Pelikan Go!

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The Go!’s model number is M75, which ranks it in Pelikan’s hierarchy as a student pen. It’s similar to the Pelikano, starting with the plastic body, the grip and the steel nib.

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However, in the preceding photo you can see an ink window, and in the next photo, a piston knob.

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The Go! is a piston filler. Mine, which hadn’t been used before, has excellent and very smooth action.

Here’s another view of the Go! grip: it’s just part of the molded plastic body, but it’s comfortable: nicely girthy and not as prescriptive as the Safari grip.

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In size it’s similar to the Safari, and much larger than the M400 or M200 Pelikans.

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The steel nib — mine is a medium — is smooth and mine writes with no skipping or hesitation.  It is similar to a Pelikano or Safari nib.

The design works really well in terms of user comfort and convenience.  The looks aren’t gush-worthy, but I think it’s fine for a nicely priced student pen.  The clip and the plastic above the ink window come in different colors to give it a little fun touch.

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I mean, it’s $20.  And a very functional piston filler.

I like the cap medallion.  Mine is even pink.

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I haven’t really found any definitive source for when these were manufactured.  The box has lots of information, but no date. And, sadly, the only three words of German I know are “Pelikan” and”99 Luftballons.”  All of which have been the source of years of happiness, though.

I can say that the Go! was definitely after made 1990, because the box declares “made in Germany.” The website I find most authoritative for Pelikan history says only that it was made after 1985.  The colors and the design strike me as very 1980s.  As does the name “Go!” I like that.

I like my Go! It’s just like a Pelikano with a piston filler.  A nice student pen that is sturdy and fairly comfortable, as those go. But of course nothing like Pelikan’s Souverän line. It’s instead comparable to a Lamy Safari. It lacks the beautiful (to me) Safari design. But it’s a piston filler.

5 thoughts on “Pelikan Go!

  1. I also picked up one of these for $20 on eBay. For that price, you really can’t go wrong can you? As you say, the piston mechanism is like butter. I would like to know why these didn’t last longer than they did.

    The nib on mine is incredibly smooth, but the flow is on the generous side of firehose: De Atramentis Plum comes out as almost black.

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  2. My wife purchased one exactly like this at the LA Show several years ago for about $10, iirc.

    I think it would do great in today’s market and am ecstatic it lacks the Safari design.

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  3. Ah that is very kind. Pelikan nicely printed everything in five languages. 🙂

    I got it last year, I think. I wasn’t happy using a converter with the Pelikano, so I tried a few cheap older Pelikans.

    I can’t believe how nice the piston action is for a pen this inexpensive. I’m thinking if Pelikan could make a profit on a sub-$20 steel-nib piston-filler like the M75, its margins today on a legacy product like the M200 must be enormous.

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  4. What a cool find! Have you had it long? I could definitely see this as a nineties pen – the colors have that ‘eighties, but more muted’ look that was on until the mid-nineties or so. But I’m surprised anyone was making cheapie piston fillers that recently! I thought once cartridges became popular, that was the end of the other filling systems on school pens.

    If you want to post the back with the info in German, I could have a look! My German’s pretty lousy but I can get by when it comes to marketing materials, plus my mom’s fluent and between her knowledge of the language and mine of pens, I bet we could suss it out 😛

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