Appelboom, a well known retailer of luxury pens based out of the Netherlands, revealed via their Twitter and Instagram accounts yet another upcoming release from Pelikan. Rather than a Souverän, this release hails from Pelikan’s Classic line. Just as the M200 Clear (2012) and Cognac (2014) demonstrators were versions of previously released models with only a slight variation in trim, this new release is also a model resurrected from the past. Not previously rumored, the M205 Transparent Blue demonstrator is reportedly coming back and, like the two older models mentioned above, it appears to be a faithful reproduction of the original (released in 2009) with the exception of the crown cap top which will now be plated in chromium. Slated for an April 2016 release, Appelboom is currently accepting pre-orders on their website.
The Transparent Blue will be available with the standard nibs sizes of EF, F, M, and B. As is the norm for the M205 line, the nib will be un-plated stainless steel. The trim is the standard M205 chromium-plated furniture with a single trim ring at the piston knob and a single cap band. As previously mentioned, the crown cap top will now be accented with chromium rather than the black of the original release from 7 years ago. The cap top will have the silver single chick logo against a black background. This pen will be 4.92 inches long, 5.71 inches posted, 0.46 inches in diameter, and will have a weight of 0.49 ounces. The ink capacity is quoted at 1.20mL.
The asking price will be 125 € (~$135.99) for those in the European Union and 103.31 € (~$112.39) for everyone else who are not subject to the VAT. This is yet another surprise announcement of an upcoming release but it falls a little flat in my eyes as it is a repackaged release rather than something truly new and exciting. Still, many missed out on the original release and this will certainly be a second chance to own one of these great pens. The Transparent Blue has always been a favorite of the M205 line and I think the newly styled crown cap top actually has a nicer aesthetic than the original. What remains uncertain is whether or not we’ll see another M205 this year based off of the Edelstein Ink of the Year as had been previously rumored. It may be that those on the fence will hold out to see if that offering comes to the market before deciding between the two. What are your thoughts? I’ll definitely be picking one of these up for my collection. How about you?