib: To meet my criteria, the pen had to be reliable, and because my luck with nibs and feeds has been less than stellar, I decided to allay my fears of getting a lemon and purchased the pen from Mr. Binder's website. I decided on a 0.6 mm stub nib in unplated steel to match the silver furnishings and really could not be much happier. Initially, I felt the pang of despair creep up my spine when the pen incessantly skipped on the downstroke, but after some thorough cleaning, the skipping has vanished and the pen writes like a dream! The line variation is apparant and adds an interesting character to my handrwriting - I really like it! Smooth writing, consistent ink flow and great line variation. I could not ask for more.

 

Filling System: Piston. Smooth. Large capacity. Mi favorito.

 

Cost/Value: I paid $63 for the pen's body. $60 for the stubbed unplated nib. $7 for shipping.

 

For $130 shipped, the pen was well within my price range though it was by no means inexpensive. We all know value is relative, but in my opinion this pen was totally worth it. Worth it not in the sense that I'm just giddy with having a great new toy, but in the sense which takes the prospect of longevity and pleasure of the writing experience into consideration.

 

Final Thoughts: The pen fits well in my hand and is an outstanding writer. Most certainly my favorite (although most pricey) pen in my collection. A useful work of art that I'm fully prepared to use every day until gravity, theft or forgetfulness take this beauty from me.

 

Having checked today (01/07/10) on Richard's site, the pen has apparantly been sold out. I am not the least surprised. This is one hell of a pen.

 

Quantitative Score: 9.2/10

 

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thanks for the review, I have been eyeing that pen for a while, if only I had some damn money

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Great lookin' pen, and I'd buy one, but on the white and red models the ink window destroys the unity of the body. This is certainly a rare situation where no ink window would improve the pen.

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Thanks for sharing, nice review.

And how can this be, because he is the Kwisatz Haderach.

 

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I love the ink window. I think it makes a pen less ordinary. Such a big part of using a fp is what's going on inside and the inks we choose. I have this pen in the blue demonstrator model. While it costs 1/3 less than my most expensive pen, I think it's my favorite.

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Lovely pen, terrific review. My only reservation with the 205 is the steel nib. For similar money you can get a Sailor 1911M or Sapporo with a 14k nib.

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Great lookin' pen, and I'd buy one, but on the white and red models the ink window destroys the unity of the body. This is certainly a rare situation where no ink window would improve the pen.

 

Completely agree. I love Pelikans, and I love the red with the silver furniture, but the window is the only thing that stops me. It works great on the black M200 I have because it virtually disappears when filled with ink.

 

Gotta find another red and silver pen to drool over...

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I really want a red pen to complement my green pens; when I get around to buying one, I think this will be it! :puddle:

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Nice looking pen, though I like the black one most.

 Fountain pens:Lamy Vista, Lamy Safari, Pelikan Griffix, Parker Reflex, Parker Jotter/15, Lamy Joy, Senator Windsor, Lamy Smile, TOZ Penkala Rexpen x2("flighter" and lacquered), Pelikan Factor 

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Great lookin' pen, and I'd buy one, but on the white and red models the ink window destroys the unity of the body. This is certainly a rare situation where no ink window would improve the pen.

 

Completely agree. I love Pelikans, and I love the red with the silver furniture, but the window is the only thing that stops me. It works great on the black M200 I have because it virtually disappears when filled with ink.

 

Gotta find another red and silver pen to drool over...

 

The ink windows isn't visible when the cap is on, at least.

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Thanks for the review superfreeka. Based on your review I decided to get this Pen from Richardpens (no affiliation)

with a medium nib a couple months ago. It writes wet and smooth. I don't really pay much attention to the ink window,

and obviously, it doesn't look like the picture when ink is in the pen. It appears black.

 

I decided to get the pen because the color reminds me of the Parker Big Red pens. Also being that red is my favorite color,

I got this as my first red fountain pen. I highly recommend it.

Pelikan M605, Blue Demo M205, Red M205 * Parker Frontier, 45, Sonnet, Duofold * Waterman Expert II, Phileas * Cross Century II, Solo, Matrix * Sheaffer Statesman, Touchdown

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They had that pen in Kaufhaus (Germany)last year for E-39 in Yellow; and because I had a 400 did not buy it.

 

I obviously thought yellow pens grew on trees. I've not seen one, or if I did, it slipped through my memory, like mercury through a sieve.

 

I also need a red pen, but Esterbrook looks to be first in that color, in I'm missing it. I have many of the old Double J colors.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

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Mine arrived today. I have to say that the pen has more orange to it than the original photo would suggest, as least on my computer.

 

Compare the red Aurora Ipsilon http://www.pensinasia.com/Auiprdbklrgfp13.jpg

 

with the red Pelikan M205

 

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