A rumor by definition is of uncertain truth and that appears to have been the case with the early news of the M600 Vibrant Blue that had been leaked several months ago. Don’t fret too much though if you had your heart set on a Vibrant Blue release because within that rumor was obviously some truth. Rather than an M6xx, Pelikan has just announced the M805 Vibrant Blue slated for a February 2016 release. Described as, “bright blue with a complex structure like the sea,” it certainly has a pleasing appearance. The pen will have the standard Souverän trim which will be palladium plated in keeping with the x05 line. I think the palladium really goes well with the blue coloring and the picture seems to show some translucency to the material, similar to that of the M600 Vibrant Green. As is the new convention, this pen will include an all rhodium plated 18K nib devoid of any of the yellow gold accents seen on the other lines. Nib sizes will be available in the standard EF, F, M, and B.
In addition to the fountain pen, there will also be a rollerball and ballpoint available in the same finish. The acrylic material used for this series is reported to have undergone several production steps achieve the visual effect. Pelikan has also elaborated that this is to be a special edition and not part of the regular line up so when they’re gone, they’re gone. That’s about all of the available details for now. I’m curious as to just how many New Year’s resolutions this pen is going to break. Check out the original announcement at Pelikan International’s Facebook page. While I have your attention, if the colors of pink or orange are more suited to your taste and you missed out on the initial run of the M600 Pink or M800 Burnt Orange, there is still hope. Both sold out from Pelikan within weeks of launch though some can still be found within the retail channels. Pelikan will be making a second run of both those models with availability anticipated for April of 2016. I expect that the Vibrant Blue will sell out just as quickly so don’t linger too long if you’re interested in picking one of these up.
UPDATE 1/25/16: The release date has been pushed back to April 2016.