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 Blue o' Blue Special Edition, M800 18K Fine, inked with Waterman Blue Black

This pen was the first M800 I bough way back in March 2011. The Blue o' Blue has since been over shadowed by the Vibrant Blue and Ocean Swirl but it was my favourite blue pen for years.


A lovely old M800 Fine nib that writes so well - I am probably harping by saying they don't make them like this these days.


This Waterman Blue-Black is the longest in use ink I own. I probably bought this bottle in the mid-2000s. It is the old formula that has a very distinctive smell to it. No real shading from this fine nib, but I can detect a tiny red sheen in a couple of places on the samples. This is the blue-black to which I compare all other blue-black inks.


Pelikan M800 Blue o' blue Special Edition, M800 18K 0.7mm CI, inked with Pilot iroshizuku ajisai

The Blue o' blue Special Edition was the first M800 series pen to enter my collection. It ranks just behind the Tortoiseshell Brown in terms of my overall favouritism, but is probably the prettiest M800 I own. Since March 2011 it has passed through my rotation fifteen times.

The nib of course is a Richard Binder grind from a medium into a 0.7mm Cursive Italic. This nib is a joy to use and makes my handwriting semi-interesting.

The ink is iroshizuku ajisai (ajisai being Japanese for Hydrangea) is lovely blue that unsurprisingly echoes the colour of the flower. 

The nib makes the ink more interesting than it would normally be. A nice inoffensive colour that is often over-shadowed by the more illustrious iroshizuku shades.