Pelikan Tradition M150
March 5, 2015 12 Comments
Several years ago I bought a Pelikan Souveran M400. It cost about four times as much as this little pen but it was nowhere near as well presented. I know you don’t write with the box but I’m impressed, all the same. Underneath the usual white paper sleeve is a box made of imitation crocodile or alligator or some such snappy beast. Inside that there are three bottles of Pelikan ink and a spectacle-type box containing the pen.
The Tradition M150 is the smallest pen in the Pelikan range and it has a gold plated nib. Where Pelikans are concerned, I don’t find a great deal of difference between the gold and gold plated nibs. They tend to be stiff anyway. I suppose it depends where you shop but the M150 goes for between £50 and £60. Pelikan’s piston filling system ensures that the pen takes up a lot of ink. Pelikan has been doing this since 1929. Why change perfection? Though it’s a comparatively small pen, I find it quite comfortable to write with.
In black with a green ink view window, the famous Pelikan clip and a single cap ring, this is a reserved, understated pen. It is reminiscent of much earlier Pelikan models. I think that conservatism is a large part of its charm. Of course, Pelikan does make many other models, some of which are anything but traditional, but it’s nice that you can still get a pen like this.
My assistant approves. She says she could have a lot of fun with a pelican.