In my Shirtpocket, April 2017: Pelikan M120N and Reform 1745

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.

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… 

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)

Friends,

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 Pelikan.com.

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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.

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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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