The Perch’s focus is not just Souveräns and piston fillers. There is no doubt that a large segment of the fountain pen market is frequented by those who prefer the patronen-füllhalter also known as a cartridge/converter pen. If that is your preference, Pelikan will soon be serving up something new with the introduction of its upcoming Stola III (P16). Goldspot Pens first brought the Stola to my attention when they gave us a glimpse on their instagram feed earlier this week. Dein-Pen.de has also helped to supplement the available information with some fantastic product shots. The pen demonstrates contemporary styling and will reportedly be offered at the affordable price of $45. The fountain pen will accept a cartridge or converter, most likely in the standard international format. Information is conflicting as to the make up of the barrel. It will either feature a plastic barrel or one made from painted aluminum. We will have to await further details from Pelikan in order to confirm. There is no word yet on what nib sizes will be available but I expect that we will see nibs offered in the standard sizes of EF, F, M, and B.
The Stola III appears to only be available in a matte silver finish, at least at launch. The furniture will be a painted black with a painted single chick logo on the cap top. The only other obvious branding is the company’s name, “Pelikan,” printed along the lip of the cap. Speaking of the cap, it will be the slip fit type commonly seen on entry-level pens. The nib will be stainless steel which is to be expected in a budget model. In addition to the fountain pen, there appears to be a rollerball (R16) and ballpoint (K16) that will be available to match. Expect the Stola to make its retail debut sometime around the holiday season this year.
What do you think about the Stola III? Personally, I’ll stick with my piston fillers but I have to admit, I like the looks of this pen. If additional colors are offered at a later date, I may just have to add one to my flock.