There’s something particularly satisfying about utilizing a flagship pen. You understand you’re keeping something which helped define a brandname: the top of the items makes that brand what it’s. I’ve attempted a couple of of those flagship pens within my day: the Montblanc 149, the Sailor man King of Pen, and, obviously, the Pelikan M1000.
The biggest from the Pelikan Souveran line, the M1000 may be the status pen for Pelikan, using the size (and cost tag) to complement. It’s available in black or eco-friendly stripe acrylic/resin included in the regular production line. Special, limited editions happen to be provided over time too, including demonstrators and maki-e or raden finishes.
Knowing Pelikan pens, you realize the style of this pen too. The cap, made from black resin, includes a 24k gold-plated finial having a laser-etched relief emblem of the mama pelican and her baby. The edges from the finial possess a keystone profile, and hang on the bog-standard Pelikan bill clip. The cap hold a virtually round profile and terminates inside a gold double cap band, the underside band featuring the language PELIKAN SOUVERAN GERMANY.”
The barrel of my pen may be the classic eco-friendly stripe acrylic that Pelikan is famous. The eco-friendly stripes are opaque, however the space together is translucent, enabling you to see ink levels (as long as you have a good backlight.) The barrel, too, is perfectly round and involves a termination in the piston filler knob. The knob itself consists of exactly the same black resin because the cap as well as includes a double band in gold. After that it involves a pleasant, domed terminus.
Looks-wise, Pelikan pens walk that thin line between understated and ostentation. They’re clearly showpiece pens, but many of them—the production line especially—aren’t very flashy or flashy. They will be the weapon preferred by the conservative businessman or businesswoman who desired to communicate status without getting to lean towards the very same boring black cigar-formed pen everybody else has.
Underneath the M1000’s cap, which will come from the barrel in ¾ of the turn, is really a smallish, black section. I normally have a problem with Pelikan’s sections a little because of their lilpution height as compared to the remaining pen. (Seriously, Just slowly move the threads back ½” and you’d solve the issue! I checked within the cap. There’s space!) Around the M1000, the peak from the section is a smaller amount of a problem than you are on the smaller sized-sized pens due to the pen’s overall bigger proportions and longer nib. The section is girthy, suitable for a pen for big hands, but comes with a rather tapered profile to enhance the ergonomics from the grip.
Pelikan’s nib design is among the most breathtaking in the industry, which is proven off and away to full impact on the M1000. Pelikan utilizes a rather unusual (and different for them) nib profile: lengthy and slender, with narrower shoulders along with a shallower curvature. The face area from the bi-color 18k nib is placed with a number of intersecting, elegant, swooping curves. The Pelikan emblem is placed in the center of the nib face together with “18C-570” and also the nib gauge designation—medium within my situation.
Unlike the relatively rigid nib around the smaller sized M400, M600, or M800 pens, the M1000 nib is bouncy nearly to begin being soft. It features a really lovely give that shines on cursive writing and showcases the very best characteristics of shading or sheening inks. This isn’t a flex nib whatsoever, and being 18k, should not be “pushed” to attain line variation. But you’ll visit a natural gentleness unlike every other flagship pen in the major manufacturers except, possibly, the Dreamtouch nib from Visconti, with a similar, although somewhat springier, feel towards the nib around the M1000.
Not so long ago, Pelikan had their nibs produced by the well-known nib manufacturer, A.G. Bock. In the past, Pelikan moved their nib manufacture in-house. While I’ve not existed the hobby for lengthy enough, nor have i got enough knowledge about the nibs after or before the change to make any kind of sweeping generalization, the overall consensus appears to become the proceed to bring the nibs in-house wound up leading to poorer-performing nibs. (A few my sources indicate the return in-house would be a cost-saving measure, although I’ve no real data to assist that assertion.)
I’m able to, in almost any situation, talk to the nib on my small M1000. Regrettably, the storyline isn’t great. It’s an attractive-searching nib, and it has an attractive bounce. It’s not, however, a terribly good author. Pelikan resides in its very own little la-la land with regards to nib gauges. The nib on my small M1000 is really a medium, but authored as they are just like a paintbrush of the double-broad. It was due, partly, that the factory doesn’t grind their nibs to some size even remotely approaching its designation. Nor could they be consistent in gauge from nib to nib. (Existence is sort of a Pelikan medium nib…you don’t know that which you gonna get.)
The nib had other conditions too. To begin with, the tines were wide enough you can push a wheelbarrow with the nib slit, producing a torrential ink flow. The too-spread tines coupled with being over-polished, inducing the powerful baby’s bottom that skipping and difficult starts.
I needed to, after inking the pen the very first time, close-up the tines to slow lower a lot of it flow. This helped a little, and today the nib only writes just like a western broad. It’s still very wet and smooth, but is constantly on the exhibit lesser types of the baby’s bottom problems. Eventually, I required the nib to some nibmeister to get it adjusted and ground right into a cursive italic.
I’ve found it rather unfortunate the nib inside a pen this costly came because of so many problems. Unfortunate, although not surprising. My experience during the last couple of years is the fact that Pelikan QC is becoming really shaky. Sometimes I recieve an excellent author. Sometimes it’s nearly unusable. Consistency and quality no more seem to be the buzzwords they were in the past. Consequently, it’s difficult to assign a name to what sort of Pelikan writes, because what you’ll get can vary a good bit from pen to pen.
The Pelikan M1000 is an extremely costly pen, suitable for its status like a flagship. Pelikan lately elevated its prices considerably, and in america, this pen instructions an astounding MSRP well over $1,000. It’s a solidly-built pen body, with among the best piston-fillers in the market. It’s classic and delicate-searching, with increased personality than the usual Montblanc 149. However for a pen within this cost range, a pen that needs to be shouldering the status of the trademark, the nib issues I experienced about this M1000 were inexcusable. Hopefully Pelikan uses the cash from all of these recent cost increases to take a position more heavily in qc within their nib department.
For now, make an effort to to go forward and obtain a Pelikan. They’re an excellent pen. Just purchase them from the place with a decent refund policy or perhaps a store which will check/adjust the pen before delivering it.