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Pelikan - The advanced conductive ink feeder

A new development of fountain pens was made possible by the patent from Theodor Kovács, that Pelikan took over as the 'Pelikan thermic-regulator'. This Thermic ink feeder is built into the grip section and allows an easy and fast way to change the nib.

After the Pelikano, developed as the first cartridge pen for school use became a market leader, Pelikan produced an adult fountain pen using the cartridge system in 1961.

The pens have been revised over the years. They are distinguished in particular by their nib form.

  1. Pelikan P15 / P25 - September 1958: the piston filler P15 and P25 were introduced to the market, they have a narrow, hidden nib
  2. Pelikan Pxx models with half covered nib - from February 1965: new fountain pen models with plug caps and half covert nibs are offered
  3. Pelikan Pxx / PKxx und Pxxx models - redesigned - from 1969: the models are revised, the nibs are more visible, with with angled edges
    (See also plug-in nibs for piston and cartridge pens since 1958)

 

Pelikan P15 / P25

The outer shape of this fountain pen corresponded to the Pelikano. The screw caps are made of higher quality materials e.g. rolled gold cap and silvexa cap. The fountain pens also had a gold nibs. The sapphire model was not accepted in the market and so Pelikan decided a few months later to produce the two models in black, too.

Model Production Period Nib
P15 / P25 1961-1973

Steel,
14 ct gold nib,

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
1) 0.44 oz
2) 0.47 oz
5.12 in 4.80 in 2.40 in 0.43 in 1.0 ml cartridge + reserve
1) 12.5 g
2) 13.4 g
130 mm 122 mm 61 mm 11 mm
Measurements: 1) for chrome nickel and 2) for rolled gold


P15

P15 Sapphire Series Production Color Details
Production: 7/1961-1969Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPreisliste 100 DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Hauptpreisliste 110 / 1963 DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 180E
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Corresponds apart to the color, cap and nib the first Pelikano.

P15 Black Series Production Color Details
Production: 10/1961-1973Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Hauptpreisliste 110 / 1963 DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 180E DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 1973 - 220
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Corresponds apart to the color, cap and nib the first Pelikano.Corresponds apart to the color, cap and nib the first Pelikano.

P25

P25 Sapphire doublé Series Production Color Details
Production: 7/1961-1965Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPreisliste 100 DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Hauptpreisliste 110 / 1963 DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für jeden der schreibt
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Corresponds apart to the color, cap and nib the first Pelikano.

P25 Black doublé Series Production Color Details
Production: 10/1961-1965Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Hauptpreisliste 110 / 1963 DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für jeden der schreibt
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Corresponds apart to the color, cap and nib the first Pelikano.

P25 Demonstrator doublé Low vol. Production Color
Production: unknownNib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Without Logo Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Pelikan P models with half covered nibs

As with the piston filler the cartridge fountain pen are now equipped with plug caps. They also have a revolving window, which displays the ink level of the cartridge. The decorative ring between the grip section and the ink window is wide. For better differentiation between piston fillers and cartrdige pens, the ends of the barrel have a short metal cap.

Model Production Period Nib
P12, P20, P25, P30 1965-1970

Steel,
14 ct gold nib,

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
1) 0.51 oz
2) 0.52 oz
3) 0.66 oz
5.20 in 4.53 in 2.44 in 0.43 in 1.0 ml cartridge + reserve
1) 14.5 g
2) 14.7 g
3) 18.8 g
132 mm 115 mm 62 mm 11 mm
Measurements: 1) P12 and 2) for P30 and 3) for P60


P12 Silvexa dark blue Series Production Color Details
Production: 2/1965-1968Nib: Steel, gold plated Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für die Schule
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Cap made of brushed stainless steel, beams clip without lettering.

P12 Silvexa black Series Production Color Details
Production: 2/1965-1968Nib: Steel, gold plated
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Cap made of brushed stainless steel, beams clip without lettering.

P20 Silvexa blue Series Production Color
Production: 2/1965-9/1969Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für die Schule
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P20 Silvexa black Series Production Color
Production: 2/1965-9/1969Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für die Schule
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P25 Black Series Production Color Details
Production: 5/1966-7/1968Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated

Found in France with a 18 ct ST-Nib (Steno), normally it was deliverd with a 14 ct Nib.
Cap length: 63,5 mm (2.5 in) and overall length 133,5 mm (5.26 in) and weight: 12,4 g (0.44 oz).

P30 Sapphire gold Series Production Color Details
Production: 2/1965-1969Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für die Schule
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Cap gold filled with stripes guilloche

P30 Black gold Series Production Color
Production: 2/1965-7/1970Nib: 14 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan für die Schule DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 180E
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Pelikan P/PK pens in redesigned style

With the advancement of the nib style many cartridge fountain pens are already adapted to this new nib in the same year. This adaptation was also accompanied with other small changes. Common to all is the now narrow ring between grip section and ink window. In 1973 all models then have the new three-digit designation number.

Model Production Period Nib
PK10, P12, P18, P21, P28, P30, P60, P474, P476, P477, P478, P479, P482, P485, P490, P495 1969-1979

Steel,
14 ct gold nib,
18 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
1) 0.47 oz - 0.69 oz 5.20 in 4.23 in 2.44 in 0.43 in 1.0 ml cartridge + reserve
1) 13.3 g - 19.9 g 132 mm 107.5 mm 62 mm 11 mm
Measurements: 1) P12: 0.53 oz, P28: 0.67 oz, P30: 0.5 oz, P60: 0.70 oz, P474: 0.47 oz, P476: 0.69 oz, P478: 0.60 oz, P479: 0.66 oz


PK10 Black Exportmodel Color
Production: unknownNib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
PK10 Green Exportmodel Color
Production: unknownNib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: dark greenCap Color: dark greenTrim: silver-colored
P12 Silvexa dark blue Series Production Color Details
Production: 1969-1/1972Nib: Steel, gold plated Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 180E
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: dark blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Cap made of nickel silver, beam clip without lettering.

P12 Silvexa yellow Series Production Color
Production: 9/1971-1/1972Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: yellowCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P12 Silvexa black Exportmodel Color
Production: unknownNib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: schwarzCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P18  Silverstar Series Production Color
Production: 1/1972-1/1973Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 1973 - 220
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: chromeCap Color: chromeTrim: silver-colored
P21 Silvexa blue Series Production Color Details
Production: 9/1969-11/1969Nib: 14 ct white gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 180E
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blueCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Cap from brushed nickel silver.
At the edge of the cap partly the name: 'Pelikan 20 Silvexa'

P21 Silvexa black Series Production Color Details
Production: 1/1969-1/1973Nib: 14 ct white gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 180E DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 1973 - 220
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Cap from brushed nickel silver.

P28 Silvexa Series Production Color Details
Production: 1/1971-1972Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

Brushed chrome nickel. Examples with straight bar clip also known.

P30 Black gold Series Production Color
Production: 8/1970-1/1973Nib: 18 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 1973 - 220
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated
P30 Transparent Low vol. Production Color Details
Production: unknownNib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Low vol. Production
Barrel Color: transparentCap Color: transparentTrim: black (anodised)

According Pelikan there was a demonstrator P30. The clip of this fountain pen and the narrow snap ring to secure the cap shown no similarities with the P30 blue or black. The cap ring bears an imprint: 'Pelikan MK 21 Germany'. There are copies with other imprints.

P60 Doublé stripe guilloche Series Production Color Details
Production: 6/1970-1/1973Nib: 14/18 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 1973 - 220
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: goldCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

In Juni and July 1970 was the pen produced with a 14 ct gold nib, from August 1970 it was equipped with an 18 ct gold nib.

P474 Black chrome Series Production Color
Production: 10/1973-6/1979Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P476 Chrome black Series Production Color
Production: 1/1973-7/1977Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentPelikan Katalog 1973 - 220
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
P477 Chrome Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P478 Silverstar Series Production Color Details
Production: 10/1973-6/1979Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: chromeCap Color: chromeTrim: silver-colored

The model had changes during the production period, both at the clip and the barrel end.
From around 1975 the straight bar clip was used.

P479 Chrome smooth Exportmodel Color
Production: 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P482 Chrome brushed Series Production Color Details
Production: 10/1973-6/1979Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

The model had changes during the production period, both at the clip and the barrel end.

P485 Chrome nickel black Series Production Color
Production: 10/1973-6/1979Nib: 14 ct white gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
P488 Silvexa Exportmodel Color Details
Production: 1973Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored

From exterior as P478, but with gold nib

P490 Black gold Series Production Color Details
Production: 10/1973-6/1979Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Successor of the P30 black with new 3-digit designation.
The pen shown here has instead of the Pelikan logo the logo of the Hannover Messe (Hanover fair).

P495 Doublé stripe guilloche Series Production Color
Production: 10/1973-6/1975Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: goldCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated
P495 Doublé square guilloche Series Production Color Details
Production: 7/1975-6/1979Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Series Production
Barrel Color: goldCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

The old P495 was manufactured from July 1975 only with square guilloche instead of stripe guilloche.

Pelikan Deskpen

In line with the preference for Deskpens in Italy Pelikan Milan manufactured a Deskpen using the cartridge system about 1973.

Model Production Period Nib
Deskpen ca. 1973

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
7.32 in 0.43 in 2 x 0.8 ml (cartridge)
186 mm 11 mm


Deskpen Black-Green Series Production Color Details
Production: ca. 1973Nib: Steel
Logo: Without Logo Series Production
Barrel Color: dark greenCap Color: blackTrim: without

Without cap; with matching black grommet

Pelikan M4xx - Japan models

The piston fillers M464, M465, M475, M480, M484, M485, M486, M488, M491, M490 and M495 were sold in the mid 1960s in Japan. All these models can be operated with cartridges or converter. However, the shapes are very similar to the piston fillers which were sold in this period in Europe.
Surprisingly, the model numbers all begin with M (= mechanics), which is usually used for piston filler, while P was used for cartridge fillers. We presume the reason for this type of numbering was that these were fitted with a converter by Pelikan.

Model Production Period Nib
M4xx 1960s

Steel,
14 ct gold nib,
18 ct gold nib

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.44 oz 5.26 in 4.23 in 2.50 in 0.43 in
12.4 g 133.5 mm 107.5 mm 63.5 mm 11 mm


M464 Red-Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M464 Black-Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M465 Red Exportmodel Color
 Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
M465 Black Exportmodel Color
 Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
M475 Red-Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M475 Black-Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M477-B Steel-Black Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
M477-W Steel Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M480 Red Exportmodel Color
 Nib: Steel, gold plated
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: gold plated
M480 Black Exportmodel Color
 Nib: Steel, gold plated
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated
M484 Red Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: gold plated
M484 Black Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated
M485 Red-Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M485 Black-Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M486 Red Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: silver-colored
M486 Black Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 14 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
M488 Silvexa Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: silverCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
M490 Red-Gold doublé Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: rotCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated
M490 Black-Gold doublé Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated
M491 Red Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct Gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: redCap Color: redTrim: gold plated
M491 Black Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: blackCap Color: blackTrim: gold plated
M495 Gold doublé Exportmodel Color
 Nib: 18 ct gold
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Exportmodel
Barrel Color: goldCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated

Pelikan - further improvements

After this first model and their improvements, the further progress can be traced to the model P459, these were produced in later years and can be found on the site of other fountain pens for adults.

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