As always, click for bigger pictures...The great people over at Gold Spot Pens (Twitter here) kind enough to do a giveaway and give a few bloggers some Pelikans to test drive. Mine showed up on my doorstop yesterday, I quickly threw in the included cartridge and didn't put this pen down all day. I have owned a few Pelikan piston fillers in the past, but I had forgotten how fun they were to write with and how smooth they are.
Everyone knows there a sheet inside the pen box to write your name on right? This one says "Good pens" and it is mine now so you cannot have it back. Cool feature! So when you close the pen there is a little window that displays your info. You could write "Popsicle" if you wanted.
This pen does not have a clip, but that works for me. I rarely put a pen in my shirt pocket and the raised lettering seems to keep the pen from rolling around anyway. The cool thing is that they are available in 4 colors and nib versions for lefties as well! I love the emails that I get from people saying that "they used that fountain pen in school" or "when they were young." Maintaining fountain pens takes a little discipline and I am happy Pelikan is trying to bring that idea of fountain pens for kids back a little bit.
I was surprised how wet this writes, to me that is a good thing. It lays down a nice fat line of ink that I gladly welcome. The steel nib feels like it could take some abuse without complaining at all when the school kids start using this pen as darts. Saying all that, every fountain pen user should keep one of these in their pen cup and these seem bulletproof. (but I wont be doing any testing of that, these are staying safely on my desk.)