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M251 - An Overview



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Not long before Christmas I noticed the following item on The Pelikan's Perch, and decided to invest. I'm glad I did - the M251 is a smaching little pen and as the excellent TPP post describes it in far greater detail than my propose humble efforts could produce, I'll leave it to him!

However, I thought FPN might be interested in some pictures of the bestie, along with a couple of comparison pens.

 

Firstly a couple of the box, inside & out. Note that unlike some SE or LE pens, notably the M101Ns, the $001 Royal Blue supplied is in the current 'normal' retail packaging, not the 'old' version. Also, there's no pouch for the pen.

 

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My comparison pictures are the M251 with an M400 Green-Black striated and the relatively-recent new release of the M120; the latter looks to be made of the same material as the M251. Personally I don't mind the grey ink window at all - adds a little charm?!

 

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I haven't tried the M gold-plated nib that came with the pen and presume it is the same delightful instrument that is on the current M200s. What I did do is fit a spare 18k two-tone nib that I got at the time I bought my M420 some years ago. It's currently filled with 4001 Royal Blue!!!

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~ The Good Captain:

 

Thank you for the excellent post.

Not only is the information useful, but the imagery is top-notch.

May this lovely pen be a trusted writer for you.

Tom K.

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The Good Captain

Great photos, and a nice report about a nice pen!

 

Thanks for the post The Good Captain!

Thanks very much. It is a nice, simple pen.

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~ The Good Captain:

 

Thank you for the excellent post.

Not only is the information useful, but the imagery is top-notch.

May this lovely pen be a trusted writer for you.

Tom K.

Thanks Tom. It's a nice pen and I just thought that the 18k nib would set it off a treat.

The Good Captain

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Nice pen, grats! I have a M151 black/green which I've been saving for a rainy day.

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Interesting. Do these come in any other colors? Because it looks a fair amount like a 1980s M100 (I think) I got a few years ago for a good price on eBay, only presumably larger. (Not enamored of the green, but the 1 mm stub nib on the M100 is sweet, and does well with shimmer inks).

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Thank you for showing this, and the very nice pictures.

The M251 is the grown up version of the M151. Both are special export versions for Italy.

Thanks for the heads up, since, although being in Italy I was not aware Pelikan was launching this!

Since I learned to write on a 120 at the age of 6, to me this green/black combo brings back very strong school memories.

Of course I own a vintage 120 (not my original school pen, that died premature...), and also the new 120, but this green/black looks so familiar I just need to get one of these!

I don't mind the grey window either, nor does it surprise me, since this colour window is present also on other M200s.

Like you, I plan to swap in a spare gold nib! I should have a vintage M250 14k nib around, which would make this a true 251!

My only complaint is the largish box and the bottle of Royal blue (not another bottle of royal blue!! :gaah: :D )

 

for the benefit of Ruth :) , no these come only in green/black, as the M151.

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Opening up my walnut humidor pen box, grabbed my '251' , thinking gee...that's small....it's a 151, :huh: made for the Italian market.

Which is where the folks up the elevator got it. They use to go often to Italy. Mine belonged to the Widow upstairs wife for a few years so is not new.

He knew nothing about the pen, but my 'impression' was 10-15 years since they bought it. It is in mint condition, in she used only an MB that I 'cleaned' up from dried ink for her. A two pen family.

 

Has that nice springy 150/200 regular flex F nib, still has all it's gold plating..

 

It does have the colors of the 120.

I don't think, but don't know that it comes in other colors Ruth.

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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no, in fact, it does not Bo Bo.

The 151 was a special smaller size edition for Italy, which has quite a tradition for school pens (much like in Germany).

The green-black combo is typical school colours, and the pen is only available in this colour combination.

 

In the same way the M251, which is now slightly bigger, the size of a typical M200, is also only available in green-black, but that is quite something new, the M200 has never been issued before in this colour combo, so the pen is in a way collectable (for those who are following the M200 theme). Peculiar also the fact the pen only comes in either F or M size nibs.

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One can always buy a B or EF nib for it......unless the nib is special stamped like the new 120.

 

I've grown to like M width nibs quite a bit, they are very good shading nibs IMO better than F (EF too narrow for shading), and do well on classic laid like Verge de France.

 

My Amethyst and 215 are M's and I didn't even give a thought to swap the nib when buying.

My marbled golden is EF in I needed a more comfortable editing pen.

My Ruby Star a B, in I didn't have any in nice springy regular flex. Do have in semi-flex, but that is a different animal.

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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.

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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Well... I really cannot make a decision between the M120 or the M251. (As the M120 is much more expensive, I'd probably go with the M251.)

Which one do you like better?

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Well... I really cannot make a decision between the M120 or the M251. (As the M120 is much more expensive, I'd probably go with the M251.)

Which one do you like better?

I like them both and the M 18k two-rone on my M251 is really nice.

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