ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (at least as far as collars go)! Welcome to the third and final installment of a series of posts dealing with Pelikan’s nibs. The first post endeavored to clarify the presumed meaning of the PF and E|N hallmarks while the second detailed some of the steps in the evolution of the collar, feed, and nib over time. Now you may think that I was overly harsh with my opening statement but allow me to convince you of the truth of that declaration. Polystyrene’s roots are deeply German in origin. It’s initial discovery was in 1839 by Eduard Simon but almost one hundred years had to elapse before the substance was formulated as we know it today. The properties of this material are that it is clear, hard, and (most distressingly) brittle. It began being mass-produced for various applications in the 1930’s and was prized for being relatively inexpensive to manufacture.