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Pelikano

Until the 1950s school fountain pens were simply modified adult pens, at best provided with a special nib for learning how to write. Examples of such nibs were the 'frying-pan nib' (German Pfannenfeder, PF) or the ball pointed nib (German Kugelfeder, KF), in order to ensure a more comfortable writing experience.
A survey of thousands of educators to assess school fountain pens in the spring of 1959 motivated Pelikan to develop and construct the Pelikano. This pen fits the needs of children who are learning to write. The pen must not be too heavy and should be balanced evenly in the hand when it is posted. The use of ink cartridges allowed the ink to be refilled without mess. In addition to the writing cartridge actually being used, the fountain pen's barrel offered space for a spare cartridge.
The Pelikano was a huge success for Pelikan. At times, production could not keep up with demand. Within the first four years more than 1 million of the first Pelikanos were sold.

Pelikano Model 1

The Pelikano Model 1 was the first cartridge pen for school use. The basic design and engineering of the inner feed were taken from the P1. Cartridges were used as a filling system and the pen was given a simple steel nib. The cap was made of silver colored aluminum.
The color combination of blue and silver was determined after extensive surveys as the most popular among students. Only in the second half of 1963 a black model of Pelikano was produced for export. This little-known color variation is evidenced by the Pelikan Price List No. 115 from October 1963.

Model Production Period Nib
1st Model 1960-1964

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.37 oz 5.12 in 4.80 in 2.40 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
10.5 g 130 mm 122 mm 61 mm 11 mm


Pelikano 1

Pelikano 1 Green Prototype Color Details
Production: before 1960Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Prototype
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Prototyp from the Pelikan Archive

Pelikano 1 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1960-1964Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Hauptpreisliste 110 / 1963
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Pelikano 1 Black Exportmodel Color
Production: 1963-1964Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 2

A fundamental review of the Pelikano was introduced at the end of 1964. The mold was changed, and the pen was given a wide, elastic and only half covered nib. A slight corrugation of the grip section was introduced to give students a better grip when writing. A circumferential ink window on the front grip section indicated the amount of ink and a clutch ring secured the right fit of the cap. This cap was now made of much harder brass that was less susceptible to damage than the aluminium cap. The end of the barrel and the cap were flattened. Also, the clip was given a new, pointed beak shape.
The Pelikano piston filler was probably offered on a trial basis for a short time on the market.

Model Production Period Nib
2nd Model 1965-1968

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
1) 0.48 oz
2) 0.44 oz
1) 5.20 in
2) 5.24 in
1) 4.53 in
2) 4.80 in
1) 2.40 in
2) 2.48 in
0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
1) 13.5 g
2) 12.5 g
1) 132 mm
2) 133 mm
1) 115 mm
2) 122 mm
1) 61 mm
2) 63 mm
11 mm
Measurements: 1) metal cap and 2) resin cap


Pelikano 2

Pelikano 2 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1965-1968Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für die Schule
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Pelikano 2 Black Exportmodel Color Details
Production: 1966Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Only for export to Autria, Swiss and Norway.

Pelikano 2 Demonstrator Low vol. Production Color
Production: 1965Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Pelikano 2 Piston filler Low vol. Production Color
Production: ca. 1968Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Antimacchia 1966/67

This Antimacchia can be considered as the precursor of Antimacchia of 1968. The gray caps will probably be spray patterns that sometimes even entered the market. The monochrome models (body and cap in the same color) will have been the first test models for the market. Here the design of the model 2 was processed. The green model shows the same, little pronounced, grip profile as the blue Pelikano Model 2. Barrel including grip section of the black pen is identical to the black model 2, which also lacks the grip profile.

Model Production Period Nib
Antimacchia 1966/67 1966-1967

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.44 oz 5.24 in 4.80 in 2.48 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
12.5 g 133 mm 122 mm 63 mm 11 mm


Antimacchia Blue Grey Prototype Color
Production: 1966/1967Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Prototype
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: greyTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Dark-blue Grey Exportmodel Color Details
Production: 1966/1967Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: dark-blueCap Color: greyTrim: silver-colored

The example known was bought at a stationery in Wil, Kanton St. Gallen (Swiss).

Antimacchia Nero Exportmodel Color
Production: 1966/1967Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Verde Exportmodel Color
Production: 1966/1967Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Antimacchia 1968

In Italy, the silver-colored metal cap of the Pelikano was not appreciated. The Italian market wanted a more colorful fountain pen. So Pelikan Milan in 1968 produced four new models, all of which had a colored resin cap. The prices for the fountain pens with these resin caps were about one sixth the price for those with metal caps. The shape of the barrel corresponded to the Model 3, which was introduced to the market  in the rest of Europe in 1969. The beak clip corresponded to the old model 2. Later a new yellow variation was introduced as shown in a  leaflet from 1971.
The suffix 'Antimacchia' for Pelikano means 'spotless' - referring to the clean change of the ink cartridges.
The caps of this series can be found in three variants:

  1. Pelikan logo on the cap top and imprint cap ring: Pelikan - Germany
  2. Pelikan logo on the cap top and imprint cap ring: Pelikano - Germany
  3. Without Pelikan logo and imprint cap ring: Pelikano - Germany.

Model Production Period Nib
Antimacchia 1968 1968-1971

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.44 oz 5.24 in 4.80 in 2.48 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
12.5 g 133 mm 122 mm 63 mm 11 mm


Antimacchia

Antimacchia Nero Exportmodel Color
Production: 1968Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Azzurro Exportmodel Color
Production: 1968Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Verde Exportmodel Color
Production: 1968Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Rosso Exportmodel Color
Production: 1968Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Demonstrator Low vol. Production Color
Production: 1969Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Antimacchia Giallo Exportmodel Color
Production: 1971Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: yellowTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 3

In late 1968 the Pelikano model was revised further. The nib became more visible and flatter, the edges were folded stronger. This gave the nib greater stability under pressure. The beak clip became a tapered beam clip with the word 'Pelikano' impressed on it.
From September 1970 the Pelikano was also offered in light red for greater appeal to female students.
Steno Pelikan was based on this design.

Model Production Period Nib
3rd Model 1965-1968

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.49 oz 5.20 in 4.65 in 2.40 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
14.0 g 132 mm 118 mm 61 mm 11 mm


Pelikano 3

Pelikano 3 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1969-1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Pelikano 3 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1970-1973Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Pelikano 3 Black Exportmodel Color
Production: unknownNib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
Pelikano 3 Yellow Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 4

With the introduction of the three digit model numbers beginning with 1973 the Pelikano gets a Model Number: P460 for right-handed and left-handed P461. At the same time section profile be revised so that the fingers could not slip on the nib. Children ought to put their index finger onto a corrugated trough. The clip is replaced by a bar form with embossed logos and lettering Pelikano. The cap top showed a deeper end without Pelikan logo.
The design of this Pelikano model was also used for a shorthand/steno Pen.

Model Production Period Nib
4th Model 1973-1978

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.46 oz 5.20 in 4.65 in 2.42 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
13.0 g 132 mm 118 mm 61.5 mm 11 mm


P460

P460 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P460 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1973Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P460 Black Series Production Color
Production: 1977Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P460 Green Series Production Color
Production: 1977Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P460 Yellow Series Production Color
Production: 1978Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Export M464 / M465

The Pelikano M464 and M465 fits into the model 4 timezone. By way of derogation from Model 4 had these Pelikanos not have a section profile.
The M in the model number generally designates a piston filler. However this pen was equipped from the factory with a converter even though Pelikan gave it such a model number. The pen can be used with either converter or ink cartridges. The models M464 and M465 match a number of other fountain pens that were made in the same period for the Japanese market with similar model numbers.

Model Production Period Nib
M464 / M465

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.55 oz 5.20 in 4.65 in 2.42 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
15.7 g 132 mm 118 mm 61.5 mm 11 mm


M464

M464 Dark red Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: dark redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M464 Black Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

M465

M465 Dark red Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: dark redCap Color: dark redTrim: silver-colored
M465 Black Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Antimacchia 1973

Pelikan Milan redesigned the Antimacchia. The new models retained the colored plastic cap, while the clip and the cap top corresponded to the model Pelikano 4. The barrel originally had the same grip pattern as the model 3, but from 1974 adapted to the changed grip profile of model 4.

Model Production Period Nib
Antimacchia 1973 1973

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.39 oz 5.24 in 4.65 in 2.48 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
11.0 g 133 mm 118 mm 63 mm 11 mm


P465

P465 Nero Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
P465 Azzurro Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored
P465 Verde Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored
P465 Rosso Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
P465 Giallo Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: yellowTrim: silver-colored
P465 Bianco Prototype Color
Production: 1974Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Prototype
Barrel Color: whiteCap Color: whiteTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 5

The nib of the Pelikano was revised in 1969. The shape was dramatically improved and no further changes needed to be made from then until 2003. The front part of the grip section was straightened. A recess in the grip section was provided for the index finger to give a more secure grip. The cap was cylindrical and the clip was replaced by a straight bar clip with the word 'Pelikano' and the Pelikan logo.The top of the cap was flat and without any logo. The Pelikano model was given the new model number P450 (P451 for left-handers).
For this series two transparent Pelikanos were produced as trade demonstrator pens.

Model Production Period Nib
5th Model 1979

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.49 oz 5.12 in 4.13 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
14.0 g 130 mm 105 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P460

P460 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1979Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P460 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1979Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P460 Blue transparent Low vol. Production Color Details
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: blue transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

only handle profile for index finger without depression

P460 Transparent Low vol. Production Color
Production: 1979Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Export P456

Starting from the Model 5 Pelikanos were also produced with colored metal caps for export. Initially these models only had a grip pattern for the index finger, but after 1983 were also given a profile for the second finger.

Model Production Period Nib
P456 ca. 1980

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.51 oz 5.20 in 4.21 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
14.5 g 132 mm 107 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P456

P456 Blue Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored
P456 Black Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
P456 Green Exportmodel Color
Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored
P456 Red Exportmodel Color
Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Without Logo Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Super P452

In 1983 the Pelikano Super was produced with a metal barrel and metal cap. Only the grip section was made of colored resin and corresponded to the model 5 section. The cap end was marked in the same color as the grip section. The models were right-handed (P452) and left-handed (P453). Since the model was not a big success, it was discontinued the following year.

Model Production Period Nib
Super P452 1983-1984

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.60 oz 5.20 in 4.21 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
17.0 g 132 mm 107 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P452

P452 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1983-1984Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P452 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1983-1984Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P452 Black Series Production Color
Production: 1983-1984Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 6

A catalogue from april 1982 shows that a further design change was made. The cap end now shows a colored Pelikan logo. The grip profile for the index finger got a even more deeply recessed pattern. A second recessed grip for the middle finger is added. In 1985 a third profile was added, which was designed to prevent the thumb slipping.
Around 1984, another demonstrator fountain pen was produced in this series. The cap top has no logo, so you might think that this demonstrator still belongs to the 5th Series. But the grip section profile already shows the additional recess for the middle finger. Therefore, this demonstrator dates from 1982-1985.
Pelikan Steno fountain pen was also produced in this model.

Model Production Period Nib
6th Model 1982-1988

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.47 oz 5.20 in 4.21 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
13.4 g 132 mm 107 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P450

P450 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1982-1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog S300 Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1982-1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog S300 Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Clear transparent Low vol. Production Color
Production: 1984Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 White Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel, black anodised Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: whiteCap Color: whiteTrim: silver-colored
P450 Turquoise Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: turquoiseCap Color: turquoiseTrim: silver-colored
P450 Pink Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: pinkTrim: silver-colored
P450 Black Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

P456

P456 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
P456 Green Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored
P456 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored
P456 Black Exportmodel Color
Production: 1988Nib: Steel Leaflet: Deutsch,Englisch,Spanisch,FranzösischLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 273 (Auszug)
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
P456 Dark blue unknown Color
Production: ?Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) unknown
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: dark blueTrim: silver-colored
P456 Red brown unknown Color
Production: ?Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) unknown
Barrel Color: red brownCap Color: red brownTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 7

A minor technical change was made in 1989. The barrel got four elongated ink windows, which allowed the writing and reserve cartridges to be seen. Otherwise the pen remained technically exactly the same as the model 6. In line with the tastes of the time, new color combinations were introduced. Around 1994, the company started to advertise the pens with large capacity cartridges.
Pelikan Steno pen was produced in this form.

Model Production Period Nib
7th Model 1989-1996

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.47 oz 5.20 in 4.21 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
13.2 g 132 mm 107 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P450

P450 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Green Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Pink Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: pinkTrim: silver-colored
P450 Mint Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: mint greenCap Color: mint greenTrim: silver-colored
P450 Pink-Silver Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: silverTrim: black (anodised)
P450 White Series Production Color
Production: 1989Nib: Steel, black anodised
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: whiteCap Color: whiteTrim: black (anodised)
P450 Mint-Black Series Production Color
Production: 1990Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: mint greenCap Color: mint greenTrim: black (anodised)
P450 Pink-Black Series Production Color
Production: 1990Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: pinkTrim: black (anodised)
P450 Black Series Production Color
Production: 1994Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Russian-Green Series Production Color
Production: 1994Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: russian-greenCap Color: russian-greenTrim: black (anodised)

P456

P456 Green Exportmodel Color
Production: 1990Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored
P456 Red Exportmodel Color
Production: 1990Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
P456 Blue Exportmodel Color
Production: 1990Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 7S

These models differ from their predecessors only by the long hemoclip the cap. After a school child in England got a pen cap stuck in his windpipe, the British government issued a new regulation on safety caps for school pens. This required the cap to be made in such a way that air could flow past the cap even if it was stuck in a child's throat. The caps therefore had to be at least 16 mm thick, or else be designed to have vent holes or in some other way had to fulfil the objective of enabling air flow. This long clip covering the entire length of the cap enabled the Pelikan to fulfil this condition. All Pelikano 7 models were produced with this long clip from 1996 onwards. In the following years models in new colors were introduced.
The Pelikanos continued to be made for right- or left-handed use. All brackets are supplied with a large-capacity cartridge, but the pen could equally well be used with standard cartridges.

Steno Pelikan was produced in the same model.

Model Production Period Nib
7th Model S 1996-2000

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.47 oz 5.20 in 4.21 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
13.2 g 132 mm 107 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P450

P450 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, gold plated Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Black Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, gold plated Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Black-Black Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, gold plated Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
P450 Pink Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, black anodised Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: pinkTrim: black (anodised)
P450 White Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, black anodised
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: whiteCap Color: whiteTrim: black (anodised)
P450 Azure Series Production Color
Production: 1998Nib: Steel Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: azureCap Color: azureTrim: silver-colored
P450 Orange-Red Series Production Color
Production: 1998Nib: Steel Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: orange-redCap Color: orange-redTrim: silver-colored

P451

P451 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, gold plated Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

P456

P456 Russian green Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, black anodised Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: russian greenCap Color: russian greenTrim: black (anodised)
P456 Mint Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, black anodised
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: mint greenCap Color: mint greenTrim: black (anodised)
P456 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1996Nib: Steel, black anodised Leaflet: SpanischLink opens PDF documentPelikan CATÁLOGO GENERAL
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: blueTrim: silver-colored
P456 Green Series Production Color
Production: 2000Nib: Steel, gold plated
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: greenTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 2000

The Pelikano was updated to follow the fashion of the times, and were produced in transparent colors with a matte finish since 2000. The cap was made of stainless steel, while the clip bar became curved and carried the imprint 'Pelikano'. The end cap had the same Pelikan logo for all colors.
Steno Pelikan was produced in the same model.

 

The advertising text from the Pelikan website of the year 2001:

Pelikano
The classic Pelikan in a new design.
· Translucent colors
· High-quality stainless steel spring
· Matt surface
· Dynamic Clip
· Million times proven Pelikano ink regulator prevents blots
· Housing color: Blue, Red, Orange, Green.
    
Pelikano fountain pen, special model for left-handers
In the nib widths: F (fine), M (medium), L (left-handed) and A (for learning to write)

Model Production Period Nib
Pelikano 2000 - P450 2000-2003

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.47 oz 5.20 in 4.21 in 2.36 in 0.43 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
13.2 g 132 mm 107 mm 60 mm 11 mm


P450

P450 Red transparent Series Production Color
Production: 2000Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: red transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Orange transparent Series Production Color
Production: 2000Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: orange transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Green transparent Series Production Color
Production: 2000Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: green transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P450 Blue transparent Series Production Color
Production: 2000Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blue transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano Model 2003

In 2002, the classic Pelikano was redesigned from scratch and was given a new grip profile. The stainless steel cap received a new form. The translucent material allowed the user to see the ink level, so an ink window was no longer needed.  The pen was produced in both right (P460) and left-handed (P461) versions.
In the following years more models followed in the same form. In the Color Edition partially opaque colors were used, which made it impossible for the user to see the ink level.

Model Production Period Nib
Pelikano 2003 - P460 2003-2010

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.49 oz 5.24 in 4.41 in 2.32 in 0.47 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
14.0 g 133 mm 112 mm 59 mm 12 mm


P460

P460 Blue translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2003Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blue translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Red translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2003Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: red translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Orange translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2003Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: orange translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Green translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2003Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: green translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Sky-blue translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2006Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: light blue translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Pink translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2007Nib: Edelstahl
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pink translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Black Deep Space Series Production Color
Production: 2007Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Purple translucent Series Production Color
Production: 2008Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: purple translucentCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 Juicy Orange Series Production Color
Production: 2008Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: orangeCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)
P460 White Series Production Color
Production: 2009Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: whiteCap Color: silverTrim: colored (resin)

Pelikano Model 2010

For the 50th anniversary of the Pelikano the look was completely redesigned for a new model of the pen. The section of the fountain pen is transparent with three soft feel profiles for the fingers. The feed and ink level can clearly be seen. The pen has an extremely robust matte metal cap, and is available in both right-handed and left-handed versions.
The first three different colored models of 2010 saw further colors added in the following years. The model was also made available in rollerball (R480) and pencil (D480) forms.

Model Production Period Nib
Pelikano 2010 - P480 2010-2014

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.53 oz 5.35 in 4.41 in 2.32 in 0.76 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
15.0 g 136 mm 112 mm 59 mm 19.2 mm


P480

P480 Pink Series Production Color
Production: 2010Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: pinkCap Color: silverTrim: pink
P480 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 2010Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: blue
P480 Light green Series Production Color
Production: 2010Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: light greenCap Color: silverTrim: light green
P480 Black Series Production Color
Production: 2011Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: black (resin)
P480 Transparent Series Production Color
Production: 2012Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: silverTrim: transparent
P480 Red Series Production Color
Production: 2013Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: red
P480 Yellow Series Production Color
Production: 2014Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: silverTrim: yellow

Pelikano Model 2015

By April 2015 Pelikan released a modified version of Pelikano P480. Instead of the transparent grip, the front part of the pen was now in color and opaque. The amount of ink can be seen through two new oblong windows in the barrel. The design of the cap is unchanged. Furthermore, the pen is also available for right as well as left-handers (P481).

Model Production Period Nib
Pelikano 2015 - P480 2015-2017

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.53 oz 5.35 in 4.41 in 2.32 in 0.76 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
15.0 g 136 mm 112 mm 59 mm 19.2 mm


P480

P480 Blue Series Production Color
Production: 2015Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: blue
P480 Black Series Production Color
Production: 2015Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: black (resin)
P480 Red Series Production Color
Production: 2015Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: red
P480 Green Series Production Color
Production: 2015Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: greenCap Color: silverTrim: green

Pelikano UP

With the new Pelikano UP, Pelikan continues its success with the Pelikanos: the trend colors of anthracite and champagne and a new metal clip will not only reach the target group of the pupils, but also the generation of young adults. Otherwise, much of the previous model P480 from 2015 reminds us.

It is also noticeable that the classic model numbering is not carried forward here. The internal model name is called PUPR or PUPL, where the first, P 'stands for cartridge fountain pen, then the model name, UP' followed by an 'R' or 'L' for right or left handed writing.

Model Production Period Nib
Pelikano UP 2017-

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.65 oz 5.31 in 4.33 in 2.07 in 0.57 in 1.4 ml giant ink cartridge
18.4 g 135 mm 110 mm 52.7 mm 14.6 mm


PUP(L/R) Anthracite Series Production Color
Production: 2017Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: anthrazitCap Color: silberTrim: silver-colored
PUP(L/R) Champagne Series Production Color
Production: 2017Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 2003 (one chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: champagneCap Color: champagneTrim: silver-colored

Pelikano junior

The Pelikano junior models can be found on the site of the Lern-to-write fountain pens.

goto Lern-to-write fountain pens (also Pelikano junior)