For those of you that keep up with Pelikan’s usual cycle of releases, you know that by the end of March in most years, we’ve already had news of two and sometimes up to three new fountain pens. Sadly, this year, like the one before it, is not like most years. That unfortunate fact, made evident by the dearth of new releases out of Hannover, is almost certainly attributable to the chaos that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought upon supply chains across the globe. The drought may be coming to an end however as Atlas Stationers out of Chicago, IL broke news of Pelikan’s next release via their website this evening. The next pen to market will hail from the company’s Classic line and carry the moniker of M205 Petrol-Marbled. Petrol is a color scheme that Pelikan has employed with pens from some of their other lines including the Pura, Jazz, and Twist. Pelikan’s new marbled finish will combine blues and greens in a way that, to me, is reminiscent of the M805 Ocean Swirl from 2017. Rather than a standard addition to the line-up, this one looks to be a special edition release, intended only as a limited run. The Petrol-Marbled is reportedly targeted for a mid to late April 2021 ship date. I would expect most vendors to start taking pre-orders soon.
Pelikan has this to say about its new marbled marvel;
“Each and every pen has its own fascination. It is an unexpected and free flowing genesis of the colorful marbled material. Flowing one into the other: pearly-shining elements together with bright color pigments create this eye-catching pen. The petrol-color combines blue and green to enhance a beautiful harmony. All decoration elements of this series as rings and clip are highly polished and shiny-silver-colored.“
The Petrol-Marbled will sport an un-plated stainless steel nib in the standard widths of EF, F, M, and B. The trim that accompanies the marbled barrel is chromium-plated giving it a silver appearance and consists of a single trim ring at the piston knob and a single cap band. The crown nut surrounding the cap top will be accented with chromium as well. The cap top itself will depict the company’s single chick logo done in silver against a black background. Rounding out the pen’s looks will be a cap, section, and piston knob done in black resin with a blue-green ink window sitting just behind the section. The M205 measures 4.92 inches long when capped, 5.71 inches when posted, and has a diameter of 0.46 inches. These won’t tip any scales, weighing in at only 0.49 ounces with a quoted ink capacity of around 1.20mL. A matching K205 ballpoint pen also looks to accompany this release.
Today’s news is just breaking therefore the scope of the anticipated pricing is not yet entirely clear. Provided their web page is accurate, Atlas Stationers indicates a US MSRP of $260 with a retail price of $208. You might chalk that up to pandemic pricing given the increase from prior releases. For instance, the M205 Moonstone (2020) retailed in the US at $192 and the M205 Star Ruby (2019) went for $168. That pricing will certainly put the Petrol-Marbled out of reach for some and might be harder for others to justify when you account for the fact that it only sports a stainless steel nib. While pricing from the European Union is not yet known, it has historically been a source of better deals for those on more of a budget, particularly for those of us exempt from the VAT. Obviously, you will have to draw your own conclusions as to the pen’s value. For those who like the look of blue marble but can’t stomach the Petrol’s pricing, the M205 Blue Marbled released in 2016 can still be had for around $132-152.
I think that the blue and green hues of this M205 work well together and are complimented nicely by the chromium plated furniture. Of course, I will reserve final judgement until I actually some real world images since Pelikan’s pre-release photos are notorious for not doing justice to their products. Personally, I can’t wait to see this one up close. You likely know that I have a soft spot for the Classic line therefore this M205 will certainly be joining my flock. How about you? Does the Petrol-Marbled check all the boxes or does it leave you wanting something more? A larger sized model perhaps or a more competitive price? Whatever your thoughts, please feel free to share in the comments section below.