This year promises some interesting additions to the Pelikan line-up if rumors are to be believed. We have already seen the Zeus and M101N Bright Red released along with the Ink of the Year, Smoky Quartz. News of Pelikan’s newest special edition broke today, courtesy of several vendors. Slated for a May 2017 release, the M800 family expands with the introduction of the Renaissance Brown.
The Renaissance Brown will incorporate the standard gold-plated furniture of the M800 line-up. That includes two trim rings at the piston knob, two trim rings on the cap, and a single trim ring on the section. The 24 karat gold-plated cap top bares the company’s single chick logo and the cap clip depicts the traditional pelicans beak. The piston knob and section appear to be made from a black resin. The official description of the cap and barrel finish is as follows;
“This special edition was designed with a completely new color combination: Extraordinary, pearl-like ribbons of color in the brown, acrylic material reveal fine nuances of light and shadow. This aesthetically pleasing juxtaposition symbolizes a typical characteristic of Renaissance painting, making it an homage to the masterpieces painted by the period’s greatest artists.”
The Renaissance Brown will have a two-toned 18C-750 gold nib available in the standard sizes of EF, F, M, and B. Pre-release photos do not show a discrete ink window but the look of the material suggests there may be transparency in the barrel to allow for gauging the remaining ink level, similar to the Grand Place and Vibrant Blue. This is a special edition release which means quantities will be limited. A ballpoint pen will also be available. As far as pricing goes, I don’t have a lot of information yet from US vendors though we can extrapolate from past releases and expect that street pricing will be somewhere in the $600 neighborhood. Overseas vendors are currently listing this with Pelikan’s standard MSRP of €490 (~$520). Novelli is asking €402 (~$429) from those of us outside of the EU and not subject to the VAT tax. The ballpoint is similarly priced at €279 (~$298) for US customers. Unfortunately, those savings come at the cost of US warranty service. Overseas vendors such as Novelli and Niche Pens as well as The Nibsmith domestically are just a few of the vendors now accepting pre-orders.
The initial photos that I saw of the Renaissance Brown did not impress me but these promotional photos certainly have promise and I can’t wait to see an example in person. I am surprised to see another brown colored M8xx pen so soon since the Grand Place was released just a year ago. I can’t help but think there will yet again be a fair number of Pelikan fans disappointed to see another new finish in the M8xx line, a pen considered to be too large for the comfort of many. For those folks, there is the hope of an M205 Smoky Quartz later this Summer and an M605 is reportedly in the works as well. What are your thoughts on the Renaissance Brown M800?