Monday, July 28, 2008

Pelikan M200 Official First Impressions Fountain Pen test on Moleskine

In Moleskine: 06/13/08

Official Moleskine Review of the Pelikan M200

Out of the box - it's small. Smaller than I expected but it fits the hand quite well. Very light. Too lazy and eager to flush it, I filled it with Noodler's black right away. This pen came from Pam Braun, so it is NOT a Binder Mod. This is a fine nib, and it's very thin.

For Comparison: Lamy 2K EF DIamine Imperial Blue
9556 Esterbrook 9556 (Fine) Diamine Imperial Purple
Lamy Safari EF Noodler's Aircorp Blue Black
Lamy 1.1 stub Noodler's Black
Lamy custom Cursice Italic .07? (Pendemonium grind)
Lamy Safari M Noodler's Black

I would not consider this to be "butter" smooth - bit it IS smooth. Will probably be even smoother with a different ink. Iyts smoother than the Esterbrook non, which is very stiff.
I'm not generally fond of gold trim, but on this pen it's not very obtrusive, and it makes it

I can say right off the bat that I like holding it better than the Lamy 2K because the L2K had nothing to grip and it often rotates in my hand. Posted, this pen is the smallest I have. (Edited to add - the Phileas is a smidge shorter, but much fatter)

I like it, but I'm not yet sure if I love it. I'll have to get back to you on that - probably after I flush and fill it with a different ink. :o)

In Apica:

Official Apica CD11 test of the Pelikan M200
Everything writes smoother and thinner in the Apica's

Om Bhoor Bhovas Suvaha Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasaya Dhimahi Dhiyoyona Prachodayaat
...Gayatri Mantra

Noodler's Black ink

Compared against : Lamy 2000 EF DIamine Imperial Blue
Lamy Safari EF Noodler's Aircorp Blue-Black
Lamy 1.1 Stub Noodler's Black

Lamy custom Cursive Italic (.07?( from Pendemonium Waterman Blue-Black
Lamy Safari M Noodler's Black
Esterbrook 9556 FIne Imperial Purple, Diamine

Boy, Is this pen Shiny Black!

07/02/08 Edited to add: Just an added note - I found that after using the pen for a few days, it writes even smoother. Next, I found that the kind of ink I use in it determines how "fine" the nib writes. With Noodler's black, it writes nice and fine. With Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue, it writes a slightly thicker line.

The piston filler initially seemed extremely easy to flush until yesterday, when I flushed the blue out, and once I thought I had it all out, it started to flush out black ink from the previous fill. I guess I should take the time to flush it a little bit better....but it's still a much easier flush than some of my other pens. The piston cap is super smooth and easy to turn.

It is a very sweet little pen. I highly recommend it as a first "good" pen. A logical choice to follow a Lamy Safari.


thethirdrat said...

I've just bought my first Pelikan - M400. It's like being in a different world after a long line of Parkers. I like my handwriting.

Love your blog by the way - I'm trying some Rhodia pads now thanks to you.

One last thing. I'm sure beans are evolving (maybe one day they'll bake themselves), but spiritually? Or do you mean human beans?


Biffybeans said...

Hi Adam, glad that my reviews could be of use to you.

The spiritually evolving Bean? That's me. I'm Biffybeans. The nickname is a long story, but I've been on this accelerated path of personal transformation in the last three years. I'm just about 40, and I'm just now starting to understand a little bit about myself, and about life. Not much, but just a little. :o)

thethirdrat said...

Personal transformation? Sounds intriguing. I assume you don't mean like the Hulk? You got a couple of years on me (just) so I guess I still have time to transform.

Love the blog. Love the artwork too. It has a kind of curly geometry to it. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

I'm a printmaker that loves to draw and enjoy fountain pens as well. I have many moleskin sketchbooks filled with fountain pen drawings. Just got a Pelikan M200 with italic nib (for writing) the line isn't as varied as I had hoped but writes beautifully smooth. My favorite pen for drawing is a Namiki Falcon. Its a wonderfully responsive and smooth drawing pen.
Enjoying your blog.

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