A black with gold trim Pelikan is to my mind (people will likely disagree) the epitome of a conservative fountain pen. The only other colour on the pen is the green of the ink level window in the body. Today I inked up for the second time my M600 sized version, it was a Christmas bargain and ranks as the least I have paid for a Pelikan M600. The nib for this pen is a 14K M600 two-toned nib custom ground by Richard Binder to a 0.7mm cursive italic. The 0.7mm size suits my writing very well and this nib is a joy to use.
Looking a the database proposals for the next few pens it’s all black and gold. I do own quite a few black with gold trim pens so they will appear now and again. The first up is a Sailor 1911 Medium in black with gold trim – I own two of this model (I was chasing certain nibs at the time and black and gold Sailor’s would go for the cheapest price on eBay). The nib on this occasion is the Sailor H-MF – I think it is supposed to be between a fine and a medium but this one writes closer to medium.
I bid farewell to my Black/Silver Talentum and say welcome to my pretty American marbled blue Bexley. The Sanibel Blue as is it is called is one of five Bexley Americana that I possess and is my second favourite in looks after the Rio Grande Red. This pen came with a steel medium-sized nib unlike the other four that have the 18K gold nib, the steel is a stiffer nib but writes very well – there is nothing wrong with a steel nib!