I was talking to some Fountain Pen People recently and the topic of the Pelikan nib widths came up. The lovely people I was speaking to raised the topic of the “fine-ness” (or rather lack there of) of the Pelikan nibs. I happened to have my Pelikan M625 F inked at the time, so I decided to take a look at how the nib width compared with some of the other pens I had inked up at the time.
According to Classic Fountain Pens, the width of the Pelikan F nib is 0.5mm. I compared this nib to the Jowo #6 and #5 nibs, both in steel and Medium widths, which is meant to be the same width as the Pelikan F. I also had some Faber Castell and Graf von Faber Castell pens inked up, both also steel mediums. For this mini-review, I only compared European nibs to the Pelikan, not Japanese nibs which are usually finer by comparison.
For good measure, I included some felt tip pen writing samples to see what widths the nib sizes really corresponded to.
Despite the Jowo and Pelikan nibs being listed as the same size, the Pelikan F nib looks wider than the Jowo. Both Jowo nibs seemed to correspond with the 0.5mm Uni Pin size, while the Pelikan looked more like the 0.7 Copic Multiliner width. The Pelikan F is a little bit springier and wetter than the Jowo’s, so that would likely make the difference.
At the time of the conversation, someone had an extra-fine Pelikan nib inked up as well. I didn’t take a photo of it, but it was maybe marginally finer than the Fine nib that I owned, if that. To finish up, if you want a fine nib on your Pelikan fountain pen, I’d suggest you purchase one and get it modified by a nib smith to suit your requirements. The size indications for the finer nibs are more like a rough guide.
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