Saturday, February 15, 2014


20140215 pencast pt1

Pelikan M205, detail

20140215 pencast pt2

Pelikan M205

And thus ends the Great Daily Carry Quest of 2014. Already pressed into service, I'm looking forward to giving this one a workout. Thanks to all who offered suggestions and recommendations. This one just hit the sweet spot for me, helped in part by the fact that I have a lot of cartridge/converter pens, of which a vanishing point would be Yet Another. I hate running out of ink mid-meeting, and a pistol fill is just simple enough to make topping up the reservoir a daily ritual.

The Safari is also a surprise favorite, and I'm really glad I picked that one up as well. Maybe it's the size difference, or maybe I'm just not babying it as much as I am the Pelikan right now, but I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would, given that it's (in essence) more of the same sort of thing I already have.

For those crazy about ink, Waterman's "Serenity Blue" is a renaming of their "Florida Blue" color, as near as I can tell. That was the first ink I ever used with the pen that's now been replaced. Not every pen user is a fan of shading in their inks, preferring the lines to come out one single, bold color. Personally, I like the shading, and Florida Blue always shaded like crazy with my writing style. I'm pleased to see it's still doing so from the bottle. Masochists with a good 'net connection should take a peek at that second pen photo in the large size. I may have to save up for an oblique nib, just to spend more time with that color shading.


Unknown said...

What kind of sugarcane paper is that specifically? I particularly like the line colors and the margin.

I'm also finding that I like a bit of tooth. For me, a broad nib on clairefontaine 90g shoots around enough I end up focusing too much on controlling the pen. XD

Bill M said...

Very nice pen, ink, and paper combination. I may need to spring for a Pelikan. I never spent that much on a pen yet. There is always a first time.

Now if Waterman would make Serenity Blue in non-washable. This is my primary ink and so often I get documents ruined because it is not permanent. I like the ink too much to switch.

mpclemens said...

@Nick: It's a Staples brand. I don't see the specific product on their web site, but that's not unusual. It's an "Eco Easy" branded composition book with wide lines and a brown cardboard cover. The labeling says it's 80% sugarcane waste (bagasse) paper. It's the same notebook shown in this blog post.

It looks like they still offer other products like spiral-bound notebooks. You might want to check them out. I like bagasse paper, and had a ream of combination bagasse/bamboo paper turned into some fountain-pen-friendly notebooks for my desk as scratch pads.

@Bill: This is my first "real" pen too, and I'm babying it. Probably more than I should, considering this is the lower end of the line, and after that you're looking at brass barrels and laser-etched bling. The piston-fill and the potential ease of nib-swapping pulled me toward Pelikan, and the good reputation on FPN settled it.

The ink's impermanence is a vote in its favor for use in vintage pens, I gather. You know it's not going to gunk anything up, and a quick wash under water should remove it. I'd look into to Noodler's "bulletproof" inks for water resistance and protection against fading. I'm mostly making notes or edits: nothing so precious that needs to be kept for the ages.

teeritz said...

Congrats on a great pen, Michael. My 205 gets regular use as a daily carry. And the Waterman's Florida Blue is a great shade. No real need to baby this pen too much. It's pretty sturdy, and the steel nib is a little more resilient to pressure than the gold nibs. Enjoy it!

Elizabeth H. said...


Pretty pen. And, since I have its vaguely more traditional sibling(an M200), I have no doubt it will be a faithful and friendly companion.