The M101N Jubilee Pen commemorates an impressive event: the 175th anniversary of the company Pelikan.
Based on the original shape of the 101N Lizard from 1937, the Jubilee Pen was created with the utmost attention to detail and the accumulated know-how of centuries of experience. It is 100 % made in Germany, as are all the fine writing instruments of our brand. The combination of the traditional shape with the latest technology ensures perfect pleasure and free flowing ink with each stroke. This result was only possible due to our rich heritage.
Let’s start by analyzing the name for a minute. When the first piston fountain pen was introduced in 1929, it was simply called the “Pelikan fountain pen”.
With growing diversification, model numbers became imperative. The number 100 was chosen in 1930 for all models with colored barrels. In 1935, the first fountain pens with the number 101 were produced for the export markets. They not only had a pattern or color on the barrel, but also a matching one on the cap.
Two years later, a bigger model was launched with the addition “N” for neu (which means new in German). The M in front of the number was added many years later, to differentiate the piston mechanism (M for the German word Mechanik) from the cartridge mechanism. So the name in itself already tells a long story to the initiated, with each letter and number a cornerstone in the history of Pelikan.
The 18 carat gold nib is hand-made in our production facility close to Hannover, Germany. Nineteen different production steps are necessary until a nib is finally deemed perfect enough to be chosen for our most prestigious models. With patience and know-how, each nib is checked by our professionals who test-write every single nib until we can guarantee that they are soft and flexible and just right for the highest demands of our extremely knowledgeable customers. The nib is completely rhodinized to get a silver sheen, matching the silver applications.
As a very precious feature, diamonds are set inside the pelican’s nest which can be found in the engraved logo at the cap’s top.
The Quality of diamonds is defined by the well-known “4C”-criteria: color, clarity, cut, and carat (weight). The diamonds chosen by Pelikan all belong to the top area of the scales. Their color is Top Wesselton and the clarity is VS (very small inclusions). Due to the Brilliant cut, the diamonds get their special sparkle. The larger diamond has a weight of 0,004 carat, and the two smaller diamonds each have 0,003 carat. Surrounded by Sterling Silver, they provide a discreet accent that ideally fits with the unobtrusive elegance of this fountain pen.
Finest sterling silver (925) was used for the end and front piece as well as the typical dome of the cap. It gives this traditional product a surprisingly modern look. The rings of the cap have also been made of Sterling Silver. Due to a special coating of the surface, the silver will remain shiny throughout the years.
The lizard pattern is fashioned out of cellulose acetate, a material that is based on the raw material cotton. Historically, celluloid was used for the barrel and the cap, but this material is highly combustible, that’s why we have been working for decades now with the very reliable and strong alternative. It takes many different production steps until the material is correctly formed and polished. Every piece is unique.
This fountain pen series is limited to 238 pieces, commemorating the founding year 1838. The number is individually engraved into the silver surface of the cap, making each fountain pen a unique piece. The same individual number is featured on the gift box which also has the lizard pattern and contains one flacon of Edelstein Ink sapphire (blue).