Pelikan M200

I got this pen a while ago from Amazon for a price of 89 USD shipped, with a fine nib, and I can’t say I’m too disappointed in it. It came in the signature Pelikan blue box, with the internal box with the rather nice manual, and with the plush interior, although I do dislike the little elastic band that keeps it in the box. Now, onto the actual review:

Appearance (9/10): This pen is very pretty, with gold trim, and a black cap, which screws on, a black section, and a black piston knob. The barrel is a marbled blue, with little metallic specks in the mix, making for a very attractive combination. The ink view is sort of a smoky-transparent color, and doesn’t work as well I would have hoped until you are almost out of ink. The cap has the standard Pelikan clip, also gold plated, and the end finial is black with a gold-colored pelican and chick, with a black retaining ring. The cap band says “PELIKAN” and “GERMANY” on the other side, and is nice and flush with the cap, with no really obvious seam. Really the only detractor from the pen’s appearance is the fact that the ink view is mostly useless, and that the plastic is practically a fingerprint magnet.

Quality (9/10)- Nearly perfect, and I would expect no less from Pelikan, and holds together very nicely, although it sometimes looks fragile. There is one noticeable issue here, being a very noticeable seam on the section where it was molded. Everywhere else it is perfect.

Weight and Dimensions (8/10)- This is a very lightweight pen, and although it is my preference to have heavier pens, it is really only a small issue. Speaking of small, this is a rather small pen, measuring in at only 4 7/8 inches capped, 4 5/8 inches uncapped, and 5 7/8 inches posted. While to me that is rather small, it is good for when I wear shirts that have smaller breast pockets.

Nib (9/10)- This is a gold-plated stainless steel nib in fine, and is only a little small for its size, at least in my opinion. Besides that, it is very attractive, and it has the word “Pelikan”, then the Pelikan logo, then an “F”, for Fine. One nice thing about the Pelikan nibs is that most Pelikan nibs can simply screw out of the section, and are houses in a nib and feed assembly. Although it is rather scratchy, it does work, and does have a bit of springiness, not really any flex, and that can either be a attractor or a detractor to different people. I, for one, happen to enjoy the springiness, and I sometimes with that it was actual flex. One note is that it does write finer with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, than a Platinum Plaisir with a 03 nib, their equivalent of Fine, with the proprietary Platinum ink. The joke here for the uninitiated is that on a sliding scale of nib size, Japanese Fines are usually finer than American fines, and that German fine nibs are wider than American fines. Of course here, the Platinum fine is actually slightly wider than the Pelikan fine, although that may just be a quirk of my ink.

Filling System (10/10)- Now this is one of the better forms of fountain pen filling, the piston filler. Basically, by turning the blind cap at the end of the pen, you can lower or raise the piston inside the body of the pen, which works in a similar fashion to a syringe. The use of this filling system allows this pen to have a relatively high ink level without the inherent messiness of the eyedropper system. The Pelikan system, with its removable nib, allows one to fill it in an even cleaner way, which is with a syringe to actually pour ink into the chamber, with minimal loss of ink.

Cost and Value (8/10)- This is a very good pen, and I am glad that I bought it, and I am even more glad to know that I bought it at somewhat lower than MSRP. For the price, I am pleased with what I got.

Conclusion (9/10)- This is a superb pen, and I recommend to any of you to purchase it, before it stops being available, as I understand that this is a discontinued pen

Published in: on December 18, 2010 at 7:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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