Review: M800 Brown-Black (2019)

Pelikan M800 Brown-Black Fountain PenIt’s time for another review on The Perch and while I normally like to scrutinize models that are unique in some way, I’m taking a look at the M800 Brown-Black largely because of its seemingly similar appearance to a past release.  If you have had any experience with the Pelikan catalog over the past decade, you might find yourself drawing parallels between this new model and an old favorite.  The M800 Tortoiseshell-Brown (2013) quickly comes to mind as a special edition that also utilized stripes and brown resin components.  Pelikan’s product literature describes the Brown-Black like so;

“A graceful and subtle appearance.  That’s the look of the new Special Edition Souverän 800 Brown-Black.  The warm brown hue resin material of this writing instrument series is perfectly complimented by dark brown stripes.  The barrel with brown and black stripes is crafted out of high grade cellulose acetate which is then turned into a sleeve.  The rings and the clip are elegantly decorated with 24-carat gold.”

Is the Brown-Black something we’ve seen before or a new design unto itself?  I think that the best analogy I can put forth is that while it all may be chocolate it comes down to the difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolate.  Does the Brown-Black have enough going for it to stand on its own merits?  Read on to find out.

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News: M800 Brown-Black Special Edition

Pelikan M800 Brown Black Fountain PenSeptember is usually good for news of a new release (or two) from Pelikan and 2019 proves to be no exception.  History has taught us that this is the month some of the bigger birds get unveiled.  Last year, it was the M800 Stone Garden.  This year, we have the M800 Brown-Black Souverän fountain pen.  The newest special edition out of Hannover sports a brown and black striped barrel with a very warm tone, an appearance that could easily be mistaken for a Tortoiseshell design upon first glance.  Those who were excited by Pelikan’s use of sparkles in the forthcoming M200 Star Ruby may be disappointed by the more conservative Brown-Black.  As best I can recollect, this is the first traditionally striped pattern to grace the M8xx line since 2014’s Stresemann.  Availability is anticipated starting sometime in mid-October.

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