Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Broad @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company

This Pelikan Tradition M200 clear fountain pen was sent over by Ron from The Pen Chalet for me to review! Thanks Ron! I very much fancy clear pens, despite my OCD about keeping clear pens looking clear. I'm getting over that. ... Anyway. Onwards ho!
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De

Body Material: Resin
Trim: Gold
Length (capped): 4.87"
Length (uncapped nib-end):
Length (posted): 5.87"
Barrel Diameter: 0.5"
Section Diameter: 0.35" - 0.38"
Nib material: 14K gold plated steel
Weight: 11.34 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: $156.00USD
Where to buy: Pen Chalet


Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
The packaging for this pen is straight forward and pretty bland, but that doesn't surprise me at this price point. It's just a dark blue hard case, with the pen held down with the elastic and satin ribbon on a plastic felt bed. You'll also receive your pen's guarantee information. The box doesn't make the Keep It cut for me.


The M200 is one of the smaller of the Pelikan series, but it's just as gorgeous as any of the other Pelikan fountain pens. The clear, polished resin provides a great view of the piston-filling mechanism of the pen. The clear resin is perfectly complemented by the gold trim of the rings and pelican beak clip. The section is small, with a slight flare towards the nib. The gold nib sits is a good size for the pen, aesthetically; not too small.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
This M200 nib is a 14K gold-plated stainless steel nib. It's not as fancy as the nibs on the Souverän series; it lacks the swirlies and flourishes, and instead has just the slit, the breather hole, the little Pelikan logo, Pelikan, and the nib grad written on it. I prefer the Souverän nibs and think one of those nibs would make this pen look even better, but alas.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
I inked up with Diamine Havasu Turquoise and gave the pen a go on Clairefontaine paper. The nib lays down a nice broad line that is quite wet. The feed keeps up well, and there is some decent line variation to this nib. The nib has some spring so with some pressure, you'll see the variation easily. In this regard, the pen and nib performs as well as Pelikans in the Souverän series, which impresses me.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De

The pen is light and comfortable, and posts well. As such, it's pretty nice to use for both shorter and longer writing sessions. I have always liked Pelikans, even the bigger models (such as the M1005). The piston is plastic, unlike the brass piston on the M1005, so where this pen could be made heavier, it isn't. Of course, this is a function of the price as well.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
Compared to a Lamy Safari, it looks kind of small, doesn't it? Those who have large hands or just prefer bigger pens, steer clear.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De
It's fun to write with this pen: the nib is smooth, juicy, springy, and enjoyable.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De

One great thing is, like other Pelikans, the nib unit can be screwed off and interchanged for another unit. A huge plus! And makes for very easy cleaning of the pen.
Review: Pelikan Tradition M200 Clear Fountain Pen - Fine @PenChalet @Pelikan_Company @Pelikan_De


I think this is a lovely pen - aesthetically, it's very appealing to me because I love clear pens, and the warmth and richness of the gold brings even more to it. As I also own the Pelikan M1005 clear fountain pen, I miss the weight, but it's hard to complain about such things when considering the difference in the prices. With the springy, juicy nib, the M200 is very fun to use! And pretty much every ink looks good in it, which is a bonus.

I received this pen free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.

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Lili said...

I have had this pen for a while. It is so reliable. Never hesitates even after sitting for a few days. Smooth writer. My nib is M, and I don't get the wet variation you are getting. I really like this pen as you do. I was able to get mine for just less than $100. I see it now for $117. So worth it.

Shirley Furby said...

It disappoints me to find a gold plated nib on a pen at this price point. When I first saw the pen I thought TWSBI,OOPs. I would hate for my $150 dollar pen to be mistaken for a $50 pen. This pen in black with the silver rings seems classier. I like Pelikans, great quality a little over priced. Thanks for an informative review,brthr Shirl

Denise Rogers said...

I have this pen and love it. The nib is springy, as you say, and the size and weight of the pen is perfect for my hand. I paid about $100 for mine at Dromgoole's.

Peninkcillin said...

Oh my, that nib is really, really thick! Looks more like a BBB.

Dries Pencilcaseblog said...

If you really want a swirly souveran nib, you can put an M400 nib in it. It's a serious investment since this is the entry-level Pelikan, but it looks great! You can get them from nibs.com.

Azizah Asgarali said...

NEVER! Not thick enough lol

Azizah Asgarali said...

Ohhh yes yes I saw that... It is a serious investment but sigh... it's such a pretty option...

Azizah Asgarali said...

Great price. I love Dromgoole's. I think it's an excellent pen, especially for the price, and it has so much going for it!

Azizah Asgarali said...

Very fair point - but then their Duos are the same price and have steel nibs. You are right though, the black one with silver rings is classier, although I believe a little more expensive? Nice writers though.

Azizah Asgarali said...

The broad is pretty good on variation. I also selected a wet ink to help out. :) Maybe give it a flush with some soap and water too, just in case the feed has something left in it from production, that might help the ink flow and get you wetter flow as well! Great pen. I'm so glad others enjoy theirs, too, it means my recommendation is solid and backed up by others!

Juna said...

What is the other lovely lovely clear fountain pen, the top one..??
..in the 1st comparison pic halfway down https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3906/14439190016_11ed3ae388_z.jpg

fab blog btw, great info and photography

Azizah Asgarali said...

Thank you so much! I'm very glad you enjoy it here :) That is a Franklin-Christoph Model 40 Pocket fountain pen - it can be used as an eyedropper (as I've done here) but also comes with cartridges should you prefer!

Tanja said...

I want it. *adds to want-list*

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