Pelikan’s schedule of new releases has been unavoidably altered for 2020 due to the global issues affecting us all today. One of the most highly anticipated models expected this year has been a fountain pen inspired by the Edelstein Ink of the Year, Moonstone. I’m happy to report that the wait is now over as Bookbinders, a stationary shop out of Australia, has given us our first glimpse of the M205 Moonstone Special Edition Demonstrator. The latest special edition to join the Classic series continues the tradition that began with the M205 Amethyst (2015) and now marks the sixth release to be based on their Edelstein line of inks. The M205 Moonstone joins ranks with the M205 Star Ruby (2019), M205 Olivine (2018), M200 Smoky Quartz (2017), M205 Aquamarine (2016), and the M205 Amethyst (2015). Last year’s Star Ruby broke the mold by employing a material with a sparkly, shimmering character. The Moonstone looks to continue this trend by utilizing the same sparkling material encased within a dark gray translucent medium. Pre-orders should be available from most vendors by September 1st with this one expected to hit store shelves sometime in early October.
The M205 Moonstone demonstrator takes its design queues from this year’s Edelstein Ink of the Year which is a silver-gray shade. The actual gemstone displays a blue to white adularescence, a phenomenon where light appears to billow across the surface giving the stone a moonlight-like sheen. Pelikan’s Moonstone pen will incorporate a shimmering effect in the proper lighting, likely with the intent of giving some sense of that moonlight like sheen. To my knowledge, this is only the second time that Pelikan has used a material of this type. When I reviewed the Star Ruby, I felt that the effect was overall well done noting that, “The sparkles never feel intrusive or scream ‘look at me.'” Of course, we’ll have a better sense of this once there are some real world photos and videos available for viewing. Official statements from the company indicate that the gray will have varying shades, harkening back to the changing green of the Olivine.
“The magic grey color reminds of moonlight rays and is sparkling as soon as the writing instrument comes in touch with the daylight. A special material combination realizes this unique effect and creates more than one shade of grey.”
The Moonstone will feature Pelikan’s standard trim package for the M205 series which includes chromium plated furniture with a silver color. The cap top will sport a printed one chick logo with a plated crown, a single cap band, and a beak clip. The only other furniture to adorn the pen is a single trim ring at the piston knob. The M205 comes with an unplated stainless steel nib which will be available in the standard widths of EF, F, M, and B. As this is a demonstrator type release, the material of the barrel and cap is transparent, allowing for visualization of the pen’s inner workings.
Like those that have come before, the M205 Moonstone will be a limited production run. Pelikan has confirmed that there will indeed be a matching K205 ballpoint available for purchase as well. In keeping with past releases, Pelikan will again be bundling the fountain pen with a bottle of Moonstone ink for purchase as a special combination. The actual pricing has not yet been revealed and it is unclear how the pandemic will affect the cost compared with years prior. For your reference, the Star Ruby had a US MSRP of $210 and a retail of around $139 with sets selling for approximately $152. Prices were somewhat cheaper from overseas vendors but not dramatically so.
Personally, I was not expecting the Moonstone to incorporate the same shimmering effect as the Star Ruby. Given how well the Star Ruby turned out, I’m cautiously optimistic about the appearance of the Moonstone. With so many people anticipating this one, I’m very curious about the community’s reaction now that the wrapping is off. How do these pre-release photos grab you? Is this everything you were hoping for from the M205 Moonstone or does it fall a bit short of expectations? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
UPDATE 8/28/20: Post updated to reflect information about the color of the material used as well as the existence of the K205 Moonstone ballpoint.