Pen additions to my collection - 2018

I added ten more pens to my collection in 2018, an increase of one from 2017’s nine.

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The continuation of Pelikan’s white M600 special edition series, this time in Turquoise was the first purchase of the year.

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I don’t usually collect the M200 series of pens, but a silver trimmed clear demonstrator was too nice to pass up; so my second addition was the M205 Demonstrator SE.

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My third addition for the year was love at first sight purchase. The M120 Iconic Blue Special Edition so attracted me by its simplicity and shape.

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After getting the Iconic Blue and being a completist, I had to seek out the first of the M120 release pens. So my fourth new addition was the first that was not a 2018 release - the M120 Green/Black Special Edition.

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The M320 Jade Green SE was the last of the M300 pens I needed for the set. This pen is the closest I have had to a grail pen as they are scarce. I bought this one from Japan at an extravagant price to become my fifth pen purchase for the year.

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The M815 Metal Striped SE was a bolt from the blue as there were no previous rumours about this pen before it was officially released. I am so on the train of striped pens so this one becomes my sixth addition of the year.

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This pen was a spare of the moment, FOMO, completest extravagance. I had gotten the Royal Gold LE in 2017 for my milestone (50th) birthday, but I had no such excuse this year. I got a call from my local pen shop to say that there were only two of this model coming to Australia via the distributor and one had already been spoken for, they needed an answer. I said yes to the M805 Royal Platinum Raden LE working on the theory that it was easier to beg forgiveness from my wife than ask for permission to spend a sizeable amount of cash on another pen. (I was in her bad books for weeks).

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My eighth addition for the year was the M800 Stone Garden SE - a nice pen.

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The very bright and sunny M600 Vibrant Orange SE become the ninth purchase for the year. I am in love with this pen but was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t closer in colour to my M320 Orange Marbled.

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My tenth (and last) pen for the year arrived less than three hours ago at 2 pm on the 31st December 2018 - the M805 Dark Blue. This pen was an eBay purchase to add to the M605 Dark Blue I already have in my collection, and I have an M405 version in transit from Germany to complete the set.

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So that’s the year in pen purchases for me: seven 2018 release pens, one new 2016 release pen and two older pens sourced on the secondary market.

My favourite - It is hard to go past the M805 Royal Platinum Raden LE, the “silver” of the platinum allows for a superb display of rainbow of colours from the raden. Second place is a tie between the M320 Jade Green and the M600 Vibrant Orange, both are so bright and “happy”. Least favourite - M800 Stone Garden.

Pelikan M320 Jade Green Special Edition, M300 14K BB, inked with Diamine Cult Pens Iridescink Robert

My pretty Jade Green M320 makes its second appearance into my rotation. I love this cute little pen that I can only use posted.

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Look at the tipping on this nib, so stubby! I bought this nib from an online vendor that specialises in selling new old stock pen parts returned from stores. I didn’t even know that Pelikan made an M300 nib in the double broad size. It is old (two chicks) and writes superbly with a wet line. Why oh why can’t Pelikan make their modern BB nibs like this?

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This is the first of Diamine’s new design bottles to make its way into my possession. They are much the same size and shape as the old shape. They have a wide opening and enough height to allow even the large nib to be submerged.

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I bought this Diamine Cult Pens special edition mostly for the name. Robert is a weird name for an ink. It came about due to a public vote to name this plus one other ink, and the Cult Pens staff said that the best they could come up with was Robert.

The ink itself lives up to the label of being “iredescink”. The ink’s true colour is burgundy, but on Tomoe River paper it sheens so much that my writing samples look like they were written with gold ink. Even the scanned samples below sheen on half of the letters. I am not usually a fan of super sheeny inks, but I can get on board with this one.

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Pelikan M320 Jade Green Special Edition, M300 14K Extra Fine, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrün

Getting this M320 Jade Green Special Edition pen has been a saga. It was released in 2007 so this pen was only to be found on the secondary market. I had four seperate attempts over three years to get one. The first was a purchase from a Japanese store using the White Rabbit buying service. Someone beat me to placing their order for the same pen 30 seconds before me. The second attempt was 18 months later from a Japanese vendor on eBay. I paid my money and two days later they cancelled the sale, no reason given, but I got a refund. The third attempt was three months ago, again eBay, this time out of the UK, this one got to Australia but was lost by a local courier - so close, but yet so far. I got a refund after a month on that one. Then just last week my permanent search on eBay surfaced one again from a vendor in Japan (I wonder if the majority of this model were sold in Japan). I bought it and waited for something to go wrong but it made it successfully here - so four times a charm.

This pen is lovely shade of green and the material is almost identical to that of the M600 Vibrant Green Special Edition.

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I am so happy to finally get this pen and to complete my set of M320 models.

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I really wish that Pelikan would grind their Extra Fine nibs like this these days. Look at that tipping - it produces fine vertical lines with slightly broader horizontals. The nib itself has a bit of tarnish on the Pelikan symbol but that does not detract from its use.

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I tried to find a green ink to ink up for this pen's first use but the nearest I could find near the top of the list was R&K Smaradgrun - which is more of a bluish-green. This ink shades beautifully even from this fine nib.

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