Pelikan is a German manufacturer of writing instruments that was founded in 1832. Its headquarters are located in Schindellegi, Switzerland, its CEO is Hooi Keat Loo, it has roughly 1,854 employees (as of 2015), and revenues above 200,000,000 euros (as of 2015).
The Pelikan M405 is a piston-filling fountain pen; it is larger in size than the Pelikan M200, but it is smaller in size than the Pelikan M600, M800, and M1000 (For comparison, the blue Pelikan M400 is pictured next to a red Pelikan M200). Its specifications are as follows:
- Colors: Multiple (Blue Pictured)
- Filling System: Piston
- Diameter (Body): 12.1mm/.5 inches
- Diameter (Grip): 9.3mm/.4 inches
- Length (Body): 121.6mm/4.8 inches
- Length (Capped): 126mm/4.2 inches
- Length (Posted): 149mm/5.1 inches
- Nib Color: Silver
- Nib Material: Steel
- Weight: 15g
The Pelikan M405 line is the second smallest fountain pen that Pelikan manufactures (with the M200 being the smallest). The cap posts securely on the back of the M405, but it isn't large or heavy enough to make the pen feel unwieldy when it is posted. The nibs are smooth and often write immediately with little priming needed. The piston filling mechanism is easy to operate, and while you can see the ink in the demonstrator versions of the pen, the non-demonstrator versions (such as the M405 pictured) have ink windows for the user to determine if they are low on ink. For this review, the Pelikan M405 in blue is pictured next to a Pelikan M200 in red.
While the pen may be too small for some, its reliability, quality, ease of use, brand prestige and heritage make it a valuable addition for any seasoned collector or novice. For these reasons, the Pelikan M405 is recommended by Lion Stationers. It can be purchased from the following vendors (click on the name to be taken to the website's listings):