Pelikan M805 Clear Demonstrator Special Edition, M800 18K Medium, inked with Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black

Back into use today is my very expensive TWSBI knockoff aka the M805 Clear Demonstrator SE. This pen worries more than all my other pens put together. I would hate to stain it beautiful crystal clear acrylic.


Into use today comes a very old M800 18K medium nib, the telltale marks to back up this statement are the two chicks and the stamped symbol to the right of M nib size imprint. This nib writes OK - a medium nib is seldom exciting.


This ink was last in use in September 2016, wow how time flies. Black is the most boring ink colour of them all, the most you can expect is minimal shading. On the plus side, there is nothing that says business like black ink on a white page.


Pelikan M800 Blue o' Blue Special Edition, M800 18K Medium, inked with Diamine Schubert

I think of the M800 Blue o' Blue Special Edition as coming out of an era of quite modest designs from Pelikan. It is over-shadowed by later more vibrant designs like the aptly named Vibrant Blue and Ocean Swirl.


This old (two chicks) M800 Medium nib entered my collection with the M815 Wall Street Limited Edition. It writes with a slightly finer line than a modern medium nib and is very smooth. I have wondered in the past whether a previous owner had some work done to this nib.


Diamine Schubert is from the Music set of ten inks. It is described as being a sea-blue colour, but I think it as being more of a blue-black in the mould of Waterman's Blue-Black. It does exhibit some subtle shading, but I cannot see any sheen at all.


Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown Special Edition, M800 18K Medium, inked with Kyo No Oto No.05 Aonibi

This pen has grown on me over the 15 months I have had it - I now really like the whisky brown cracked ice pattern.


This nib arrived in my collection in M800 Royal Gold Raden - it is a slightly uninspiring medium that I feel writes a bit drier than some of my other nibs. I should get it adjusted at some stage.


The second of Kyo No Oto inks the enter rotation. I will probably get the other five colours available at some stage soon.


I don't know if it is the nib or the ink or both but I am underwhelmed by this ink's colour. It is a pretty standard blue-black. These inks are supposed to made with traditional dyes so I am possibly wanting more than a nice watercolour look.


Pelikan M800 Royal Gold Raden Limited Edition, M800 18K Medium, inked with Montblanc Petit Prince Red Fox

The fourth use for my most expensive pen and pride of my collection. I love my Royal Gold Raden Limited Edition.


A very good older M800 medium nib (two chicks and the PF for swiss made) that writes very well with a finer line than my modern medium nibs.


I like the little squat Montblanc bottles but am not that happy that they have grown in size (and cost) to 50ml.


I have yet to make up my mind about the Petit Prince Fox Red ink. It shades but 99% of orange inks shade. No sheen but I don't think any of my orange inks sheen. Does this muted orange shade do it for me?


Pelikan M805 Black/Blue Striated, M800 18K Medium, inked with Noodler's Periwinkle

The classic Pelikan is the black/green striated with gold trim, the classy Pelikan is the black/blue striated with silver trim. I have this combination in both M400 and M800 sizes and this is the M800 version.


An older (two chick) M800 medium nib that writes like a modern fine nib.


Some inks I look forward to using, some inks I don't. Noodler's Periwinkle definitely falls into the second category. This ink was one of the first Eternal (archival) inks made by Noodler's and suffers from being so dry. Even 52gsm Tomoe River can't save it and it appears on the samples as being a matt ink. I can't bring myself to delete this and a few of its contemporaries from my collection but I am glad I only have to use them every 2½ years or so. 


Pelikan M800 Royal Gold Raden Limited Edition, M800 18K Medium, inked with Pelikan Edelstein Topaz

I have had this pen in my possession since the 30th of June but as it was my 50th birthday present I was not allow to do anything more than check it for faults before it was hidden away for 2½ months until the 17th of September. Talk about pain, having such a beautiful pen so close but yet so far. The Royal Gold Raden was one of 388 made. The inlaid stripes are 24K gold foil with mother of pearl over them, they are handmade and Japanese artist signed the body. The pen is M800 sized but is slightly heavier than a standard model due to the mother of pearl inlaid.


This pen was only available with a standard two tone M800 18K medium nib. The tines were slightly misaligned giving a slight scratchy feeling when writing in certain directions. This was easily fixed - you don't own as many pens as I without learning to align tines. A bit of fingernail work on the right tine and all scratchiness was gone.  


I had to switch to 'manual' to find an ink for this pen. I had given it the strictest rating so only a select sub-set of ink will be used in this pen. I was taking this pen to the 2017 Pelikan Hubs in Sydney so felt it was only apprioprate that a Pelikan ink be used. I decided on Edelstein Topaz. I do like the Pelikan Edelstein bottles - squat shaped with a wide mouth but deep enough for plunger filling pens. 


A mid-blue that exhibits good shading and red sheening on 52gsm Tomoe River paper. 


Pelikan M805 Black/Blue Striated, M800 18K Medium, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Salix

Another M800 sized Pelikan, this one previously owned by Jonathon Deans of Pen Economics, when he decided it was not for him, I decided that it was for me. I like a blue pen, and this combination of blue, black, and silver is very smart.

A butter smooth 18K medium, this nib just glides across the page. Normally I like a bit of tooth in my nibs but this one in the nicely balances M800 makes for a very nice writing experience.

I disregarded my pen database to match this ink and pen as I though they would be a great combination. Salix is an iron gall blue that shades pretty well producing some good effects on drying. It is very much an ink for the office.