In my Shirtpocket, May 2017: Pelikan 140 (late production) 

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)

https://www.pelikan-collectibles.com/en/Pelikan/Models/Revised-Piston-Fillers/140-Basis/index.html

Spring is here!

PS: I love this Pelikan catalog from 1955!

https://1drv.ms/b/s!AjbXdWseQYLbgdQ5gn1UTJgDbIaz4Q

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.

1950-sidebar-M400

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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Sailor Professional Gear Realo 2010

One Pen to rule them all…

This is my Master Pen, a Sailor Professional Gear Realo. I bought it from www.nibs.com and it is tuned by Mr. John Mottishaw. A pen can’t be much better than this. It writes like a dream. It’s built like a tank. It holds a decent amount of ink. Perhaps it lacks a bit of a personality, but it’s like comparing a Mercedes to a Austin Healey Sprite 1959.

PS: As you can see in the ink window the pen is filled with J.Herbin “Perle Noire”.

 

Sailor PG Realo

Sailor Professional Gear Realo H-M nib

Sailor PG Realo

Sailor Professional Gear Realo, ink window

Sailor PG Realo

My Sailor Professional Gear Realo 2010

Christogram

Fountain pen, Ink and Paper – my recommendations for the novice

As a blogger at WordPress.com you get a lot of information “behind the scenes”. I can see statistics regarding from where my readers are coming, what they are reading and how they have found my blog. One thing is clear. I just have to mention a fountain pen, and it attracts readers, more than my other writings. I assume that many of my readers are looking for their first fountain pen, but don’t know where to start. I’m not a pen-expert but I have found my path in the jungle and that is what I would like to share with you in this post. Different pen-users may have different preferences, but I personally stand behind these recommendations, which I also try to motivate and discuss.

Pen:

Sailor Sapporo

Sailor Professional Gear Slim

As I’ve said before, you can never go wrong with a Sailor Professional Gear Slim, (aka Sailor Sapporo), with H-M, (medium), nib! It is a medium-sized pen of good quality, with a smooth gold nib, that can take ink in Sailor cartridges, or with the supplied converter, just any fountain pen ink from a bottle. Later you may find that you want a bigger pen. Fine, but still you’ll find that the Sailor PG Slim fits perfectly in your shirt-pocket and is easy to bring with you both at work or when you are travelling. As a novice you may find it a bit pricey, but remember, it is going to serve you for many years, perhaps even for the rest of your life.

Sailor 14 K nib

Sailor 14 K, H-M nib

Ink:

Sailor Kiwa-guro, black is a prefect ink for general use. It is pretty fast-drying, non-smearing, light- and water-resistant and will work just fine on any kind of paper without feathering or bleed-through. You may later want inks in other colors. Fine, but this is a very good ink to start with for general use. (If you can read between the lines you’ll understand that not all inks are fast-drying, non-smearing, light- and water-resistant, non-feathering and non-bleeding.) It is regarded as a high-maintenance ink, which only means that you should not leave the pen with ink for a long time as the ink in the pen may dry and cause clogging. (But that is a general rule for any pen and ink.) It is also good practice to rinse the pen with plain water between fillings from time to time.

Sailor Kiwa-Guro

Sailor Kiwa-Guro Black nano ink

Paper:

Now that you have a good pen and good ink, and are thus able to write on just any kind of paper, even cheap office-paper or Moleskine. But if you haven’t used good quality writing paper in your entire life I have a couple of hints: For note-taking and general scribbling, Rhodia is a very good choice. For my personal journal-writing I use Quo Vadis “Habana”. When it comes to writing letters and personal notes I rely on Clairefontaine “Pollen”, paper, envelopes and folded cards. I am especially fond of the ivory color.

Thank you for your attention. Comments and questions are welcome.

Christogram

Pelikan M200 and Sailor Sapporo – two excellent pens

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).

 

Summary:

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.

My two Sailor Sapporos and my Pelikan M200 together

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.

Pelikan M200

The Pelikan has a more cylindrical shape.

Pelikan M200 Clip

The Pelikan clip has the shape of the beak of a Pelican.

Pelikan M200 Nib and ink-window

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!

Sailor Sapporo (Sailor Professional Gear Slim)

Not so good picture but the Sailor’s body is somewhat wider and has a slight torpedo shape.

Sailor 14 K Gold nib

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.

Sailor Sapporo, showing converter

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.

Zoltan Fountain Pen, ca 1958

My brother Leif found this pen for me through an advertisement in a local newspaper in our hometown Umeå. The pen was presented 1958 or 1959 to Miss Gun Jonsson by the Swedish actor Fritiof Billquist (1901-1972). Miss Jonsson was then working at Stora Hotellet in Umeå and the pen was later sent to her from Mr Billquist as a gift of gratitude as Miss Jonsson once drove him to a gig.

The brand Zoltan was a mystery until the Swedish pen-historian, Mr Pär Strand, could tell that this in fact was a Swedish pen, manufactured by the company AB Ingvar Nord in the nearby city of Sundsvall! (OK I think the nib is from Germany.)

The pen is a piston filler and works perfect.

Mr Strand has a couple of Zoltan pens, but if you know of any more exemplars, please tell us.

About the actor: http://akas.imdb.com/name/nm0082600/

The only other reference about Zoltan pens that I know of:

http://www.reservoarpennor.se/index.php?menu=Projekt&page=Svensktillverkat&language=swedish

Zoltan I

Zoltan II

Zoltan III

Zoltan IV

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