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    Default Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    The “How many Pelikans do you have?” thread sent me on a deep dive in to my collection to have another look at my pens.

    I found that two of my pens had script nibs, with the width unmarked.

    https://imgur.com/a/FfGOtqw

    One has the typical 400 style script nib, with the etched, shading inside the letters. (To me these always look like the lettering on circus posters.) The other nib has more simple letters, with just a single line, more like older Pelikan nibs. However, the nib with the simpler lettering came bundled with one of those awful polystyrene collars, which would seem to indicate that it this isn’t an older nib. For what it’s worth, the pen is an export model green stripe.

    Were there more variations on the 400 script nibs our am i missing something?

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    I did check there. I didn’t see the single line nibs as a 400 variant. It looks like some older pre-400 nibs, but it doesn’t seem likely that it would have the polystyrene collar. Though not impossible, i suppose.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    Well then, maybe you can check here:
    http://www.ruettinger-web.de/e-pelikan-federn-logo.html

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    I did look there. too. It’s a little unclear which if any on that page are 400 nibs. The heading says 100/100N nibs, but some of those look like 400 nibs. The 400 page is mostly about threading and nib widths.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    The second one belongs originally to a 100N. These were used for a long period on different 100N models.
    (...but of course there were also other nibs used on Pelikan 100N during 1938 and 1954.)
    nibs, collars and feeder can be changed easily.
    c.
    Last edited by christof; March 25th, 2020 at 11:44 PM.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    Early Pelikan 400 nib without stamp of nib width:
    Pelikan 400 friction fit nib unit by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    Early Pelikan 400 nib with stamp of nib width:
    HEF_Pelikan 400_1950 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    Later Pelikan 400 nib:
    SBB_Pelikan 400_1954 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    Later pelikan 400NN nib (often combined with polystyrene collar):
    Pelikan 400 OBBB... by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    Thanks, Christof

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    Default Re: Pelikan 400 script nib variations

    you're welcome.
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