Pelikan M800 Royal Gold Raden Limited Edition, M800 14K Extra Fine, inked with Montblanc Albert Einstein Grey

My most expensive and blingiest pen - the M800 Royal Gold Radeon LE makes its sixth time into the rotation in the 18 months I have owned it. There is not much I can say about this beautiful pen other than I never tire of just gazing at it. 


The image of this nib complete with scratches really shows what a hard life it has had before coming into my possession. It is a rare nib being a M800 size in 14K gold.  I have looked for one on the secondary market for years without success, and this one just come along as part of a pen purchase together with two other custom ground 18K nibs. This nib writes with a super fine (for a Pelikan) line. It has just the right amount “tooth” for me. Being 14K gold it is a perfect candidate to be modified to produce line variation via flex. Currently I can’t see myself shipping this nib off to John Mottishaw to get the nib thinned, but I will never say never.


This super fine nib does not do much for Montblanc Albert Einstein Grey. This ink does exhibit some nice shading but as I have said in the past - all grey inks shade.


Pelikan M800 Royal Gold Raden Limited Edition, M800 18K 0.7mm CI, inked with Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine (Ink of Year 2016)

On the second occasion after writing a long and involved post about my new way to select pen, nib and ink combinations for rotation I throw it all out the window with this selection.

Why? Well I am heading to Sydney this coming weekend to attend its inaugural Pen Show and since I am only taking my seven pens in rotation I wanted to have a 'special' one to show off.

The M800 Royal Gold Raden is a limited edition with a run of 338 pens. I know of only one other in Australia but there maybe more in the hands of collectors here who don't brag about their pens like I do.


To go with a special pen I teamed it with my favourite M800 custom grind - My Richard Binder 0.7mm cursive italic. I love this nib. 


I grabbed my bottle of the Edelstein Ink of the Year from 2016, Aquamarine to complete the Pelikan trio. It has since become part of the standard line. I class it as a blue-black, it sheens slightly on the letter edges from this medium stub.


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 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.