Pelikan M625 Red, M605 14K Extra Fine, inked with Diamine Strauss

My only sterling silver pen returns to the rotation. The M625 Red is a weighty pen with solid metal grip and blind cap.


I do like a fully rhodium plated nib. The silver look is more to my taste than the two-tone nib especial when the pen has silver furniture.


There is a fine line between the colour burgundy and the colour red-brown. I had though Diamine Strauss to be a burgundy colour, though on this occasion the writing sample leans browner. This ink exhibits some shading, but no sheen is evident in the writing sample.


Pelikan M625 Red, M620 18K Extra Fine, inked with J.Herbin Vert Empire

With a sterling silver grip section and blind cap the M625 Red is a different beast to the rest of my M600 pens. When I first bought it it took me a while to get used to its added weight and metal section. The red body is too dark in my opinion - I have to hold it in front of a bright light to see the colour.


Another old M600 extra fine nib, this time a 18K version from the M620 series of pens - Its not quite as problematic as the previous nib but it still produces a very fine line.


Last time I had this ink in rotation it was in a Sailor 1911 Medium with a H-F nib that writes with a hair width line. This time it is not much better to show off the properties of this ink. Maybe in 2½ years it will get used in a broad nib. An interesting olive green tone but no hint of shading or sheen from this nib.