June 4, 2012
Quality; durability; reliability; serviceability: four special concepts that can
always be associated with Pelikan piston-filled writing instruments, and they
certainly apply to the beautiful, well-made M205 series of fountain pens.
When I was an art student back in the early 1970s, I purchased a similar,
steel-nibbed piston-filled Pelikan for $10 and, all these years later, with
careful use and periodic cleaning, that pen still functions as it did the day I
The ten buck Pelikan days are long gone, but you can still purchase a quality
piston-filled Pelikan for a reasonable amount and be certain to have acquired a
writing instrument that will last them a lifetime.
Although it is fitted with a steel nib, and has less 'bling' than the M400
series, the M205 is the same size and has, what appears to be, the identical
piston-filler and the same capacity. I just received a black M205 from JetPens
and, after filling it with Pelikan black ink, it wrote perfectly right out of
the box (no adjustments were needed). The extra-fine nib produces a wet,
smooth, crisp line and the feed provides an excellent flow. This pen is great
for drawing and writing.
Well-made, dedicated piston-filled Pelikan fountain pens are far superior to any
cartridge/converter fountain pen, and, since Pelikan nib units are threaded, the
nib units can be easily removed for cleaning--including thorough cleaning of the
ink reservoir for color changes--or the nib can easily be replaced with another
size. This feature makes the Pelikan eminently more serviceable and adaptable
than a great number of competing writing instruments.
Removing a Pelikan nib unit is easy, and it's not messy if the pen is empty,
although it can be accomplished with a filled pen. Here's how to do it: Hold
the pen barrel with your non-dominant hand and, with your dominant hand,
firmly--but not too hard--grasp the nib by placing your thumb on top of the
metal nib and your forefinger on the feed (under the nib). Next, with your
non-dominant hand, rotate the barrel (do not rotate the nib unit) clockwise to
unscrew the nib unit. Do the opposite, rotating counter-clockwise, to attach.
When reattaching, be sure not to overtighten. Just be sure that it's a snug fit
(perhaps no more than four turns). If you grasp the nib unit with your dominant
hand and rotate the nib unit, you run the risk of moving the nib out of
alignment with the feed. That's all there is to nib removal.
Enjoy your Pelikan!
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