After a hiatus of nearly two months, we again have fresh news about the next release out of Hannover. March looks to be a big month for Pelikan with the previously announced M200 Pastel Green and the Edelstein IOTY Moonstone already due. Those releases will now be joined by a new Souverän, the M1000 Raden Green Ray. The last Raden model to be released was the M805 Raden Royal Platinum back in 2018. The M1000 line hasn’t seen a pen in this style since 2016’s Raden Sunrise. To make a pen with this traditional Japanese technique, a special Japanese Urushi lacquer is first applied to the barrel and cap. The stripes are then constructed with particles of Australian abalone. For the Green Ray, these colorful pieces of pearlescent shell appear to reflect hues of green, blue, and purple. Finally, another layer of lacquer is applied to seal everything in place. The artist then hand numbers and signs each piece in the Maki-e technique. Other notable past Raden releases built off of the M1xxx chassis are the Moonlight (2011), Sunlight (2013), Starlight (2014), and Sunrise (2016). This will be a limited edition of just 400 pieces worldwide and is due out in March 2020.
The Raden Green Ray will feature the typical 24 carat gold plated furniture of every M1000 Souverän. That includes two trim rings at the piston knob and a single trim ring at the section. The cap incorporates two cap bands, a beak clip, and a cap top featuring Pelikan’s single chick logo plated in gold. The piston knob and section are made of black resin and there is a dark green ink view window just behind the section threads. Every Green Ray will come equipped with a two-tone 18C-750 gold nib in a medium width though any M1xxx nib will fit this model. Like all of the Maki-e and Raden releases, this one will come in a traditional Japanese gift box made of Paulownia wood.
As this news is just breaking, there is currently no word about pricing, either abroad or domestically. By virtue of being built off the company’s flagship pen chassis, the limited nature of the production run, and the detailed craftsmanship that goes into each piece, I would anticipate a retail price of several thousand dollars. For a frame of reference, four years ago, the Raden Sunrise had a U.S. MSRP of $2,500 and retailed in the neighborhood of $2,000 so you can expect the Green Ray to punch at least that high if not higher.
I find this piece intriguing and I think that it is the width of the stripes that catches my eye the most. The other Raden models that we’ve seen to date have had much narrower stripes applied whereas these appear to be at least double the standard width. You can check out some of those other models for comparison here. Of course, that may be off putting for some who prefer the more traditional design. I also like the color palette selected and the hand crafted nature will ensure that no two are exactly alike. Looks and price aside, the M1000 is a larger, heavier pen which can be a bit unwieldy for some. What are your thoughts on the M1000 Raden Green Ray? If money weren’t a factor, would this one be joining your flock?