The Pelikan M650 fountain pen with green striped barrel
This is a brief review of the Pelikan M650 fountain pen with green striped barrel. The Pelikan M650 is a discontinued model from Pelikan’s Souveran family of fountain pens. It has been out of production for a few years already but once in a while new old stock may be found on offer. Such was my good fortune when I stumbled across the green striped M650 on sale at one of the pen retailers in Singapore. I was doubly lucky to have purchased it at a very substantial discount.
From left to right: 1931 Yellow Gold LE, M100, Souveran M400, Souveran M650,Souveran M805,Souveran M1050
Being a member of the Souveran family, the M650 shares the same distinctive look which is the trademark of Pelikan’s flagship range of fountain pens. As can be seen from the comparison photo above, the M650 is the midsize member of Pelikan’s fountain pen range. It shares the same barrel size as the M600 pens and has the additional feature of a vermeil cap, ie gold plating over sterling silver.
Appearance and Finish:
The vermeil cap; gold over silver (Ag925)
The Pelikan logo on the cap
The distinctive double band at the end of the barrel.
The M650 was originally offered in a variety of barrel designs. My pen came with the green and black stripes. The barrel is translucent, which allows the ink level to be seen easily when held against the light. At the end of the barrel is the piston fill knob which is decorated with the distinctive double gold band. The vermeil cap has the Pelikan logo embossed (silkscreen?) on top. Engraved on the cap is the number 925 which indicating a silver content of 92.5%. The clip bears the trademark Pelikan beak design.
The pen has a total length of 134 mm. The barrel is 103 mm long while its cap has a length of 62 mm. The barrel width is approximately 12 mm. When posted the total length is approx 154 mm. The pen weighs 22.5 grams, slightly heavier than the M600 which tips the scale at approx 17.6 grams. This is of course due to the heavier cap made of sterling silver.
One of the hallmarks of Pelikan fountain pens is quadruple thread on the cap which allows the cap to be attached or removed with a
single turn. A very convenient feature during daily use.
Nib design and performance:
The finely engraved and beautiful two tone 18K nib.
The Pelikan M650 is designed to take on interchangeable nibs (ie the nib is interchangeable amongst the M600 range of pens). My pen came with the 18K solid gold fine nib. It is two toned and beautifully hand engraved. The nib writes very well, laying down a fine wet line with the smoothness which is typical of Pelikan fountain pen nibs.
As can be expected the M650 is equipped with Pelikan’s excellent differential piston fill system. With the piston filling mechanism, the barrel acts as the ink reservoir and the pen is able to hold a substantial amount of ink.
The M650 comes with the exquisite vermeil cap, Pelikan’s famous differential piston filling system, and the very fine 18K solid gold nib. At the price which I paid for this pen, it definitely represents excellent value for money.
To summarise: On its own, the Pelikan M650 is a fountain pen with a distinguished pedigree, has a well proven design, quality construction and impeccable finish. That alone is a good enough reason to get the pen. The fact that the Pelikan M650 is now out of production makes it all the more collectible. The Pelikan M650 is a worthwhile addition to any fountain pen collection.