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.


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.


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.


Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona, M620 18K Fine, inked with Bookbinders Snake Ink Eastern Brown

Who would have thought that a pen that resembles sandstone would be a favourite - not me but out of my twelve M620 City Series pens this ranks up there with San Francisco and Athens as my favs.


I really wish the modern Pelikan fine nibs were as fine as this one from the early 2000s. I tend to like my broader nibs more these days as my handwritten has become more flourish-full. But sometimes I need to print in the margins at the office, so this fine nib will get some use. 


It takes a long time to get around my ink collection. This was first used in February 2016 and now 26 months later it gets another run. Sadly in the meantime Bookbinders Online have discontinued their line of Snake inks so it is unlikely you could get this ink now even if you wanted it.


This is a pretty standard brown ink at the yellower end of the brown spectrum. It shades but almost all browns ink shade. 


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.

Standard Diamine bottle.

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 M620 Piazza Navona, M620 18K Extra Fine, inked with Bookbinders Snake Ink Eastern Brown

The Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona is one of the more unusual looking pens in my collection. Its barrel pattern and colour takes on the look of stone. Being named after a square in Rome that makes perfect sense.

I have no prejudices when it comes to nib width. I happily use pens with nibs fine or broad. This 18K gold extra fine nib is not that fine on the scale inclusive of japanese nibs, like most of my Pelikan nibs it is a wet writer which does widen the line width slightly.

My initial impression of the Bookbinder's Online Snake Inks are detailed here

I had a first hand encouter with an Eastern Brown snake during my teens, luckily I escaped with only a fright, considering it is the second most venomous land snake in the world it could have been far worse.

A decent shade of brown, probably not shown at its absolute best from this fine nib. It behaves very well and is on par with my other mid-brown inks.