With the M800 Brown-Black just starting to ship from retailers this week and the recently announced M200 Gold Marbled still not quite a month away, fresh news breaks yet again detailing the next release out of Hannover. For those that have been particularly observant, I’ve been teasing about Pelikan plugging one of the glaring holes in their M6xx line-up this year. Once again, it is Appelboom, this time via their Instagram account, who informs us that day is now upon us with the upcoming release of the M605 Stresemann (a.k.a. Black-Anthracite). Due out in mid-November, this M605 will join the M805 (2015), M405 (2016), and M1005 (2019) models that already sport the same design. Many people have been waiting for this finish to grace the mid-sized model that so many prefer. The only other model that might make a bigger splash would be a Tortoiseshell Brown M600 but the rumor mill remains silent on that one. If you’re seeing the Stresemann name for the first time and are wondering from where it originates, it is most simply explained as a term that has long been used to describe the classic pinstriped appearance of Pelikan’s pens. An unofficial nickname of sorts for the Souverän line, it was derived from the Secretary of State of the Weimar Republic, Gustav Stresemann, who was well-known for wearing black/grey striped trousers and a jacket in black or anthracite. The Stresemann pens honor that legacy.
The barrel of this new M605 will prominently feature the now familiar anthracite stripes made from cellulose acetate while the section, piston knob, and cap are derived from a black resin. The furniture is palladium plated and includes two trim rings at the piston knob, a single ring on the section, two cap bands, a beak clip, and a cap top featuring Pelikan’s single chick logo. The nib is a monotone 14C-585 rhodium plated gold anticipated to be available in the widths of EF, F, M, and B. There should be transparency between the anthracite stripes to allow for accurately gauging the pen’s remaining ink level. The M405 and M805 iterations of this model have had matching ballpoints and rollerballs available. From what I have seen thus far, the M605 will only have a matching K605 ballpoint. The M605 is 5.28 inches long capped, 6.10 inches when posted, weighs 0.56 ounces, and has an ink capacity of approximately 1.30mLs. It fits nicely as a middle ground for those who find the M405 too small and the M805 too large.
The E.U. MSRP for this one appears to be €370 which translates to around €296 at retail with VAT. That means customers in the U.S. can anticipate picking this one up from anywhere between $275 and $375 when shopping overseas, depending on the vendor. Domestic pricing is not yet available but will likely be more expensive (I’m guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of $380 to $450). If that is not within your budget right now, don’t worry about it. Just like the M405 and M805 versions, this one will join the standard line-up and therefore will be available for the foreseeable future. That is different from the M1005 version which is a special edition and will not be available once stock is exhausted.
I think that the word of this release will be welcome news for many. How about it? Is this one that you’ve been waiting for or have we dipped into the Stresemann well one too many times already? How many of these Anthracite models have already made it into your collection? Leave a comment below.