Pelikan M205 Blue Marble

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Pelikan is one of the few companies manufacturing fountain pens known to a lot of people outside our little fountain pen aficionados world. Even folks whose knowledge of the fountain pens is limited to the direction in which to point the nib, had a chance to hear about Pelikan and maybe even see one with their own eyes.

This is because the company promotes its products very skillfully and sensitively and applied reasonable segmentation to their portfolio: school articles, youth writing, premium products. I have a feeling that most fountain pen makers know little about their customers and aren’t really interested in understanding market and their consumers needs (even companies as Lamy – take a look at limiting access to bottled ink because they don’t know there’s interest in them in Europe, Lamy being surprised by amazing success of Dark Lilac color etc). Pelikan is active in social media, initiates a great event allowing company’s fans to meet (Pelikan HUB), organizes competitions allowing consumers to choose next Ink of the year color. to sympathizers of the brand to choose the color the next ink series Edelstein.  I believe only TWSBI tries to engage consumers in such a way, but they work on much smaller scale.

Of course, there’s nothing perfect in the world. Pelikan doesn’t offer too many innovations. They don’t experiment with the nibs (where’s titanium? where’s flex?). It seems their development strategy is based on the customers ready to pay a lot of money for new color variants of old models. Can you blame them? Probably not. They deserve their position on the market.

Pelikan M205

M205 is, basically, the Pelikan M200 without golden accents. Not everyone likes golden trim and Pelican decided that it is worth to offer an alternative for such individuals. Thank you Pelican. I appreciate it. I would never buy one of your GT pens because I sincerily dislike golden accents (with small exception made for amber Pilot Namiki 823). Anyway Pelikan M200 was introduced on the market in 1985. The pen went through some changes over the years, but remains faithful to the tradition and its design remains almost unchanged.

Blue Marbled strikes back

The series 205 Blue-Marbled was once in the assortment and now it is back to drain some pockets.Marbled finish has some serious panache, it’s really cool. It shows a pearlescent (in direct sunlight) mix of different shades of blue, that gives the pen nice depth. In combination with the silver rings and trimmings, the appearance is a well defined.

The cap, section, and piston knob are made from a black resin. There is a single trim ring at the piston knob and the section lacks any ornamentation.  The cap has a single cap band with the inscription “Pelikan Germany”.

Impressions / observations

Pelikan M205 is elegant pen. The same can be said about packaging – a hard box inside a white Pelikan sleeve. Inside the box we’ll find the cream false leather pouch with plastic seals that hold the pen. Underneath the bed Pelikan placed warranty booklet. While it’s not the best box I’ve ever seen I think it’s well done and quite classy. As for the pen itself, well,  I’ve never been the biggest fan of Pelikan pens design. I like to try new things, which is why I bought this pen. A lot of people are impressed with it, so I thought that it would be reasonable to check it myself. After some time of using M205 I can see a lot of the strengths of this model, but its appearance still doesn’t convince me. I find it rather boring.

Blue-Marbled is back again – brighter than ever

The series 205 Blue-Marbled was once in the assortment – now it is back – brighter than before. An intense color of bright blue has the familiar swirl of the well-known Green-Marbled version. It shows a fascinating mix of different shades of blue, that gives the product a certain depth. In combination with the silver rings and trimmings, the appearance is a well defined „wow-effect“ and complements the marbled Elegance series.

The pen is quite small and light, which isn’t bad, especially when you write fast and for a longer time. Chrome-plated elements (ring, clip, end tags) blend nicely with black body.

Te Pelikan logo on the top of the cap is hard to miss. While I really like animals and animal motives I never really liked Pelikan logo. It didnt change. This one is printed with some silver coating and depicts two Pelikans, maybe mother a child, maybe not. I wonder whether the logo stays intact in heavily used pens or if it fades with time? Anyone care to share their experience?

The traditional pelikan’s beak clip is strong and works well, it has a nice swoop at the business end, and it’s very easy to clip the pen to a case, pocket, bag, whatever comes to your mind.

Another feature of the Pelikan M205 is the translucent ink window just beyond the threads in the body of the pen. The smoke colored window looks really nice on black and glossy barrel. In my opinion it does enhance the look of the pen and is functional.

I don’t think Pelikan M205 can be used as every day pocket pen – I may be wrong but the material doesn’t make impression of being veryresistant. I guess Kaweco Al – Sport can be sure it won’t last the place in my pocket.

Nib

Steel medium sized nib gives some feedback. I had two of those pen – first with EF nib that was horrible – stiff and scratchy. I’ve exchanged it for medium and while it writes better, it’s surprisingly dry and stiff. It’s not the first Pelikan steel nib I try and I must admit I find the fact that their nibs lack consistency distrurbing. Example – some time ago a fellow pen enthusiast in Poland organised group buy for Pelikan M205 Cafe Creme. Three people ordered medium nibs – each of those gave different line: one was wet and actually medium, second marked as M wrote like dry EF, third like medium wet fine. It’s a shame, really. I appreciate what Pelikan does for the community but I firmly believe they should focus more on their nibs quality issues / lack of consistency.

Filling system

Inking up the pen couldn’t be simpler— turn the piston knob counterclockwise to push the internal piston in, dip the nib in a bottle of ink, and then turn the piston knob clockwise to pull the piston back and ink into the pen. What to do when you have a sample or there’s not much ink left in the bottle? Use syringe :)

The piston mechanism is smooth and works perfectly well. It can contain around 1,4 ml of ink.

Summary

Pelican M205 is not really a cheap pen – in Poland it costs around 110 dollars. It offers quite a lot – good ergonomics, piston filling system, proven design. On the other hand, I don’t think that this birdie is much better than much cheaper TWSBI 580. Personally, I prefer to write with TWSBI, mainly because it’s larger and more comfortable for me. Also it’s reasonable to rememeber that it’s possible to buy Pilot CH 92 for this price (maybe 10 – 15 $ more) and compared to Pilot, Pelikan feels cheap.
Basically it’s good pen but I’m not in love with the design and the section – the “lip” around the section near the nib annoys me – I usually hold pens very close to the nib. The price is too high. This pen isn’t, in my opinion worth, it’s regular price. Maybe if I really loved the design I would say something else, but for me this design isn’t particularly thrilling. On the other hand the material looks really great in the daylight. It really does.

 

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