Pen additions to my collection - 2018

I added ten more pens to my collection in 2018, an increase of one from 2017’s nine.


The continuation of Pelikan’s white M600 special edition series, this time in Turquoise was the first purchase of the year.


I don’t usually collect the M200 series of pens, but a silver trimmed clear demonstrator was too nice to pass up; so my second addition was the M205 Demonstrator SE.


My third addition for the year was love at first sight purchase. The M120 Iconic Blue Special Edition so attracted me by its simplicity and shape.


After getting the Iconic Blue and being a completist, I had to seek out the first of the M120 release pens. So my fourth new addition was the first that was not a 2018 release - the M120 Green/Black Special Edition.


The M320 Jade Green SE was the last of the M300 pens I needed for the set. This pen is the closest I have had to a grail pen as they are scarce. I bought this one from Japan at an extravagant price to become my fifth pen purchase for the year.


The M815 Metal Striped SE was a bolt from the blue as there were no previous rumours about this pen before it was officially released. I am so on the train of striped pens so this one becomes my sixth addition of the year.


This pen was a spare of the moment, FOMO, completest extravagance. I had gotten the Royal Gold LE in 2017 for my milestone (50th) birthday, but I had no such excuse this year. I got a call from my local pen shop to say that there were only two of this model coming to Australia via the distributor and one had already been spoken for, they needed an answer. I said yes to the M805 Royal Platinum Raden LE working on the theory that it was easier to beg forgiveness from my wife than ask for permission to spend a sizeable amount of cash on another pen. (I was in her bad books for weeks).


My eighth addition for the year was the M800 Stone Garden SE - a nice pen.


The very bright and sunny M600 Vibrant Orange SE become the ninth purchase for the year. I am in love with this pen but was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t closer in colour to my M320 Orange Marbled.


My tenth (and last) pen for the year arrived less than three hours ago at 2 pm on the 31st December 2018 - the M805 Dark Blue. This pen was an eBay purchase to add to the M605 Dark Blue I already have in my collection, and I have an M405 version in transit from Germany to complete the set.


So that’s the year in pen purchases for me: seven 2018 release pens, one new 2016 release pen and two older pens sourced on the secondary market.

My favourite - It is hard to go past the M805 Royal Platinum Raden LE, the “silver” of the platinum allows for a superb display of rainbow of colours from the raden. Second place is a tie between the M320 Jade Green and the M600 Vibrant Orange, both are so bright and “happy”. Least favourite - M800 Stone Garden.

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.