News: Maki-e Five Lucky Bats Limited Edition

Pelikan Maki-e Five Lucky Bats Limited EditionOver the last several years we have become accustomed to annual releases of Maki-e inspired limited edition fountain pens from Pelikan.  These models have married nearly a century of pen making experience with the expertise of Japanese artists.  Recent past releases have included the Spring & Autumn (2016), Dragonfly (2017), and Peacock (2018) to name just a few.  The Pelikan’s Perch has learned that the 2019 Maki-e pen will be called Five Lucky Bats.  An excerpt from Pelikan’s sales literature has this to say about the new model;

“In China, the bat is considered a symbol of happiness as the pronunciation of the word ‘bat’ resembles a Chinese word which means ‘fortune is coming.’  The depiction of the bat is considered to be a lucky pattern which brings five kinds of luck: a long life, wealth and respect, health and mindfulness, virtue and grace, and to die without worry and regret.  There were times when only noble people could wear clothes using motifs of the bat.  In Japan as well, the bat is regarded as a symbol of luck as the word bat is pronounced as ‘komori’ which could be written in Japanese as ‘a lot of happiness.'”

Like the models cited above, this one will be built off of the M1000 chassis, the same line that has been plagued by a supply chain issue in recent months.  Fret not as a limited edition of this nature is likely immune to the issues affecting the rest of the series.  It is unclear just when we might see this one come to market though I would anticipate a June/July release.

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News: M805 Blue Dunes Special Edition

Pelikan M805 Blue Dunes Fountain PenJust yesterday I posted the first glimpses of the M805 Blue Dunes special edition (first put out by Penbox) and, as promised, am able to follow that up today with some additional details.  The actual promotional photos now available seem to affirm my first impression of a blue Grand Place type finish but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  The official product information from Pelikan reads as follows;

“Gaze at the new Series Souverän M805 Blue Dunes and find yourself fascinated by a world of colors.  Contrasts of shadow and light interplay in hues from brilliant azure to deep, midnight blue.  The composition of flowing silhouettes displays distinct patches of color, yet it also harmoniously unites the varying shades of blue.  Like the color of sand dunes under a midnight moon, the interplay of blues in each M805 Blue Dunes writing instrument is unique.”

That is quite the colorful description and the inspiration behind the finish is definitely clearer now.  Pelikan frequently recommends ink pairings from their Edelstein line for new release and for this one they have chosen Topaz.  The M805 Blue Dunes appears to be on track for a late June 2019 release. 

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First Look: M805 Blue Dunes Special Edition

Pelikan M805 Blue DunesYesterday brought an unexpected glimpse of the next M8xx release out of Hannover, this time courtesy of U.K. based Penbox by way of their Instagram account.  The news seems to come a little ahead of schedule as we don’t have any high quality stock photos or other promotional materials available as of yet nor do we see any announcements from other vendors.  What we do have is a first look at the upcoming M805 Blue Dunes special edition in what appears to be a pre-release photo meant for retailers.  Consistent with the rumors from earlier this year, this M805 has a pattern reminiscent of 2016’s M800 Grand Place. The Blue Dunes embodies swirling shades of blue intermixed with darker tones.  We are still awaiting official word from Pelikan with regards to the inspiration behind this finish. The Blue Dunes will join the likes of the Ocean Swirl (2017) and the Vibrant Blue (2015), accented by palladium plated trim.  Based on what little info is available at the moment, this one is anticipated for a late June 2019 release.

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News: M600 Violet-White

Pelikan M600 Violet-WhiteSpring is in the air, a season full of promise and the renewal of life.  With it comes baseball, April showers, blooming flowers, and fresh news of the next big thing out of Hannover.  Earlier today, vendors across the globe gave us our first look at the M600 Violet-White, a light pastel purple or lilac colored model that is sure to fit right in at this time of the year.  The new model’s appearance is very much in keeping with past releases which include the M600 Turquoise-White (2018), the M605 White-Transparent (2017), the M600 Pink (2015), and the M600 Tortoiseshell White (2012).  There has been some uncertainty and delays surrounding Pelikan’s launch dates this year but, for now at least, you can anticipate the Violet-White hitting store shelves sometime in May 2019. 

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Release Dates & Debunked Rumors

Pelikan M101N Grey-Blue, Herzstück 1929, and M1005 Stresemann

It seems like forever ago that we got our first glimpse of Pelikan’s 2019 line-up.  News of the Herzstück 1929 limited edition and Edelstein Star Ruby broke in late December.  January came and went with the much anticipated announcement of the M1005 Stresemann.  Most recently, February brought news of the M101N Grey-Blue.  Despite the regular flow of new releases out of Hannover, we have only seen the Star Ruby ink materialize which went on sale earlier this month.  The fountain pens have yet to turn up.  A few were pushed back slightly from their originally announced release dates and another has seen a more significant delay for what have been unclear reasons.  If you recall, the M1005 was due in mid-February, the M101N Grey-Blue sometime in March, and the 1929 by late March.  Rumors have been floated as to the reasons for the hold up of the M1005, some suggesting that there was an issue with the plating on the nibs.  I reached out to Pelikan to specifically address these issues and was able to get a little clarity on what we can expect in terms of upcoming release dates.  Pelikan also took the opportunity to debunk some of the recent rumors going around about their products.

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News: M101N Grey-Blue

Pelikan M101N Grey BlueThose of us in the U.S.A. awoke this morning to news of yet another forthcoming release from Pelikan.  The company is once again going retro with the introduction of a new model in the M101N series.  Perhaps it is no coincidence that such a pen is being brought to light during the 90th anniversary of Pelikan’s first foray into fountain pens.  The newest M101N on the block has been dubbed the Grey-Blue and it will become the fifth pen in a line that takes its inspiration from the historic models of the 30s and 40s.  To date, the Grey-Blue has been preceded by the Tortoiseshell Brown (2011), Lizard (2012), Tortoiseshell Red (2014), and Bright Red (2017).  Whereas the first three models listed emulated some of the more popular vintage finishes, the Grey-Blue will join the Bright Red in blazing its own trail as a fresh take on an old design.  Pelikan’s promotional materials state; “The grey and blue color and pattern is reminiscent of the original historical model of the 1930s,” but I do not recall any historic 101N ever having come in this color scheme.  If you cannot wait to get your hands on this one, be thankful February is a short month as these are due to make their way to market sometime in March.

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News: M1005 Stresemann Announced

Pelikan M1005 Black/Anthracite StresemannRumors of the M1005 Stresemann began early last year and it was widely expected that we would see it hit the market sometime in late 2018.  The year came and went without such an announcement suggesting that the release had been pushed back with a new estimated arrival set for the first quarter of 2019.  The wait is now over as word of the upcoming M1005 Stresemann finally broke today from the Netherlands courtesy of our friends at Appelboom.  This new model will join the M805 (2015) and the M405 (2016) in the same finish.   The M1005 will be the largest model to sport the anthracite stripes and is a welcome addition to a line that hasn’t seen a refresh in some time.  The last M10xx model not host to an ultra limited Maki-e or Raden finish was the M1005 black released seven years ago in 2013.  In case you’re new to the blog or brand and may be unaware of the origins of the Stresemann finish, allow me to explain from where the designation derives.  The former foreign minister of the Weimar Republic and Nobel prize recipient, Gustav Stresemann (1879-1929), had a proclivity for wearing suits with thin stripes which became something of a defining trait.  After a time, people started drawing parallels between Pelikan’s now well-known striped pattern and the Stresemann look resulting in the nick-name that has persisted to this day. 

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Pelikan in 2018: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Pelikan's 2018 releases: M600 Turquoise White, M120 Iconic Blue, M205 Classic Demonstrator, M815 Metal Striped, M205 Olivine, M805 Raden Royal Platinum, M800 Stone Garden, M600 Vibrant OrangeBarring any further unforeseen news breaking over the next few weeks, this will likely be my last post of the year as we gear up for the Christmas and New Years holidays.  I thought that it would be useful to look back at what 2018 has brought us and maybe try to prognosticate a little of what 2019 might hold in store.  Pelikan has already given us a peek into some of what lies ahead.  There was a lot of buzz and excitement going into this year in particular.  After all, it’s not every day that a company turns 180 years old.  Over the past five to six years, Pelikan has really ramped up their annual number of new releases and this year was no exception with ten new birds joining the catalogue.  While I was personally left somewhat underwhelmed, there were more than a few gems to be had amongst the lot.  Of course the year wasn’t just about new pens.  We were given Edelstein Olivine as the Ink of the Year and Garnet was resurrected to live on in the standard Edelstein line up.  Many of us were also fortunate enough to be able to take part in Pelikan’s largest gathering of pen enthusiasts to date for their 2018 Hubs event.  While we had a lot of good come out of 2018, we were all left a little cold when Pelikan increased the prices of their EF nibs across the globe.  Read on for a recap of all of the year’s highs and lows as well as some thoughts on what’s to come.

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