Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue Special Edition, M805 18K Medium, inked with Diamine Chopin

The M805 Vibrant Blue is still one of my favourite pens. The blue colour is just so vibrant. 😀 


This full rhodium trim medium nib arrived in my collection with the M805 Royal Platinum Raden. It is an ok nib but really lacks personality.  


Speaking of lacking personality, Diamine Chopin is probably the most boring of the Music Series inks. Yeah it’s not doing it for me...


Pelikan M805 Royal Platinum Raden Limited Edition, M805 18K Medium, inked with Montblanc Meisterstück 90 years Permanent Grey

The 66th Pelikan to enter my collection gets its first time in rotation. This pen, the Pelikan M805 Royal Platinum Raden Limited Edition only came into my collection because of the generosity of my lovely wife who forgave my spare of the moment ordering of this pen. This pen together with its Royal Gold Raden brother are two pens in my collection that I consider investment pieces as well as items to be used.

The Royal Platinum Raden being silver in colour is slightly less blingy than the gold version but if anything shows much more the rainbow effect of the mother of pearl when rotated under lights. It is a stunning pen and is my new favourite!


This pen came with a pretty standard full rhodium plated 18K gold medium nib. It was a bit dry out of the box but a couple tugs on the tines to widen them allowed it to become a more wetter nib.


Like all of my expensive Pelikans the Royal Platinum Raden has a rating of 1 so only the safest inks will be used with it. My database selected Montblanc Meisterstück 90 years Permanent Grey to be used. It is a very dark grey verging on black in most of samples below. It is waterproof and quite a nice formal ink.


Pelikan M815 Metal Striped Special Edition, M805 18K Medium, inked with Montegrappa Black

Pelikan number 65 made its way into my collection yesterday. Formally called the M815 Metal Striped Special Edition, this pen is an interesting beast. I say beast because it is heavy. I weighed it on my digital kitchen scales and it comes in at 37 grams capped, as a reference my M805 Stresemann weighs just 30 grams. All the extra weight is in the body as the cap is identical to a normal M800 one. Why? Well those stripes are inlayed, with palladium plated brass. Notably all the other 'furniture' on this pen is also palladium plated. In the hand the extra weigh is not a drawback but rather an advantage as it makes the pen feel more solid and correct. I really like the way Pelikan has gone with the design of this pen.


This pen comes standard with a full rhodium plated 18K gold nib. I chose to get a medium width not because I particularly like the size but it was the only size left for me to get to complete my set of all available sizes in M805 rhodium plated. Whilst I am not a fan of medium this is a very good nib, smooth, wet, but with not an overly wide line. This an enjoyable nib straight out of the box.


I felt I only had the choice of a black or grey for the ink colour to suit this pen. In the end I chose Montegrappa Black. There is not much I can say about this ink other than it is a nice workmanlike black. 


The M805 Stresemann and the M815 Metal Striped SE.