If someone would ask me to recommend a good fountain pen that wouldn’t cost a fortune but last a lifetime, two pens would come to my mind: Pelikan M200 and Sailor Sapporo, (also called Professional Gear Slim).
You can never go wrong with a Pelikan M200, F nib, or a Sailor Sapporo, M nib, as a first serious fountain pen! Period.
Here on this first picture you see the two models together. Mine are black, but remember there are a lot of colors to choose from, especially with the Sapporos.
First a disclaimer:
- The opinions expressed in this post are my own, and based on my own observations.
- I’m not affiliated with any pen manufacturer or seller.
Pelikan and Sailor are two of the most respected pen-makers in the world. No one would disagree with that. The Pelikan pens are made in Hannover, Germany and the Sailor pens in Hiroshima, Japan. The hallmark for Pelikan is the piston filling system that is used in Pelikan pens from 1929 and the Sailor pens are famous for the quality and performance of their nibs.
Both pens are the entry-level pens in their series of “fine writing”. The emphasis is on what they are made for, writing, and not on “bling” and flair.
Both pens have a shirt-pocket friendly size.
Both pens have very good and sturdy clips.
The Pelikan has a more cylindrical shape.
The Pelikan clip has the shape of the beak of a Pelican.
The nib is made of steel. Here you can see the ink level and get a hint of its big ink capacity.
One big feature with Pelikan is that the nib and feeder is in one unit and could easily be exchanged by the user. You can buy nib-units separately!
Not so good picture but the Sailor’s body is somewhat wider and has a slight torpedo shape.
The famous Sailor gold nib. On this model it is 14 K Gold. It writes like a dream.
I’m currently using the M200 on the go as I’ve found the Sapporo’s ink capacity too low so I had in fact to carry two Sappororos.
The Sailor nibs are generally, out of the box, better than the Pelikan nibs. Wet and smooth and with controlled ink flow. But Pelikan nibs can, with or without adjustment, be just as good as a Sailor nib.