Pelikan M200 Official First Impressions Fountain Pen test on Moleskine and Apica Notebooks

In Moleskine: 06/13/08


Official Moleskine Review of the Pelikan M200


Out of the box - it's small. Smaller than I expected but it fits the hand quite well. Very light. Too lazy and eager to flush it, I filled it with Noodler's black right away.


This pen came from Pam Braun, so it is NOT a Binder Mod. This is a fine nib, and it's very thin.


For Comparison: Lamy 2K EF DIamine Imperial Blue

9556 Esterbrook 9556 (Fine) Diamine Imperial Purple

Lamy Safari EF Noodler's Aircorp Blue Black

Lamy 1.1 stub Noodler's Black

Lamy custom Cursice Italic .07? (Pendemonium grind)

Lamy Safari M Noodler's Black


I would not consider this to be "butter" smooth - bit it IS smooth. Will probably be even smoother with a different ink. Iyts smoother than the Esterbrook non, which is very stiff.

I'm not generally fond of gold trim, but on this pen it's not very obtrusive, and it makes it


I can say right off the bat that I like holding it better than the Lamy 2K because the L2K had nothing to grip and it often rotates in my hand. Posted, this pen is the smallest I have. (Edited to add - the Phileas is a smidge shorter, but much fatter)


I like it, but I'm not yet sure if I love it. I'll have to get back to you on that - probably after I flush and fill it with a different ink. :o)



In Apica:


Official Apica CD11 test of the Pelikan M200

Everything writes smoother and thinner in the Apica's


Om Bhoor Bhovas Suvaha Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasaya Dhimahi Dhiyoyona Prachodayaat

...Gayatri Mantra


Noodler's Black ink


Compared against : Lamy 2000 EF DIamine Imperial Blue

Lamy Safari EF Noodler's Aircorp Blue-Black

Lamy 1.1 Stub Noodler's Black


Lamy custom Cursive Italic (.07?( from Pendemonium Waterman Blue-Black

Lamy Safari M Noodler's Black

Esterbrook 9556 FIne Imperial Purple, Diamine



Boy, Is this pen Shiny Black!


Pelikan M200 from Pam Braun $57 + $6 shipping


07/02/08 Edited to add: Just an added note - I found that after using the pen for a few days, it writes even smoother. Next, I found that the kind of ink I use in it determines how "fine" the nib writes. With Noodler's black, it writes nice and fine. With Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue, it writes a slightly thicker line.


The piston filler initially seemed extremely easy to flush until yesterday, when I flushed the blue out, and once I thought I had it all out, it started to flush out black ink from the previous fill. I guess I should take the time to flush it a little bit better....but it's still a much easier flush than some of my other pens. The piston cap is super smooth and easy to turn.


It is a very sweet little pen. I highly recommend it as a first "good" pen. A logical choice to follow a Lamy Safari.

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