Somewhat unexpectedly, news broke today about Pelikan’s next release for 2018. This one hails from their Classic line-up which is Pelikan’s lower end fountain pen line. Rather than something fresh and unique, Pelikan once again resurrects a model from the past. This time, we are given the Classic M205 Demonstrator Special Edition. The last M205 clear demonstrator was released in 2005 making it a full 13 years old. This is the second time Pelikan has re-issued a clear demonstrator in their Classic line, the last being the gold trimmed M200 released in 2012. This one is due out sometime around mid-May 2018. Pelikan says the following about their new model;
“Our latest special edition Classic 205 Demonstrator with its clear transparent barrel gives a clear view of the black-colored inner parts. It makes the interaction of the sophisticated parts visible while operating the piston mechanism.”
If seeing the innermost workings of your pen, imperfections and all, is your thing, read on to learn all of the details.
The M205 Demonstrator is a special edition release therefore it will only be available for a limited time. Available nib sizes will be the standard EF, F, M, and B done in an un-plated stainless steel. It will have the standard chromium-plated furniture that is characteristic of the M205 line. That furniture simply includes a single trim ring at the piston knob and a single cap band as well as the traditional pelican beak clip. Unlike the original release, the cap top of the new model will feature a chromium plated crown rather than black plastic. This has been a common distinguishing feature for many of the new and re-issued pens of the Classic line. The cap top will depict the company’s single chick logo painted against a black background. The M205 has a length of 4.92 inches when capped, 5.71 inches when posted, is 0.46 inches in diameter, and weighs around 0.49 ounces. These dimension make it very similar in size as the M400 from the Souverän line. The ink capacity of this model is quoted at 1.20mL.
The suggested retail pricing overseas is 125 € for F, M, and B nibbed models and 138 € for EF models (VAT included). While prices will vary somewhat between vendors, those in the European Union can expect to pay about 100 €, including VAT. For those of us in the U.S. who can exclude the VAT, pricing will be around 84.04 € (~$102.55) for F, M, and B models and 92.77 € (~$113.20) for the EF model when purchased overseas. Unfortunately, Pelikan continues to demand a gratuitous premium for their EF nibs sold in the EU market. Retail pricing from U.S. vendors is currently not available at the time of this post. This release will only come as a fountain pen. Today’s announcement was somewhat of a surprise as this one was not widely rumored. While news of any new Pelikan is welcome, this one seems a bit, shall we say, safe. It’s true that the original M205 clear demonstrator is difficult to come by these days so those who like demos with silver colored trim will be happy to see this one come to market. Of course, many people do not like demonstrators due to their inherent nature of revealing all of a pen’s acquired imperfections. Now four pens into the 2018 season and I can’t help but be left wanting for something truly inspiring. There is still no word as to an Olivine M2xx release which is the one that I’ve been anticipating for a while now. What are your thoughts on this new clear demonstrator? Will you be adding the newest addition to the Classic line to your collection?