In my Shirtpocket, March 2017: Pelikan M120N (2016) and Pelikan 120 Merz & Krell (1973-1977)



Can you find the differences?


The cap-rings are different.


The piston-knob is longer on the Merz & Krell.


Love this engraving!


Thinner metal in the clip.


The nib is surprisingly a true EF, with a bit of flex, which gives swelling arches…


 See you all in April… 

In my Shirtpocket, Feb 2017: Pelikan M120N and Parker “51” Vacumatic, 1946

The Pelikan is my universial pen for everyday use, but when I’m writing letters I need something special, and why not the classic black and gold Parker “51” Vacumatic from 1946. It’s a special feeling knowing that people before me have used this pen, and who knows what has been written with it…

In my shirtpocket, Jan 2017: Pelikan M120N and Pelikan 400 (1950-54)


From a whim I have made this a New Year’s Resolution: To publish a monthly feature “In my shirtpocket” where one pen is going to be exchanged and a new one presented every month. If short of time perhaps only with pictures, another month perhaps with a presentation and perhaps even writing samples. Sometimes I’m willing to sell the presented pen, but definitely not today. (Even if I have a still sealed DHL package with another M120N with F nib, which I myself have never seen…)

Pelikan M120N and Pelikan 400. Copyright: Lennart Wennberg

The M120N is filled with Sailor Kiwa guro black and the 400 with J. Herbin “Terre de Feu”.

The Pelikan 400 needs no further presentation as it is one of most iconic pens in the history of writing instruments and you can find a lot of information elsewhere. Let me just show an old picture from


2016 In Review: A Look Back At Pelikan’s Line-up

2016 In Review: A Look Back At Pelikan’s Line-up

This article from Joshua Danley’s  excellent “The Pelikan’s Perch” on the Pelikan year 2016 is so beautiful and well written that I want to share it with you all.

The Pelikan's Perch

Pelikan Maki-e Spring and Autumn CapAs we embark on a new year, I thought it would be fitting to look back and reminisce about the products that Pelikan brought to market in 2016.  Many of those releases were rumored late in 2015 and most turned out to be true.  That doesn’t mean Pelikan didn’t show up with a few surprises along the way.  Pelikan, like most companies, is not a fan of pre-release spoilers so I doubt we’ll see the treasure trove of leaked models that became available at the end of 2015.  I suspect that the company has since reminded their vendors of their contractual obligation to not leak info of upcoming releases.  While we may not know what the future holds, we can look back and see that the last few years have witnessed a lot of interesting new designs as well as re-releases of fan favorites.  I think Pelikan has overall struck a good balance though…

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Review: Pelikan M120N special edition Green & Black Fountain Pen (link to Gourmet Pens)

Review: Pelikan M120N special edition Green & Black Fountain Pen (link to Gourmet Pens)

Källa: Review: Pelikan M120 Green & Black Fountain Pen @couronneducomte

Personal comment:

This pen has become my all time favorite for everyday use. The reviews are generally positive, except for the price, but if you do some research you will probably find it for a price not much above the M200.

Pelikan M120N, my new everyday companion 



Pelikan M120N, Copyright: Lennart Wennberg


Pelikan M120N 003

Pelikan M120N, Fine nib. Copyright: Lennart Wennberg


I just want to announce to the world that I at last have found The Pen, it’s my new Pelikan M120N with F nib!

Why, when I have a lot of nice pens of different brands? (And I know I have said these kind of things before…) 
As I am often on the go and cannot spend hours at a proper desk, I need a pen that I always can carry with me.
The M120N meets all my criterias:

I. It fits securely in my shirtpocket, in opposite to larger, or longer, pens like my Parker 51s, my Sailor Realo etc.
II. It writes like dream and is fine enough for smaller writing.
III. The green ink-window is clearer than the gray ones of my M200s and the pen i said to hold 0.9 mL of ink, which is a decent amount.
IV. I love the Retro design.
V. I really appreciate that Pelikan is a company that you, as the smallest of customers, can communicate with. I feel appreciated, respected and valued!
VI. In short, the M120N “sings” for me. I mean I have a lot of good writers, some pens very beautiful, but the M120N is the one and only pen that fills all my criterias, and I feel that this pen will be my lifetime companion. (M200 green marble, comes close I must admit…)

It’s a pity for the nice presentation box, as the pen is never to return to it, but it’s a great reminder that the M120N constitutes a great gift!

Lennart Wennberg

PS: I am a happy customer of MarteModena in Italy, from were I bought this pen.

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