Pelikan M120 Iconic Blue Special Edition, M101N 14K Extra Fine, inked with Montblanc Emerald

I resisted the temptation to add another Pelikan model to my collecting scope for almost two years. I did so well but immediately failed when I saw images of this pen, the M120 Iconic Blue Special Edition. It is the second release in the M120 range, the first being a Black cap with green body version released in early 2016. (I have one of those on the way to me at the moment as well). The original M120 peens were sold between 1955-1965 and were classed as a 'school pen'. What really grabbed me was the minimal look of this pen with no blind cap bands and the lack of bling about the pelikan symbol in the cap top. This pen is slightly longer than a M200 when capped and is exactly the same length uncapped. It is a very light pen being all plastic. 


The M120 came with a very nice looking gold plated steel fine nib. I have made arbitrary decision not to use steel nibs in my pens so this nib will be sold off at some stage. I intend to pair this pen with my range of M101N, M250 and M400 single tone gold nibs. First up for this pen then is my M101N 14K Extra Fine nib that came with my Bright Red SE. It unlike most of my modern nibs writes with a line width that does reflect its stated size.


On the same day as buying the pen I picked up two new release Montblanc inks. The first of these is the simply named Emerald. It is their ink colour of the year and comes in there recently enlarged 50ml square bottles. 


Swabbed on 52gsm Tomoe River paper. Not that impressed.


A serviceable but ultimately underwhelming ink colour, probably not helped by an extra fine nib. I can't say I am a fan.