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22 minutes ago, carola said:

Got to see an M205 Petrol Marbled at the pen and paper store today - it wanted desperately to come home with me. So I took it. 🤷‍♀️

So happy for both of you!

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57 minutes ago, carola said:

Got to see an M205 Petrol Marbled at the pen and paper store today - it wanted desperately to come home with me. So I took it. 🤷‍♀️

 

Well done. Yes, it is not good when pens are too long in that lonely, impersonal retail environment. They need good homes where they will be loved and appreciated...

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Hello, Everybody!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited this thread...

Here’s my recent, rare and unexpected find which made me very, very happy:

A 101 - a nice and noble pen with a wartime CN nib !

 

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Hope you’ll like it.

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Wow! That is gorgeous. I hope I get the chance to see one like that in person some day.

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DerMarsianer
10 hours ago, stoen said:

Hello, Everybody!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited this thread...

Here’s my recent, rare and unexpected find which made me very, very happy:

A 101 - a nice and noble pen with a wartime CN nib !

 

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Hope you’ll like it.

🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

I only managed to get the less rare bigger brother last week. Maybe I can add a picture when it's re-corked.
Unfortunately pictures can't tell the beauty of the tortois celluloid.

Very nice catch!

 

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11 hours ago, stoen said:

Hello, Everybody!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited this thread...

Here’s my recent, rare and unexpected find which made me very, very happy:

A 101 - a nice and noble pen with a wartime CN nib !

 

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🙂

Hope you’ll like it.

 

Very nice catch!

I am not at all into the 100s because of the flat end of the pen (simply can´t get myself to like it, I clearly prefer the round bottomed 100N version), but this one is an exceedingly nice bird.

Enjoy!

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15 hours ago, stoen said:

Hello, Everybody!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited this thread...

Here’s my recent, rare and unexpected find which made me very, very happy:

A 101 - a nice and noble pen with a wartime CN nib !

 

Those old tortoise pens have a beautiful glow. Great find!

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20 hours ago, stoen said:

Hello, Everybody!

 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited this thread...

Here’s my recent, rare and unexpected find which made me very, very happy:

A 101 - a nice and noble pen with a wartime CN nib !

 

1DE5B4F2-19D1-4FC7-BB07-42BC6131AB82.thumb.jpeg.7eb2b5990bd9227cb997176a636ba36e.jpeg

🙂

Hope you’ll like it.

Lovely! 😍

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candlejack
On 7/28/2021 at 11:45 PM, N1003U said:

I must confess, I never really understood the fascination with tortoise finishes.

Until now. I get it.

My accumulation of pens is, in general, somewhat light on red, so this set is a bright addition to the palette of pen colors I own.

 

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Haha, beautiful pens, but I thought you were taking a break from the forum for a while. 🙂 You may be light on red, but we both know some of your best pens are red. 😉

 

Also others have shared some beautiful pens recently. I can't believe how good the lizard looks considering its age. 

 

I also have a new pen incoming from Japan. It seems that recently I've had a change of heart and it may be that the M800 is my ideal size, not the M600. Or maybe it's just an excuse to get another pen. 

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27 minutes ago, candlejack said:

Haha, beautiful pens, but I thought you were taking a break from the forum for a while. 🙂 You may be light on red, but we both know some of your best pens are red. 😉

I was trying to take a break, then I got back to Pennsylvania, and the gorgeous red tortoise was waiting for me (since end of December). That is a joy that has to be shared... ;) I now have a few nice red pens--enough red pens I suppose. However, when it comes to Pelikan, my first and perhaps best love is for the classic green stripes and the M600. The only question that remains is: Which of the green-striped models is my favorite right now?

 

27 minutes ago, candlejack said:

Also others have shared some beautiful pens recently. I can't believe how good the lizard looks considering its age. 

That lizard is a special pen. Very attractive.

 

27 minutes ago, candlejack said:

I also have a new pen incoming from Japan. It seems that recently I've had a change of heart and it may be that the M800 is my ideal size, not the M600. Or maybe it's just an excuse to get another pen. 

I really like the M600, and I really like the M1000, so one might think I would be totally in love with the M800. But I am not. They are wonderful pens, and I use them, but I reach more for the 60xs and 100xs.

 

There are indeed some very beautiful M800s out there. I looked really hard at a Royal Gold Raden M800, and I almost even bought it, then I remembered how much I love my wife, and I considered how she might react to such a purchase, and that she is a human toxicologist, and that she does most of the cooking, and I just let it go...

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7 minutes ago, N1003U said:

I was trying to take a break, then I got back to Pennsylvania, and the gorgeous red tortoise was waiting for me (since end of December). That is a joy that has to be shared... ;) I now have a few nice red pens--enough red pens I suppose. However, when it comes to Pelikan, my first and perhaps best love is for the classic green stripes and the M600. The only question that remains is: Which of the green-striped models is my favorite right now?

 

That lizard is a special pen. Very attractive.

 

I really like the M600, and I really like the M1000, so one might think I would be totally in love with the M800. But I am not. They are wonderful pens, and I use them, but I reach more for the 60xs and 100xs.

 

There are indeed some very beautiful M800s out there. I looked really hard at a Royal Gold Raden M800, and I almost even bought it, then I remembered how much I love my wife, and I considered how she might react to such a purchase, and that she is a human toxicologist, and that she does most of the cooking, and I just let it go...

Oh, yes, I forgot you had already bought the Red Tortoise, just that it wasn't with you. 

 

The M800 I am expecting doesn't have a Japanese connection like the Raden pens, it's just where I happened to find it (it's a 2015 special edition). The Raden pens look amazing, but I'm not ready for such a pen.

 

Solid wife logic right there! :-))

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IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!

Please excuse the ugly handwritting, I think I still need to get used to how smoothly it glides.

 

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I think your handwriting looks just great to me (*way* better than mine :blush:).  But if you think there is a problem, you might consider trying a drier ink (Pelikans tend to write wet).  I had a similar problem with my first bird (a used, 1990s era M400 with a really springy and juicy F nib.  I had originally planned to use the pen for drawing, but discovered that Iroshizuku Yama-Guri was a bit too wet for the pen (OTOH, I've had better results with both Noodler's Walnut (in fact the pen saved the ink!) and Edelstein Smoky Quartz.

If that's your problem, try Edelstein Topaz, which is a similar color to Ken-peki.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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5 hours ago, candlejack said:

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!

Please excuse the ugly handwritting, I think I still need to get used to how smoothly it glides.

Thanks for posting these great photos of a nice pen. I have several Pelikan demonstrators, but I don't use them very often—I have a few pens. What I like most about demonstrators is that one can see the internal workings of the pens. Please post photos of your handwriting when you have practiced with this pen. Your "ugly handwriting" is much better than my best penmanship. 

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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candlejack
13 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

I think your handwriting looks just great to me (*way* better than mine :blush:).  But if you think there is a problem, you might consider trying a drier ink (Pelikans tend to write wet).  I had a similar problem with my first bird (a used, 1990s era M400 with a really springy and juicy F nib.  I had originally planned to use the pen for drawing, but discovered that Iroshizuku Yama-Guri was a bit too wet for the pen (OTOH, I've had better results with both Noodler's Walnut (in fact the pen saved the ink!) and Edelstein Smoky Quartz.

If that's your problem, try Edelstein Topaz, which is a similar color to Ken-peki.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

Hi Ruth,

 

I completely agree with you about the tendency of Pelikan nibs to write on the wet side of neutral. At least that has been my experience and especially with my Iroshizuku inks. 

 

But in this case I actually think the nib is a tiny bit on the dry side. I don't base this off of the tactile feel while writing, because in that sense it feels very smooth and, by association, well lubricated. It's more about how the ink looks on the paper. It's a bit less saturated than some of my other nibs and doesn't shade as much (almost at all), indicating that there isn't sufficient ink on the paper to create pools. It might also be because this is a true EF. I wanted a thinner line and my last 2 Medium nibs from Pelikan have been very generous Broads, so I wanted to make sure I get at least a true F to an M. 

 

I heard there are simple ways to increase the ink flow of a nib (the specialist at my local Akkerman shop was able to improve this aspect of another M800 nib for me in something like 20 seconds; too bad I didn't see what he actually did and all he told me was that he used his fingers - a statement that should always be kept in context, lol). I may go that route, but I'm going to wait a bit and try a few more inks, just to be sure that's what I want.

 

 

11 hours ago, Frank C said:

Thanks for posting these great photos of a nice pen. I have several Pelikan demonstrators, but I don't use them very often—I have a few pens. What I like most about demonstrators is that one can see the internal workings of the pens. Please post photos of your handwriting when you have practiced with this pen. Your "ugly handwriting" is much better than my best penmanship. 

Yes, I heard you have quite a few birds flying around your place. Looking forward to your pictorial contribution to the "Family Photo" thread here in the Pelikan forum.

 

And btw guys, thanks a lot for the kind words vis-a-vis the handwriting, it's very encouraging to hear you say that. I love pens also for the details, the design and overall beauty, but if I can't write with them in a way that allows me to enjoy reading what I wrote, then I feel like they are wasted on me. It's basically the reason I sold my M1000. I loved that pen, but it was a bit too big for my hand and writing style and I was never satisfied with my penmanship when using it.   

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2 minutes ago, candlejack said:

 

I heard there are simple ways to increase the ink flow of a nib (the specialist at my local Akkerman shop was able to improve this aspect of another M800 nib for me in something like 20 seconds; too bad I didn't see what he actually did and all he told me was that he used his fingers - a statement that should always be kept in context, lol). I may go that route, but I'm going to wait a bit and try a few more inks, just to be sure that's what I want.

 

 

I've used my fingers to adjust the flow before and found it to be difficult to get it "just right". Another way to do this, in a very controlled way, is to use brass shims to floss the tines. But instead of just running the shim through the nib slit and pulling it out, you leave it between the tines...and then insert another...and another...

 

I start with two shims and leave it for a minute. Then pull them out and test the wetness. If it's not improved enough, I'll go to three shims and try again. Then four, and try again....you get the idea.

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This guy has a series of videos showing how to adjust a nib. I have tried a few of these techniques. I started on a Jin Hao. Those stainless steel nibs are difficult to work on, but for $2, I figured I could ruin a few. After some practice I did move on to some of my nicer pens. I saved a Danitrio from a trip to the nibmeister.

 

 

I also ordered one of these:

 

http://www.indy-pen-dance.com/fountain-pen-nib-smoothing-workshop-kit.html 

 

The kit includes brass shims for increasing flow. I used one of these on the Danitrio. There are many discussions of these techniques here on FPN. 

 

 I do recall that promise to post some photos of the Pelikans. First, I have to find my macro lens.

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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candlejack

Quick followup.

 

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The piston was sticking a bit so I carefully added some silicon grease to the inside of the barrel, but it seems I forgot my lesson and again uaed too much. Now my beautiful demonstrator has a bunch of stained grease patches... I'll have to clean them up at the next ink change.

 

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@candlejack, that’s really good adjustment of flow! I could see the Kon-Peki color gets darkened in your writing sample. That’s how I like my Kon-Peki as well.

 

I have a M805 M nib modified to cursive Italic. I found it drier than my M60x and M20x. Don’t know if all M80x write drier or just mine. Now reading your experience, making me wonder again.

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