Pelikan M200 Blue Marbled, M250 14K 0.7mm CI, inked with Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape

My M200 Blue Marbled fountain pen is a real workhorse. It never gives me any trouble even though it cops are the sparkly and ‘harsh’ inks.

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This nib arrived in my collection on the same day as the M200 Blue Marbled. This superb 0.7mm cursive italic started my fascination with Richard Binder ground nibs and was the first of eleven nibs custom ground by him that I own.

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Baystate Blue gets all the comments but this is the other ink in the range. It does not have vibrance of the Blue but it is a nice bright violet. This ink exhibits slight shading and zero sheen from this cursive italic nib.

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Pelikan M200 Blue Marbled, M250 14K 1.1mm Music, inked with J.Herbin 1670 Edition Anniversaire Emeraude de Chivor

The M200 in Blue Marbled is one of early Pelikan purchases being in my collection some seven years and four months. The Blue Marbled is one of only two  pens in my collection (M205 Yellow Demo being the other) that I choose to use with the J.Herbin 1670 sparkily inks.

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The M250 14K 1.1mm Music nib arrived in my possession the very same day as the M200 pen above. Used today for the 20th time today it is a grind from a BB by Richard Binder - setup to write very wet with the nib thinned slightly to give just a touch of flex. It is a lovely nib to just doodle with. 

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The scan of the writing sample below doesn't do this ink justice. In real life it is a beautiful emerald colour with red sheen outlines, lovely shading, and a gold fleck overlay. This ink is the best sparkily ink I own no question.

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Pelikan M200 Blue Marbled, M400 14K Broad, inked with Noodler's American Eel Cactus Fruit

The return of one of my two M200 series pens, the Blue Marbled is M400 sized so it is light and pocketable. This pen and its Yellow Demonstrator sibling has the lowest ink rating in my collection so are usable with all but the Baystate inks.

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The stubby broad that original entered my collection with the pen I inked yesterday. It is an average performing nib - one day I might get it ground to something more interesting.

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Another of Noodler's American Eel lubricated inks. I am not certain if they really do anything much.

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A vibrant magenta that shades slightly from this broad nib. It certainly stands out on the page. I might use it to markup documents at the office tomorrow.

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Pelikan M200 Blue Marbled, M250 14K 0.9mm CI, inked with Visconti Burgundy

A new year dawns - 2017 - a prime number - prime number years have been very good to me in the past so heres hoping.

The first pen into rotation for the year was added to my collection during the last prime numbered year - 2011. The M200 Blue Marbled is a pretty blue workmate-like pen being the same size as the M400 so quite light and very pocketable. I have no fear inking up this pen with anything short of the Baystate inks. 

It makes me sad that I didn't buy more of these M250 custom grinds by Richard Binder - they were so reasonably priced and in my opinion Richard is the master of the crisp yet usable cursive italic grind. This version in 0.9mm width is a joy to use.

I altered my algorithm for the new year thereby forcing products from some of my less recently used ink manufacturers to the top. While I don't own a single Visconti pen (I have been so tempted many times), I own all of their standard inks, all but the blue in glass bottles. Visconti bottles are pretty distinctive in shape but that shape (narrow base), scares me especially when trying to ink up a big Pelikan.

Visconti Burgundy is an OK performer, some shading in the downstrokes from the broad cursive italic but not much more. It will be safe in all pens and is not waterproof. My expectations are possibly more unreasonable since using so many vibrant, sheeny, shading inks of late.