Pelikan’s brand new fountain pen – The Majesty M7000

I found out today that Pelikan would be releasing a new premium fountain pen called the Majesty withthe model number of M7000. The press release can be found here: Pelikan press release on the Majesty M7000 fountain pen

 

Here are some mouth watering photos of the Majesty (courtesy of Pelikan):

 

The first thing you will notice about the Pelikan Majesty fountain pen is the absolutely beautiful barrel made of fluted sterling silver Ag 925 which is coated with platinum. The nib is a two toned 18K gold handcrafted nib. From the picture it seems that the overall finishing of the pen is excellent as can be expected from Pelikan.

 

 

While the platinum coated sterling silver barrel is a show stopper by itself, the Pelikan Majesty fountain pen conceals a unique secret. The barrel casing can be removed to reveal the very familiar differential piston filling mechanism with a visually appealing and functional transparent ink reservoir.

I will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the M7000 pen to Malaysian shores. My favourite pen specialist shop, Pengallery is expecting to offer the Pelikan Majesty M7000 sometime in the second half of April. I really can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Pelikan M650 Fountain Pen Review – Green Striped Barrel


The Pelikan M650 fountain pen with green striped barrel

This is a brief review of the Pelikan M650 fountain pen with green striped barrel. The Pelikan M650 is a discontinued model from Pelikan’s Souveran family of fountain pens. It has been out of production for a few years already but once in a while new old stock may be found on offer. Such was my good fortune when I stumbled across the green striped M650 on sale at one of the pen retailers in Singapore. I was doubly lucky to have purchased it at a very substantial discount.

First Impressions:


From left to right: 1931 Yellow Gold LE, M100, Souveran M400, Souveran M650,Souveran M805,Souveran M1050

Being a member of the Souveran family, the M650 shares the same distinctive look which is the trademark of Pelikan’s flagship range of fountain pens. As can be seen from the comparison photo above, the M650 is the midsize member of Pelikan’s fountain pen range. It shares the same barrel size as the M600 pens and has the additional feature of a vermeil cap, ie gold plating over sterling silver.

Appearance and Finish:


The vermeil cap; gold over silver (Ag925)


The Pelikan logo on the cap


The distinctive double band at the end of the barrel.

The M650 was originally offered in a variety of barrel designs. My pen came with the green and black stripes. The barrel is translucent, which allows the ink level to be seen easily when held against the light. At the end of the barrel is the piston fill knob which is decorated with the distinctive double gold band. The vermeil cap has the Pelikan logo embossed (silkscreen?) on top. Engraved on the cap is the number 925 which indicating a silver content of 92.5%. The clip bears the trademark Pelikan beak design.

Design/Size/Weight:

The pen has a total length of 134 mm. The barrel is 103 mm long while its cap has a length of 62 mm. The barrel width is approximately 12 mm. When posted the total length is approx 154 mm. The pen weighs 22.5 grams, slightly heavier than the M600 which tips the scale at approx 17.6 grams. This is of course due to the heavier cap made of sterling silver.

One of the hallmarks of Pelikan fountain pens is quadruple thread on the cap which allows the cap to be attached or removed with a
single turn. A very convenient feature during daily use.

Nib design and performance:


The finely engraved and beautiful two tone 18K nib.

The Pelikan M650 is designed to take on interchangeable nibs (ie the nib is interchangeable amongst the M600 range of pens). My pen came with the 18K solid gold fine nib. It is two toned and beautifully hand engraved. The nib writes very well, laying down a fine wet line with the smoothness which is typical of Pelikan fountain pen nibs.

Filling System:

As can be expected the M650 is equipped with Pelikan’s excellent differential piston fill system. With the piston filling mechanism, the barrel acts as the ink reservoir and the pen is able to hold a substantial amount of ink.

Cost/Value:

The M650 comes with the exquisite vermeil cap, Pelikan’s famous differential piston filling system, and the very fine 18K solid gold nib. At the price which I paid for this pen, it definitely represents excellent value for money.

Overall Opinion/Conclusion:

To summarise: On its own, the Pelikan M650 is a fountain pen with a distinguished pedigree, has a well proven design, quality construction and impeccable finish. That alone is a good enough reason to get the pen. The fact that the Pelikan M650 is now out of production makes it all the more collectible. The Pelikan M650 is a worthwhile addition to any fountain pen collection.

Why I love my Pelikan Souveran M805 Fountain Pen – A Review

Pelikan Souveran M805There are many fountain pen users who hold the opinion that German made fountain pens are amongst the best in the world. And many in this group further believe that Pelikan manufactures the best German fountain pens. I count myself as one of them. What made me a Pelikan convert is a recent purchase of the Pelikan Souveran M805 which I bought at a very good price from Pengallery. (After exhaustive comparison shopping on the internet I have found that Pengallery offers one of the most competitive prices for Pelikan pens.)

The M805 is a wonderful example of excellent German craftsmanship in fine writing instruments. The first thing that you will notice about the pen is its size. It measures 14.2 cm long with cap on and measures 16 cm with the cap posted. The M805 is a big pen clearly designed to impress. Even then it is only the second largest pen in Pelikan’s Souveran range with the top honours belonging to the M1000 model. The pen is surprisingly light for its size, weighting in at only 28.5gms, hence there is less tendency for hand fatigue with lengthy writing sessions. The relatively light weight can be attributed to Pelikan’s use of high quality resin for the pen barrel, section and cap. I tend to use the pen with the cap posted and the balance is perfect for me.

The cap is of the threaded design which is definitely a plus for me because I can avoid the messy ink splatter that comes with the removing the snap on caps on certain makes of pens. Also it is said that threaded caps tend to cut down on the evaporation rate of the ink hence there is less tendency for the ink to dry out. I have not personally verified this claim but it does sound logical.

Pelikan Souveran M805 NibThe M805 comes with a hand crafted 18K solid gold nib. The nib is dual toned and is beautifully engraved. The nib on my pen is a medium tip. It is extremely smooth with excellent ink flow. The nib always starts immediately upon touching paper and does not skip. One feature of the Pelikan system is that the nibs are designed to be user changeable. That means I can easily purchase a Broad nib or a Fine nib and swap it with the existing one for a whole new user experience.

The M805 comes with silver trims, unlike its sibling the M800 which has gold trims. I chose the M805 because the silver trims are more understated and less “showy”,  thus more suitable for my personal daily use.

One feature which I truly appreciate about the M805 is the filler system which is Pelikan’s trademark differential piston filling system. It is puzzling to find large sized fountain pens which are equipped with the cartridge/converter system which totally fails to take advantage of the barrel volume for ink storage. All the pens in the Pelikan Souveran range comes equipped with piston fillers which enhances the capacities of the ink reservoirs. For a large pen like the M805, this feature really differentiates it from the rest of the pack. I find that with the M805, despite heavy usage, I don’t have to fill it up every other day. The pen barrel is also equipped with a transparent ink window which allows me to see when the ink is running low. This is a really thoughtful feature which is no longer seen on the other pens equipped with cartridge/converter systems.

I tend to use this pen with the Pelikan 4001 fountain pen inks which come in wide variety of colours. The 4001 inks are made from a truly time tested formula and are really excellent inks. The only drawback is that like all traditional fountain pen inks, the 4001 inks are not waterproof. For that feature you will have to check out Noodler’s inks from the USA.

In conclusion to this review, I would like to say that the Pelikan Souveran M805 fountain pen is an extremely well designed pen of the best German pedigree. Despite its impressive good looks, it is truly a great piece of writing instrument which provides excellent value for money.