Vendors have finally put to rest speculation over this year’s rumored M400 Tortoiseshell Brown by announcing Pelikan’s plans for a September 2016 release. This has been a much anticipated addition to the line-up and I’m certain supplies aren’t likely to last long. While this announcement had been anticipated since the end of last year, Pelikan continues to show that it can still keep a few secrets. In a surprise move, we were also given news of an M205 Blue Marbled fountain pen for release around the same time. This marks the materialization of nearly all of the models that were expected for 2016 though I presume that the company may have one or two more surprises still in store for us before the year ends.
Out of respect for the sovereign, I will first detail the Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell Brown. This model follows in the foot steps of several M400 tortoiseshell variants produced since the series introduction in 1982. The last one, the M415 (2009), was released seven years ago. This upcoming model will have a barrel made of cellulose acetate in a brown striped pattern with orange accents, much like the finish on the M800 Tortoiseshell Brown (2013). I expect the barrel to be transparent to allow for an assessment of the remaining ink level. The cap, section, and piston knob will be derived from a high quality resin in dark brown and the furniture will be 24K gold-plated. Pelikan’s traditional beak clip will feature prominently on the cap. There are two trim rings at the piston knob, two cap bands, and a trim ring on the section. The cap top is 24K gold-plated and depicts the single chick company logo. The nib is the standard two toned 14C-585 gold available in sizes EF, F, M, and B as well as an Italic Broad, a size previously only reserved for the M800. Of course, the pen will feature Pelikan’s world famous piston mechanism. This model will be available in Pelikan’s higher end G15 gift boxes. From what I have seen of pre-release prices, you can expect to pay $271-300 for the fountain pen when shopping from vendors abroad. There will also be a rollerball and a ballpoint available in a matching finish. Quantities will be limited for this release as it is a special edition though the exact number to be made is unknown.
The more surprising of the two announcements today is the M205 Blue Marbled which is anticipated to be released alongside the M400 Tortoiseshell Brown. This is the first M205 to come in a marbled finish though the M2xx line-up is no stranger to this type of texture. The barrel of this model will have a rich, deep blue color with a marbled pattern similar in luster and shine as the recent M20o Green Marbled release (2015). Like other releases in the series, the cap, section, and piston knob will be made from a black resin. There is a single trim ring at the piston knob and the section is devoid of any ornamentation. The cap has a single cap band with the inscription, “Pelikan Germany.” The cap top depicts a painted, single chick logo and the standard pelican’s beak clip is again included here. The furniture on this model is chromium plated and the nib is unplated stainless steel available in sizes EF, F, M, and B. There will be a dark grey ink view window present just adjacent to the section. A matching ballpoint with a push button mechanism will also be available. Street pricing will likely be in the neighborhood of $115-120 for the fountain pen with the ballpoint priced slightly cheaper. The presentation will be complimented by Pelikan’s standard G5 gift packaging. Pelikan’s literature indicates that these will be a part of their standard range rather than a special edition.
That is all we know at present about these two great releases. I believe the Tortoiseshell Brown will be met with great fan fare as anticipation has been building for some time. This may be the model to get for those who missed out on the M800 release in 2013. Alternatively, this finish would nicely compliment any collection that already includes the larger variant. The M205 Blue Marbled is more of a surprise but a welcome one. It’s nice to see that Pelikan is keeping the M205 line alive. The Blue Marbled model will follow directly on the heels of the Aquamarine due out later this month. What are your thoughts on these two releases? Are you going to be picking one or both of these up? Please share your thoughts below.