Pelikan M320 Pearl Special Edition, M300 14K Medium, inked with Kyo No Oto No.07 hisoku

The M320 Pearl Special Edition was the last M300 pen to be released. The image doesn’t show it, but the material has alternate gloss and matt sections around the barrel. It is the least favourite of the M300 pens I own. It was very much targeted to the female buyer coming in a heart-shaped box.


A medium width nib, no matter what size is never super exciting. This M300 one is no exception.


Kyo No Oto inks are very traditionally Japanese in the range of colours that they offer. This grey-green called hisoku (literally: secret colour) is an ode to the celadon colour of pottery that was popular in classic period Japan. This ink shades pretty well and the tone is so different from many of my other inks. Do I like it? - maybe, the jury is still out.


Pelikan M320 Pearl Special Edition, M300 14K Medium, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Morinda

My little M320 Pearl Special Edition returns to use. I am a fan of the little M300 model which these days is pretty much neglected by Pelikan. This pen was actually the last new release in that size some seven years ago.


This standard medium nib is the one that came with this pen, they have been apart for 18 months now.


I seem to be having quite a few red inks coming through my rotation of late and this is the standard red from Rohrer & Klingner. I wasn’t able to find out if Morinda actually means anything. It exhibits some shading but otherwise is unremarkable.


Pelikan M300 Black, M300 14K Medium, inked with Noodler's Blue Black

There is not all that much I can say about this pen. But I will try - It is a M300, plain-Jane black with gold trim, it cost the least of any Pelikan Souverän model I own and, this occasion marks the first time that I have had three M3XX pens in rotation at the same time.


Like the pen I struggle to say much about this nib. It is fairly old (two chicks) a medium width and works.


Sometimes an ink will surprise me. I can't remember what it was like when I last used this ink some two years and one ago, but this time wow. It is a very dark blue black that sheens red in all the heavy ink sections. Shading is fair from this medium nib but would be better out of a broad stub. Noodler's are not noted for sheening inks but this one is the exception.


Pelikan M320 Ruby Red, M300 14K Medium, inked with J.Herbin 1670 Edition Anniversaire Rouge Hematite

The baby of the Souverän the M300 is a great little pocket pen. This model the M320 Ruby Red has such a pretty pattern.


A nice wet medium nib - not much more to say.


The Rouge Hematite was the first release of the J.Herbin 1670 Edition inks and this particular one is an early version made before they started to add gold dust. This ink scanned quite orange because the whole ink sample sheens gold on 52gsm Tomoe River paper. This is such a great ink and makes me wish all the 1670 Editions had a version without the gold dust.


Pelikan M320 Orange Marbled, M300 14K Medium, inked with De Atramentis Riesling

Well Pelikan number 48 has joined the flock. I have been chasing this little pen for a number of years waiting for one that was simply expensive, not obscene. The orange marbled colouring is pretty special.

Nice wet 14K Medium nib that writes OK now once I cleaned the dried black ink out of it. Getting a dirty nib is one of the bugbears of buying secondhand off eBay. 

De Atramentis Riesling is scented and made from riesling wine - though the smell of it is too close to what you experience smelling a wine glass the next morning after a big night for my liking.

A sort of sepia brown riesling colour. Does shade slightly but overall a pretty average shade.