Guest Post: The Pelikan 600 – A Research Note And Query

Excerpted photo from 1955 catalogThe Perch has always endeavored to be a beacon, shining light on the varied bits of Pelikan arcana.  That endeavor has led me down some pretty interesting paths over the years.  Of course, I can only expand upon the established body of knowledge by standing on the shoulders of those who have come before me.  Occasionally, I am approached about hosting a guest post from someone with a unique insight or experience with the brand which is where we find ourselves today.  I’m happy to hand over the reins to Rick Propas, proprietor of the Penguin and a well-known Pelikan collector, retailer, and friend of this blog.  The 400 was released in the first half of 1950 and became an incredibly popular model that helped to rebuild the company’s fortunes following World War II.  Perhaps lesser known are the many variants derived from the 400 design, namely the 500, 600, and 700.  Of these, the 600 remains the most obscure which makes it the perfect fodder for a post.  Rick takes a look a close at the 600 and tries to fill in some of the many questions that still surround this model.  Without further ado, I give you his take on the model 600.

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