Sometimes when one is thinking of friends, or pens, it is easy to forget those who always have been there for you, like this pen that I have been using daily at work for the last ten years. I’m using it for signing documents, and for writing fancy retirement- and birthday cards…
The ink is my choice for this summer:
J. Herbin “Vert Empire”
See you in August for another pen…
For some reason I’m very fond of the torpedo-shaped Pelikans, and if it is a vintage pen, just better.
My 140 is of a late production with a narrow clip, engraving on the cap band and no Günther Wagner on the body.
For more information: (From Herrn DOMINIC ROTHEMEL’S excellent Pelikan site)
Spring is here!
PS: I love this Pelikan catalog from 1955!
My Pelikan 120 Merz & Krell has been on a diet! Sorry, just joking. It’s another excellent German piston-filler, a NOS school-pen. I use to buy them in a bunches of ten pens from seller adrika0202 on Ebay. They are cheap and reliable with springy F-nibs. I use them as give-away pens, and at work. But, as they are old, the pistons are often stiff and need lubrication with pure silicon grease. If you cannot do it yourself, ask the seller about it, or someone who can do it for you.
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…)
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 Pelikan.com.