News of two new Pelikan fountain pens in one day can only mean trouble for your wallet or purse. Following closely on the heels of this year’s Maki-e release, the Peacock, we also learn of the next model to come out of Hannover courtesy of Penworld. This one is known as the M815 Metal Striped special edition. The last pen to utilize the M815 nomenclature was the Wall Street limited edition from 1995. Refreshingly, this years model brings something new to the table while still preserving a comfortable familiarity. The M815 is adorned with metal stripes reminiscent of the well established Stresemann pattern. I’d wager that this is one of those releases that we had all hoped for from the company, something commensurate with their 180th anniversary.
The new M815 strikes a nice balance between innovation and familiarity. The barrel is decorated with alternating rows of palladium plated brass stripes conjuring up a familiar appearance derived from new materials. The brass stripes also serve to add some additional heft to the pen though there is no word on the actual weight at this time. Like the stripes, the furniture of the pen is palladium plated throughout. This includes a plated crown cap top, two cap bands, two trim rings at the piston knob, and a single trim ring at the section. The traditional beak clip is also present on the cap. There is a dark gray ink view window behind the section and the nib is done in a completely rhodium plated 18C-750 monotone gold. The pen itself will be shipped in a specially designed gift box that reflects the striped design (as of yet unseen).
There is no word yet as to what domestic pricing may be. Penworld has listed a price of €630.17 (~$751.83) excluding VAT and €762.50 (~$909.71) including VAT. Not surprisingly, that would put the M815 at a higher price point than other M8xx models. Available nib sizes will include the standard EF, F, M, and B. The M815’s release is slated for June of 2018.
I really like the look of the new M815 and am intrigued by the metal stripes. This will clearly be a pen for those who like a heftier, larger model. I do worry that the appearance is a bit too similar to the prior M405 and M805 (as well as the rumored upcoming M10xx) Stresemann releases. That said, I think the ink view window and more contrasty appearance will set it apart from the Anthracite Stresemann. This one will definitely be joining my flock. How about you? Too much of the same or a refreshing take on an old theme?