Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom @pelikan_company

This is a pen I had saved for and longed for... for a very long time! I don't know why I waited so long to pull the trigger on it once I had the funds saved up! ACK. Love it.
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
ABOUT

Body Material: Resin
Trim: Gold
Length (capped): 4.93"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 4.75"
Length (posted): 5.82"
Barrel Diameter: 0.47"
Section Diameter: 0.36" - 0.39"
Nib material: 14K gold
Weight: 17 g/0.6 oz
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: $349.00USD + nib grind
Where to buy: Nibs.com / Amazon / Amazon


Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
PACKAGING
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
Like the Souverän M600, this Souverän M400 doesn't have the most amazing packaging, but I really don't care because I'm in love with the pen. But if you're into packaging, here is what it is - a solid cardboard box with the faux leather-like case inside that houses the pen itself. There's a strap and plastic emblem around it to secure it. Inside is information about the pen, as always. Not thrilling, but I do keep the little pouch for the pen. It's slim and safe and can be used for other pens as well.

APPEARANCE
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
The Souverän White Tortoise is one of my favourite pens. To me, the colour scheme and design are so elegant.
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
It is the classic Pelikan design - a gold on gold Pelikan logo on the finial, a white cap, section, and end, highlighted by the gold clip, center band, and end rings. 
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
The most striking part is the barrel, of course: an utterly stunning striated amber pearl tortoise that is translucent and captures and reflects light in the most beautiful way. I love it. It takes my breath away.
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
Compared to the Pelikan 400NN Vintage Brown Tortoiseshell

Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom

NIB & PERFORMANCE
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
I'm crazy about this nib. Not only is it attractive - a beautiful, perfectly sized two-toned nib to match the body, but it's a perfectly ground Mottishaw double broad stub. The nib has the Pelikan logo, the nib size and gold details stamped on it, as well as the classic Pelikan swirls on it. I asked Mr. Mottishaw to tune this to be wet - not a gusher but juicy. He delivered perfectly.
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
The nib is smooth, a perfect stub (at least to what I know about stubs), with precise lines that are clean, but also wet and juicy. I absolutely adore this nib. Combined with this gorgeous body, I am in love with this pen. It doesn't skip, it doesn't give hard starts, and I love putting inks that shade in here because it's so wet that the ink pools and the shading is simply stunning. Furthermore, the nib has some spring to it, so not only is there line variation from the double broad stub, you can squeeze out a little more variation with some pressure on the nib.

IN HAND

For my hands, the M400 is a perfect size. I can write with it either unposted or posted. The weight and balance are wonderful for me. The nib is so smooth and juicy that it requires almost no pressure to write, which results in a lovely writing experience. I adore it.
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
It is, of course, smaller than the Pelikan Souverän M600 Red Stripe fountain pen, being the model down from it. 
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom

Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
In the line up of Pelikans, the M400 fits in closer to the smaller end. 
Review: Pelikan Souverän Red M600 Fountain Pen - BB @ThePenCompany @Pelikan_Company
Left to right: Pelikan M1005. Pelikan M1000. Pelikan M800. Pelikan M600. Pelikan M400. Pelikan 400NN. Pelikan 400NN. Pelikan Tradition M200. Pelikan M205 Duo.
PROS & CONS
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
OVERALL
Review: Pelikan Souverän M400 White Tortoise - Double Broad Stub @nibsdotcom
I am madly in love with this pen. If you made me pick one of my favourite pens, this would be one of them. I absolutely love it. I think it's simply beautiful, with the white and amber pearl tortoise, the striking colour combination is just wonderful. That and the juicy nib just makes my heart sing! LOVELY. If you can get your hands on one, and this strikes your fancy, well, I couldn't recommend picking one up from Mr. Mottishaw more! (I have my fingers crossed that Pelikan will release this in the M800 series).

Too small for you? Check out the Pelikan Souverän M600 in red! Or go bigger and check out the M1000 series.

Fancy Something?
Pelikan Souverän M600 Black/Green - Fine
Pelikan Souverän M600 Black - Medium

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