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I have an M205 for which I want to choose a new nib, and I'm dithering a bit between a regular steel BB, and a calligraphy 2mm.


I'm also wondering whether to stump up the extra for a gold nib, though that rules out the calligraphy option and probably means I can only get broad, not double broad.


I'd like to get more experienced Pelikan users' perspectives on this.


FWIW I have tried the cognac with a factory calligraphy 1.5mm and been quite impressed, more so than by most of the Pelikan steel 'regular' nibs. And if I get a BB I'll at some point probably be wanting to make it a cursive italic, would it give me a good chance to do so?

Too many pens, too little time!


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The calligraphy nibs don't have any tipping which would keep me from pursuing that route. I'd go with the steel BB if I were in your shoes. I don't think you'll gain anything by going for the gold nib except a lighter wallet.

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My first Pelikan is an M205 that came with an EF nib; my wife got on just like mine, except for being white.


Within a couple weeks, we each got another nib for our pens, both from Richard Binder. Hers is an XXF Waverly, mine a .9mm Italifine cursive italic.


Looking at his site (richardspens.com), I see that he's really getting out of the retail side of work, as many of the nib choices he was offering just a few weeks ago are disappearing. There might be something there for your 205 that would fit your fancy, but probably not for long.

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On the whole the steel 200's nib is nice to very springy regular flex, the modern 400/600 gold nib is semi-nail and blobbier. An inferior nib.


I am impressed with the 200 nib, not the modern gold ones...out side the 1000.

Of the eight 200 nibs and pens I've trans-mailed, two were as good as my 120's nib. They made a very good school nib...for the longest time I thought it as good as my '90's M400 nib, until I had to push my M400 when I got a couple of Celebry pens. The other six are as good as the '90's M400 and the Celebery nib. That is dam good.

In I had a hand full of 400's I didn't 'need' a 200 so I bought a 215. :D


Go to Penboard de. they might have semi-flex or 'flexi'/maxi-sem-flex nibs for sale.

Could also look for a springy regular flex gold nib from the '80-97. If you don't wish semi&maxi.

I'd suggest a 50-65 semi-flex nib over a nice '80's-97 gold nib; in the 400's range.


Actually the best deal would be for you to get a 140...get the gold nib and as long as it is not a D nib, will be semi-flex. :thumbup:

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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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