Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Special Edition, M800 18K 0.7mm CI, inked with Kyo No Oto No.08 urahairo

You would think that a brown stripe pattern would be boring, but no I find the brown tortoiseshell pattern to be brilliant. The M800 version coming into rotation today has more dark lines than some of my M400 versions - just a great looking pen.

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This nib is the other John Mottishaw grind I received with the purchase of the M805 Dark Blue. It is pretty crisp and makes a vertical line around 0.7mm, and horizontal lines are hair width. The tines of this nib were slightly misaligned on arrival, but a bit of fingernail action soon fixed that. I love a crisp cursive italic, and this example is bound to be a favourite.

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Yes, I am back on the Kyo No Oto inks, trust me I only have one left to come into the rotation then you will not see them here for years. This lovely shading light green ink is called urahairo which means “under the leaf”.

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Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Special Edition, M800 18K Fine, inked with Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire

One of my favourites the big brown Tortie makes its way into rotation for the 14th time in the 5⅓ years I have owned it.

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A fairly recently acquired M800 18K fine that writes pretty close to its sizing - though this nib is a tad dry for my liking.

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I was in a pen buying lull on the weekend with nothing on the horizon till at least September, so while at a local pen shop I decided to continue my quest to acquire all of the Pelikan Edelstein inks. I was able to add this ink - the Sapphire, plus two others to my collection. I can't say that the line and colour of the Sapphire Blue is really doing much for me from this fine nib. It is a decent mid-blue but I have lots of decent mid-blues in my collection.

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Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Special Edition, M800 18K Italic Broad, inked with Diamine 150 Years Burgundy Royale

Only 9 days to go to the Pelikan Hubs 2017 and the third pen of seven I will be taking to the event comes into use. I love this big Brown Tortie, it used to be my favourite M800 (that title now sits with the Vibrant Blue) but it still ranks up there.

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This is the newer of my two Italic Broad nibs in the M800 size. It is not a very practical nib for everyday writing but is just fun to use. It is wet and smooth and lays down a lot of ink.

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The top of my next to use list is dominated with Diamine 150 Years inks - this one, Burgundy Royale is the 3rd of this series to get its first use.

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The result of this ink's swab didn't really impress me. It seemed pretty flat and uninspiring.

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It takes an broad italic nib to bring out a bit of shading but it is still pretty subtle. I quite like the colour of the ink but it is too flat for me to truely love it.

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Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Special Edition, M800 18K Italic Broad, inked with Montblanc Albert Einstein Grey

I just couldn't resist bringing this pen into use a little early so I could compare the two Brown Tortoises. I think this pen is darker over all in its tortoiseshell pattern when compared to my M400.

I had to drag out the M800 IB nib to match the M400 version I received yesterday - I think the M400 is a smoother nib.

Just to complete the matches I picked I a Montblanc ink as well.

The M800 is a very broad wet rounded stub not a sharp italic. It runs to over 1.5mm in line width and is not all that useful in everyday use. It does however allow this (IMHO) boring grey ink to show a bit shading.

Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Special Edition, M800 18K 0.9mm Stub, inked with Franklin-Christoph Black Cherry 749

I love this big brown Tortie, out of all my M800s this is probably my favourite. I have more colourful pens but this pen just screams classy!

The M800 is as big as I can comfortably use in the Pelikan range, with its brass plunger rod it is a heavier pen than my smaller Pelicans that all have plastic plunger mechanisms.

This nib started life as an OB (Oblique Broad) and while I use other oblique nibs in my collect quite well I could never get comfortable with this nib. In frustration I got a local nib repairer to grind this into a stub. It writes quite well now but is not as good as my other custom grinds.

I am a huge fan of Franklin-Christoph, I own quite a few of their leather pen cases and now have completed the set of the twelve second edition inks. The inks come in a nicely shaped bottle, easy to dip a plunger filler, and easy to file away in my ink drawer. 

Black Cherry is a interesting shade of ink, It is one of those colours that is good for a formal environment if you are bored with blues and blacks, it is subdued enough to not attract undue attention but is refreshingly different. A touch of shading from the 0.9mm stub.