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    Default M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    jos wrote in another thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by jos View Post
    ...The caps of the M400 are however readily interchangeable with the caps of the M600 "Old Style" (1985-97)....
    I've owned many Pelikans over the years, but to keep nib swapping simple, I never aspired to owning Pelikans larger than the standard M4xx/M2xx/M7xx/M101N pens. I have always assumed that M600 pens were larger than the M400 and smaller than the M800, and I recall Richard Binder's Pelikan nib webpage noting that the M600 nibs will fit the M400's barrel but are still too large. Then I read jos's comment (above). If the old style M600 cap fits the M400 barrel, wouldn't the old style M600 threaded barrel therefore be the same diameter as the M400? So just what are the differences between the M600 and M400? Length? Nib size? Quality of materials (vis--vis M4xx and M2xx)?

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    The very first M600 pens were the same size as the M400 and are usually known as "Old Style".

    This is from Dominic's excellent pelikan-collectibles.com site:

    The M600 was made available in 1985 as a luxury version of the new M400 with an 18 ct gold nib and additional trim ring on the filling knob. From 1986 to September 1997 the M600 - in size of the M400 - was added to the standard offering. Only the models M600 from 9/1997 were dimensioned larger.

    The fountain pen Model M600 Old Style uses different nibs:

    1985 - 1987 with 18 carat monochrome gold nib
    1988 - 1989 with 14 carat bi-color gold nib
    1990 - 9/1997 with 18ct bi-color gold nib


    These "Old Style" M600 nibs are some of the best Pelikan nibs, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    The very first M600 pens were the same size as the M400 and are usually known as "Old Style"....
    Thank you! Alas, another pen to hunt for.

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    The very first M600 pens were the same size as the M400 and are usually known as "Old Style"....
    Thank you! Alas, another pen to hunt for.
    No need to hunt very far. Fellow geek Aurore has two Old Style M600 pens for sale right now on this site. Good prices and excellent seller.

    And if somebody doesn't pick up these beauties soon I will reluctantly add another Old Style M600 to my collection.
    Last edited by carlos.q; March 11th, 2021 at 07:56 AM.

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    The earliest (aka Old Style, 1985-1997) M600 is basically the same pen as the M400 of that period but the M600 came with more bling, eg a decorative gold band at the section front and at the barrel end plus also an 18 karat two-tone nib instead of a 14K single tone nib on the M400.

    The build quality and materials of the M400 and M600 are identical. The M2xx was a cheaper pen, not really of minor quality but these pens came in plain colours only and with a one-piece barrel so they were much cheaper to produce compared to the M4xx (and up) range with their fancy striated bindes around transparent barrels.

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    The Pelikan's Perch has an interesting comparison of old and new-style M600s.

    A tale of two M600s https://thepelikansperch.com/2014/11...00-comparison/

    Review: old and new-style M600s head-to-head https://thepelikansperch.com/2014/12...n-m600-review/

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    The only Pelikans I've kept are my old style 600, 400 and dome cap 200.

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    The only Pelikans I've kept are my old style 600, 400 and dome cap 200.
    Other than the additional gold band on the M600's knob, do you find any improvement over the M400?

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    Default Re: M600 attributes compared with M4xx and M2xx

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    The only Pelikans I've kept are my old style 600, 400 and dome cap 200.
    Other than the additional gold band on the M600's knob, do you find any improvement over the M400?
    The original 600 came with an 18k somewhat soft nib.

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