While a month later than last year, Pelikan has finally announced their 2016 Hubs locations and have begun the process of notifying attendees and the location’s chosen hub masters. Many of the cities listed should be familiar, having hosted past events, but there are several new comers this year as well. A small hiccup resulted in a conspicuously absent London, United Kingdom but this was quickly rectified today. Each year, the Pelikan Hubs project has grown. Pelikan Hubs 2015 included 72 cities spanning 29 countries with approximately 1400 participants, a 56% growth over the event’s first year. Year three proves to be even bigger in scope and participation. While final numbers are subject to change, we are currently looking at 110 cities spanning 37 countries with 2116 registered participants as of the time of this post. That is a 51% increase in the number of participants over last year. This year’s gathering will take place on September 16, 2016 at 6:30pm local time. Pelikan really stepped up their efforts last year to improve upon the previous hub event so I anticipate some neat things in store for attendees but details have yet to be announced. Even though locations and hub masters have been chosen, online applications will continue to be accepted through July 30th for those interested in participating (a link to register can be found at the bottom of this post). You’d better hurry though as there are only three days left to register at the time of this post. Attendance is by application only so even if you are unsure, I would urge you to submit an online application to secure your place. Please do the same for any friend/spouse/pen loving stranger that you intend to bring with you. For those of you who cannot attend, don’t forget to follow along via the hashtag #pelikanhubs on social media.
Last year Pelikan gave us news of a special Collectors’ Box that was to be released to house our pen collections. The chest was to be compact yet hold up to 24 pens including the largest of birds, the M1000. I’ve been patiently waiting for these to become available so that I might review one but also to help with my ongoing storage needs. It’s not often that you find a handsome solution which can house 24 pens with a foot print of only 9.8 in W x 8.3 in D x 5.3 in H. To recap what we are expecting, the box is reported to be made of medium density fiberboard (MDF), a high-grade composite material made from recycled wood fibers and resin that is more stable than solid wood and stands up better to changes in heat and humidity. The frame is then covered with a wooden paper which is protected by a layer of clear lacquer. The trays (3 trays holding 8 pens each) are covered with a cream-colored faux leather. The top of the box is made from 4mm thick safety glass to allow visualization of the top drawer of pens and the bottom has rubber feet to ensure that the box won’t mar the surface that it’s placed upon. The Pelikan logo that is printed on the front also adorns the upper right corner on the back side of the box. It has been some time since the original announcement and you may just be wondering why we have yet to see these released.
I’ve been expecting news of an M205 Aquamarine fountain pen to officially break for a few weeks now. It was mid-June of last year when we learned of the M205 Amethyst and I expected Pelikan to keep a similar timeframe for this year’s product announcement and release. The M205 Aquamarine marks the second special edition model designed to mirror the color of the limited edition Edelstein Ink of the Year. Pelikan Taiwan announced via their Facebook page the debut of this new Classic Series demonstrator. Mum is still the word from Pelikan International but I expect a global announcement with more details soon. It shouldn’t take long for this pen to show up for pre-order via the usual retail channels. Aside from the photos shown here, translation of the sparse accompanying text indicates that release is intended for sometime in August.
Pelikan’s M915 Hunting was a limited edition of just 3000 numbered pieces released in 1994. This was back in the early days of Pelikan’s limited edition releases, officially only preceded by the Blue Ocean (1993). This model was aimed at the community of hunters. The pen sports a sterling silver barrel overlay done in the Toledo style and portrays a classic motif. The scene is dominated by the depiction of a stag held at bay by two hunting dogs. As you pan around the barrel, you see representations of classic game animals such as pheasants, quail, wood grouse, and ducks taking flight. There is even a scene of a fox slinking away. This entire landscape is set within an oak-leaf border. The cap and piston knob are done in a shade of hunter green with a green lacquer used to fill in the areas between the engravings on the overlay. The nib is the standard two-toned 18C-750 gold seen on the M8xx line. All of this comes together to stunning effect when seen in person, regardless of what your stance on the sport of hunting is. Unfortunately, there are concerns about the durability of this finish that I wanted to share in case you own or have occasion to come across one of these.
One day ahead of schedule, Pelikan announced today via their Facebook page the winner of the contest to design the Edelstein Ink of the Year 2018. Submissions were received throughout early May and a colorful array of inks ultimately made it into the top 15. Those lucky designers will receive an Edelstein ink of their choosing. A jury met on May 25th to narrow that field down to just 3 candidates. While it is not clear just which colors made it into the top 3, those winners will each get bottles of the last three Ink of the Year colors. That brings us to today’s announcement. After taking those three and analyzing the feasibility/marketability of the colors, Pelikan has selected an Olive-Green submitted by Johannes from Cologne as the winner of this contest. It seems that the ink has yet to be officially named after a gem stone as they are simply calling it Olive-Green on their Facebook page. Johannes will get a Souverän M400 with his choice of nib for his winning submission. The Pelikan’s Perch sends out heartfelt congratulation to Johannes and all of the top 15 finalist.
In my review of the Pelikan P200, I alluded to my general disdain for the cartridge filling fountain pen. Intellectually, I understand the void that it fills and just how useful it can be to some. While my personal preference has always gravitated towards Pelikan’s piston filling pens, I do appreciate the diversity available to us and I try to approach each pen with an open mind and strive to keep my pre-formed notions from getting in the way of enjoying a nice pen. When the opportunity to review the Pelikan P3100 Ductus came along, I was actually excited. The Ductus demonstrates modern styling and was “developed for straightforward people with a unique style” according to Pelikan. The line has since been discontinued as of 2014, marking the end of a seven year run. The name Ductus is reported to be Latin in origin, translating to “guidance” or “leadership”. The pen’s styling was welcomed at its release and it won the “Stylus Icon Award 2009” from Stylus Magazine. I can see the merit behind that award. When capped, this pen is sleek and stunning. Read on to find out if that opinion holds up when we take a more in-depth look.
They’re ba-ack…Pelikan is at it again, announcing their third annual Pelikan Hubs event appropriately dubbed Pelikan Hubs 2016. The 2015 festivities saw a 56% growth in attendance over the year prior and I’m sure Pelikan is looking to keep that momentum going into this year’s event. If you’re curious as to what a “hub” is, it involves Pelikan fans from across the globe gathering at an appointed time in order to share their passion for fountain pens and all things analog. There is no specific agenda and anything goes. Pelikan does grease the wheels a bit with some great take home items for those who participate. Last year they even supplied a complete line of their Edelstein inks for the group to sample. Since the activities for the event are open to the interpretation of the group, no two venues are the same. There is a great diversity in the people who attend which facilitates some amazing conversation particularly with people who you might not regularly encounter. Not every city can host a hub and not everyone can attend so, in keeping with Pelikan’s social media focus, a lot of the excitement is shared via the hashtag #pelikanhubs. Hubs get selected based on a pool of online applicants. A minimum of seven people are required to make a hub and you can nominate your city when signing up. Hubs will be chosen and announced on June 30th. Once the cities are selected, a hub master is chosen to act as the local point of contact and organizer who designates a centrally located meeting space in the appointed city. With those details out of the way, it’s simply a matter of eager anticipation for the awesome pen camaraderie that is sure to follow.
In case you haven’t heard, Pelikan is once again allowing its fans to help design an Edelstein ink, this time the 2018 Ink of the Year edition. This is a promotion similar to the one that ultimately gave birth to Ink of the Year 2015, Amethyst. I’m sure that on occasion pen & ink lovers have vocalized their ideas for products that they would like to see companies such as Pelikan bring to market. That said, I’m not sure that I know of many companies that actually empower their fans to design an upcoming mass-market release. Pelikan is not only allowing its fans a shot at designing an upcoming Ink of the Year, they are also giving away prizes and, best of all, the process itself couldn’t be simpler. A color mixer has been made available online that allows you to mix and match hues until you achieve that perfect color which you then upload to a gallery. The process itself is very straight forward and can be done quickly depending on just how much of a perfectionist you are. The only requirements are that you do not duplicate an existing color and that you name your creation after a gemstone (all in keeping with the line’s theme). Designs will be judged by a jury of 10 people, 5 from Pelikan and 5 chosen from Pelikan’s fan base. If being a jury member sounds appealing, you can throw your name in the hat when you register your color. Of course this contest is not open to Pelikan’s employees.