After much anticipation, several overseas vendors including Appelboom and Penworld bring us our first official glimpse of the upcoming M805 Ocean Swirl fountain pen. This site first reported on the design back in July. Similar in pattern to this year’s Renaissance Brown, the Ocean Swirl depicts various shades of teal intermixed with black. Pelikan’s literature states;
“Exposure to light further enhances and adds sparkle and depth which vary in intensity. Just like in the deep sea, bright spots alternate with dark spots mimicking the light that radiates and is found in the ocean. Each writing instrument is truly unique.”
The pattern is offset smartly by the palladium plated trim characteristic of the Souverän family of pens. The barrel is expected to be translucent to allow visualization of the ink level just like we have seen with the Renaissance Brown. Similar to other M805s, the pen will measure 5.59 inches when capped and weigh in at a respectable 0.99 ounces thanks to the brass piston assembly. The nib will be rhodium plated 18C-750 gold and available in sizes EF, F, M, and B. The anticipated release date is November 2017.
In addition to the fountain pen, this edition will also be available as a ballpoint and a rollerball which is a nice touch. No word yet on what domestic pricing will be and I’m very curious to know based on the surprisingly low MSRP of the recent M605 White Transparent. Appelboom reports that the suggested retail price overseas is €525 (~$618.49) for the fountain pen with a retail price of €430 (~$506.58) for US customers. The ballpoint has an MSRP of €365 and the rollerball is €395. The pens will come with an attractive gift box and vendors are beginning to take pre-orders now.
I love the look of the new M805. There is a lot of richness to those blue-green tones and I’m sure the pen is likely to look even more stunning in person. The M805 size doesn’t ring true for everyone but I’ve already made a space in my pen chest for this beauty. There won’t be too many more releases for 2017 (though I’m not sure this is the last of the year) and this is a great way to wind things down. What do you think about this new addition to the M8xx line-up?