Pelikan M800 Blue o' Blue Special Edition, M800 18K Medium, inked with Diamine Schubert

I think of the M800 Blue o' Blue Special Edition as coming out of an era of quite modest designs from Pelikan. It is over-shadowed by later more vibrant designs like the aptly named Vibrant Blue and Ocean Swirl.

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This old (two chicks) M800 Medium nib entered my collection with the M815 Wall Street Limited Edition. It writes with a slightly finer line than a modern medium nib and is very smooth. I have wondered in the past whether a previous owner had some work done to this nib.

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Diamine Schubert is from the Music set of ten inks. It is described as being a sea-blue colour, but I think it as being more of a blue-black in the mould of Waterman's Blue-Black. It does exhibit some subtle shading, but I cannot see any sheen at all.

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Pelikan M620 San Francisco, M600 14K Extra Fine, inked with Diamine Schubert

The Pelikan M620 San Francisco is without a doubt the most prized of all my pens. To get this pen I set an eBay max bid that was obscene. Happily I won the auction and got it for a price that to source it today would seem quite reasonable - it was not reasonable in 2012. It still ranks as the most money I have paid for a pen.

This pen is spectacular, it has no vibrant colours but has a combination of earthy tones together with shimmering undertones deep in the material that I have not seen in any other Pelikan. Its cap is semi-transparent as you can from the image.

The nib is a 14K gold extra fine - I bought with my M620 Athens so it is not that pen's original nib as all City Series pens came with an 18K gold nib. Its obscure history aside this is a very good extra fine nib. I like my nibs on the wet side and this one is not exception. It displays a slightly narrower vertical stroke, compared to the horizontal. 

Schubert named after the composer Franz Schubert is one of the Diamine's music set inks from 2012. Its comes in a cute little cubed 30ml bottle. 

Schubert is what I would classify as a blue-black shade. Does it shade? Not from this fine wet nib. Looking back at previous writing samples it did shade from a Richard Binder grind Bexley 0.9mm cusive italic in 2013, but almost everything shades from that nib. :) The only other comment that I found in my notes was that it bares a similarity to iroshizuku syo-ro which is also a blue-black ink.