Thursday, December 10, 2009

Featured Pen - Pelikan M200 and M205

The following is from the Pelikan website:

The history of high quality writing instruments

The roots of the company Pelikan go back to the year 1838, when chemist Carl Hornemann founded a small production company producing ink and water colors, close to Hanover, Germany. In 1871, he sold the company to his production manager G√ľnther Wagner, who not only gave his name to the company but also added the Pelikan image from his family’s coat of arms to make his inks easily recognizable. He registered Pelikan as a trade mark in 1879 and thus made it one of the oldest brands in German history.

The company grew and expanded with further products in ink, glue, and water colors. In 1929, after Pelikan had purchased the patent for the differentiated piston mechanism, the first Pelikan fountain pen was born. In the following decades the company established its international reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality fountain pens. Today, Pelikan offers a collection for every taste as well as a choice of Special and Limited Edition products that are treasured by collectors and many others world-wide.

You can read more about the history of this pen company at Pentrace, where there are four extensive articles by Rick Propas about the Pelikan Pen Company. Links to the articles are here:

Pelikan History:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

As an additional resource, Julie over at Peaceable Writer recently published a wonderful post on vintage Pelikans which contains some great reference sites.

The Pelikan M200 and M205 are modern and essentially the same pen, the difference being that the M205 has rhodium plated furniture instead of gold and in this case, mine is a clear demonstrator.

Noteworthy is the fact that the M205 Blue Demonstrator was just named Pen of the Year over at Goldspot Pens and is very worthy of the honor.

I purchased the M200 early in my fountain pen acquiring and have loved using it since day one. The M205 was added because I really like the clear demonstrator and being able to see how it all works. Plus colorful inks really look cool in this pen.

The M200 came with a F nib and the M205 with a B - the B was a big mistake, so I sent it to Frank and Sam at Pendemonium and had it ground to a nice F italic. Then I decided to go all out and acquired a .8 italic stub and a .9 cursive italic from Richard Binder. These are the nibs that are currently in these pens.

The F and B nibs which came with the pens originally were perfect out of the box. Smooth, wonderful writers, but the B was just too broad - learned my lesson there. I also have a fondness for italic and stub nibs and spent much time debating on the purchase of these nibs before finally giving in.

Conclusion - the Pelikan M200 is a high quality fountain pen for a reasonable price. They may be obtained from any reputable pen dealer with prices ranging from $75 to $100, depending upon which pen you acquire. The M205 is also currently available in Black and White, great bride and groom gifts, if you have a pen lovers wedding coming up.

Click to enlarge: (paper is Bloc Rhodia No 16)


phonelady said...

wow you really like the pelikan dont you ? seems like you blog about them alot .

Julie (Okami) said...

Not really, I've only mentioned Pels once before. said...

Great review - again - Julie! I really appreciate your writing samples. What is the fabric as you use as background? It is beautiful.

Julie (Okami) said...

Hi, thanks. I bought that piece of fabric as a scrap at Walmart and made pen wraps out of it. You're right it is very pretty so I like using it as a background.

inkophile said...

Your writing sample does a good job of showing the subtle differences between the nib styles. It also shows how well Rhodia handles free-flowing inks and nibs. Are you able to write as quickly with the cursive italic nib as the stub?

Julie (Okami) said...

The stub nib is easier to write quickly with. But with use the italic can also be used to write quickly, however I find that my handwriting becomes sloppier.

J. M. Strother said...

I'll have to pass your link on to a friend of mine. He has a thing for pens and your blog will be right up his alley. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment on my story. :)

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