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Level-Line

In 1996, Pelikan presented an absolute novelty with great technical innovations, the Level fountain pen. The ink capacity of the fountain was about three times of a conventional piston filler and five times of an ink cartridge. The tank was filled using a special ink bottle with a valve system.

The entire barrel of the Level serves as ink storage. Closest to the nib is the writing reservoir, which is separated by a valve from the rest of the storage tank. A separation of reserve tank and writing tank was required to ensure a safe venting of the tank via the ink feed system.
Turning the valve wheel on the end of the holder opens this lock and new ink can then run from the storage tank into the writing reservoir. Technically the mechanics of the two level models L65 and L5 is the same. But due to the somewhat larger overall length of L5 the rod between the valve knob and the valve is also a little longer.
Unfortunately the Level line did not achieve Pelikan´s expectations for it, and so production ceased in 2001.

Pelikan Level L65

The first Level pens introduced in 1996 were designed for teenagers. The pen was usually offered along with a 50 ml bottle of ink. After all, without the special bottle it was not possible to fill the fountain pen.
The dealers also had to learn how the new pen worked. A Pelikan promotional pack for dealers existed, containing - besides a pilot example of the level L65, the ink bottle and the instructions - a winning ticket for a journey to the Land of Pelicans. Where is this Land of Pelicans? The response was obtained when the dealer lit the table-fireworks included in the packet, which delivered a note with the solution. And in order to always keep a cool head (also good against trouble in the store), a battery-operated fan was included, and finally a leaflet describing useful tips for LEVEL experts.

Model Production Period Nib
L65 1996-2001

Steel

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.54 oz 5.39 in 4.33 in 2.09 in 0.52 in 0.8 ml +
3.2 ml reserve tank
15.4 g 137 mm 110 mm 53 mm 13 mm


L65

L65 Prototype Prototype Color Details
Production: 1995-1996Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo as of 1938 (two chicken) Prototype
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: blackTrim: dark blue

This prototype from the Pelikan archive is black with a blue clip. The cap head does not show the LEVEL logo, instead the Pelikan logo with the lettering PELIKAN.

L65 White Series Production Color
Production: 1996-2001Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: whiteTrim: black (resin)
L65 Yellow Series Production Color
Production: 1996-2001Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: yellowTrim: black (resin)
L65 Red Series Production Color
Production: 1996-2001Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: redTrim: black (resin)
L65 Dark blue Series Production Color
Production: 1996-2001Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: dark blueTrim: black (resin)
L65 Green Series Production Color
Production: 1996-2001Nib: Steel
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: greenTrim: black (resin)

Pelikan Level L5

A year after the introduction of the first Level models for the teenage market the first Level models for adults followed. They were more tasteful in design and several of them had gold nibs. All models were offered with a pen stand on which the Level could be stored in a safe and decorative way, which also contained an ink bottle holding 30 ml of ink for rapidly refuelling the fountain pen.
The first Level L5 models all had a transparent blue barrel. The cap, the filling knob and the grip section were black (L5 black) or silver(L5 silver). This was followed by models with ceramic coating. In 2001 the L5 were then made with a red or anthracite colored body too, but since production ended that same year these color variations are hard to find.

Model Production Period Nib
L5 1997-2001

Steel, 14/18 ct Gold

Weight Total Length Barrel Length Cap Length Diameter Ink Capacity
0.90 -
0.98 oz
5.71 in 4.45 in 2.36 in 0.55 in 0.8 ml +
3.2 ml reserve tank
25.6 -
27.9 g
145 mm 113 mm 60 mm 14 mm


L5

L5 Black-Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1997-2001Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentSchreibgeräte die Ihre Gedanken beflügeln DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: blue transparentCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
L5 Black-Red Series Production Color
Production: 2001Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: red transparentCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
L5 Black-Anthracite Series Production Color
Production: 2001Nib: Steel Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: blackTrim: silver-colored
L5 Silver-Blue Series Production Color
Production: 1997-2001Nib: 14 ct white gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentSchreibgeräte die Ihre Gedanken beflügeln DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: blue transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
L5 Silver-Red Series Production Color
Production: 2001Nib: 14 ct white gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: red transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
L5 Silver-Anthracite Series Production Color
Production: 2001Nib: 14 ct white gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentKatalog 2004
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: anthracite transparentCap Color: silverTrim: silver-colored
L5 Ceramic Series Production Color Details
Production: 1998-2001Nib: 14 ct white gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentSchreibgeräte die Ihre Gedanken beflügeln
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: blue transparentCap Color: blackTrim: other

Ceramic coated grip section, filling knob, clip and pen stand.

L5 Gold Series Production Color
Production: 1998-2001Nib: 18 ct gold Leaflet: DeutschLink opens PDF documentSchreibgeräte die Ihre Gedanken beflügeln
Logo: Logo Level Series Production
Barrel Color: blue transparentCap Color: goldTrim: gold plated