For those that have found the M205 Petrol-Marbled to be too small and the M1000 Maki-e Seven Treasures to be too large and expensive, Pelikan now brings a third option to the table for 2021. Today broke with news of the forthcoming M605 Green-White fountain pen. This mid-size model keeps with Pelikan’s trend, predominantly over the past five years, of bringing brighter barrel colors with white resin accents to the M6xx line. Starting with the M600 Tortoiseshell White in 2012, we have since seen the M600 Pink (2015), M605 White Transparent (2017), M600 Turquoise-White (2018), and M600 Violet-White (2019). This time we get an eye-catching shade of green arranged in stripes made of cellulose acetate accented by white resin and palladium plated furniture. If we’ve learned anything recently, it is that pre-release photos can be deceiving but there appears to be a lot to like here. If this one looks like a nice addition for your flock, it is expected to be available at retailers worldwide starting in July of this year. This will be a special edition therefore will only be available while supplies last.
“The white parts are made of high-quality resin that is first turned and then polished to a high sheen. The barrel with the white and green stripes is made of cellulose acetate that was very carefully manufactured and turned into a sleeve. The characteristic double rings at the back of the barrel and on the cap are integrated into the material, to obtain a virtually seamless transition between materials. Every single writing instrument is mounted by hand and carefully checked to fulfill the strictest quality criteria.”Excerpt From Pelikan’s Sales Literature
The colorful green striped finish of the piston filling M605 Green-White is accented by silver-colored palladium plated furniture. Most of the colorful releases in this series to date have actually had gold plated trim. Specifically, that trim includes a stylized beak clip, two cap bands, two trim rings at the piston knob, and a trim ring at the section. Like the last several releases of this type, the barrel looks to be opaque, lacking any discrete ink view window which is definitely a sticking point for some. The white resin of the cap, piston knob, and section stands as a nice contrast against the green background. Of course, white resin does raise an eyebrow over the inherent risk of staining which can give some prospective buyers pause. Personally, I have not had any issues when reasonable ink selection and a modicum of routine pen maintenance is observed. This model is slated to be available with nibs in the widths of EF, F, M, and B. Each nib is 14C-585 gold, plated with rhodium to give it a silver finish to match the rest of the pen’s appearance. A matching ballpoint featuring a twist mechanism will also be available for purchase separately. Packaging for this one will be similar to what has accompanied prior releases dating back to the M600 Pink, namely a rectangular box with laces done in a matching green.
M605 Green-White fountain pen with matching K605 ballpoint
Pricing for this one will vary by vendor/region and there is no word yet on pricing in the USA. To give you some sense, Appelboom in the Netherlands is offering the fountain pen at €355.37 (~$433.83) and the ballpoint at €260.33 (~$317.81) when the VAT is excluded. Keep in mind, that several retailers in the EU and elseswhere will require a roughly $30 premium if you select a nib in extra fine width. Pricing in the USA is likely to be higher, I’d estimate something in the $480 to $550 range based on historical trends and past releases. It shouldn’t be long before that information comes to light.
Personally, I think this shade of green is rather striking but I will withhold any judgement on this one as we await the surfacing of real world photos. Pelikan’s pre-release images have been deceptive in the past and, as the proverb states; “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Still, I think that there is a lot of potential here and the color combination could be a home run if executed well. What do you think about the M605 Green-White? Will this one be joining your flock? Feel free to leave a comment below.
UPDATE 6/2/2021: It looks like the US pricing is going to be even more than I could fathom. The NibSmith informs me that the US MSRP will be $720 for this one with a retail price of $576. To put that in context, 2019’s M600 Violet-White carried an MSRP of $550 with a retail price of $440 and 2020’s M600 Tortoiseshell-Red had an MSRP of $600 with a retail of $480. What a difference just a year or two makes. You’ll have to judge for yourself whether or not there is any value here at that price. I shudder to think of what the next M8xx release will run US customers shopping domestically. To make this pill a bit easier to swallow, The NibSmith is offering free nib grinds if you purchase through him and is also offering free shipping with the coupon code “freeship” (full disclosure: I have no affiliation with The NibSmith other than being a satisfied past customer). Other vendors may have similar offers to lessen the sting so shop around.