With the M205 Moonstone about to arrive in stores, news of Pelikan’s next product release has broken. I first saw it announced by the Polish vendor Pióromaniak. Next to market will be the M405 Silver-White. The last time a new M4xx model was introduced to the line-up was in 2016. This one conjures images of the last several M6xx releases which have employed a similar color scheme, the main difference between the two lines being their size of course. The M405 Silver-White may hit that sweet spot for those that like a smaller pen. It joins a rather exclusive group of M405 models, a model line that only came about 18 years ago making it a relative newcomer to the Souverän series. This new release will join the likes of the M405 Black (2002), Blue/Black (2003), Dark Blue (2003), and Stresemann (2016). Many of those were/are regular models in the line-up and not special edition releases. This one also looks to join the ranks as a standard edition. Look for the Silver-White to hit store shelves sometime in November of this year.
The defining feature of the Silver White are the cellulose acetate stripes that adorn the barrel. The silver stripes, described as an expressive interpretation of the classic Souverän, appear much lighter than those on the Anthracite Stresemann that came before. The pre-release photos suggest an opaque barrel that lacks a discrete ink view window or any transparency between the stripes like we’ve seen on other models (e.g. M605 White Transparent, 2017). The cap, section, and piston knob are made from a white resin. To round out the silver look, all the furniture is palladium plated. This one sports the typical trim of the modern Souverän which includes two rings at the piston knob, one trim ring on the section, two cap bands, and a beak clip. The cap top features the company’s single chick logo which is also plated in palladium. The nib is a monotone silver color, an effect achieved by applying rhodium plating to 14C-585 gold. It will be available in the standard widths of EF, F, M, and B. The M405 is 4.92 inches long and weighs 15.3 grams with an ink capacity of approximately 1.30mL making it a smaller pen by today’s standards but one that really shines when posted. An accompanying K405 ballpoint in the same finish will also be available. Pricing will vary by region and vendor, but I suspect that you can anticipate something in the neighborhood of $300 – $400 as a reasonable ballpark. Keep in mind that some vendors will need to ask a premium for the EF nib option. In their literature, Pelikan suggest Edelstein Moonstone as a good ink to pair with the Silver-White.
I’m not sure how I feel about the M405 Silver-White just yet. It seems rather bland looking with perhaps not enough contrast between the white and silver components. The colors leave me feeling a little cold. Hopefully it will be more impressive when seen in person (they usually are). There are also a few detractors that jump out such as the increased risk of staining inherent to white pens as well as the lack of a dedicated ink view window (should that turn out to be the case) that so many of us rely on for gauging a pen’s remaining ink level. Still, I’m sure this one will find its footing, perhaps with those that found the Anthracite Stresemann a touch too dark. The fact that it is to join the line-up as a standard addition means that it should be around for a while if you are undecided up front. What are your thoughts on the upcoming M405 Silver-White? Feel free to share in the comments below.