News: M605 Green-White Special Edition

Pelikan M605 Green-White Fountain Pen

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.

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News: Maki-e Seven Treasures Limited Edition

Pelikan Maki-e Seven TreasuresWith the first quarter of 2021 done and dusted, uncertainty remains over just how extensively the pandemic may continue to disrupt Pelikan’s operations, including their timeline of new releases.  The Petrol-Marbled M205 should be landing soon for those eager to get their next Pelikan fix.  If you were hoping for something a bit bigger, just today Pelikan has given us a glimpse of the next Maki-e release coming out of Hannover.  Meet the Maki-e Seven Treasures limited edition, the successor to 2020’s very well received Kingfisher.  Pelikan has this to say of their newest model;

“Seven Treasures are listed in the Buddhist scriptures.  The typical seven treasures are gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, giant clam, coral, and agate.  The seven treasures are expressed on this Pelikan M1000 as auspicious omen motifs by drawing additional  fortunate items.  By this, the Pelikan Maki-e ‘Seven Treasures’ fountain pen is a collection of symbols which are believed to bring good fortune.”

Keeping with past trends, the Seven Treasures is once again built off of Pelikan’s flagship M1000 chassis.  Limited to just 123 pieces worldwide, this newest Maki-e release is anticipated to launch sometime in June 2021.  

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News: M205 Petrol-Marbled Special Edition Announced

Pelikan M205 Petrol-Marbled Fountain PenFor those of you that keep up with Pelikan’s usual cycle of releases, you know that by the end of March in most years, we’ve already had news of two and sometimes up to three new fountain pens.  Sadly, this year, like the one before it, is not like most years.  That unfortunate fact, made evident by the dearth of new releases out of Hannover, is almost certainly attributable to the chaos that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought upon supply chains across the globe.  The drought may be coming to an end however as Atlas Stationers out of Chicago, IL broke news of Pelikan’s next release via their website this evening.  The next pen to market will hail from the company’s Classic line and carry the moniker of M205 Petrol-Marbled.  Petrol is a color scheme that Pelikan has employed with pens from some of their other lines including the Pura, Jazz, and Twist.  Pelikan’s new marbled finish will combine blues and greens in a way that, to me, is reminiscent of the M805 Ocean Swirl from 2017.  Rather than a standard addition to the line-up, this one looks to be a special edition release, intended only as a limited run.  The Petrol-Marbled is reportedly targeted for a mid to late April 2021 ship date.  I would expect most vendors to start taking pre-orders soon.

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News: M600 Tortoiseshell-Red

Pelikan M600 Tortoiseshell-RedNews about one of Pelikan’s most anticipated 2020 models broke today.  With its release pushed back slightly due to the coronavirus pandemic, today’s newcomer makes a compelling case for the wait being wholly worthwhile.  For the last several years, we have seen quite a few white pens grace the M600 line starting with 2012’s Tortoiseshell-White.  Another tortoise joins the family today, bringing with it a bold and bright look.  The M600 Tortoiseshell-Red puts a fresh coat of paint on an old theme which does wonders for the aesthetics.  Of course, this model will quickly conjure recollections of 2014’s M1o1N Tortoiseshell-Red which employed a similar color scheme though with an overall different style.  Pelikan’s supporting literature states; “This colorful series gives the classic Souverän a bright and warm appearance.  The extraordinary color variation is reminiscent of a beautiful sunset and encourages us to stroll down memory lane.”  The M600 Tortoiseshell-Red will be available in December and vendors are taking pre-orders now.  

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News: M405 Silver-White Announced

Pelikan M405 Silver-White fountain penWith the M205 Moonstone about to arrive in stores, news of Pelikan’s next product release has broken.  I first saw it announced by the Polish vendor Pióromaniak.  Next to market will be the M405 Silver-White.  The last time a new M4xx model was introduced to the line-up was in 2016.  This one conjures images of the last several M6xx releases which have employed a similar color scheme, the main difference between the two lines being their size of course.  The M405 Silver-White may hit that sweet spot for those that like a smaller pen.  It joins a rather exclusive group of M405 models, a model line that only came about 18 years ago making it a relative newcomer to the Souverän series.  This new release will join the likes of the M405 Black (2002), Blue/Black (2003), Dark Blue (2003), and Stresemann (2016).  Many of those were/are regular models in the line-up and not special edition releases.  This one also looks to join the ranks as a standard edition.  Look for the Silver-White to hit store shelves sometime in November of this year.

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News: M205 Moonstone Special Edition Demonstrator

Pelikan M205 MoonstonePelikan’s schedule of new releases has been unavoidably altered for 2020 due to the global issues affecting us all today.  One of the most highly anticipated models expected this year has been a fountain pen inspired by the Edelstein Ink of the Year, Moonstone.  I’m happy to report that the wait is now over as Bookbinders, a stationary shop out of Australia, has given us our first glimpse of the M205 Moonstone Special Edition Demonstrator.  The latest special edition to join the Classic series continues the tradition that began with the M205 Amethyst (2015) and now marks the sixth release to be based on their Edelstein line of inks.   The M205 Moonstone joins ranks with the M205 Star Ruby (2019), M205 Olivine (2018), M200 Smoky Quartz (2017), M205 Aquamarine (2016), and the M205 Amethyst (2015).  Last year’s Star Ruby broke the mold by employing a material with a sparkly, shimmering character.  The Moonstone looks to continue this trend by utilizing the same sparkling material encased within a dark gray translucent medium.  Pre-orders should be available from most vendors by September 1st with this one expected to hit store shelves sometime in early October.

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COVID-19’s Impact On Pelikan’s Operations

SARS-CoV-2It was just eight months ago that Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization to several pneumonia cases of unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China.  To most of us, I’m sure it feels like much longer due to the global saga that has since ensued.  We are now all too familiar with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.  Not since the H1N1 influenza outbreak of 1918 have we seen a pandemic with such far reaching ramifications for everyday life.  Countries across the world have taken unique and unprecedented measures to try and stop the spread of the virus.  These have varied in severity by location and have met with mixed degrees of success.  Actions universally agreed upon to be effective have included social distancing, mask wearing, and hand hygiene.  Germany’s government and healthcare system were well positioned to tackle the challenges posed by the virus at the outset but that is not to say they have had it easy.  With the fourth largest economy in the world and approximately 11% of its gross domestic product spent on health care, Germany ranks among the top five countries in the European Union for the number of nurses and physicians per 1,000 people.  Germany recorded its first case of COVID-19 on January 27, 2020 in Bavaria.  By February 27, the total number of cases had climbed to 26.  Towards the end of February mass gatherings and travel were increasingly restricted.  In mid-March schools started to close and by March 22, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the federal states and national government had jointly decided to implement a “contact ban.”   This served to limit public gatherings to two people, required a physical distance of at least 5 feet, and closed many businesses.  Today, Germany has reported approximately 224,000 cases and just over 9,000 deaths, a sad reminder of just how infectious and deadly this virus is.  The necessary restrictions outlined above along with others have resulted in the pandemic taking a heavy toll on the operations of most businesses, Pelikan’s included.  Read on to learn of the disruption that has been caused thus far and what it means for the company’s fine writing instruments division for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

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News: Maki-e Kingfisher Limited Edition

Pelikan Maki-e Kingfisher Fountain PenThere has been a dearth of new releases from Pelikan during the first half of 202o which is likely a reflection of the turbulent times that we find ourselves in.  If pre-release rumors are to be believed, the second half of the year promises to be much more exciting.   That run gets kicked off today with Pelikan’s announcement of the forthcoming Maki-e release, Kingfisher.  This newest model further flushes out the company’s Maki-e portfolio, adding to last year’s Five Lucky Bats and Japanese Umbrella.  Pelikan describes the Kingfisher as, “a masterpiece that combines the craftsmanship of Pelikan Germany coupled with superior Japanese traditional Maki-e painting techniques.”  The accompanying literature describes the newest Maki-e fountain pen thusly;

“Kingfisher is a small bird that lives near the waterside.  The kingfisher has a long, dagger-like beak.  The plumage of most kingfishers is bright, with green and blue being the most common colors.  In Japanese, it is also called jade or blue gemstone because of its bright colors.  On the fountain pen, two beautiful Kingfishers are vividly painted on the background of burning red autumn leaves.  The motive fantastically expresses a colorful scene in the autumn of Japan.”

The Kingfisher is built off the M1000 chassis, consistent with most of their past Maki-e releases.  Given the timing of the announcement, you can expect this model to be available next month.  While there is no word yet on pricing, you should expect this ultra-limited edition to command a king’s ransom.   This one is reported to be limited to just 123 pieces worldwide.

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