Originally Posted by urbanspinner
*ears perk up* Tell us more. I've never heard of Merz & Krell before. How did you get the nib?
In the mid- to late-70s Pelikan outsourced (for the one and only time in their history) the manufacture of their model 120 "student" line to the Merz & Krell. The product was the late-model 120 that was sold throughout the U.S. (and, I'm assuming, the rest of the world) in college bookstores and art supply shops. The Merz & Krell was very well made (except for the thin screw-on tip to the cap, which is prone to cracking), sported a far more flexible nib than is common on most Pelikans before or since, and was/still is immensely popular among artists looking for a responsive, affordable fountain pen that is smooth and produces a wonderfully varied line.
While the pen is no longer in production, it can frequently be found on eBay, and in shops dealing in vintage fountain pens, at very reasonable prices. And it holds up well. (I've had mine for over 30 years now and it continues to function flawlessly.)
(It should be noted that, since this pen was never actually manufactured by Pelikan, its nib is NOT interchangeable with that of any other pen in the Pelikan line.)