Do you think that a fountain pen built for a kid might be right for you or a child you care about? This review will tell you everything you need to know about the Pelikan Pelikano, including a close up photo of the nib and a writing sample. If you’re a more visual person, take a look at my video below.
Pelikan Pelikano Specs
Interestingly, it comes in either right or left handed options. The change is not in the nib itself, but appears to be in the grip. If you look at the rubber grip, one side has a divet to rest your middle finger on, the other side has grip lines to help kids place their index finger while writing.
I imagine a left handed option would be less comfortable for right handed people since those rubber lines would ride into the sides of your middle finger. I am right handed so it fit perfectly well for me.
Nib Length: 15mm
Pull/Screw Cap: Pull off
Capped Length: 130mm
Posted Length: 150mm
Uncapped Length: 121mm
Mid-Grip Width: 9mm
Cap Band Width:11mm
This pen comes in many colors and the black one doesn’t look as childish as some of the brighter options. It still looks like a cheaper pen given the design is a little fat and clunky on purpose to help children who haven’t developed their fine motor skills yet.
This pen looks fun. It is fun.
What makes it fun is that it’s cheap, so you’re not overly cautious about where you take it or letting it beat around the bottom of a bag, and it is plastic so it’s not like it has a delicate finish that you’re trying to protect.
The shape of the clip is a little like a football helmet guard. It has a wrap around clip that has a spine on one side, and two sides that wrap to the front and a clip that isn’t really functional for holding the cap to much, except maybe a few sheets of paper. There’s no flex in the clip and it’s not designed for any. I just don’t see any use for this, except to keep it from rolling off a table, it’s so useless and rigid it feels like it will break off at any moment if you try and put it over anything more than a few sheets of paper.
I do like the fat grip, it’s great to hold and super comfortable. The rubber grip pads make it super comfortable and, although I’m not of them, some people have complained about fountain pens getting slippery when their hands are sweaty, but the rubber would prevent that.
Pelikano comes with a long cartridge which holds a lot of ink. As expected in a kids pen, the nib is steel instead of gold and it’s available in a wide variety of fun colors like
Pelikano vs. Pelikano Jr. Design
The Pelikano I’m reviewing here looks similar to the Pelikano Jr. but the Jr. comes with translucent barrels, also in bright colors like violet, turquoise, red and blue. The Pelikano comes in black (shown) or red, blue, or green.
Aside from the brighter colors, the Jr. does not have a clip; Since I find the clip pretty useless and ugly, that is a bonus for me!
Pelikano has a cutout for the ink window on the body, the Pelikano Jr. has a bubbled out window not intended for an ink window, but rather functions as a roll-away stop so the pen doesn’t roll off the table; the translucent body lets you keep a constant eye on your ink level.
The Junior has a stripe of plastic just behind the cap when it’s capped, that allows you to write a child’s name on it so it’s not confused for someone else’s pen. Pretty cool.
How is the Nib on the Pelikan Pelikano?
Okay, we’ve covered the interesting look of this fountain pen. Now we get into how it writes. The nib is nothing special in terms of design, but it writes smoothly and reliably.
As you can see in the close up photo, the nib looks rather similar to that of a Lamy Safari nib, just plain stainless steel with no engraving outside of the M for medium nib. It is not eyecatching, but when you touch it to paper is when you really get to see what it can do.
When I used the Pelikan Pelikano on Rhodia paper, which highlights any fountain pen’s smoothness, it did not disappoint. This pen is designed for kids, not finicky writers who demand precision strokes, but surprisingly, it writes exactly as you’d want from any fountain pen.
It’s not too wet and it’s not a dry writer, it has a nice medium weight line across the page and it doesn’t skip and hard start. It’s not the smoothest nib I’ve ever used, but it’s not scratchy. It feels like you would expect a first fountain pen to feel, solid and reliable, but not the buttery smoothness of your favorite $500 writer.
There’s an almost imperceptible hitch on the upstroke and to the right, just a very slight catch when I write quickly, I haven’t taken it to my coffee cup yet, but that will happen soon.
This is most definitely a beater pen that you can take anywhere without fear you’ll lose or destroy it. I appreciate the design except for the clip as mentioned above. This would be a fun pen to learn on and I can see why it’s become the fountain pen of choice for many parents buying their children fountain pens to learn on.
WRITING SAMPLE IMAGE
The Cap – Screw/Pull/Post and What That Means
The cap on the Pelikano is a pull off cap. I wouldn’t expect any kids fountain pens to have a screwe top as those require more patience and some level of respect for the pomp and circumstance of uncapping your favorite pen to put your thoughts on paper.
This one pulls right off and there’s an o ring seal to keep the ink from evaporating when it’s capped for a week without being used. The cap, being plastic, is extremely lightweight so it is very well balanced when posted and not at all annoying to write with posted.
Interestingly, the body is square as you can see from the photo of the end next to the Pelikan logo. That square body is supposed to fit inside of a round inner cap inside of the cap in order to post. It does fit when you force it on, but it’s not optimal. You have to put some force on it and it isn’t a tight fit. I got my cap on well enough that there wasn’t any chatter, and it was well balanced due to the lightweight of the entire pen.
Is the Pelikano a Good Value?
Is the Pelikan Pelikano right for you or a kid you care about? It can be. Personally, I’d go with the Stola myself, also by Pelikan, if I were looking for this brand specifically. Basically this is a solid fountain pen, but a little clunky in its design for me. My favorites in this price range are here and here in case you’re wondering.
If you’re all in on the design, it’s a solid writer and you can get the price of the Pelikan Pelikano fountain pen now on Amazon.