The one question people ask me more often
than any other is,
"What is the best fountain pen in the world?" My answer is always - Pelikan
and, more specifically, the Pelikan M800 and its variants.
Since Pelikan made their first fountain pen in 1929, the overall
concept of their quality pen range has changed very little. The traditional design and the
filling mechanism with its enormous ink capacity has stood the test of time and, instead
of being subjected to the whims of fashion, has been content with just a steady refining
and improvement. Secondly, the nib is just outstanding. Whereas other comparable
manufacturers have rolled their gold thinner to extract more nibs per sheet, Pelikan have
continued to manufacture a nib of the highest quality and durability in a wide range of
All the pens on this page are
mint, boxed, new stock.
The Pelikan Hercules is
a Limited Edition of 800 pieces (this piece is No. 047) and celebrates
one of the most famous heroes of classical Greek mythology. This pen has
a fine nib. The box includes a bottle of Pelikan ink. Mint condition
complete with all documentation.
The new Pelikan Majesty is a beautiful pen
fashioned from sterling silver, coated with platinum and with gold plated trim.
It is has 18ct gold two-tone nib with a fine point. The filling mechanism
differs from the other models in that you remove the barrel to access the
filler. The 'crowning' feature is the diamond-cut gold plated ornamentation on
the cap. This mint condition beauty comes in a large presentation box complete
with documents, guarantee, and a black carrying pouch.
A mint, unused Pelikan M800 transparent
green demonstrator. This pen has an 18ct gold nib with a medium point.
The old-style, maroon,
K600 ball pen with the push-button mechanism.
This is the old-style,
black, D600 pencil with the push-button mechanism. It takes a 0.5mm lead.
Pelikan Fountain Pen
Low ink capacity and leaking from the
front end of any fountain pen can often be traced to a faulty filling procedure. It is important that all
pens, including the Pelikan, be filled according to the manufacturers' instructions. What
sometimes seems a minor point in the filling process can often be the key factor in the
pen behaving as it should. Here is the correct way to fill a Pelikan:
Advance the internal piston by
unscrewing the filling knob on the end of the barrel fully to the left. Dip the nib into
the ink until it is fully covered. Turn the knob fully back slowly and evenly. When it
reaches its stop point remove the nib from the ink and turn the knob back a short way to
allow a few drops to fall back into the bottle. Turn the pen so the nib is facing upwards
and screw the knob back to its stop point. Wipe clean with a tissue.
Always remember when using any coloured ink,
particularly black, that these contain more sediment than blue. The pen should
therefore be flushed out with cold water after every two or three fillings to
prevent clogging of the feed channels.