tandaina Posted December 27, 2012 Share Posted December 27, 2012 One of my grail pens is a Pelikan Tortoise shell. I saw pictures of a few very early in my Fountain Pen Fever and fell in love. However, I quickly learned they're not cheap. So it went on my grail pen list and I figured it would sit there a long, long time. I had mentioned in the new Pelikan Tortoise thread that this was a heart pen for me and Rick (of The PENguin, no relation) sent me a message letting me know he had a number of tortoise pens of various models in stock whenever I was ready to snag my pen. I sadly told him that it would be a while. Then THE NEXT DAY the lovely ladies at my church gave me an amazing gift and with it I was able to obtain one of my grail pens. Rick looked at writing samples and suggested one pen, I sent more writing samples. We went round about stubs or semi flex. I'm glad we settled on the semi-flex. Rick shipped this puppy FAST. I ordered it I believe Friday the 21st and it was here on the second day of Christmas! Good thing too, I woke up on the 26th with a stomach bug, so this little pen saved the second day of Christmas. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8080/8314802549_ea59265225_b.jpgIMG_0449 by JoAndRoses, on Flickr That folks is what an antique gold nib can do. I lament that no one makes nibs like this anymore. I'd gladly pay a premium for them. The nib is a dream. With no pressure it skates a very fine line across the page, but easily puts down a nice wide line when asked and springs back to fine. It has yet to rail road (though I'm not likely to ever push it that hard), doesn't start hard, and is nice and smooth, especially for a fine nib! The body is just beautiful. The tortoise is a warm honey color with little highlights of browns, reds, etc: http://tandaina.smugmug.com/Other/Pens/i-NWHS8MV/0/XL/DSC04533-XL.jpg The brown cap and blind cap are so dark brown that in the photos on the site I assumed they were black, they're not and it makes all the difference. This pen is just warm and inviting. Like honey and melted chocolate. The pen is 50s vintage and has the pelikan with two chicks engraved on the cap, though not painted so you better have good ideas to make them out. It is quite a bit bigger than the modern M200/M400. But still light and slender enough for me to use happily. In the close macro images you can see little scratches on the pen body, but I can't really see them with the unaided eye. There are two small cracks on the blind cap, they don't affect its use but I will NOT be posting the cap and will be careful to not tighten the blind cap too tightly. http://tandaina.smugmug.com/Other/Pens/i-DVpVJPj/0/XL/DSC04545-XL.jpgThis macro shot really shows the advantage of the Fine flexible nib. See the swirls below the pen. The tortoise body, the flexi nib. An amazing Christmas present, I'll be writing the thank you note with this pen. What a gift to cross off a grail pen and have it be better than I imagined. I didn't know old Pelikans could be FLEXIBLE! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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