Contest: WIN a Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain Pen & Ink Set

The Pelikan's Perch GiveawayToday marks the fifth anniversary of The Pelikan’s Perch going live.  The last five years have been an incredible experience for me.  When I originally started on this path, I never expected that it would lead me to so many engaged and wonderful people.  I have thoroughly enjoyed researching each post and continually strive to build upon the existing foundation of Pelikan knowledge.  For me, it is truly a labor of love and I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  While much has changed in the world over the past five years, the mission of The Perch has not and I hope to continue to share my knowledge and perspective with you for many years to come.  The Perch does not accept solicitation nor is it gifted products for review.  In doing so, I have tried to remain free of bias so that I might bring you the most critical and honest reviews possible.  That is why you don’t see too many giveaways on the site.  One year ago was my first attempt at a contest where I gave away a new Pelikan P16 Stola III fountain pen.  That giveaway was well received, so much so that I would like to repeat it in honor of The Perch’s fifth birthday and as a thank you to the community.  For my second contest ever, I spent a lot of time pondering over just what might be a worthwhile prize.  Thanks to the good people at Fritz Schimpf, I have been afforded the opportunity to give away a Pelikan 2019 Star Ruby M205 Demonstrator fountain pen and ink gift set, a pen certain to be on the wish list of many.  Read on to learn how you might enter for a chance to win.

UPDATE 9/18/19: The contest has come to an end and I once again thank you all for your kind words as well as your participation in my little giveaway.  I’m overwhelmed by your support and thank you for the engagement that keeps me motivated to continue this endeavor.  There were over 200 entries this year making my decision quite a challenge.  I’m very happy to announce that Jenn Dee was selected as this year’s prize winner.  The M205 Star Ruby fountain pen and ink gift set is sure to add some jazz to her flock.  I’m not sure what next year will bring but keep an eye on The Perch for all of your Pelikan news.  Based on the success of this year’s effort, I anticipate another contest in The Perch’s future.  Until then, keep writing and enjoy your flock, big or small.

 

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain Pen & Ink Gift Set

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain Pen & Ink Gift Set

 

Pelikan’s M205 Star Ruby promises to be an exciting release.  Due out later this month, this burgundy-pink demonstrator is distinguished by a sparkling finish, something not previously seen in this series.  I figured such a unique model would make a fitting prize for this contest.  It is a piston filled fountain pen that should be a great writer based on my experience with its predecessors.  You can find out more about this model here.  Pelikan’s own sales literature states;

“This year again, Pelikan will offer a series of writing instruments matching the color of the latest Edelstein® Ink of The Year 2019 Star Ruby. This beautiful new color, in burgundy-pink, is inspired by the gemstone “star ruby”. The new matching color writing instruments are made with a special crystal effect which makes each pen glisten and sparkle in the light. All pens are unique and now with this new glittering effect provide a special and brilliant look. Pens are offered in shiny silver trim and feature the classic Pelikan beak clip. The highly polished stainless steel nib perfectly complements and adds to the appeal of each writing instrument.”

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain Pen

 

Here is how to enter;

1.  Click to subscribe to this site via e-mail.  You can use the link below, click the button at the bottom right hand corner of the page, or sign up via the widget in the side bar to the right.  Don’t worry, The Perch never spams you.  If you are already following the blog, you can skip directly to step 2.

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2.  Leave a comment below.  This year, I would like to hear about what you have taken away from reading The Perch, what tidbits of info have stuck or had an impact with you, and/or what topic were you most fascinated by?  If you’re new to the site, what interests you about Pelikan pens and what would you like to learn?  Also, let me know why you would like to add the M205 Star Ruby to your flock and what winning such a pen would mean to you.  Leaving a comment below will earn you one entry into the contest.

3.  As a bonus this year, I will allow one additional entry via the social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Pick whichever one you prefer.  All you have to do is post a picture of your flock with the hashtag #GrowMyFlock and caption it by telling me why this particular Star Ruby set should come home to roost with you.  If you don’t already have a few Pelikans in the nest, that’s OK.  Show me what you do have and tell me why you’re interested in trying a Pelikan.  While you’re at it, please consider following my feed/liking my page.  Please make sure you’ve also left a comment below and not just on social media. 

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That’s all there is to it this year.  I’ve tried to keep it pretty straight forward and fun.  The contest will run from September 1st though the 14th and be governed by the rules set forth below.  Everyone 18 or older is welcome to participate (except residents of Quebec, Canada and where prohibited by law).  By subscribing to the site, you may choose to be alerted to new posts which will ensure you are up to date with all of the latest Pelikan news, events, and my own extensively researched articles.  It’s The Perch’s birthday but the gift is once again for you.  Please make sure to spread the word about this contest before the deadline so that all lovers of the Pelikan brand and/or fine writing instruments in general can get in on the fun.

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain Pen

 


Contest Terms & Conditions
  • The contest will run from the time of announcement on Sunday, September 1st, 2019 until midnight eastern standard time (23:59 EST) on Saturday, September 14th, 2019.  The winner will be notified via e-mail within 72 hours of the close of the contest.  They will then have 72 hours to respond before they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner is chosen.
  • One winner will be chosen to receive a Pelikan M205 Star Ruby fountain pen and ink gift set.  The pen and ink combo are brand new.  This particular pen and ink set has a U.S. MSRP of $235.  The prize is not transferable to another person.
  • The contest is open to people worldwide (excluding residents of Quebec, Canada and in countries where such a contest is prohibited by law) to persons age 18 or older.  Up to two entries are allowed per person in accordance with the instructions outlined above and below.  Myself, my family, or anyone else directly associated with The Pelikan’s Perch are excluded from consideration.
  • To take part in the contest, first click to subscribe to this site via e-mail.  You can use the link above, click the button at the bottom right hand corner of the page, or sign up via the widget in the side bar to the right.  If you are already subscribed, you can skip to the next step.  Once subscribed, just leave a comment below letting me know what you have taken away from reading The Perch, what tidbits of info have stuck or had an impact with you, and/or what topic you were most fascinated by? If you’re new to the site, what interests you about Pelikan pens and what would you like to learn?  Also, let me know why you would like to add the Star Ruby to your flock and what winning such a pen would mean to you.  Both tasks must be completed for an entry to be considered valid.  All comments are subject to review and approval before becoming valid entries.  In rare instances, a genuine comment may inadvertently be flagged as spam by Akismet and may not be available for consideration though every reasonable effort will be made to prevent that occurrence.
  • A single extra entry via the social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will be available this year.  Pick whichever site you prefer.  To gain an additional entry, post a picture of your flock with the hashtag #GrowMyFlock and caption it by telling me just why this particular Star Ruby set should come home to roost with you.  This is not a substitute for subscribing to the site and commenting on this page.   Any social media entries not following steps 1 and 2 above will not be considered.
  • The winner will have submitted a valid entry or entries and be selected by me based on the response provided below and/or via social media.  The judge’s decision is final.
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Slack, Pinterest, and Reddit are in no way associated with this contest.  There is no sponsorship for this contest.  The pen was purchased by The Pelikan’s Perch from Fritz Schimpf for the sole purpose of this contest.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
  • The prize will be mailed to the winner via the United States Postal Service.  I will ship the pen within 7 days of me receiving the package from Fritz Schimpf in Germany.  It takes an average of two weeks from the date of release for me to receive overseas items but can take up to four weeks depending upon U.S. customs.  I appreciate your patience.  The winner’s response to my notification e-mail must include a valid shipping address.
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  Void where prohibited by law.  No purchase necessary.
  • Persons may only win one prize from this site within a 12 month period.
  • The Pelikan’s Perch reserves the right to publish the winner’s name to this blog.  Neither the blog nor its administrator can be held liable for lost/delayed e-mail, typographical errors, or technical failures.

Edelstein Star Ruby Ink

206 responses

  1. I love being able to keep up with new Pelikan releases. Not only does The Pelikans Perch keep me updated on when new things are announced, it provides some fantastic commentary on both old releases and new.

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  2. Quality written with a superior pen like the Pelican Star Ruby is the bread and butter of Pelikan’s Perch.

    Thank you for a great five year of coverage.

    Keep the blessed work going!

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  3. Thanks Joshua for the chance to comment and win! The Pelikan’s Perch always bring me joy when a notification arrives. I love reading about the historical pens as well as the more high-end models that are beyond my means. They’re still lovely to look at and read about. The Herzstück 1929 (2019) was one such pen. I have typically avoided Pelikan’s annual M2xx demonstrators as they haven’t sparked an interest in me. But I was immediately struck by the Star Ruby, something other than just a translucent pen. This pen would also go along with my M201 Mars Red very nicely. Definitely a reason to have it in my little flock! So winning a Star Ruby set would be just most awesome and that I had a bit of favor from the Goddess of Pens. Thanks!

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    • Josh, I love this site and appreciate your shared knowledge. Most everything i know about the care and feeding of my flock came from you. This is my first stop if trying to learn something new. my red striped m800 is my only red pen and this would be a welcome addition. Thanks and “happy birthday” !

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  4. Congratulations on achieving a milestone birthday! I really enjoy reading your well researched and detailed posts, Joshua. I still covet a red M800 for my collection but the Star Ruby would also be a nice addition.

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  5. I’m new to the site, and to Pelikans broadly. I’d love to win and get a chance to try out one of the more well-regarded fountain pens in sort of the “next tier up”. I’m a big fan of my Kawecos, and I’m very curious to see what else Germany has to offer! This ruby red pen, in particular, is very striking, and I love the silver hardware!

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  6. I got my first Pelikan this summer (an M800), and I’d really like to try the M205 Star Ruby. Also I like lasers, and this pen reminds me of one (the very first laser was made using ruby!). How cool are Laser Pelikans?

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  7. Congratulations! I find the pelikan’s perch as one of the most comprehensive blogs on Pelikan fountain pens from history to details on specific models whether continuous production or limited edition. Great reference and wealth of information for both loyal fans and relatively new aficionados like me (I started only in 2017). Great job keep it up! A star ruby set would be a lovely addition to my M120 (vintage) M215 rings and M200 cafe creme. Thank you for your generous giveaway!

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  8. Thanks to your blog, I’m excited to say that I’ll be attending my first ever PELIKAN Hub!

    When I lived in Paris in the 90s, we used fountain pens in class. I remember standing in front of the Pelikan ink cartridge displays, picking out my favorites. Then when one cartridge ran out, I’d pop another color in and watch the gradual shift in color from one ink to another. Nothing beats fountain pens, and I’m so happy to have found your site.

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  9. I don’t own a Pelikan and winning the Star Ruby would add one of the more expensive pens to my small collection. First of all, my favorite bird is the pelican and I’m fortunate to live in an area where I can see them every day. Second of all, what attracted me to Pelikan pens is the clip but as I read more about them, the quality and thoughtfulness going into the making of the pen impressed me. Third, Red is my favorite color, especially the ruby and berry tones of red. Nevertheless, happy birthday Perch. Thanks for the generous gift opportunity.

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  10. I already have a Pelikan M400 and M650 and Prlikans are great pens! I am very much interested in growing my flock and adding an M205 to the family because I know it will be a great addition to my collection especially in that beautiful color!! I am especially excited to try that ink, too!!!

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  11. Looks like a beautiful combination of pen and ink. I do not possess either so it would be great if I were lucky enough to win this competition. I will post some pictures of my Pelikan brood. TT4N as they say in some parts (ta ta for now).

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    • I have learned a lot about Pelikans and their history from the site which took me to finding out a lot more about the 400NN that I bought. Thanks Joshua for the detailed posts and for replying to queries. 🙂

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  12. I have yet to own a Pelikan. I just got into this “fountain pen-rabbit hole” for a year so there are still a lot of pens I dream of having. The moment I saw Pelikan’s post about the Star Ruby edition, there I know what my next grail pen would be! Plus it is in my favorite color and I am really into the glittery/shiny stuff so it’s basically all-in-one for me ❤️ Thank you for this, Pelikans Perch!

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  13. Lovely. I have the Olivine set from last year; a lovely combo. This would certainly complement the Olivine and also the rest of my flock. Your blog contributed to my life goal for a c. 1950s 400 Tortie!

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  14. I love learning about upcoming releases as well as figuring out which version of an older Pelikan I might have (like the 400nn, as an example). I’m looking forward to the Star Ruby as I have been collecting the other POTY (I don’t have Amber but I do have Cognac, as well as the others). Happy 5th anniversary and look forward to many more! Keep up the great work!

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  15. Congratulations, Joshua!

    The Perch is the only blog that I follow, about any subject, and it is always a great pleasure when a new post comes out, invariably well-researched and well-written.

    Thank you for this great resource about our treasured Pelikan fountain pens, and I’m looking forward for the next five years.

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  16. After reading your “How to” postings, I won an early M200 on eBay from a restorer in Finland. Despite the surface wear & 2-tone nib (wear) it writes like a dream. Without “The Perch” I would have never had her. Thank you for all you do!!

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  17. I would love to win this pen to add to my flock. I currently own the Olivine, Smoky Quartz, and the Aquamarine. I was planning on adding this pen but have had a down turn in my finances. I follow your page because of the unbiased reviews and information on my favorite brand of fountain pens. Please keep up on your excellent work.

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  18. New to the site; but long time fountain pen user (with 6 in the stable). Interested in learning about the history of Pelikan pens, differences across models, and writing characteristics of different nibs and fill systems

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  19. Happy 5 year birthday! I love being able to see historical comparisons of new and old releases, and to find out about new releases I may never have the chance to see in person.

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  20. Congratulations on such an important milestone! I’ve been a fsn of Pelikans since I started my FP journey in 2015. I added an M205 demonstrator a year or so later and was SO impressed. This year I finally got myself an M600 and I continue to be enamored by the writing experience. The Pelikan’s Perch has been a favorite of mine to follow on instagram for new releases and information on the brand. There really just isn’t anything that strikes me as classy of a prn as a Pelikan. The Star Ruby is absolutely mesmerizing. I love that it isn’t must translucent but also has some shimmer. I’d like to grow my flock to have three solid EDCs to join my aquamarine 205 and violet M600.

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  21. What fascinates me on the Pelikan Fountain Pen is the form and beauty of it. Its just simply beautiful, when I first saw the Pelikan M600 Vibrant Orange last year, my eyes widened with its vibrant color and the beautiful Pelikan beak form in the clip.Since that time I am still amazed on how beautiful they really are.
    What I would like to learn about Pelikan Fountain Pen is first how do they make it? I always wonder how many processes they do to create such fine beautiful fountain pens. Second is how they make their Inks? The Edelstein Inks are quite amazing for me, my favorite is the Garnet Ink due to my fondness of the color red, So I want to know how they produce such colors and I’ve never seen a single video that shows how Pelikan Inks are made.
    I want the M205 Pelikan is simply because first I’ve never held a Pelikan Fountain Pen yet, So I want to experience what it feels like to hold such a beauty in my hand and simply writting it my paper.
    If I could win the contest the first thing that would come into my mind is “Wow I just won M205 Pelikan…the Fountain Pen that I really want is finally mine.” I would be extremely happy, the Fountain Pen I long for is now in my very possession. Any person will be happy if they have won something. Don’t you Agree?

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  22. Happy 5 year anniversary! I love my Pelikan M600 and would love to win the Star Ruby gift set. Pelikan has a great tradition of fine fountain pens going back many decades. It’s fun to read about the past and present iterations of Pelikan fountain pens.

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  23. I love reading your articles on Pelikan history. My flock now mostly revolves around vintage 100’s and 400’s. I have never owned a demonstrator and thus Ruby color looks amazing. Thanks!

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  24. Birthday congratulations!

    There is no forgetting thisdate for Londoners like yours cyril Deighton (aka Lee Ranitz)

    On Sun, 1 Sep 2019 at 15:35, The Pelikan’s Perch wrote:

    > Joshua posted: “Today marks the fifth anniversary of The Pelikan’s Perch > going live. The last five years have been an incredible experience for > me. When I originally started on this path, I never expected that it would > lead me to so many engaged and wonderful people. ” >

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  25. My Pelikan pens are my favorites to write with and my flock grew rather quickly after buying the first one. If they have ink in them they always write with no problems. I think my Violet White is the most elegant and beautiful pen I own. Though my favorite workhorse is a vintage 120. Thank you for the opportunity of the giveaway.

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  26. Oh gosh, your blog has been invaluable to me! You helped me figure out that my mother’s Pelikan pen that I have loved since I was a child is a 100N, purchased probably in 1952 in Germany. I love how that pen nestled in it’s leather case and used it myself during my college years. I finally had it refurbished in 2018 and it is my most treasured pen. When I purchased a vintage 120 (not M&K) and the nib was a bit wonky I came to you to learn more about replacements. (BTW, the contemporary M200 nib fits just fine.) And the Star Ruby version?…well, how can you say no? I have been thrilled with my Olivine and Smoky Quartz, but the red!!!! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

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  27. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Perch these last few years. I am always interested when you compare current models to ones that have shown up in the past. I would love to hear more about the history of Pelikan inks and nibs. My first Pelikan was an M205 Taupe, which stands out as a unique pen in terms of color and appearance. Similarly, it would be great to own the first “sparkly” 200 series ink of the year pens to add to my collection! Thank you for having this blog for people like me to read. All the best on your fifth anniversary!

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  28. I love the history the Pelikan Perch provides as well as the thorough reviews. The star ruby would be a great add as I have yet to own a 200 model. Looks to be a great all around pen for those late night writing sessions.

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  29. Congratulations on your anniversary! Pelikan is my favorite brand of pen so I faithfully read and enjoy your blog. I have a small flock and hope to add Star Ruby to it.

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  30. I’ve been reading and enjoying the Pelikan’s Perch from the beginning. You always keep it interesting, Joshua, and find a fresh angle on collecting Pelikans every time. I like the early in-depth look at new models, and the articles about vintage pens have been very useful to me in my own collecting.

    Winning the Star Ruby m205 set would be fun–I could designate it my official Lucky Pen and write comic verse with it, or use it to edit longer stories, or do Inktober sketches, or…you get the idea.

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  31. I find your site a great source! I don’t have too many Pelikans, but I enjoy the ones I have. It’s great to hear about new releases (even if for the most part I can’t afford them). And it’s great to forward them to my wife, who is even more of a Pelikan fan. If I win this one, she’ll get it!

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  32. My favorite posts are the ones going into detail about Pelikan history. Also, the comparing and contrasting of pens in the same series over time. Good luck to all in the contest!

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  33. I currently don’t have a Pelikan but am anxious to own one. Several of my friends have them and love them. Winning this would give me a great entry point to the brand. I’ve enjoyed going to the Pelikan Hub last year and am looking forward to the one in a few weeks. I enjoy this blog a lot since it’s a great source of history of the brand.

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  34. I have really enjoyed reading your posts… especially about the history of Pelikan. I think this new ruby pen is beautiful. It would be great to win this giveaway as I only have one other Pelikan. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  35. I love the posts that go into the history of the brand. That is what attracts me most to the Pelikan brand, the heritage and craftsmanship that has survived.

    I would love to win this upcoming amazing edition. To add to my small flock.

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  36. Thanks for the contest. The Perch was so valuable in making my first Pelikan purchase because I don’t have a local retail store. This new pen looks fantastic and I’d love to have it it my collection.

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  37. I started my fountain pen obsession with a couple beginner pens but a couple of years in the fp journey I found my holy grail pen, a Pelikan M600 in a deep blue. I consider that Pelikan my first “real” fountain pen! Then I discovered the world of vintage pens and since I am such a huge Pelikan fan I had to have a couple vintage pens including a new old stock M 400 that was made in West Germany the same year I was born. If you would like to see my “flock” check my instagram feed @cmc3593.

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  38. I’m fairly new to the site, but I really enjoy hearing about upcoming releases.

    I would like to add the Star Ruby to my small flock of an M805 blue stripe, White M205 and a Stola III. I have come to really like Pelikan Pens the more i use them. I also have a growing red pen subset to my collection, and I really like how the Star Ruby looks.

    Thanks so much.

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  39. I have been a silent reader of your blog for about a year now. I am interested by the history of the company and admire the detail and amount of research you do for this blog.

    I would love to win the Star Ruby because I don’t have any birds in my flock. I would like to start and the Star Ruby could be a very special first.

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  40. Hi Joshua – Congratulations on The Pelikan’s Perch 5th year anniversary. Thanks so much for providing me with valuable information about how to use a Pelikan properly and for its history and information on new releases. May you go from strength to strength. Sincerely, Ken

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  41. Thanks very much for the giveaway. Your site clued me into models like the M20, 120, and P1 that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise and added to my collection. This M205, were I to win, would be my first contemporary Pelikan.

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  42. I love Pelikan pens, but I’m on a tight budget. This site is great for hearing about and seeing all things Pelikan.

    The Star Ruby would be my first modern Pelikan and I would love to add it to my flock.

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  43. This informative site helped me learn about the pelikan hubs, would love to learn more on their ideas regarding ink formulation and I’d love to have the Star Ruby M205 as the first of my flock, albeit I have the Smokey Quartz ink thus far.

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  44. This site is a wonderful example of sharing with the world expert knowledge of a specific topic. I’ve enjoyed very much your deep-dives into the history of Pelikan, learning about the many unique models apart from what we’ve come to know and love, and your almost-insider knowledge of upcoming releases. Congratulations on your fifth anniversary and may there be many more such celebrations to come!

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  45. What a lovely red! I thought I wouldn’t find a Pelikan red that got me as excited as Garnet, but here it is! Thanks for the contest.

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  46. I have really enjoyed the posts where you tally the numbers for The Pelikan Hubs. 2019 will be my second Hub experience and I love that Pelikan had this idea! As an introvert, the Hubs have allowed me to socialize with others who enjoy my passion for fountain pens and “find my people” in a new city. I really like your posts breaking down the Hub numbers and data visualizations. I’m a big fan of statistics and those posts are really fun to explore!

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  47. This blog has been a wonderful source of well-researched content, written well, and accompanied by beautiful photographs. When I started reading the blog, I had very limited interest in Pelikans. I knew that the M1000 was a beautiful pen, but that it was well outside of my price range.

    Thanks to this blog, I now own two Pelikan pens – an extremely 90s Pelikan Go!, and an M205 in the Olivine special edition. I’d love to add the Star Ruby as a companion for the Olivine; I’m sure they would look great together!

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  48. What an excellent new pen! I’m always delighted to learn from this site and its social media extensions, particularly as it’s very hard usually to find local in-person sources thereof these days. The historical info is interesting to me as it gives more depth to the culture of fountain pens, which in the last couple of years has really struck a note for me personally as it has for so many others as a retro-counterculture. Thank you for being a strong beacon for us!

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    • Also as to what the Star Ruby 205 would mean to me: I would use it to further spread the education of fountain pens to more people I meet and have it as a direct example of how great the fountain pen community is. It is always best to lead and teach by example. I currently only have one Pelikan, a 215 in blue marble, but it is easily my favorite pen I own and I often let people experience it briefly as I’m showing them the differences between brands and nib sizes. It would also be in the rotation as a daily writer for me.

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  49. I’ve only got one Pelikan right now, a Stola, inked with a Pelikan Tanzanite cartridge, and a few bottles of Pelikan Edelstein inks (Smokey Quartz and Olivine from the last two Pelikan Hub, and two more, Jade and Turmaline that I found quite forlorn at our local pen store that doesn’t otherwise carry Pelikan products) — I like the Stola, though it’s not much to look at it writes great!

    I’d love to win this pen because I want to grow my flock, and this would be perfect because my birthstone is ruby! I love star rubies and star sapphires, especially, among gemstones.

    I’m the hubmaster of our local Pelikan Hub for the first time this year. I run the local pen club, IowaPen. I will probably be buying at least one other Pelikan before then as it feels wrong to only have one Pelikan and be the hubmaster, but winning this would be the icing on the cake! I’m eyeing the Pura because I like the blue and silver color scheme, and the M200 as well to be my start into the more “classic” Pelikans. Happy Hub everyone, and Write On!

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  50. I am in love with the color of this pen! I have 3 twists that make up my flock as of now. This pen and the violet and white LE are the two Pelikan’s I want to expand my flock of Pelikan’s. I have enjoyed all the articles. I have learned a lot about the various pens and the history of Pelikan.

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  51. I always enjoy the previews of upcoming new items on your blog! And I’d love to add the Star Ruby to my little flock of M2xxs – still sad I got into the hobby too late for the Amethyst!

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  52. Joshua, yours is one of the most mature, nonsense-free sites out there, and I feel privileged to read and comment on it. I have learned quite a bit from you about Pelikans, and your articles helped me make a couple of informed decisions on some vintage Pelikans, which turned out to be very good writers for me. Pelikans are my favorite fountain pens, and I love having a resource I can turn to when I need information about cleaning them, their history, etc. I depend on your site for new release info. Also, you helped me out once at my request when you informed me of a Red M200 for sale on eBay, and I am happy to say I was able to buy that pen and it has become a much-used member of my flock. I particularly love the M2XX series, especially the demonstrators, and the Star Ruby M205 would certainly become a well-loved addition to my flock. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

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  53. I have used the Perch to both review the how to section and to drool over the stands. I also like to just hang out sometimes, looking at what ever pops up.

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  54. Reading your site is a blessing and a curse – a blessing because of all the wonderful info and a curse because of my growing want list!
    Red is my favorite color! So both the pen and ink will be very welcome in my collection! 🙂

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  55. The Perch is an authoritative and deep and engaging resource for all of us with a special regard for the Pelikans, their history and the latest in-depth information about new releases and historical information about all the birds and is always the first place to get the information Pelikan admirers place great store on. It’s a great credit to Joshua and his work for the common good of all of us with an a strong and abiding interest in the bird pens is always a valuable resource and first port of call for all things Pelikan. Congratulations Joshua!

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  56. There are so many similarities between a lot of Pelikan pens that it’s next to impossible to distinguish certain models from others. Since we cannot buy all the models (i can’t, at least), your blog goes helps us as you go into the every single detail of the pen that one cannot come to know about just by general reviews and online pictures. So thank you for this website. It’s basically a Pelikopedia.

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  57. Thanks for all you do.

    I particularly enjoy the historical back stories that are provided by the Pelikan’s Perch. They provide great reading and I find the informational details really interesting. There is a bit of a drawback, though, as the ‘enabling’ influence has already meant I’ve parted with the cash for the Ocean Swirl special edition! 😊

    Keep the posts coming ….

    Rob

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  58. I am new to this site, but have had a simple, well-used Pelikan m100 for several years and recently acquired an already beloved smokey m205 demonstrator! The Pelikan nibs simply speak from my heart, and the bodies of the pens are easy on increasingly arthritic hands. What more can I ask for? Well, the Ruby m205 would be a dream come true to a college professor who writes a great deal, but has never won a contest. I would start each day with a cup of tea, this pen of ruby dreams, and pages of simple but fountain pen-friendly paper, ready to recieve my thoughts, grateful for another day of the gift of the adventure of life.

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  59. Congratulations ! 5th Anniversary is a great milestone to achieve and here’s wishing many more years ahead. The blog is a great resource about the Pelikan brand and has demystified many details that are often lost ..

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  60. Your blog has provided a wealth of both interesting and very useful information about all sorts of Pelikan models, old and new. I only recently began collecting Pelikan fountain pens, from the M200 to the M1000, and even a few vintage models as well. Some of the purchases were made thanks to your blogs! These have been especially informative regarding the older pens, and I certainly took many of your suggestions into consideration prior to purchasing. The M20x pens are small, yet their simplicity speaks just as loudly as the Souveran models. The M800 is the most comfortable size for me, and I wish you could get those without all the extra bells and whistles. While I’m not usually into anything too flashy, the new M205 Star Ruby gives off a nice touch with the sparkly glitter. I look forward to adding one to my current flock!

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  61. I’m just starting my Pelikan journey, and catching up with friends who already have a considerable flock. Getting to read The ‘Perch’s reviews helps me understand each model better, so that I am able to better appreciate what’s going on when someone talks about a Pelikan during pen meets.

    As an ink collector, it’s always good to have something in hand that relates to a particular special (ink) release, so I elected to collect the Pelikan Color of the Year pens. That would make the M205 Star Ruby feel right at home with my Smoky Quartz and Olivine.

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  62. I’m relatively new to Pelikan, and The ‘Perch has been a great resource to go to before and after a pen meet (when someone talks about a particular Pelikan).

    As I am an ink collector, I try to have something related to a special ink release (that would keep long after the ink’s gone and used and shared). That would make the M205 Star Ruby fit with my other “color of the year” pens, and feel right at home along with my Smoky Quartz and Olivine.

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  63. My introduction to the Perch was actually the announcement of the Star Ruby M205! Your site was the most informative I found and I’d love to hear more in future. I’ve been pondering investing in a Pelikan for a while as I love smooth, generous, wet pens… and the Star Ruby looks like it will be their prettiest! To win one would be amazing. Thank you for your work!

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  64. What a beauty! I have been waiting for a red bird for a while and since I work in the jewellery trade, I look forward to a “sparkling” pen.

    I have so enjoyed your vast knowledge of Pelikans since it is my favorite brand. My favorite part are your reviews of new releases and comparisons of new/old pens. Thank you for sharing here on The Pelikan’s Perch.

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  65. I love learning about fountain pens, and what makes each pen and brand different. I haven’t had the chance to get a Pelikan yet, but I feel like I get to have some of the fun following along here!

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  66. Joshua
    You have done a fantastic job of educating the public and Pelikan collectors like me with your posts. Your writing, photos and the graphics are professional & exceptional in quality.
    Thank you very much for your herculean effort, considering you have a full-time job.

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  67. I first appreciated the Perch when making my first significant Pelikan purchases and wanting to learn about the differences between the different Souverans. While I’m not into vintage, I am a history nerd in general so really enjoy your well-researched deep dives into focused topics.

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  68. It was late last year when I read the first article in the Perch and it was about the Pelikan brand itself. It’s beginnings, its trademark tracing its roots from the Wagner family coat of arms, its first products of drawing ink, history and what it is now.

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    • I mean it was the first article I read in the Perch. Though I have yet to acquire a Pelikan fountain pen, I have tried writing with one a couple years ago at a pen meet. It was a Souveran if I remember correctly. All I have of Pelikan are a few bottles of ink of the 4001 kind. Thank you Joshua for this opportunity.

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  69. I’m so excited to find your blog! My first major pen purchase was an M200 from Richard Binder as a gift to myself after earning my degree. The reliability, engineering, and beauty of that pen impressed me and Pelikan pens have remained my favorite pen company ever since. I’m excited that your blog focuses on them. It’s a fantastic resource for learning about their history and how to care for my current pens. Congratulations! And thank you so much for writing this blog!

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  70. I don’t own a Pelikan but I do wish I could get one for myself. I really admire the M805 for its elegance and beauty. Thank you for bringing me to this site! Peace 🙂

    Just starting my Pelikan journey. I really am excited to own one (hopefully) and start a new flock

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  71. Came here via your posts on FPN after discovering the joy of Pelikans for myself. Appreciate the in-depth reviews and the wealth of other information regarding Pelikan. Probably won’t buy this one so it’d be nice to win one but as I already have a few birds in the nest I think someone just starting out would appreciate it more.

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  72. I’ve studied and collected Pelikan’s for over 30 years, and you always manage to “fill in a few blanks” for me. So much I should have written down in the past!

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  73. Finally had a chance to try out Pelikan pens for the first time at the SF pen show. I particularly liked the larger sizes, but can’t yet justify the expense.

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  74. Thank you for the giveaway! I’m just beginning my Pelikan journey. I liked your article on how to buy vintage Pelikans, and I’m very excited for the Star Ruby M205!

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  75. This year I decided to focus my collection on Pelikan pens (in particular the M800 series). I came across your blog and started reading your reviews. What I found really helpful were the exquisite pictures and the video reviews which, more than other videos one can found around, depict what the pens look in real life. Keep up the excellent work!

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