In addition to the Maki-e Dragonfly, Pelikan’s retail channels also broke news of the M605 White Transparent due out in the second half of next month (October 2017). News of this model was first announced here at the Perch way back in July and much of what was expected at that time has materialized in the final release version of this new model. Many will appreciate the fact that the M6xx line is getting some attention as this is the preferred size for many who find an M400 too small and an M800 too large. Pelikan bills this model as a modern reinterpretation of the classic Souverän. The official statement reads;
“Gracefully with a gentle appearance. That‘s the look of the new Pelikan Souverän M605 White-Transparent. Thanks to its tone-in-tone design it seems to be inconspicuous but it is absolutely not. The bright but not cold white colour shades underline the very modern interpretation of the true classic Souverän.“
If you’ve been waiting for Pelikan to release a new M6xx, this might be the one for you.
This new M605 will have a white-transparent body made of cellulose acetate adorned with silver stripes. The section, cap, and piston knob are made from a white resin. The furniture will be palladium plated which seems to complement the silver stripes nicely. The nib is a 14C-585 rhodium plated gold which is likely to be available in sizes EF, F, M, and B. The transparency of the barrel will allow you to visualize and gauge the ink level remaining in the pen. In addition to a fountain pen, a matching ballpoint will also be available. This model will come packaged in a specially designed gift box that is reminiscent of what we saw with the M600 Pink. Overseas retailers are quoting a price of around $375 for US customers. Domestic pricing is likely to be higher once announced.
As far as white fountain pens go, some may have misgivings due to the ease with which they stain. While it is true that they can be more stain prone, a little extra care is usually all that is required. Personally, I’ll likely be passing on this M605 in favor of the M800 Ocean Swirl anticipated to follow on its heels. What are your thoughts on the White Transparent and will you be picking one up?
UPDATE 9/23/17: The US MSRP for this pen is now being reported at $475 with US vendors offering it for around $380. That is significantly lower than the M600 Pink which carried an MSRP of $625. I’m not sure why the unusual reduction but what this means is that most US vendors will actually be able to price this pen competitively with overseas markets. Also, the fact that purchasing domestically brings the addition of a warranty via Chartpak, that price has even more added value. While I wasn’t going to pick this one up, the pricing has changed my mind and I’m happy to support one of my domestic vendors. Let us hope this is a trend in future release pricing and not just a one off.