Pen Review: Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings

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Most of the models in the Pelikan Classic line are very lightweight. The pens are not very long, making them balanced in weight whether the cap is posted or not. Personally, I prefer to use pens that are heavier. And I found that there’s an interesting offering within Pelikan’s Classic line. It is the Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings
Nib: Stainless steel fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Regular edition

1. Packaging (9/10):
The Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings is presented in the standard packaging for the Pelikan Classic pens.
(Please refer to the previous reviews for more details)

2. Pen Design (9/10):
The look and shape of the Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings are following the same design as any other Pelikan Classic pen models. For this pen, the real differences are the weight and construction. According to Pelikan, the M215 Black-Silver Rings has a metal construction for its barrel core. The weight of the pen increases significantly. I appreciate the added weight, since I find it much easier to use, compared to the regular M200s/M205s. Since the pen cap remains lightweight, the pen remains balanced with the cap posted.
The barrel of the pen is nicely polished and decorated by four silver coloured rings. The design is quite simple, but remains very elegant.
Many Pelikan piston filling pens with solid colour barrel utilize the ink window into the design. The M215 Black-Silver Rings shares the same idea. What’s great on this particular model is that the ink window is in dark grey, and it is almost indistinguishable from the rest of the barrel. Personally I like this approach, since it keeps the overall appearance uniform, while preserving the ink window functionality.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Just like any other Pelikan Classic fountain pen, the piston mechanism is well designed and built.
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4. Nib Performance (9/10):
When it comes to the writing performance, Pelikan’s stainless steel nibs are among the best in the price range. The stainless steel fine nib installed on this Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings is true to the size designation. It is fairly rigid, with a slight amount of bounce when applied with pressure. Being a fine nib, it writes smoothly enough. The ink flow is also generous enough, while still ensuring that the pen is practical to use.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
The Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings is well constructed. Just like the other models in the Classic line, this pen is quite sturdy, but good care of the pen is always recommended. The piston mechanism on the pen is very effective. Combined with the removable nib unit, cleaning the pen doesn’t require much effort.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 47/50

The Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings may look like any other regular Classic model. But the added weight on the barrel makes the pen unique and comfortable to use. If you like the design of the Pelikan Classic line, but don’t appreciate the light weight as much, then this model is definitely worth a try.

 

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Pen Review: Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink

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Pelikan’s Souverän line of fountain pens ranges from the smallest M300 to the largest M1000. Among the different sizes, the M600 model does not often get as many special editions introduced, compared to some other models, such as the M400 and the M800. But in the recent years, when a special edition of this size gets released, while the overall design doesn’t change, the choice of the colour scheme is fresh and unique. One of these recent releases is the Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink
Nib: 14K gold fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Special edition

1. Packaging (8/10):

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For the regular editions in the Pelikan Souverän line, the usual packaging is a large cardboard pen box and the pen is protected inside a white Pelikan pouch. But for this special edition Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink, Pelikan actually introduced a new package design. The box is fairly small, compared to the regular edition packaging. In fact, the outer sleeve appears to be identical to the ones from the Classic M200/M205 line. But the pen box itself is totally different. Instead of having just a fairly plain grey coloured top cover, there are ribbons on the top of the box. The two covers of the box are also secured by magnets. Therefore even when the ribbons are not tied together, the box can still stay closed.
Inside the box, there isn’t a Pelikan pen pouch. The pen is secured by a piece of elastic band. While the special packaging looks pretty cool, it doesn’t add much value to the pen. Instead, the useful Pelikan pouch is not provided, and the elastic band is quite stiff, making it difficult to pull the pen out, or push it back in. I appreciate that it’s a new packaging design and the appearance is attractive. However, the pen box is hard to use, and offers fewer useful features, compared to the regular edition package.

2. Pen Design (9/10):
The Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink is a medium sized pen. The size and weight of the pen are both between the regular M400 and M800 model. When uncapped, the M600 is only slightly longer than the M400. In fact the smaller and shorter M400 nib unit can be installed onto the M600 pens (however, while the M600 nib can be installed onto the M400 pens, the cap cannot be closed properly). Other than the size and weight differences, the M600 model is largely the same as the previously reviewed M400 models, in terms of the construction and function. What’s special for the M600 Pink is the beautiful pink and white stripes on the barrel, and the white coloured resin.

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Personally, I love white coloured pens, and I particularly enjoy Pelikan’s white coloured pens. Just like the previously reviewed Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White, the cap, grip section, and piston knob are white. The pink and white stripes on the barrel are not just plain colours. The stripes have a bit of sparkles on them, and the pink ones also have slight colour variations.
Just like the other Pelikan Souverän fountain pens that have stripes on the pen barrel, the M600 Pink doesn’t utilize the ink windows in the design. However, the material used for the stripes is not as translucent as the other regular edition ones. It’s quite difficult to tell how much ink is left in the pen. In my opinion, the pen would look even cooler, if the white stripes could be translucent. But it’s not a deal breaker.
Even though the M600 Pink is only slightly larger than the M400, it is much more comfortable to use. Personally, I don’t like to post the cap for my pens. And the M600 is a good pen model to be used without posting.
If I have to pick one thing that I wish that can be changed about the M600 Pink, I would prefer to have silver coloured trims instead of gold coloured ones. But overall, I really like how it looks, and how it feels in the hand.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Pelikan’s piston filling system is reliable as always. The M600 Pink holds a decent amount of ink, and the piston operation is smooth and effective. The design and execution here matches well with the price of the pen.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):
This Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink comes with a 14K gold fine nib. The nib writes very similar to the 14K gold ones on the M400/M405 line. It is rigid with only a tiny bit of bounce, but it writes very smoothly and has a generous ink flow. The ink flow is wet enough to help improve the nib smoothness and show off the colour of the ink, while keeping it manageable, so that the pen can be used on more than just the premium quality paper.
Since the nib is fairly rigid, it doesn’t have much noticeable line variation. I think this nib is best suited for anyone looking for a standard nib that has a reliable writing performance. The nib here writes right out of the box, and does not have any issue that needs to be fixed.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
The Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink is a light coloured pen. Any ink left on the pen can be easily seen. However, I find that the material used for this pen is fairly staining resistant. With enough care, the pen can be kept very clean. Pelikan’s well-designed piston filling system makes sure that flushing the pen is almost effortless. The removable nib unit then makes the cleaning even easier.

Summary:

Packaging: 8/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 46/50

The Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink is a beautiful special edition fountain pen. It keeps the classic Pelikan Souverän design, but with a refreshing colour scheme that makes the pen stand out. I am very happy seeing this type of special releases from Pelikan.

The M600 model has a good size for many users. Even though it is only slightly longer than the M400, I can definitely feel the difference and I like the M600 size a lot more than the M400. In my opinion, the pen is a good option for daily writing, thanks to its nib that has an excellent writing performance, and the effective piston filling mechanism that holds a large amount of ink.

 

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Pen Review: Pelikan Classic M200 Cognac

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In the recent years, Pelikan started releasing one special edition M200/M205 model that matches with the Edelstein Ink of the Year. But before that, there were special edition releases representing different themes. The Classic M200 Cognac is one good example.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Classic M200 Cognac
Nib: Stainless steel medium nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Special edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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The Pelikan Classic M200 Cognac is a special edition release, but like many other past special edition Pelikan Classic M200s/M205s, it is presented with just a regular packaging. Considering its price point, I think it’s not a problem to not have anything unique, especially when the regular packaging handles the task just fine. The pen box is sturdy and nicely decorated. Inside the box, the pen is well protected with the provided Pelikan pouch. The overall presentation shows the value of the pen well, while still keeping the packaging material relatively simple. The size of the box is also very reasonable.

2. Pen Design (8/10):
Pelikan’s special edition M200s/M205s tend to be mostly changes in the colour scheme, while keeping the construction of the pen fairly consistent. The Classic M200 Cognac is a good example of it. Compared to the previously reviewed M200 Demonstrator, which is also a special edition, the M200 Cognac is essentially the same pen, just adding a bit of colour to the translucent material. I am personally not against this approach of introducing new special editions, but I certainly hope for more innovations, or at least a more complex set of colours or materials.

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The Pelikan Classic M200 Cognac is a pen in the small to medium size range. The lightweight material makes the pen very balanced in the hand both posted and not posted. The gold coloured trim and the gold plated stainless steel nib match well with the warm brown coloured pen body.

3. Filling System (10/10):
The piston filling system on the Pelikan fountain pens is nearly perfect. It’s hard to find anything that’s equally as good from the non-Pelikan pens. The piston operation is smooth and effective.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):


Pelikan’s stainless steel nibs have excellent consistency in quality. The medium nib installed on this pen is very smooth and has a generous ink flow. There is no issue with skipping or hard start out of the box. It’s a great nib for daily writing.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (9/10):

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The Pelikan Classic M200 Cognac has a very efficient and effective piston filling mechanism. Therefore flushing the pen has never been a difficult task. However, since it’s a demonstrator pen, I pay more attention to the inks that I use with the pen, just to make sure that the pen won’t be stained.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 8/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 9/10

Total: 45/50

The Pelikan Classic M200 Cognac is a special edition release in the Classic line. While the pen shares the same basic designs and functionalities with the regular editions, it is a coloured demonstrator model. Personally, I don’t think that the new finish itself is interesting enough for me to recommend this particular version. But the Classic M200/M205 model can be a great choice for anyone who is looking for a medium-sized, lightweight, and reliable piston filling fountain pen. It is fairly priced, offers a consistent and reliable writing performance, and has an outstanding piston filling system that is hard to find in this price range.

Pen Review: Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst

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Pelikan has a lineup of premium fountain pen inks called the Edelstein. Since 2012, a new colour gets introduced every year, called the Ink of the Year. Starting in 2015, Pelikan also releases a special edition fountain pen with the matching colour, in the Classic M200/205 line. The 2015 special edition colour is the Amethyst. This review is going to go over the details of the Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst.

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Basic Information:
Fountain Pen: Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst
Nib: Stainless steel fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Special edition

1. Packaging (9/10):
The Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst has a simple but adequate packaging, just like any other regular production Classic line fountain pens. There is actually a version with a special packaging, which includes both the pen and the Ink of the Year ink bottle. In comparison, this box seems much more plain and simple, but it’s still a great one.

2. Pen Design (9/10):

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The Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst is a beautiful pen. The overall shape and structure of this pen is identical to the ones that I have reviewed in the past (M200 Black, M200 Café Crème, M200 Demonstrator & M205 White-Silver), but what makes it stand out is the beautiful frosted purple resin. It’s a demonstrator fountain pen, which shows the piston mechanism inside the barrel, the nib inside the cap, and the amount of ink left in the reservoir. But unlike some other clear demonstrators, such as the Lamy Vista or the Pelikan Classic M200 Demonstrator, or the one with the matte surface, the Platinum 3776 Century Nice Pur, the Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst is polished outside, but frosted inside. I really enjoy this wonderful approach. Combining with the silver coloured trims, this pen is very attractive. I really wish that the same finish can be made available on the M805 model.
Other than the special finish, the Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst shares the same design aspects as the other M200/M205 pens. The cap twists off, and posts deeply and securely onto the end of the barrel. The lightweight resin ensures that the weight balance is always excellent, no matter whether the cap is posted or not. The nib unit is interchangeable, so that this pen can be fitted with any M200/M205 stainless steel nib, or M400/M405 14K gold nib, which is one of my favourite features from the Pelikan Classic and Souverän lines of fountain pens.

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Being a lower level model from Pelikan, the M205 Amethyst is not perfect. The seam lines are visible on the grip section. And compared to the metallic cap top from the Souverän line, the plastic cap top looks a bit out of place, considering that the rest of the pen is constructed by either the translucent purple resin, or the silver coloured trims.
Despite the imperfections, I think the Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst has a great design for its price.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Just like any other Pelikan Classic M200/M205 that I have reviewed, the piston filling mechanism installed here is flawless. It has a decent ink capacity. The piston operation is very smooth. And the whole translucent barrel serves as the perfect ink window. If you like a coloured demonstrator, there is not much else to ask for.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):


The stainless steel nibs from the Pelikan Classic line always have high performances. Personally, I think they are among the best in their category. This fine nib doesn’t have much special. It is rigid and it doesn’t offer any significant line variation, but it always writes without any disruptions. Right out of the box, hard start or skipping problems don’t exist on this nib. As a good option for a daily writer, its reliable performance is the key.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
The Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst doesn’t take much effort to clean. The piston operation is smooth and effective. The nib unit is removable for easy access to the ink reservoir. Furthermore, the piston seal is tightly fit, so that unlike what I have experienced with my Omas Ogiva Alba, no ink gets trapped behind the piston seal. Within its price range, there isn’t much else that can compete. The resin used to make the pen will of course see some normal micro-scratches during the daily use. But other than that, there isn’t much to worry about. The build quality of the pen is excellent.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 47/50

The Pelikan Classic M205 Amethyst is Pelikan’s first special edition release that matches the corresponding Edelstein Ink of the Year, and it’s a great one. The M200/M205 model is on the small/medium side for a pen, but it is easy to handle and great for carry around. Other than a few seam lines that are not polished off, and a few decorations that are less fancy compared to the gold nib Souverän model, this pen has a lot of great features. The translucent and frosted purple cap and barrel look amazing, and the smooth piston filling mechanism only makes it even better. Being a special edition and for what it offers, I think it falls into the right price range. No matter if you choose the M205 Amethyst, or any other version from the Pelikan Classic lineup, it will be a great writer.

 

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Pen Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White

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I have reviewed several Pelikan Souverän M400/M405 fountain pens in the past, and most of them are excellent daily writing pens. But in my opinion, none of those colour versions are as beautiful and unique as the one that I am going to review this time. This pen is the Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White
Nib: 14K gold fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Regular edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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This is a regular edition fountain pen and there is no special packaging. But what’s been presented is excellent. The pen box uses solid cardboard, and the white Pelikan pen pouch gives the pen the extra protection. It has pretty much everything that one should expect from a regular edition packaging. The build quality and attention to details are adequate for the price of the pen.

2. Pen Design (9/10):

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The Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White shares the same size and structure as the other M400/M405 versions, such as the ones that I have reviewed before (M405 Black-Blue-Silver, M400 Black-Green, and M400 Black-Red). The pen is in the small to medium size range. But with a light weight construction and a cap that can be easily posted, the pen is quite comfortable to hold, no matter whether it is posted or not. Since I already have a few of the M400/M405 fountain pens, then why would I want to also get this version? It’s because of the colour scheme. The Tortoiseshell-White has the white cap, grip section, and piston knob. The gold plated trims mix well with the overall light coloured pen. However, my favourite design is on the barrel. It’s the light green, yellow, and brown coloured stripes. Unlike the other regular edition colour stripes, which are the green, blue, red, and grey (Stresemann), the Tortoiseshell-White has everything. It is multi-coloured, with no two stripes being the same. The barrel blends in very well with the rest of the pen. The light green and yellow tone is the perfect match with the white resin. For all of the current offerings in the M400/M405 line, the Tortoiseshell-White is my favourite. If there has to be something that I don’t particularly like, then it has to be the trim colour. I enjoy the gold-plated clip and rings here, but silver coloured trims is always my preferred choice. What else do I wish for? If this finish can be made for the M800/M805 and the M1000/M1005 models, that would be a dream come true.

3. Filling System (10/10):

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If you are looking for the best implementation of a piston filling mechanism, then Pelikan is the brand you would like to look at. Even though the M400 model is not Pelikan’s flagship product, the pen still has one of the best piston filling system on the market. The operation is easy and smooth. The ink capacity is high. And the removable nib unit makes it easy to complete a thorough cleaning. Specifically for this Tortoiseshell-White finish, the light coloured barrel stripes find the perfect balance between showing the beautiful patterns on the barrel and serving as an ink window. Among the pens that I’m aware of, that are lower than or in the price range of the M400/M405, I find that no one offers any filling system implementation that is as great. Many of them can’t even compete in any one of the features that I just mentioned.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):


Just like the other regular edition M400/M405 fountain pen, the M400 Tortoiseshell-White is equipped with a 14K gold nib. For this pen I selected a fine nib. The nib writes well out of the box and writes very smoothly. The ink flow is very generous. This 14K gold nib gives a little bit of line variation. It is a bit bouncy, but it’s no way near any nib that offers flex or semi-flex writing. Similar to the fine nib on the previously reviewed M400 Black-Red, this fine nib is on the wider side of its nib size designation. But other than the concern with the line width, this nib is a good choice as an excellent daily writer.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
Being just another version of the standard M400 model fountain pen, this M400 Tortoiseshell-White is as durable as the other ones that I have reviewed. With the same high quality piston filling mechanism and the removable nib unit, there is no problem with the pen cleaning either. One thing to mention is that since this pen uses white coloured resin, when the pen is getting ink fills from ink bottles, the white grip section may have contact with the ink. Compared to the other pens that use darker materials, any ink residual can be easily seen. However, fortunately I find that wiping the ink off the grip section is fairly easy. And the ink doesn’t seem to cause any staining so far, as long as I try to clean the grip section right after the ink fill.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 47/50

The Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White is so far my favourite model in the M400/M405 lineup. I like the finish so much that if it is available on the larger M800 and M1000 size, I will be very happy to get them. Other than the beautiful finish, this pen is not much different from the other standard M400/M405 versions. The design is classic and the performance of the pen is consistently high. Considering its small to medium size and light weight, it’s a great pen to carry around and a wonderful daily writer.

 

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Pen Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red

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When it comes to the Pelikan Souverän series of fountain pen, often the versions with the green or blue stripes appear. These colours can be found in many different pen sizes. Particularly, the Black-Green model is available in M300, M400, M600, M800, and M1000, which essentially is the entire regular production line of the Souverän series. There are also other coloured models that have a solid presence in Pelikan’s regular lineup. The Black-Red is one such model.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red
Nib: 14K gold fine nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Regular edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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The Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red is a regular edition pen. And it comes with the standard packaging for the Pelikan Souverän line. It’s a fairly large box that can be opened by lifting the top cover. The fountain pen itself is well protected in a white Pelikan pen pouch. The design and the materials used for the packaging is adequate for a pen of its price range. I always wish that for different pen models and colours, there can be a bit of variety. But I don’t have much to complain here considering the high build quality.

2. Pen Design (8/10):
The Pelikan Souverän M400 Black-Red has the same dimensions and weight as the two other ones that I have reviewed in the past, the M405 Black-Blue-Silver and the M400 Black-Green. The pen is of small to medium size, and the light weight makes it easy to handle, no matter whether it’s posted or not. The threads on the pen are smooth and they are not sharp. The cap posts securely, and the pen body is well polished. It is not difficult to tell that this is a well built fountain pen.

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What’s different for this version of the M400 fountain pen is the colour scheme. The pen is decorated with red stripes on the barrel. Considering that I already had two M400/M405 at that time, the red stripes was pretty much the main reason why I bought this pen. The stripes are not monotone; with different angles, there are a variety of shades of red reflecting on the barrel. Combined with the gold-plated clip and trim rings, this pen offers a warm feeling. And the contrast between the red stripes and the black resin really makes this pen stand out.

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The Black-Red design is currently available on the M400 and the M600 model. Unfortunately the M800 Black-Red seems to be already discontinued. However if that pen ever gets reintroduced, it will be an easy purchase decision.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Pelikan makes a lot of piston filling fountain pens, and the brand knows how to make it well. This M400 Black-Red has the same high quality piston filling mechanism that can be found in the other M400/M405 pens that I have reviewed. It’s smooth. It’s efficient. It has a fairly high ink capacity. The transparent caps between the stripes serve as the ink windows. I find no other pen model that also has such a great filling system within its price range.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):


The 14K gold fine nib on this pen writes very well. I did not have a very great experience with the fine nib on the M400 Black-Green that I reviewed, but this one writes without any of the issues that I had before. It writes very smoothly without any nib adjustment. My only concern about the nib is that it writes more like a medium nib. I find that Pelikan’s nibs tend to be on the wider side of the nib size designation.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):
I do not find any issue that makes this M400 Black-Red difficult to be taken care of. The materials used to construct the pen is durable, and the pen design ensures that cleaning this fountain pen can be quick and easy. With a piston unit that runs smoothly and a removable nib unit, any fountain pen ink can be effectively flushed out of this pen.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 8/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 46/50

Perhaps the most iconic design of the Pelikan Souverän fountain pens is the green stripes. But the red stripes here can be equally as beautiful, if not more. Personally, I enjoy the writing performance of the Pelikan Souverän M400/M405 fountain pens, and recommend them as excellent daily writers. This M400 Black-Red adds a great colour scheme to the lineup and I really hope that this option can be available on the larger M800 and M1000 sizes.

 

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Pen Review: Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème

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Pelikan in the recent years have been releasing special editions in the Classic M200/M205 line, mostly related to the Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year, or as re-release of past special editions with slight tweaks. While having a special edition that matches with the ink of the year is a cool idea, reintroducing old special releases doesn’t sound that interesting to me. However, this isn’t always the way that Pelikan releases new pen finishes. The Pelikan M200 Café Crème is one good example that has a brand new colour scheme and is quite well received.

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Basic Information:

Fountain Pen: Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème
Nib: Stainless steel medium nib
Filling System: Piston
Production: Speciel edition

1. Packaging (9/10):

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The Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème uses the standard Pelikan packaging for the Classic line. There is nothing that is special for this model. It’s the same box that is used by my previously reviewed M200 Black, M200 Demonstrator, and M205 White-Silver. It’s a cardboard box that can be pulled open. Inside there is a white pen pouch that protects the pen. Considering the price of the pen, the packaging here is adequate. Pelikan’s gift box for the Classic line offers elegant designs, high quality accessories, and does not take a lot of spaces.

2. Pen Design (9/10):
This special edition Pelikan Classic M200 Café Crème shares the same pen construction as the other M200/M205s that I have reviewed before. The resin body makes the pen quite light. The length and width of the pen are both about average. It’s not a big pen, but still comfortable to hold in the hand. The weight balance is well executed no matter whether the pen cap is posted or not. These small to medium size M200/M205 fountain pens offer a good balance between usability and portability.

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The biggest highlight of this special edition is the colour scheme. What’s featured here is a cream coloured barrel, with a dark brown/chocolate coloured ink window. The grip section, piston knob, and cap are made from resin in the dark brown colour. This subtle yet still unique dark brown resin is quite a good choice, in my opinion. Along with the gold-plated trims, the pen represents the “Café Crème” theme well and has a warm feeling. The colours used here are not simple repetition from another version. Instead the whole colour scheme is more or less fresh, and easily distinguishable from the other ones in the lineup.

3. Filling System (10/10):
Pelikan’s piston filling system always works reliably. This pen’s piston mechanism is no exception. It’s smooth and efficient. The barrel holds a lot of ink and the large ink window helps the users check the ink level of the pen without any difficulty.

4. Nib Performance (9/10):


The gold-plated stainless steel medium nib on this pen writes well right out of the box. It doesn’t offer much line variation but still has a lot of springiness. The nib is very smooth but not over polished. I don’t find much issue with hard start or skipping. It’s the perfect candidate for daily writings.

5. Pen Cleaning and Maintenance (10/10):

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Just like any non-demonstrator version of the Pelikan M200/M205 fountain pens, this M200 Café Crème is easy to handle when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. The nib unit is removable, making it very convenient to access the ink reservoir for the detailed cleaning. The piston unit is smooth and powerful enough to clean ink out of the pen quickly.
The resin construction may make the user feel that the pen is light and fragile. But the material is actually quite durable. Other than the normal micro-scratches, I don’t find much extra wear and tear on the pen.

Summary:

Packaging: 9/10
Pen Design: 9/10
Filling System: 10/10
Nib Performance: 9/10
Pen Cleaning and Maintenance: 10/10

Total: 47/50

Among all of the special edition Pelikan Classic M200/M205s that I have, the M200 Café Crème is one of the my favourite. While most of the special editions are just different shades from the spectrum, with a single colour used for the whole pen, or just a different colour on the barrel with the rest of the pen unchanged, the Café Crème has a set of carefully selected colours and actually carries a theme. The choice of colours is up to the personal preference, but at least I really like the cream and dark brown coloured resin used here.
The Pelikan Classic M200/M205 is a good line of pens that offers excellent writing performance, high ink capacity, and relatively affordable prices. In my opinion, this M200 Café Crème is a perfect example to demonstrate what a Pelikan entry level piston filling pen should look like. With the tasteful colour scheme, it’s not just a great daily writer, but one of my favourite Pelikan fountain pens.

 

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