Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review: Pelikan M205 Classic Amethyst Fountain Pen @AppelboomLaren

Thank you to Appelboom for sending this pen out for review! As it's the same model as the Café Crème, I may repeat myself a little. The focus here is on the different (steel, not gold-plated) nib, and the color of the pen, along with its performance.
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PERFECT PAIR: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2015 Amethyst
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ABOUT

Body Material: Resin
Trim: Metal
Length (capped): 125.3 mm/4.93"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 121.3 mm/4.77''
Length (posted): 148.2 mm/5.83''
Barrel Diameter: 9.5 - 11.7 mm/0.38'' - 0.46''
Section Diameter: 9.1 - 9.9 mm/0.36'' - 0.39''
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 12 g
Weight (cap): 4 g
Weight (body): 8 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: € 125,00 (Excluding VAT: € 103,31)
Where to buy: Appelboom Pennen
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PACKAGING
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The packaging is a hard box inside a white Pelikan sleeve. The box had a faux wood base and a silver-grey lid. Inside, the faux cream leather pouch with red plastic seal holds the pen. The pouch sits on a plastic bed. Underneath the bed, there was the Pelikan warranty booklet.

APPEARANCE
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The M205 Classic Amethyst is cute and not too big. It has a round body with slightly rounded-off ends. The finial is a silver-on-black Pelikan logo. The chrome colored clip is attached externally. It is the pelicans bill clip, like other modern Pelikan clips. The center band is simple and thin - engraved with Pelikan Germany.
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The section is small, narrowing towards the nib before flaring out into a lip. There is no ink window because the whole pen is clear enough that you can see through it. The entire pen is a kind of cloudy deep purple. It looks like the color was based on the darker parts of amethyst stones.I was expecting a more polished, clear purple, so it's not that I dislike the color - it's just not the color of purple I was expecting!
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NIB & PERFORMANCE

The fine steel nib has a single slit and breather hole. The nib is engraved with Pelikan, the Pelikan logo, and the nib size.
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One of the things I love about this series by Pelikan is the nibs perform really well. This fine was fairly wet, quite springy, did not hard start or skip, was reliable and consistent, and relatively smooth. It's a great nib to start with, if you don't know what kind of nib you like, or what nib size you want.
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I think the spring in the nib is a lot of fun, and the feed kept up well with a little bit of pressure, and with fast, long writing sessions.  It's a great daily carry pen, and everyday writer.

IN HAND

The clip was nice and springy - it was easy to operate one-handed. The pen was also lightweight enough that the clip could handle the weight of the pen.

The section, although small, was comfortable with its pinched shape. The lip at the end helped keep my grip in place. I did not find it slippery at all, nor did I find the threads at the end sharp or uncomfortable. I like the size and shape of the section and the pen in  my hand.
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Unposted, the pen was lightweight and comfortable. It is on the smaller side, but was well-balanced in hand. The cap posted by friction, seating deeply and securely. Posted, the pen was still well-balanced and comfortable, and the added length made the pen more usable for longer writing sessions.
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PROS & CONS
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OVERALL

As I have said about the Café Crème:
This is a pretty, relatively affordable fountain pen that offers a lot: a piston-filler, interchangeable nib units, and a really pleasant, pretty springy nib. I really enjoy this series because not only do you get all that, but the nibs also fit the M400 series. I think these are great pens to start with, collect, or explore your fountain pen/nib tastes with!
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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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