11-13-2014, 12:03 PM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,

I grew up with fountain pens, and have used them throughout my professional career, and still use them. The first draft of my novels, short stories and essays is always written in fountain pen and then transferred onto the laptop. My small collection includes: Montablanc, Waterman, two Parkers and Pelikan 120, 400 and now the M800. Life is beautiful, indeed.

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 11-13-2014, 12:08 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Wow Obie, that is a beautiful Pelikan, congratulations! I have always wanted to try a Pelikan Smile

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 11-13-2014, 12:09 PM
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Sehr schön Smile

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 11-13-2014, 01:23 PM
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  • Obie
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Thank you for the kind words, gentlemen. I am ready to start writing my third novel, and this Pelikan will help me do it. Good stuff.

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 11-13-2014, 02:16 PM
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  • freddy
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Gorgeous, Obie. With a pen like that to write with, your novel already has a head start. Smile

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 11-13-2014, 03:03 PM
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Very classy looking. I like it.

Phil

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 11-13-2014, 03:35 PM
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  • Obie
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Freddy, thank you. Yes, I know the M800 will bring me a bestseller.

Phil, thanks for the kind words.

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 11-14-2014, 07:00 AM
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I have exactly the same pen in the same pattern and it really is a gem.
I see a bestseller in your near future indeed :-)

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 11-14-2014, 07:06 AM
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  • Obie
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Hello Wim,
Thank you, my friend. The pen is delicious, right you are. Here's to the bestseller.

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 11-14-2014, 08:21 PM
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  • MaxP
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Pelikans are very satisfying without reservation.

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 11-14-2014, 11:18 PM
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  • evnpar
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What a gorgeous pen. It can't help but bring a smile to your face when writing with such a fine instrument.

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 11-15-2014, 05:45 AM
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  • Obie
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Richard, I know what you mean — and a big smile.
Max, thank you for the kind words.

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 11-17-2014, 09:25 PM
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Excellent pen, Obie, and I have just receive an exact one in Blue (my favourite colour) with a F nib!
I hope you enjoy the pen, my friend and I know, with you, it will get plenty of use! Biggrin

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 11-18-2014, 06:08 AM
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  • Obie
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Celestino,

The Pelikan is such a beautiful fountain pen regardless of color. I have seen photos of the one in blue, and it is quite handsome.

By the way, black ink for this one. Actually, I use black ink in all my fountain pens for writing copy. I reserve two pens, however, for editing: my Pelikan 120 has green ink, and one of my Parkers has red ink. I like those colors for editing.

Either way, no writing instrument comes anywhere near the joys of making words on paper with a beautiful fountain.

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 11-18-2014, 07:20 AM
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  • Karlo
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Obie,

The M800 is such an iconic Pelikan and one I prefer to the flagship M1000. My Pelikans have long gone though, replaced by equally good writers from Omas. But their current reissues such as the M101N Red Tortoise have me thinking.

Nice pens you have there!

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 11-18-2014, 07:34 AM
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  • Obie
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Hello Karlo,
The M1000 is an impressive Pelikan. It is also massive. I thought of getting it, but because of small hands, in the end I opted for the M800; it's a perfect fit for my hands. What a sweet fountain pen.

I do not have an Omas, although a friend let me use his. I like the pen. Thank you for reminding me of the pen.

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 12-29-2014, 05:31 AM
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  • Rufus
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I own over 100 fountain pens, mostly vintage, and the ones I like most are my 6 Pelikans (4 modern, 2 vintage). They are all excellent writers, reliable and very well made. Added to that is their elegant design; truly timeless.

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 12-29-2014, 06:00 AM
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  • Obie
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Bryan,

Indeed, the Pelikan is a beautiful writing pen. I like to think that you can't write a bad sentence using the Pelikan.

By the way, I still have not filled my new M800 with ink, as I am finishing the final notes on the third novel. I expect to start the actual writing of the novel this week, at which time I will uncap the new Parker ink bottle I bought specifically for this Pelikan and the first draft of this novel.

My first drafts are always written in fountain pen and black ink, with the corrections and additions on the page made in green ink — in my little Pelikan 120. I try to write a 1,000 words a day. The novel then goes on the laptop for subsequent drafts, with the revisions and editing done with a Parker and red ink.

The first draft for my novel Will's Music, due out early in 2015, was written with the Waterman, a Christmas present from my wife some 20 years ago. The first draft for the second novel Whistling to Cairo — my publisher has the manuscript and I am awaiting her response — was written in the Mont Blanc. And now, Pelikan M800 for the third novel.

By the way, you have an impressive collection of fountain pens. Good show.

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 12-29-2014, 07:11 AM
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  • evnpar
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You have me tempted, Obie, that Pelikan is a beauty. I'm still using my Montblanc Meisterstuck No. 144 purchased for me by my wife in 1972. I primarily use the fountain pen, but I also have matching large and small ballpoint pens, a pencil, a rollerball, and even a highlighter. They still function perfectly after all these years. I used to have a friend who was a collector, and I could always tell what kink of mood he was in by the pen he had in his pocket. Good luck with the book. I'm on the list for Will's Music.

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 12-29-2014, 07:51 AM
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  • kav
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One of my pleasures are the various libraries holding writer's
manuscripts and papers;Stienbeck, Edward Abbey, Lewis Carrol and the fitful rediscoveries of lost music scores. I bought an old book on celtic mythology heavily marked in someone's curious handwriting and therefore heavily marked down. I went to the university library to do a paper, checked out another half forgotten book on irish folktales and it too, held the same handwriting. It turns out there was a early UCB prof who left most of his collection to UCB. I donated my text.
HOW are future writers going to donate an old laptopHuh

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