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  Quality; durability;..., 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 bought it.
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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