We saw a lot of great pens released by Pelikan in 2016 and that momentum seems to have been sustained thus far into 2017. To date, the company has given us the M101N Bright Red, Pelikano Up, M800 Renaissance Brown, M800 Raden Royal Gold, and the M200 Smoky Quartz which is due out next month. Let’s also not forget the addition of Edelstein Aquamarine to the standard line-up as well as the introduction of the Ink of the Year 2017, Smoky Quartz. The year is just a little more than half over but several additional new pens are still anticipated before the year’s end. News of upcoming releases has been much more scarce this year when compared to years prior. While vendors are taking their contractual obligations much more seriously, word of a new pen always generates excitement throughout the community and gossip can only be contained for so long. Those on a budget often need to plan for a new pen expenditure so any information can be a big help in mapping out future purchases. With that in mind, The Pelikan’s Perch is committed to bringing you the latest Pelikan news as it unfolds. Over the last several months, I have had various, anonymous pen enthusiast approach me to report intelligence of a few upcoming Pelikan fountain pens that they’ve gleaned information about in their travels. This information comes from all parts of the globe and enough credible information has finally come to light to allow me to confidently bring that news to you. While I can guarantee you that Pelikan has more in store for 2017 than what’s outlined below, the two upcoming releases detailed here represent a nice chunk of what’s yet to come. Of course, there have been no definitive announcements from Pelikan or official confirmation therefore the information presented needs to be taken in the context of a credible rumor though I am confident that we will see both of these models materialize. Additional details will surely be forth coming as we get closer to the anticipated release so stay tuned and enjoy the teaser for now.
M605 White Stripe
For those who have been clamoring for an M6xx release, this M605 is surely going to be welcomed news. The White Stripe will have a design very similar to its sibling, the M600 Pink (2015). This model will have palladium plated furniture with all of the usual trappings of an M605 Souverän including a palladium plated cap top, a beak clip, two trim rings on the piston knob, two cap bands, and a single trim ring at the section. The section, piston knob, and cap will be done in a white resin. The barrel will be done in silver with alternating white stripes. Like the Pink, there does not appear to be an ink view window present or translucency of any type which would allow for gauging the remaining ink level. The dimensions of this model should be 5.28 inches when closed, 6.10 inches posted, 0.49 inches in diameter, with a weight of 0.57 ounces. The ink capacity of an M6xx pen is about 1.30mL. This fountain pen is likely to sport a 14 carat rhodium plated gold nib available in sizes EF, F, M, and B. It is reasonable to expect a matching ballpoint pen in the same finish. The anticipated release date is October 2017 so be prepared for an official announcement sometime in September.
M805 Ocean Swirl
If you are a fan of the Renaissance Brown, wait until you see the Ocean Swirl. This one has me very excited. The finish of this upcoming model will be of a similar design as the Renaissance Brown but the color palette of the barrel and cap will be done in a spectacular blue-green. The Ocean Swirl will have palladium plated furniture with all of the usual trappings of an M805 Souverän including a palladium plated cap top, a beak clip, two trim rings on the piston knob, two cap bands, and a single trim ring at the section. The section and piston knob will be done in a black resin. The barrel should have translucency such that the remaining ink level is able to be determined by holding the pen up to a light source. The dimensions of this model would be 5.59 inches when closed, 6.57 inches posted, 0.52 inches in diameter, with a weight of 0.99 ounces. The ink capacity for an M8xx model is around 1.35mL. This fountain pen will most likely sport an 18 carat rhodium plated gold nib available in sizes EF, F, M, and B. It is also reasonable to predict the simultaneous debut of a matching ballpoint pen. The anticipated release date is also October 2017 with an official announcement expected around September.
*I have it on good authority that we can expect these two models but I have no inside information so the above should not be taken as confirmation of a definitive release or a solid timeline pertaining to those releases.