Pelikan’s M620 City Series (2001-2006)

Pelikan M620 City Series

 

The quintessential collector understands passion.  It permeates every act of assembling, using, preserving, and displaying whatever may be the focus of one’s interest.  The aforementioned undertaking can convey a tremendous sense of satisfaction.  The activities of the collector should not, however, be confused with those of a hoarder.  The collector is deliberate, focused, even if only loosely, and with a self-awareness that the hoarder lacks.  Why do we collect?  It seems to be a part of human nature, the motivations behind it as varied as the individuals who partake.  Some of us do it as a celebration of the objects as works of art.  Others use collecting in order to make sense of the world or as a means of accumulating a source of knowledge and ideas.  Collecting can showcase a prowess or even be used to teach a lesson.  Over the years, Pelikan has produced individual pens meant as part of a larger grouping.  One such assortment began in 2001 when Pelikan released the first model in a group of pens known as the City Series.  These special editions have become incredibly coveted by collectors.  The pens are part of the M6xx line and officially dubbed M620.  A total of twelve models in all were made and collectors have spent a considerable amount of time and energy trying to amass the entire series.  Many have been successful while others continue the hunt.  What follows is meant to highlight the City Series and to pay homage to the efforts of my fellow collectors.  I can assure you that photos do not do these pens any justice.  Their beauty needs to be seen in person in order to be truly appreciated.  This particular post is dedicated to the efforts of Mike W., a fastidious collector whose years of effort and perseverance brought the pens that you see below together.

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News: Edelstein Garnet Added to the Standard Line-Up

Pelikan Edelstein GarnetThe Edelstein collection of inks now spans 15 different shades inspired by various gemstones.  These have been split between a standard perennial line up of eight inks with the remaining seven comprising a more limited edition series usually only available for a short time.  In a surprise move during March of 2017, Pelikan announced that Aquamarine, the 2016 Ink of the Year, would become part of the regular line-up, swelling the ranks to nine.  Today, Pelikan took to social media to announce another resurrection.  This time it is Garnet, the 2014 Ink of the Year, that will joint the standard assortment, bringing the total number to an even ten.  

“We have some great news for you! It‘s back again: our Edelstein Ink of the Year 2014 Garnet is now part of our standard assortment! 🙂 Catch it, if you can. 😊”

Garnet was billed as a dark red color.  The fact that this is the second time an older limited edition has been put back into service suggests that this might be a new trend for Pelikan.  That possibility may give hope to those longing for some of the inks from days gone by.  Amber, Turmaline, and Amethyst come to mind as past fan favorites that have been sorely missed since their discontinuation.  I’m a little bit at a loss as to why Garnet may have been chosen ahead of any one of those.  It’s not that Garnet doesn’t have its admirers but it generally received somewhat mixed reviews at the time of its original release.  Amber, in my opinion, would have been the smart play here, hands down.  Still, I won’t complain about added variety and I’ll take heart in the fact that we may yet see some of the more desired inks make a return.  What are your thoughts on Garnet’s new status? 

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News: Pelikan Raises U.S. Prices

Pelikan M800 EF NibIn January of this year, I reported that Pelikan pens equipped with an EF nib and sold in the European Union were to experience a price increase of 10-12%.  We have since seen this in full effect across all of the releases out of Hanover this year.  What this translates into is that an EF furnished M800 cost €44 (~$50.79) more, an M600 cost €32 (~$36.94) more, and an M205 cost €10.40 (~$12.01) more than the same model equipped with an F, M, or B nib.  To add insult to injury, it’s not as if the premium price is buying anything new or improved.  So why did Pelikan single out the EF nib?  The official explanation offered was that EF nibs are popular, make up a decent portion of sales and, due to their extra fine width, take more time to produce due to the extra grinding and polishing that needs to occur for a smooth writing experience.  If that justification sounds weak, consider the alternative explanation put forth by several sources citing that the unofficial reason for this price increase was to discourage EU vendors from selling their wares to Asia.  The implication then is that the price increase represented Pelikan’s attempt to further control the market.  To date, the United States has been spared from this practice.  Perhaps that is due to the fact that U.S. customers already pay a significant premium when purchasing domestically.  Well, it appears the other shoe has finally dropped and, to the excitement of no one, Pelikan has decided to extend the EF premium across the pond with the release of the M600 Vibrant Orange.

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News: M600 Vibrant Orange

Pelikan M600 Vibrant OrangeThis year has seen some rather conservative releases as far as color and styling go.  When you look at the Spirit of 1838, the M815 Metal Striped, and the M805 Raden Royal Platinum you see pens with a very monochromatic or two toned styling (usually black & silver).  I don’t say that to take anything away from those models but many of us out there yearn for a splash of color.  The M205 Olivine and the upcoming M800 Stone Garden help scratch that itch somewhat but even their colors are more subdued.  To the casual observer, it would seem that Pelikan has been using their M600 line over the last few years to provide an outlet for more colorful releases.  We saw this with the Pink and the Turquoise-White for example.  Well, today we have a new addition to that line, the M600 Vibrant Orange.  Rumored since earlier this year, the Vibrant Orange is due out by mid-November and is sure to be a welcome addition to many who find the M600 line of pens to be the sweet spot in terms of size and weight. 
 
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