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Interesting development. I ordered one of the Blue/Black 405's that came with the fully Rhodinized 14K Nib (looks all silver). I contacted Chartpak to swap out the nib and they tell me, even though they supplied the pens for this drop, they are unaware of fully Rhodinized 14K Nibs that shipped with these pens. They tell me the only nibs they have to swap are the 14K two tone nibs. They are being very helpful and contacting Pelikan direct to get to the bottom of this.
Hi @Recoil_Rob, and everyone who's participated,
Thanks for your patience, we've solved the nib color mystery!
Pelikan is beginning a slow “rolling change-over” from the 14k two-tone gold nibs that were standard on all M400/M405 fountain pens to "white" color 14k gold nibs on the M405.
During the change, some customers may receive their M405 pen with the “white” nib, and some may get "white and yellow" two-tone nib.
For nib size exchanges, Chartpak will only replace or exchange nibs for the same color - they will not be able to swap from one color to the other.
Additionally, nibs are only produced and sold in these sizes: EF, F, M or B. No other sizes will be available any longer for exchanges.
P.S. - To avoid any confusion about the material of the pen, Chartpak refers to these rhodanized or white-toned 14k gold nibs as "white," to differentiate them from the two-tone "yellow and white" 14k and 18k nibs.