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!!





My Top Five Pens

22 02 2015

My Top Five Pens…..For Right Now….

Ok, this is just for fun. I’m interested in what your favorite pens are. Please, if you read this, leave a comment below as to what your current (up to 5) favorite pens are. Mine are kind of fluid. If I had made this list 5 or 6 months ago, it would have probably all been different. Here are my five (in no particular order)……for right now:

Kaigelu 316

There were sev20150213_212031.jpgeral Chinese pens I considered for this list, but right now the Kaigelu comes up on top. A copy of the modern Parker Duofold, it features a super smooth #6 size two-tone nib, that is very smooth and wet. One of the higher quality Chinese pens and one of the more expensive ones (for Chinese pens that is). You can find these from $18 to $30. But easilly comparible to $75+ pens.

Pilot Metropolitan

Pilot is a Ja20140827_144914.jpgpanese company and produces a wide range of pens from economy (like the Metropolitan) to high end. Just my humble opinion, but I would label this pen as the finest economy penmoney can buy. It does have it’s faults, but they are mainly opinion based and not materially relevant (i.e. the fact that it takes a proprietary cartridge and converter instead of standard sized ones). I have two of these pens and based on them, I would pit the writing experience with their nibs (fine & medium) against ANY other pen. Easily the best fine point I’ve ever used. VERY high quality pen.  For $15. You can’t beat it.

Blue Esterbroo2014-08-24 17.39.30.jpgk Dollar Pen

My only vintage pen in my top 5. Which, if you knew me, is quite surprising. Esterbrook is probably my favorite of the vintage pen companies (followed closely by Sheaffer) for collecting. Their pens were/are beautiful, durable, and of high quality. This is a “Dollar” pen which preceeded the more common “J” pen. This has a 9668 nib. Smooth, firm writer. Dependable and beautiful.

2014-05-12 14.35.53.jpgNoodlers Konrad in California Tortoise

 I picked up 3 Noodlers pens last year, an Ahab and two Konrads. The Ahab I was so-so about, but this Konrad was a different story. Piston fillers, they hold a lot of ink, and that’s needed. Because as they are flex nibs, these things DRINK the ink. I don’t really utilize the nib’s abilities too often in terms of coaxing a lot of line variation when I write. However, it’s still a superbly smooth writer for everyday work.. And cheap too at about $20.

IMAG0387.jpgPelikan M200

 I only have 2 pens from “high end” companies, a Mont Blanc and a Pelikan. Both are the entry level pens for their companies, the MB 144 and this pen, the Pelikan M200. This is a FANTASTIC pen. The Mont Blanc…is not. My only quibble about this pen is the aesthetics of the nib. It’s a steel nib (and it’s awesome) with gold plate or electroplate. And it looks like electroplate. I have a lot of other far less expensive pens with plating, but they look like gold. Other than that, there is nothing I can say negative about this pen.

Well, that’s my top five for now. Next month may be different. Let me know what yours are!