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Pelikan pens

August 05, 2020 4 min read

Pelikan pens

In 1832, German chemist Carl Hornemann founded its own colour and ink factory in Hanover and  Pelikan was born, although the brand considers its founding date the 28th of April 1838, the day when they released their first price list. Four years later, in 1842, Mr. Hornemann started producing at a larger scale, as he moved from his original factory in the countryside to a factory in the Hainholz area of Hanover.

It isn’t until 1871 when also chemist Guenther Wagner takes over the control of the company, making the Pelican, his family emblem, the logo of the company. Under Mr. Wagner management, the company started to expand its activity internationally, and the Pelican with its four chicks became a trademark in 1874.  

The apparition of their first ever fountain pen will have to wait until 1929, when their trademark Green shaft was born, featuring a transparent ink window and innovative ink flow, a true revolution of its time. Since then, the German company has successfully developed a wide variety of fountain pens of different sizes, prices and characteristics, as well as many highly demanded limited and special editions.

At Iguana Sell, we are proud to include  Pelikans most wanted writing articles on our online catalogue and boutique, as well as some luxurious special editions for collectors. Their collection is categorized by sizes: their M100 models the slendest, the M800 and M1000 their most oversized and the M600 their standard fountain pens. Usually, the larger the fountain pen, the most luxurious it is, featuring details such as a solid gold nib,  Maki-e designs or Raden decor.

Porsche Design fine writing articles are since 2011 produced and sold by Pelikan and, in the framework of the cooperation, Porsche Design pens are produced in Pelikan’s Vöhrum factory. Check out our Porsche Design fine writing articles collection  here !

Pelikan’s slender fountain pens.The Classic series fills the role of an upscale though still entry-level Pelikan.The  M120 is a vintage-inspired collection which keeps the traditional shape and original material for the nib and barrel, combined with Pelikan’s “new” piston mechanism.

Pelikan 100, Pelikan 120, Pelikan 150

The  M200 collection pens are Pelikan standard size (same as M400, although they might be considered smallfor today’s standards) featuring a piston-filling mechanism and stainless-steel nib. The 205 model is equipped with a 14K gold nib.

Pelikan 200

Pelikan luxury lines, priced accordingly. The level of trims, finish and nibs are significantly more luxurious than the ones of the Classic series. The  M300,  M400 and  M405 are considered standard sizes (being 300 slightly smaller than 400, and 405 slightly bigger) and feature a 14K solid gold nib.

The400 model was first released in 1950 after the war trauma, and it’s easily recognised by its black and green striped shaft, and was (and still is!) one of the most popular pens at its price range.

Pelikan 400

The  M600 are themedium-sized Pelikan Soüveran pens, with a piston filler and a 14K gold nib. They are bigger than the standard 400 pens, but remain light and nimble. The  M605 are slightly bigger in size, but the nib is usually the same.

Pelikan 600, Pelikan 605

The Pelikan  800,  805 and  1000 series are the brand’s most oversized and luxurious fountain pens and feature the brand’s iconic 18K solid gold nib.

At Iguana Sell, we also offer some special vintage editions, such as the  101N series, which are small by today’s standards but are available with some phenomenal nibs. You might find them with cork pistons and hard rubber components, and are a must for Pelikan’s collectors worldwide.


The Pelikan  Ductus fountain pens present clear lines, hence the name, which is Latin for guidance or leadership. Their body is made of resistant yet smooth lacquer for a shiny, polished finish.

The  Pura special edition pens combine simple elegance, reliable functionality and high-quality materials. The Pura pens are as long as the Pelikan 805 ones, but considerably lighter and slender.

Pelikan Pura, Pelikan Toledo

Finally, the  Toledo fountain pens feature exclusive designs made by hand using the ancient Arab technique of decorating with Damascus. This art consists of engraving a pattern into the surface of steel or iron objects. Next, a thin sheet of gold is placed over the pattern and finally embossed deep into the material with the help of a little hammer. The object is then heated to approximately 800°C and, by doing so, the steel surfaces will oxidize and turn black, while the gold starts to shine. The Toledo pens are standard sized, so the barrel is as big as the M200/400 pens.

A Pelikan Hub is an event which takes place each year in several locations all over the world, a place where Pelikan’s fans have the opportunity to share their passion for the brand’s pens. All Pelikan Hubs take place the same day at the same local time, and they act as a platform for fans to associate ideas, get to know more about the brand and share their vision of handwriting.

Pelikan Pens

At Iguana Sell, we have proudly been Hub Masters in 2019, when we hosted the Pelikan Hub taking place in Madrid. Unfortunately, the Pelikan Hub 2020 is cancelled, since the risks of spreading Covid-19 are still high. However, we look forward to hosting more Pelikan Hubs in the future when things will go back to normal!

Pelikan pens

If you have any questions regarding Pelikan pens or need assistance when purchasing your perfect pen, do not hesitate incontacting us - we will be glad to help you!

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