It was nearly two years ago that Pelikan announced the M805 Stresemann. That model was very well received but many in the community lamented the fact that the finish was only available in an M8xx sized pen. Those hoping to see the anthracite binde in a different sized Souverän just got their wish. Several vendors today broke the news of a forthcoming Souverän M405 Stresemann. Similar in appearance to its bigger brother, the M405 will bring the anthracite finish to a whole new group of consumers. For those of you not familiar with the Stresemann moniker, it is a term that has been used to describe the Pelikan pen’s classic pinstripe appearance. It is the nickname of the Souverän series and was derived from the Secretary of State of the Weimar Republic, Gustav Stresemann. He was well-known for wearing black/grey striped trousers and a jacket in black or anthracite.
The anthracite Stresemann finish that is soon to grace the M405 line will be made from cellulose acetate. The cap, section, and piston knob will be done in black resin. The M405 is 4.92 inches long and weighs 15.3 grams with an ink capacity of 1.30mL. The furniture is palladium plated as is customary of the x05 lines. Trim will include two rings at the piston knob and one on the section. The cap will have two cap bands and the cap top will be palladium plated with a single chick logo. The nib is a monotone, rhodium plated 14C-585 in sizes EF, F, M, and B. This finish will also be available in rollerball and ballpoint variants. Pricing will vary by vendor and currently ranges from €256-310 (~$281-341) from overseas vendors. US pricing is not yet clear but will probably range somewhere between $380-400. Those purchasing from outside of the European union can score some savings with prices of $280-300 when the VAT is subtracted. The M405 release is slated for mid-November.
I like the looks of the M405 because I love my M805. I will personally pass on this one since I already have the larger model. I’m sure many will welcome this finish in a smaller size and I recommend it to anyone that was turned away by a pen with the heft of the M805. That said, I can already hear the disgruntled voices of those that would have loved to have seen this finish in an M6xx sized model. While there is no news on that, I wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility in the future.