It seems like forever ago that we got our first glimpse of Pelikan’s 2019 line-up. News of the Herzstück 1929 limited edition and Edelstein Star Ruby broke in late December. January came and went with the much anticipated announcement of the M1005 Stresemann. Most recently, February brought news of the M101N Grey-Blue. Despite the regular flow of new releases out of Hannover, we have only seen the Star Ruby ink materialize which went on sale earlier this month. The fountain pens have yet to turn up. A few were pushed back slightly from their originally announced release dates and another has seen a more significant delay for what have been unclear reasons. If you recall, the M1005 was due in mid-February, the M101N Grey-Blue sometime in March, and the 1929 by late March. Rumors have been floated as to the reasons for the hold up of the M1005, some suggesting that there was an issue with the plating on the nibs. I reached out to Pelikan to specifically address these issues and was able to get a little clarity on what we can expect in terms of upcoming release dates. Pelikan also took the opportunity to debunk some of the recent rumors going around about their products.
I’m happy to announce that the M101N Grey-Blue and Herzstück 1929 are not far off. They will be launched on March 25th and April 1st respectively. The M1005 Stresemann is another story, as its launch is now target for sometime in June. Jens Meyer, the global marketing manager of fine writing instruments, informs me that Pelikan encountered quality issues with a component that they purchase from an external supplier. In order to ensure a finished product that meets the company’s high standards, those sub-standard components are to be re-produced. While he did not comment on which component(s) was at issue, he did mention that it had nothing to do with the nib. Pelikan recently announced as much themselves on their social media outlets.
|M1o1N Grey-Blue||March 25, 2019|
|Herzstück 1929 Limited Edition||April 1, 2019|
|M1005 Stresemann||June 2019|
While I had Jens’ ear, I made one additional inquiry. I have heard from a few sources now that the Toledo line of fountain pens was being discontinued. As they were only rumors, I wanted to verify whether or not such a wonderful and iconic pen was truly coming to an end. I’m happy to report that the official word, for now at least, is that the Toledo will remain a part of the standard line-up. The M700 and M900 continue to be featured in the 2019 catalogue and there are currently no plans to discontinue the product line.
So there you have it. Hopefully that brings you a little more clarity about the timing of some of the upcoming product releases and allows you to plan accordingly as well as dispel some of the rumors that have recently been floated. For what it’s worth, I do appreciate that the company won’t accept a sub-standard component and would rather face a significant launch delay than release something less than perfect.