News: Two Upcoming Fall Releases

Created by Creative_hat - Freepik.comWe saw a lot of great pens released by Pelikan in 2016 and that momentum seems to have been sustained thus far into 2017.  To date, the company has given us the M101N Bright Red, Pelikano Up, M800 Renaissance Brown, M800 Raden Royal Gold, and the M200 Smoky Quartz which is due out next month.  Let’s also not forget the addition of Edelstein Aquamarine to the standard line-up as well as the introduction of the Ink of the Year 2017, Smoky Quartz.  The year is just a little more than half over but several additional new pens are still anticipated before the year’s end.  News of upcoming releases has been much more scarce this year when compared to years prior.  While vendors are taking their contractual obligations much more seriously, word of a new pen always generates excitement throughout the community and gossip can only be contained for so long.  Those on a budget often need to plan for a new pen expenditure so any information can be a big help in mapping out future purchases.  With that in mind, The Pelikan’s Perch is committed to bringing you the latest Pelikan news as it unfolds.  Over the last several months, I have had various, anonymous pen enthusiast approach me to report intelligence of a few upcoming Pelikan fountain pens that they’ve gleaned information about in their travels.  This information comes from all parts of the globe and enough credible information has finally come to light to allow me to confidently bring that news to you.  While I can guarantee you that Pelikan has more in store for 2017 than what’s outlined below, the two upcoming releases detailed here represent a nice chunk of what’s yet to come.  Of course, there have been no definitive announcements from Pelikan or official confirmation therefore the information presented needs to be taken in the context of a credible rumor though I am confident that we will see both of these models materialize.  Additional details will surely be forth coming as we get closer to the anticipated release so stay tuned and enjoy the teaser for now.

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News: Pelikan Hubs 2017 Locations

Pelikan’s Hub locations for 2017 are now available on their website.  The data doesn’t reveal any big surprises and many of the same cities that we’ve seen in the past have again emerged as Hub locations.  Others are absent, making room for a few new venues.  Based on the available data, the fourth annual Hubs event continues to show steady growth.  Each year has seen the inclusion of more countries, more cities, and significantly more participants when compared with the year prior.  Based on the available data from Pelikan’s Hubs website (as of 7/7/17), this year’s event will span 131 cities spread out amongst 39 countries with 2999+ participants.  Thus far, that represents roughly a 42% increase in attendance with time still left to register.  For those not yet aware, this year’s gathering will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:30pm local time.  No details have been announced yet but prior years have included some excellent Pelikan swag for participants.  Even though the locations are set, online applications for Hub Masters are being accepted until July 12th and general applications will remain open through July 17th.  That means time is quickly running out if you want to be included in this year’s festivities.  Attendance is by application only so even if you are unsure of your availability, I would urge you to submit an online application to secure your place and do the same for any friend/spouse/pen loving stranger that you intend to bring with you.  Registration forms can be found here.  If you cannot attend, you can easily follow along with the world-wide festivities via the hashtag #pelikanhubs on the various social media sites.

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News: M200 Smoky Quartz Special Edition Demonstrator

M200 Smoky Quartz Fountain PenWhile not officially rumored, an announcement has been expected from Pelikan regarding a new fountain pen from their Classic line in the same color as this year’s Edelstein Ink of the Year, Smoky Quartz.  This model would follow a pattern established by two prior releases emulating a limited edition Edelstein ink, Amethyst (2015) and Aquamarine (2016).  Of note, both of those models were designated as part of the M205 line which is characterized by chromium plated furniture which is silver in color.  Fritz-Schimpf, an awesome retailer based out of Germany, has given us our first look at the much anticipated Smoky Quartz demonstrator.  While the release has been expected, I did not anticipate that it would be part of the M200 line-up, distinguished by its gold-plated furniture.  It shouldn’t take long now for this pen to show up for pre-order via your preferred retailer.  Consistent with past timelines, expect the M200 Smoky Quartz to be available sometime in August.

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News: Pelikan TintenTurm

Pelikan moved its administration and production space to Hannover on the Podbielskistraße in the year 1906.  By 1973, that facility was no longer adequate and could not be further expanded to meet the company’s needs.  Production was moved to the Peine-Vöhrum plant, 24 miles east of Hannover, where it remains today.  The administrative offices would linger at the Podbielskistraße facility for another 30 years, until March 17, 2003 at which time the company moved to its current office building on the Werftstrasse in Hanover.  The historic former location has since become the Sheraton Hannover Pelikan Hotel where visitors can still enjoy many reminders of Pelikan’s heritage from their almost 100 year occupation of the site.  The company’s impact has been so lasting, the area has become known as the Pelikan district and the hotel now sits at its center.  On March 29, 2017 Pelikan had a homecoming of sorts when they returned to their former facilities with the opening of The Pelikan TintenTurm.  With over 10o guest in attendance, the opening illustrated just how much of an impact the company has had over its extensive history.  The TintenTurm resides in over 7000 sq ft of refurbished space that now hosts the company’s archive, a museum, and a retail outlet.

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News: Pelikan Hubs 2017

It’s that time of year again, time for Pelikan to announce their fourth annual Pelikan Hubs event.  Each year, the Hubs event has grown in attendance and I’m sure that the 2017 festivities will prove to be no different.  Pelikan Hubs 2016 took place in at least 109 cities spread across 37 countries with roughly 2600 fans registered to attend.  That represents nearly a 51% increase over the prior year!  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the Hub event is a shared gathering of Pelikan fans from across the globe.  The event is facilitated for fans by fans with Pelikan acting in a supporting role.  While these gatherings take place in 30+ countries, each Hub occurs at the same date and time locally.  For those who cannot attend, each Hub is encouraged to upload photos to their favorite social media sites with the hashtag #pelikanhubs.  There is no agenda and anything that the group can imagine is fair game ensuring that no two Hubs are quite alike.  I have had tremendous fun over the past three Philadelphia events and the diversity of attendees adds to the wonderful dynamic.  Participants have ranged from novice to expert and those looking for their first Pelikan pen to those with hundreds.  Hubs get selected based on a pool of online applicants.  A minimum of five people are required to make a hub and you can nominate your city when signing up.  Hubs will be chosen sometime around July 12th.  Once the cities are selected, a Hub Master is chosen (by application) to act as the local point of contact and organizer who designates a centrally located meeting space in the appointed city.  After that, all that is left to do is to gather and enjoy each other’s company.

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News: M800 Royal Gold Raden

Pelikan M800 Royal Gold RadenThe release of a new Raden model to follow-up on last year’s Sunrise has been expected but specific details have been lacking.  That changed this evening when De Roos gave us a glimpse of a new Raden model from Pelikan via their Instagram page.  De Roos is a fountain pen retailer based in Heemstede, Netherlands and has been around since 1953.  The pen featured today is the upcoming M800 Royal Gold.  It appears that De Roos is the first to break this news.  This would be the first Raden release in the M8xx form factor since the Kyokko & Gekko of 2005.  It will join the likes of the Kyokko & Gekko (2005), Moonlight (2011), Sunlight (2013), Starlight (2014), and Sunrise (2016).  For those unfamiliar with Raden, it is a traditional Japanese decorative craft characterized by finely ground abalone embedded or glued onto laquer-coated surfaces.  The inlay glitters in wonderful colors when struck by light.  The painstaking process ensures that these are usually limited in number and quite expensive at retail.

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News: M800 Renaissance Brown

Pelikan M800 Renaissance BrownThis year promises some interesting additions to the Pelikan line-up if rumors are to be believed.  We have already seen the Zeus and M101N Bright Red released along with the Ink of the Year, Smoky Quartz.  News of Pelikan’s newest special edition broke today, courtesy of several vendors.  Slated for a May 2017 release, the M800 family expands with the introduction of the Renaissance Brown.

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News/Poll: Edelstein Aquamarine Added to the Standard Line-Up

Edelstein AquamarineEarlier today, Pelikan announced via their Facebook Page that the Edelstein Ink of the Year for 2016, Aquamarine, is to be added to the standard ink line-up.  The photo’s caption reads, “Aquamarine is back.”  The announcement corresponds with the International Day of Happiness, a UN sanctioned celebration designed to promote happiness in the world around us.  This breaks with the prior tradition of making the Edelstein IOTY editions available only as limited runs that were forevermore unavailable once stock ran out.  I’m not certain why Aquamarine was chosen over any of the other limited editions that have come before it.  I know that there are many out there, myself included, that would love to see inks like 2013’s Amber make a come back.  Does the permanent resurrection of Aquamarine make you happy?  Click the link below to participate in a poll about which limited edition colors you would like to see make a come back and don’t forget that next spring promises to bring us an as yet unnamed shade of olive-green.

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