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I received mine last week. Color is nice, but not overwhelming in its beauty. Pen itself is very short. Without the cap posted, the end of the pen advances past the crux of my thumb and forefinger. The most frustrating thing for me is it feels like I have to fill the piston/reservoir every day. It is by far the smallest reservoir of the various makes of fountain pen I have. I really don't feel I could take it with me outside my office because it would run out of ink and I would have no way to refill it. That is kind of annoying. Because it is all plastic ("resin"), it does not feel very durable. Seems expensive for what it is.
You shouldn’t have to fill your M-200 everyday for normal use. The standard M-200 should hold 1ml to 1.2ml of ink. Are you sure that you are getting a complete fill up? Something doesn’t seem right.
If you have other makes of fountain pen, I am assuming that you have some that fills with a converter. They have a really small ink capacity, I write about 10 pages a day and I can use it for about 3 days max without filling it. But, a piston fill fountain pen that holds less than a converter is not possible. Unless you are writing a whole book in one day with 10 words per second (That was exaggerated). Maybe you are not filling it right. Maybe you are in a hurry and fill it up too quickly. In that case there is not enough pressure created to suck enough ink and ends up creating air bubbles.Take your time and draw the piston back and forth slowly and make sure that the whole nib including a part of the section is in the ink and leave it there for 10 seconds. Then before leaving, just tilt the pen and look in the ink window to make sure it is filled full. If it does not, then your pen is defective, return it or contact Pelikan.
Now assuming that you have only piston fill fountain pen (especially larger pelikan pens) then I understand about it being less.
Because the PELIKAN plunger system and filling mechanism takes up alot of space, the barrel will never fill up completely with ink. There will always be a gap of air in the barrel, and this is not considered to be a defect.
Please take the time to look up and learn how to properly fill a PELIKAN piston fill fountain pen and follow the instructions. There is no need to draw the piston back and forth.