As anticipated, news broke early this morning across Europe regarding the next big release out of Hannover. All I can say is prepare to hear the sound of jaws dropping. Today we have the Pelikan M800 Stone Garden Special Edition and, if the product shots do it justice, it looks to be a gorgeous fountain pen. Of course, given the inconsistent track record of Pelikan’s product photography over the last several releases, we’ll have to reserve judgement until we can see some real world pictures. Still, there is a lot of promise here. This model follows closely on the heels of the M205 Olivine which just recently entered retail channels and the much more limited Raden Royal Platinum. The promotional literature for the Stone Garden states; “Rock gardens are known for their soothing effect. The new special edition Souverän M800 Stone Garden absorbs this atmosphere and offers tranquility in daily chores.” It is anticipated to be available around mid-October.
A variety of retailers across Europe tell us that this M800 will feature Pelikan’s standard gold-plated furniture including a single trim ring at the section, two trim rings at the piston knob, two cap bands, a plated cap top with a single chick logo, and the iconic pelicans beak clip. The section, piston knob, and cap are done in a dark blue resin which beautifully compliments the blue and brown marbling effect on the cellulose-acetate barrel. There does not appear to be a discrete ink window and only time will tell if there is any translucency to the design for gauging ink levels. The nib will be Pelikan’s familiar two-toned 18C-750 gold available in EF, F, M, and B widths. The M800 is a larger pen coming in at 5.59 inches when capped, 6.46 inches when posted, with a diameter of 0.52 inches, and a weight of 0.99 ounces. The quoted ink capacity for this model is 1.35mL.
This is a special edition release meaning production will be limited. If you’ve been waiting for the right pen to come along and aren’t put off by a bigger writing instrument, this may be the one you’ve been waiting for. In addition to the fountain pen, there also appears to be a matching K800 ballpoint pen available. No word yet on the US MSRP. While prices will vary somewhat between regions and vendors, I’d expect the fountain pen to go for somewhere around €437.19 (~$509.84) for US customers shopping overseas when the VAT is excluded. The ballpoint will likely be in the neighborhood of €300 (~$349.86). That would be consistent with past releases and, while expensive, is not off the charts. Keep in mind, if you want an EF nib and are shopping from an EU vendor, you will pay a small additional premium. Your preferred retailer should be taking pre-orders soon.
In my personal opinion, if the actual product lives up to the pre-release photos depicted here, then this may well be the best looking release out of Hannover this year. If you look closely a the photos, it almost looks as if Pelikan took their standard striped pattern and twisted it around the barrel creating this interesting marbled effect. I know many will be disappointed to see another large pen with an awesome finish but fret not. If rumors are to be believed, the M600 line should get its own new addition before the year is out and it’s no slouch. What are your thoughts on the Stone Garden M800 and will you be picking one up?