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Body Material: Resin/Cellulose Acetate
Length (capped): 122.6 mm/4.83"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 116.3 mm/4.58"
Length (posted): 155.9 mm/6.14"
Barrel Diameter: 11.7 mm/0.46"
Section Diameter: 9.2 mm - 10.0 mm/0.33" - 0.36"
Nib material: 14K Gold
Weight: 14.7 g/0.52 oz
Fill type: Piston-filler.
Price: €475.00 (excluding VAT. €392.56)
Where to buy: Appleboom
Inside is a bottle of Pelikan 4001 ink in blue, but the bottle is very cool, written in script to match the box. The ink is nestled in a faux wood cardboard bed, surrounded by a cream faux leather. There's a slant where the Pelikan pouch is, wrapped in brown satin ribbon. Below it is the Pelikan guarantee booklet. Inside the pouch is ... the pen!
This 14K yellow gold medium nib is one of Pelikan's smaller nibs. It follows Pelikan's vintage style and is not so elaborate: It's a beautifully polished nib with Pelikan 585, 14K written on it, along with M for medium. Pelikan is written in a pretty script. I love how the nib shines.
Unposted, the pen is so comfortable. I love holding it - it's just the perfect size for me! It's not too wide, it's not too long, and the weight and balance are perfect. The cap doesn't post very deeply, but it doesn't throw off the pen's balance when it is posted. In fact, I rather love it! It's still well-balanced and well-weighted. I use it both ways and I love it.
PROS & CONS
While I think this is a really pretty pen, and I LOVE how comfortable it is to use, I was disappointed by the hard starting nib, and by the appearance, because I was expecting the breathtaking beauty of my M400 White Tortoise, or of the vintage tortoiseshells that I long for. They did a good job of recreating the vintage look of the previous models, but I like those better. If this had a flex nib though...