Pelikan M800 Grand Place Special Edition, M800 18K Fine, inked with Diamine Graphite

The M800 Grand Place is handsome looking pen. The shade of brown, caramel with a blue ringed highlight really make for an intriguing pattern. 


Just a garden variety M800 18K Fine nib. It is a recent model and therefore writes with a wet, smooth but not very thin line. 


Diamine Graphite is pretty much what you see is what you get. It is a dark grey colour with slight shading and no sheen at all. Not the most exciting colour in the world.


Pelikan M800 Grand Place Special Edition, M800 18K Italic Broad, inked with Rohrer & Klingner Solferino

This lovely looking pen has been in my collection for just on 13 months now. The Grand Place was the last of the M800 Special Editions that I did not buy at release. Its depth of colour makes me sometimes just stop and gaze at it.


The newer of my two M800 18K Italic Broad (IB) nibs. It is everything I love in a broad stub - smooth, wet and juicy! It does not have the extreme line variation of some my cursive italics but I find it a satisfying nib nevertheless.


Solferino - named after the Italian town where a dye of reddish purple colour was discovered in 1859. I really like this colour of ink, which does shade slightly from this broad wet stub.


Seven in the Hand

Seven Pelikan pens inked up to start my working week.

Left to Right: M800 Black, M800 Grand Place SE, M600 Green o' Green SE, M620 Chicago, M620 Place de la Concorde, M415 Tortoiseshell Brown, M205 Yellow Demonstrator.


Pelikan M800 Grand Place Special Edition

A major hole in my pen collection was filled today with the arrival of the M800 Grand Place, this pen while a 2016 Special Edition was not given global release but was only available in the US and from selected European vendors. It commanded a premium price and with the slump in Aussie dollar to the USD at the time it was a price too far for me. Fast forward to now and thanks to my fellow Aussie Yagan Kiely I was able add this pen to my collection.


I had the choice of Fine or Broad for the nib for this pen and I chose the fine as I have lots of broad M800 nibs. I was warned that this fine ran wide and boy does it. I have medium nibs way finer than this. It is so deliciously wet.


The Grand Place takes its name from the city square in Brussels and was originally used in the M620 City/Places series of pens. The M800 version while having the same name as the M620 does not use exactly the same material.

The M620 is definitely more copper coloured, where the M800 is straight brown.