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Pelikan M200 Review



YeOlCaptain

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Hello everyone,

 

I just got the Pelikan m200 yesterday in the mail, and am very happy about it. Here is a written review of the pen. I wrote the review with my Pelikan m200 filled with Noodlers Blue ink. I hope my messy handwriting does not get in the way of the review.

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Thanks for the review. Great pen. Enjoy!

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Love my M205 and the differences between the two in terms of the writing experience are very slim I would expect. Enjoy!!

Brad

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I sure enjoyed your review, especially looking at it specifically through the photo.

I love that marbled barrel very much!

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Dear YeOlCaptain,

Congrats on your new Pelikan M-200. I got mine new in 1987 for 40 bucks American. Have used it almost every day since. Have written thousands of pages with it. Never a moment's trouble. Use only Pelikan royal blue ink. Fortunately it has not suffered from being dropped or other accident. I wish you every happiness with yours.

 

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My M200s are one of my every day pens. My first two were about $70 each. Hard to believe, but the last one I got - about a year ago - was in a free box at a garage sale. All of them have been flawless. I especially like the ease of changing nibs.

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Last week I bought new Pelikan M200 demonstrator F nib from pen shop in KL. Test writing at the shop is smooth but when I go back and fill the ink then I found that the nib so scratchy. I need to change the nib to the shop for replacement. Maybe I just got a bad copy.

 

Sorry of my English.

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I don't have a 200. I have a '90's M400 (springy semi-vintage regular flex), a 500 (fancied up '51-54 400) flexi OBB, a 400N semi-flex B, all those in tortoise and green striped 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex OF 400NN.

Yes, I can recommend those pens ahead of the 200.

 

I've had six 200 nibs go through my hands, trans-mailing them. Two were as good as my 120 nib a joy to write with vintage springy regular flex....that for a few years I thought equal to my '90's M400. Eventually I pressed my M400 to see if it was as springy as my two Celebry nibs, one in gold, one in steel; both equal. I had rated them as hard semi-flex, They weren't they were true regular flex. The M400 was the same.

 

4 of the 200 nibs including the nib on a 215....matched them.

Those are dammed good nibs.

 

I hold the 200's nib to be better than the 400's....unless all you want is butter smooth from a modern semi-nail 400/600.

 

If you have a modern post '97 400, you might want to try a 200 nib on it. At @ $25, you can not go wrong and get a taste of what a good nib is.

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.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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I don't have a 200. I have a '90's M400 (springy semi-vintage regular flex), a 500 (fancied up '51-54 400) flexi OBB, a 400N semi-flex B, all those in tortoise and green striped 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex OF 400NN.

Yes, I can recommend those pens ahead of the 200.

 

I've had six 200 nibs go through my hands, trans-mailing them. Two were as good as my 120 nib a joy to write with vintage springy regular flex....that for a few years I thought equal to my '90's M400. Eventually I pressed my M400 to see if it was as springy as my two Celebry nibs, one in gold, one in steel; both equal. I had rated them as hard semi-flex, They weren't they were true regular flex. The M400 was the same.

 

4 of the 200 nibs including the nib on a 215....matched them.

Those are dammed good nibs.

 

I hold the 200's nib to be better than the 400's....unless all you want is butter smooth from a modern semi-nail 400/600.

 

If you have a modern post '97 400, you might want to try a 200 nib on it. At @ $25, you can not go wrong and get a taste of what a good nib is.

What era are these 200 nibs from BoBo? I have a M205 but with a 250 14c west German nib in it, maybe a steel one will be less of a nail...

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I've also found the Pelikan steel nibs to be surprisingly good. My two 205's are recent production pens and the nibs have more flex than any of my 14c Pelikan nibs. To me they feel in between my 50's vintage 120 and a modern 400.

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It all depends when the 250 was made...more than which era the 200 was...I think, though would like to see what some one with both era's of 200 has to say. My Celebry pens are from the '90's...so that steel nib with proper spring is what I'd expect out of a pre' 97 200.

I'm not sure if they made a 250 back in the good old days of pre'98.

After '97 I'd expect a 250 nib because in gold....don't know if yours is plated or plain gold to be closer to the modern semi-nail.

They would be using the same alloy, just differing with a plating on the 400 and none? on a 250.

 

Ever have the feeling the conglomerate CEO makes decisions on twig pen companies using a roller ball?

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.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

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