A True German Classic, the Pelikan 140

24 03 2016

Ok, here’s the back story concerning today’s new acquisition. Back in the late 90’s, I purchased a Pelikan M200. It was my first purchase of a new “premium” pen. I had been given another premium pen, a Mont Blanc 144 as a college graduation gift in 1988. That pen still holds great sentimental value for me, but it was never a great writer, and has had multiple problems through the years. The Pelikan, on the other hand, was a fantastic writer and was obviously a higher quality pen from a construction point of view. Although the Mont Blanc featured a solid gold nib, and the Pelikan’s was steel with gold plate, there was no comparison in the writing experience between the two. Let’s just say the Mont Blanc was, lacking….

Now move forward to a couple of weeks ago. There was a give-away contest for a limited edition yellow Pelikan M200 through the Fountain Pen Network group on Facebook. I entered, and promptly forgot about it. Several days later I was notified that I had won the pen. Wah Hooo!! I received the pen, and (duh) it was fantastic! Like my original, it had a fantastically smooth, medium gold plated steel nib. Absolutely lovely.

 

Winning this new Pelikan re-ignited a desire I’ve had for a long time, and that was to acquire a vintage bird. So off to eBay and the internet to do some research.

 

Now cut to today. I won an auction on an early production Pelikan 140. Let me say this right now. I’ve been collecting fountain pens for over 20 years, and I’ve bought a lot of them on eBay. I’ve dealt with good sellers and bad. This was THE BEST EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD with an eBay seller. He shipped quickly, packaged the pen expertly, and included several extra goodies in the package besides my pen. Nice goodies! I don’t want to go into detail about said goodies, as I don’t know whether he does this sort of thing with all the pens he sells. But let’s just say I will be buying from this guy again, sometime in the future. The seller’s eBay identification is sargetalon. He’s actually Joshua Danley with “The Pelikan Perch”, http://thepelikansperch.com .

 

I’ll be doing a detailed review of the pen soon, But here’s the basics. It’s awesome. Yeah, that just about covers it. It’s just plain friggin awesome. As great as the M200 steel nibs are, this thing eclipses  those. It’s a solid 14c gold medium nib —- with flex. Oooooooh. And the smoothness! It’s juicy and wet. Like writing on a melting ice cube smooth/wet.

 

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The Pelikan Has Landed

16 03 2016

There really are kind people in the world. That may seem like a “duh” statement, but it seems we ju20160316_143955.jpgst don’t run into kindness – real kindness – in today’s society too often. Certainly, not often enough.

A few years ago, the church I go to (shout out Vineyard of Lexington!) did a series on kindness and “paying it forward”. It was a sermon series that really hit home for me, but at the time, I couldn’t do much to act on it. Oh, I could be kind, sure, but at that time, I had just been laid off from my job, facing bankruptcy, and just scrambling to try and hold things together. Now skip forward 6 years, I’m in a new career, and things are much better. I do try to be kind, but alas I’ve failed to do much paying it forward. Thanks to Erin Gooch with the Fountain Pen Network group on Facebook, I had the opportunity to participate in a little pay-it-forward kindness this week.

Early last week, Erin posted pictures of a limited edition yellow (and I mean Y  E  L  L  O  W) M200 fountain pen. Very eye-candy-catching pictures. Turns out it was for a give-away contest she was doing for that pen. Note, I said she was doing, not some company she works for. Just her. All you had to do to enter was comment on the pictures; she would choose the winner at random from among those folks who had commented. The winner would receive the pen. But wait……here’s the REALLY cool part. A second name would also be drawn, and the 1st winner had to agree to send the 2nd winner some kind of pen themed package. So I commented.

You see where this is going, don’t you?

I won.

Here’s what came in the mail today:

 

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Sah-Weet!!!!

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Winner #2 was Xi Lu, from India. After some correspondence, I found out that he hadn’t yet had any experience with vintage pens, so he’s got something coming….. I started to post pictures of his care package, but that would ruin his surprise as it hasn’t had time to reach him yet. Once I hear from him, I’ll post those as well.

So to Erin Gooch over on Facebook / Fountain Pen Network group,

THANK YOU!!