Pelikan M620 Shanghai, M600 14K Medium, inked with Diamine Händel

Until I received my M600 Vibrant Orange during the week, this pen was my only M600 that contained any orange colour. The Shanghai is very colourful with translucent stripes of orange and candy red around the barrel and cap.

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There is nothing much to say about the M600 14K two-tone medium nib besides it writes well, not much more you can ask for from a nib.

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I seem to be in the middle of a Diamine patch at the moment; it is the second largest by the number of inks in my collection, so it is not too strange to have a few of them in use together. Diamine Händel is from the Music set of inks and is a lovely Aubergine shade; it is a classy colour that goes well at the office.

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Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona, M600 14K Medium, inked with Montblanc BMW Blue

I love the look of this pen. It is so different from all of my others. Who would have thought a pen barrel that looks like sandstone would be such a favourite.

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This M600 nib has been in my collection for the longest time. It can be a bit of a hard starter with a dry ink but works very well with this blue ink from Montblanc.

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This ink is a great shading and sheening blue. It is such a pity that it had such limited release only being available from selected BMW dealerships. I know in Australia it was the highest selling BMW accessory by volume for several months. I bought this bottle off eBay long before they made there way Downunder.

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Pelikan M620 Chicago, M600 14K Medium, inked with J.Herbin Bleu Myosotis

Making its 16th time in rotation my M620 Chicago has been in my collection for over six years. It is a rather muted silver, grey and black marble effect that I quite like.

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An older and finer M600 14K Medium nib - writes well - enough said.

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This bottle of J.Herbin Bleu Myosotis (Forget-me-not flower blue) is getting close to six years in my collection and this is its only sixth time in use. It is an OK medium blue ink that shades slightly but has no sheen to see.

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Pelikan M620 Athens, M600 14K Medium, inked with Montblanc Swan Illusion Plume

One of prettiest M620 pens comes back into use. I love the blue and yellow-green bands of colour on the Athens. The cap and barrel colours never line up - The lack of symmetry irks me greatly.

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A nice old 14K medium nib that writes well and never gives trouble.

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Swan Illusion Plume is a weird name for an ink. But a quick google explained it all. This ink is from the "Patron of the Arts" series and is dedicated the Ludwig II, who was known of the Swan King. His early life is said to inspire the ballet Swan Lake. The colour of ink is inspired by the colour of swam plumage.

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The label on the bottom of the bottle of this ink describes the colour as taupe. What colour is taupe? Greyish brown or brownish grey, or something like that?  I didn't expect to like this colour but I actually do, it is so different to almost any other colour of ink that I own. It shades nicely and gives a very nice "watercolour" look. I reckon it is more of a light taupe... 

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Pelikan M600 Turquoise Special Edition, M600 14K Medium, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Salix

The very pretty blue M600 Turquoise SE makes its second appearance in rotation. The Pink version is still my favourite of the white capped M600s but this model is a close second.

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Medium by name fine by nature. This M600 14K two toned medium bucks the recent trend of my recent nibs being broader that their named size, this one writes slightly broader than an old fine. Which fine by me.

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Not the best writing sample as the ink was still feeding down the nib. I don't dip my white M600s but use a syringe to fill the barrel then screw the nib in and turn the plunger to force ink into the feed. As you can see from the sample it hit a dry patch halfway through. The ink itself is a iron gall blue ink that oxidises to a blue-black shade. 

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Pelikan M620 San Francisco, M600 14K Medium, inked with Montblanc Irish Green

The distinctly patterned M620 San Francisco makes its 15th time in rotation since I bought it some 5¾ years ago. It is still one of my favourite pens just to gaze at.

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At seven years, four months this nib has spend the second longest time in my collection, clocking up 16 times in rotation. It is a nice wet medium nib that just writes well.

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I love Montblanc Irish Green - it is a lovely emerald green that shades and exhibits a red sheen on occasion. This particular ink has been in collection for over seven years.

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Pelikan M600 Ruby Red Special Edition, M600 14K Medium, inked with Pilot iroshizuku momiji

My very pretty M600 Ruby Red Special Edition makes its 14th time into use in the 5 ½ years I have owned it.

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An ok M600 14K medium nib - nothing really specially to say about this nib. Its writes well which is the main thing.

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Iroshizuku momiji (Autum leaves) is lovely red that shades slightly from pink to red and exhibits some gold coloured sheen on 52gsm Tomoe River paper. A very well behaved pretty ink.

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More pretty pink-red shading.

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Pelikan M620 Madrid, M600 14K Medium, inked with Robert Oster Signature Orange

The M620 Madrid is basically the same patterned material as the Berlin but in red rather than green. 

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Another older (note the two chicks on the logo) M600 nib this time in 14K gold - not as fine as my 18K versions but still finer than the newer 14K mediums I own.

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Not much to say about the Robert Oster bottles - a good shape for inking up of plunger filled pens.

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Orange inks almost always shade, all Robert Oster inks shade.

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A good orange colour, nice shading from this average medium nib, would be very good in a broad stub.

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Pelikan M600 Tortoiseshell White Special Edition, M600 14K Medium, inked with Franklin-Christoph Classic Black

The M600 White Tortie is a beautiful pen. The combination of honey-gold tortoiseshell and white body with gold trim does it for me. I picked this one up secondhand from the nib smith Dan Smith. I really wish Pelikan would release a M800 version of this model.

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This nib is a bit problematic - it has a slight "babies bottom" that causes hard starting of various degrees depending on the combination of ink and paper. I should get this defect polished out one day.

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I particularly enjoy the shape of Franklin Christoph bottles, the wide opening makes it very easy to fill my larger pens.

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Classic Black is a pretty straight up and down black, the writing sample suffers from the ordinary nib performance.

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Pelikan M620 San Francisco, M600 14K Medium, inked with Montblanc Leonardo Red Chalk

My most prized Pelikan. 

My first M600 nib bought in 2010 on the M600 Black/Green Striated, this medium is serviceable but nothing special, it writes wet, which I really like.

I am a fan of the cube shaped Montblanc bottles used for special editions that are not Writers Series. They are deep enough to cater for my largest nibs.

I am far more impressed with this ink this time around than I was last time I used it some 28 months ago, on that occasion it was used in a double broad nib that did nothing for it. This ink does not provide a great deal of colour variation but the reddish-brown colour is very attractive.

Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona, M600 14K Medium, inked with Diamine Salamander

I last had this pen in use in February this year. Six month is too long between uses so I am hoping this time will reduce now that I have gone Pelikan only.

This Pelikan M600 14K Medium nib is just ok, slightly on the wet side but not silky smooth. One day I should get it looked at.

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Diamine Salamander is an interesting colour, it is to my mind is a very dark khaki, it shades very well, as seem in my writing sample. I like it very much as it makes a change from the everyday blue, black and browns.

Pelikan M600 Green o' green Special Edition, M600 14K Medium, inked with Diamine Violet

Green o' green - a M600 sized green swirly patterned pen that is the little brother to the M800 Blue o' blue. It is not a flashy green like the M600 Vibrant Green - more business-like.

Just a plain-jane factory M600 14K Medium nib, it came with my first M600 pen in late-2010 and it writes pretty well.

Diamine Violet is a pretty true violet, a good free-flowing ink that writes very well without a great deal of shading.

Pelikan M600 Black/Green Striated, M600 14K Medium, inked with Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black

I have said it before on many occasions (but possible not here), that this colour combination is to me the classic Pelikan look - black and green striated barrel and gold trim.

This nib is not the best example of a Pelikan M600 medium nib that I own - I can't seem to see any fault with it when viewed via a loupe but it is just not smooth. After this rotation I might take to its tip with some micro mesh sandpaper to see if I can't improve its feel. 

Air Corp Blue-Black was released in 2007 as an tribute to the Flying Tigers of 1940. 

This ink is very dark, almost black. It is certainly not what I think of as Blue-Black by any stretch, if anything it has a green undertone. Nevertheless I like this ink and would happily use it day in, day out. 

Pelikan M600 Blue Demonstrator, M600 14K Medium, inked with De Atramentis Sea Breeze

One Pelikan out, another Pelikan in. This pen has several names, I formally call it the M600 Blue Demonstrator, it is also know in my collection as the pen that Supa-glue fixed. This pen is a bit of a mystery. Pelikan pen history sites reference this model, colour, and trim as being made for Sony (2500 made), though knowing manufacturers, they never just make the exact number for the order so this is more likely a leftover that was later sold to the US market. I bought it second hand and it arrived snapped in two. Luckily the break was clean so Supa-glue to the rescue and it is still going strong.

I have lots of M600 Medium nibs - medium is probably my least favourite size of nib as it so in-between. This particular nib performs without fault and you can't ask anything  more of it.

Yet another of my many De Atramentis scented inks, this is Sea Breeze, which smells like a 70s cologne or maybe a brand of suntan oil we used to have. It's quite a pleasant smell (better than most of my Noodler's inks).

The colour of this is Atlantik (Atlantic) Blue. I live on the Pacific and our ocean is a brighter blue that this. It has a bit of grey to the colour that may reflect the storm-tossed Atlantic. An OK colour I suppose, though with no shading it lacks interest.