The “Metal” Stamp You Probably Don’t Know About

Metal marking under a Pelikan Souverän clipOne of Pelikan’s defining features is the iconic beak clip which has been around since the end of the second World War.  If you have ever had occasion to look at the underside of a post-1997 production Souverän clip, you might have noticed a single word conspicuously struck into the material; “metal.”  This can be found on the M/R/K/D 3xx, 4xx, 6xx, 8xx, and 10xx models.  While the meaning behind the stamp may appear enigmatic at first, the truth of the matter is actually rather simple.  Rest assured, this does not indicate a forgery of any kind.  While Pelikan offers no official statement to explain this, the supposed meaning is well documented, particularly amongst those who work with precious metals and the hallmarks that go along with them.  Across the world’s markets, there are regulations governing how precious and plated base metals are identified.  When there is a base metal that is manufactured or processed to simulate the appearance of precious metal and whose alloy contains less than a specified karat fineness, the law mandates that a marking shall be applied to acknowledge the presence of a base metal.  Different regions may vary in the fineness of gold that stipulates such a marking.  The statue is that whenever practical, the word ‘metal’ or the name of the metal should be struck on the base metal part(s).

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