Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Special Edition, M800 18K 0.7mm CI, inked with Kyo No Oto No.08 urahairo

You would think that a brown stripe pattern would be boring, but no I find the brown tortoiseshell pattern to be brilliant. The M800 version coming into rotation today has more dark lines than some of my M400 versions - just a great looking pen.


This nib is the other John Mottishaw grind I received with the purchase of the M805 Dark Blue. It is pretty crisp and makes a vertical line around 0.7mm, and horizontal lines are hair width. The tines of this nib were slightly misaligned on arrival, but a bit of fingernail action soon fixed that. I love a crisp cursive italic, and this example is bound to be a favourite.


Yes, I am back on the Kyo No Oto inks, trust me I only have one left to come into the rotation then you will not see them here for years. This lovely shading light green ink is called urahairo which means “under the leaf”.


Pelikan M805 Dark Blue, M800 18K 1.5mm Stub, inked with Kyo No Oto No.02 imayouiro

This pen, the latest addition to my collection only arrived at 2 pm today. I had been looking for an M805 Dark Blue to go with the M605 version that has been in my possession for a couple of years.


I was fortunate that this pen came with not one but two John Mottishaw nibs. This one is a triple broad nib converted into a stub with a line width of about 1.5mm. The other nib is a 0.7mm CI. This nib is quite old indicated by the two chicks and the markings. It writes superbly.


Kyo No Oto No.2 imayouiro is named for the Safflower which is a thistle with an orange flower that was used to make a pink ink. This ink reminds me of iroshizuku kosumuso. It is a lovely shading pink ink. This is my final pen rotation for 2018. Roll on 2019.


Pelikan M600 Ruby Red Special Edition, M600 14K 1.5mm CI, inked with Robert Oster Signature Copper

I glad to see one of favourite M600 pens back in rotation - such a pretty ruby red colouring.


A monster nib - custom made by John Mottishaw almost seven years ago - back in the good old days when the Australian dollar was strong. This is a beautiful wet stub that is so so smooth.


My 40th Robert Oster Signature ink - a purchase from a Brisbane pen group member. It is called Copper but I think of it more of a burgundy. It exhibits some good shading from this super broad nib and is a colour that quite appeals to me.


Pelikan M600 Black, M600 14K 1.5mm CI, inked with Noodler's Mary I

One of my plainer Pelikans - the M600 Black is a great workhorse pen. I have had it in my collection for just over 5 years and this is its 13th time in rotation


This is probably the most extravagant custom grind I have. Born out the frustration of Pelikan not producing a factory M600 sized Italic Broad nib, I had John Mottishaw take a BB nib cut the tipping off and weld a piece of iridium wire in its place, and form this 1.5mm cursive italic. So wet and smooth!


Though Noodler's Mary I is a nice pleasant shade of red it is overall a pretty boring ink. Its writing samples exhibit very little shading and zero sheen - if there was any to be had this super broad nib would have brought it out.


Pelikan M620 Chicago, M600 14K 1.5mm CI, inked with Montblanc Royal Blue

I have never been to Chicago, it is one of the many cities in the world that I would like to visit one day. (I have a list, of course its in a database).  In the meantime I will console myself by owning a pen bearing its name. The Pelikan M620 Chicago is semi-transparent with a silver, grey and black marble effect pattern. It is one of the few M620 pens that have silver trim. Overall it is a classy pen.

This nib was modified by John Mottishaw of Classic Fountain Pens, it is more than just a custom grind. The existing BB tip was ground back and a section of iridium wire was welded on to build up the tipping to the 1.5mm width. It is the only nib tip in my collection that I know for certain is iridium. I had this nib made in late-2011 when the Australian dollar was running red hot to the US and everything was "cheap". 

An older bottle of Montblanc Royal Blue - the Made in W-Germany on the label dates it. It is the classic Montblanc shoe shaped bottle with the deep heel that allows filling of even the largest pens. 

This is royal i.e. leans purple and the nib makes this ink and my writing look fairly interesting.