Fountain Pen Friday: Pelikan P55 Future

Pen in parts with standard converter
Pen in parts with standard converter

To be honest, I don’t remember when or how I got the Pelikan P55 Future, but I’m so glad I did. (Jet PensAmazon)

Pen with cap in hand
Pen with cap in hand

I don’t particularly like the color red, but I don’t seem to lose this pen as much when I’m using it. So maybe the red is a feature. It also comes in black but only in a broad nib (as far as I know).

Pen without cap in hand
Pen without cap in hand

 

It has a plastic pen body with a window in the side so you can see how your ink level is. Unlike the Scheaffer from a few weeks ago, thought has gone into its placement on the pen. The hole is in a spot it will not rub against your hand while you write, even for someone with small hands like me.

ink porthole
ink porthole

My favorite part of this pen is that it has a rubberized grip exactly where you need it.

Top Grips
Top Grips
bottom rubber. This part rests against the inside of your middle finger as you write.
bottom rubber. This part rests against the inside of your middle finger as you write.

My middle finger has a permanent callus from how I grip my pen while writing. I REALLY appreciate the extra cushioning on this pen.

Oooo and it has a sexy looking nib.
Oooo and it has a sexy looking nib.

It isn’t my favorite looking pen, but it is by far one of my favorite to write with. It writes so very smoothly, is easy on the hand, isn’t heavy, and just a joy to write with.

writing test
writing test

 

The Good

  • lightweight
  • plastic body (not dentable/stainable)
  • standard cartridge/converter
  • cushy grip
  • a joy to write with
  • reliable
  • red is easy to find on the sofa when you set it down

The Bad

  • no variety of pen body colors
  • plastic looks kind of cheap
  • medium and broad nib only

Appearance: B-

Writing: A+

Overall grade: A-