As anticipation grows for the upcoming M800 Grand Place and M805 Vibrant Blue, I thought that it would be fun to start off the new year with a close look at the last Souverän released in 2015, the M800 Burnt Orange. Pelikan reported in their last newsletter that stock sold out very quickly with this model, so much so that a second run is planned for sometime in April 2016. The Burnt Orange boast a beautiful combination of rich, warm colors that were well suited to its fall release. To achieve such a beautiful looking pen, some design choices had to be made and form appears to have won out over function as I’ll describe below. This is the first time that we have seen a shade of orange make its way into Pelikan’s high-end Souverän line since the M320 Orange Marbled debuted in 2004. Many other manufacturers have effectively incorporated similar colors into some of their models, the Montblanc Hemingway and the Delta Dolcevita quickly coming to mind. Read on to find out if Pelikan’s implementation on the Burnt Orange hits the mark or goes astray.
At the end of last year, we got word about many of Pelikan’s planned offerings for 2015. Of course, until a pen is announced, such news is merely rumor. Most of those proposed pens have indeed materialized and thus far in 2015 we have been given the M200 Café Crème, M805 Anthracite Stresemann, M805 Clear Demonstrator, M205 Amethyst Demonstrator, and the M600 Pink. One pen was left on that list that we had yet to see, until today that is. Today the web brought us news of the upcoming Pelikan M800 Burnt Orange. Originally intended to be announced sometime in early August, word has gotten out early thanks to retailers in Italy. While we do not yet have any confirmation from Pelikan themselves, we do have very reliable information from Novelli Pens & Pipes, a well-known and long-standing Italian retailer.