I’ve owned a few Pelikans, the modern Souverans and some of the older pens, but I don’t really understand the range of Pelikans in the way I do with Conway Stewarts, Mabie Todds or even Watermans.
Take, for instance, this 500. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it to be an upgraded 400, made in the mid 50s. A medium-sized pen at 12.6 cm capped, it is strikingly handsome with its gold-filled cap and blind cap. The barrel is green/black striated and translucent.
It has the nesting Pelikan emblem on the cap top and the traditional Pelikan clip. The gold nib is fine and semi-flexible.
There is a professional personalisation on the barrel. The gold is in good condition and shows no wear. This is a pen with a lot of bling but it is also eminently practical.
It’s a pen that you really want to write with. I’ve had other good Pelikans, early pens with very flexible nibs, but this is the best writer of them all.