Stockholm, Sweden, April 2017

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:16-20 NKJV

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

 

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Can you find the differences?

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The cap-rings are different.

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

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Love this engraving!

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Thinner metal in the clip.

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

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 See you all in April… 

Review: M120N Green/Black (2016)

A very good review by one of the most productive Pelikan fans on this planet!

The Pelikan's Perch

Pelikan M120N Fountain PenPelikan’s announcement of the M120N in January came as somewhat of a surprise.  The retro release marked the revival of a popular 1950’s school pen, the predecessor of the Pelikano.  Like the original that debuted in 1955, this version keeps the same green-black color scheme and gold-plated stainless steel nib but comes in a larger size and with the added flourish of a unique nib engraving.  What was even more surprising than the pen itself was the price tag attached to it.  Still, these seem to have found their target audience and I have heard anecdotes that sales have been good.  Pelikan expected to very quickly sell out of this special edition release.  I couldn’t resist picking one of these up and after thoroughly putting the pen through its paces, I felt that a review was in order.  Read on to see how this model stacks up to the original 120…

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Pelikan M120N, my new everyday companion 

 

 

Pelikan M120N, Copyright: Lennart Wennberg

 

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Pelikan M120N, Fine nib. Copyright: Lennart Wennberg

Friends,

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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