Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red Special Edition, M101N 14K Medium, inked with Montblanc Homer Greek Blue

One M101N Tortoise out of rotation another one in. This one is not as much as a favourite as my brown tortoise but it is still a nice little pen.


Yes this nib is back into rotation after just four days out from being in the M120 Iconic Blue. I continue to find quirks in my new pen, nib, ink selection algorithms. I thought about adjusting the logic to stop this selection but in the end I really like this nib so I let it ride as it will all sort itself out eventually. 


A new ink to my collection, the latest edition of the Montblanc Writer's series ink - Homer Greek Blue. They come in the now standard 50ml glass cube bottles.


Well its a nice blue but not a spectacular blue, some shading but minimal sheen. I was hoping that  it would be more like the BMW Blue but its not. 


Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red Special Edition, M415 14K Fine, inked with Caran d'Ache Carbon Black

With light tan tortoiseshell and red trim this certainly is a good looking pen. It is M400 sized so is pocketable for the office.


This single toned gold 14K fine is a great performer. I wouldn't expect anything less from a nib bought from Richard Binder now on 7½ years ago. It was not customised but just tuned for good flow.


Caran d'Ache is a very black black even from this fine nib. Not much more to say as black inks are seldom spectacular.


Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red Special Edition, M101N 14K Broad, inked with Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue

My latest addition enters the pen rotation. The M101N Red Tortie was a long time coming as I was originally not that fussed on it when it was released in 2014. I eventually warmed to its look and when this one came up for a good price I bought it. This is my 95th pen and 43rd Pelikan.

I selected a Broad nib for this pen as I have a Fine and Medium in my other two M101N pens. I love the simplicity of the old style markings. The nib wrote well straight out of the box which was heartening as my previous two M101N nibs had misaligned tines on purchase.

The Montblanc Leo Tolstoy Sky Blue also makes it first appearance in rotation. The bottle is the now familiar round squat 35ml version used for the last several  Writers Series inks.

A good blue - not sure if I would call it exactly sky but it shades very well and does produce a red outline to the lines if the ink is wet. It flows very well from this nib and is a joy to use. I might have to get third bottle of this ink.