My very pretty Pelikan M620 Berlin makes its seventh appearance in pen rotation since I bought it second-hand in September 2012 . Like it's kin the Stockholm, Madrid and Chicago, Berlin sports a semi-transparent marble effect patterned resin. Berlin's dominate colour is green - supposedly in recognition of the number parks and green spaces in the German city.
Yet another of my 18K Medium nibs - I own five of this particular model - none of them write with the same line width. This one runs finer and is a bit dry, not my favourite nib as it can also be a hard starter.
The Italian manufacturer Visconti uses a distinctive bottle shape for their inks. While I love the look of this bottle it always worries me when I am filling a pen from it. The base is so small I fear it will tip over. I have most of the Visconti inks in glass bottles but I hear they are swapping over to plastic for all colours going forward.
Despite owning 21 different bottles I am not a huge fan of black inks. I know that there is nothing as classy as a crisp black line on a white page but I would much rather use a dark grey that shades. Visconti Black however is good black black that does work well on the page.