Review: M205 Star Ruby (2019)

Pelikan M205 Star RubyPelikan’s recently released M205 Star Ruby fountain pen is a trail blazer worthy of review.  It is not the form factor or the nib that stands out nor is it the filling system.  All of those bits faithfully follow the company’s time tested formula that Pelikan fans and longtime readers of this blog are accustomed to.  What really shines here is, well, the shine.  The M205 Star Ruby has a sparkle to its finish, the likes of which we have not seen before.  As Dorothy Gale says in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” (you couldn’t expect me to review a sparkly ruby colored pen without at least one Wizard of Oz quote).  That is perhaps due in large part to typically reserved German sensibilities.  When you think of pens that sparkle, Japanese and Chinese brands such as Sailor and Jinhao are more likely to spring to the forefront of your mind than anything out of Germany.   The Star Ruby marks the fifth consecutive time that Pelikan has released a matching pen for the Edelstein Ink of the Year collection.  This year’s iteration joins the likes of the M205 Amethyst (2015), M205 Aquamarine (2016), M200 Smoky Quartz (2017), and M205 Olivine (2018).  While each of those pens have a deep, rich color that compliments their namesake nicely, none have had occasion to sparkle.  Perhaps Pelikan wanted to honor the asterism of its namesake.  For those that don’t know, star rubies are a special class of gemstone that display a sharp, shimmering six-rayed star on their surface.  True to form, however, nothing feels gratuitous here.  The coloring of the pen is a deep burgundy and the sparkles are hardly overblown as some had feared.  This may be one of the best looking models of the quintet but certainly won’t appeal to everyone.  Read on to find out whether or not this is one you should consider adding to your flock.

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Contest: WIN a Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain Pen & Ink Set

The Pelikan's Perch GiveawayToday marks the fifth anniversary of The Pelikan’s Perch going live.  The last five years have been an incredible experience for me.  When I originally started on this path, I never expected that it would lead me to so many engaged and wonderful people.  I have thoroughly enjoyed researching each post and continually strive to build upon the existing foundation of Pelikan knowledge.  For me, it is truly a labor of love and I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  While much has changed in the world over the past five years, the mission of The Perch has not and I hope to continue to share my knowledge and perspective with you for many years to come.  The Perch does not accept solicitation nor is it gifted products for review.  In doing so, I have tried to remain free of bias so that I might bring you the most critical and honest reviews possible.  That is why you don’t see too many giveaways on the site.  One year ago was my first attempt at a contest where I gave away a new Pelikan P16 Stola III fountain pen.  That giveaway was well received, so much so that I would like to repeat it in honor of The Perch’s fifth birthday and as a thank you to the community.  For my second contest ever, I spent a lot of time pondering over just what might be a worthwhile prize.  Thanks to the good people at Fritz Schimpf, I have been afforded the opportunity to give away a Pelikan 2019 Star Ruby M205 Demonstrator fountain pen and ink gift set, a pen certain to be on the wish list of many.  Read on to learn how you might enter for a chance to win.

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News: M205 Star Ruby Special Edition Demonstrator

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby Fountain PenIt has been several months since we have had any fresh news of a pending Pelikan release.  Customers continue to await the M1005 Stresemann now long delayed by supply chain issues.  The drought has ended as news of the upcoming M205 Star Ruby Special Edition Demonstrator broke today.  As expected, the company continues their streak of M2xx releases based on their Edelstein Ink of The Year.  The Star Ruby will be the fifth model in that line-up and our first glimpse comes to us courtesy of Appelboom in the Netherlands.  The M205 Star Ruby follows the likes of the M205 Olivine (2018), M200 Smoky Quartz (2017), M205 Aquamarine (2016), and M205 Amethyst (2015).  This year’s M205 appears to be a departure from past releases in that the material has a sparkly, shimmering quality for lack of a better descriptor.  Pre-orders should be available soon as this one is expected to be in stores starting sometime this September.

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News: Edelstein Ink of the Year 2019 – Star Ruby

Edelstein Ink of the Year 2019 Star RubyAs the embers of 2018’s excitement begin to slowly fade with the year’s close, Pelikan rekindles a sense of anticipation for next year by giving us a small taste of what’s to come.  News broke yesterday of the limited edition Herzstück 1929 which pays homage to the origins of Pelikan’s fountain pen production some 90 years ago.  Today, reports of the 2019 Edelstein Ink of the Year have surfaced.  With the introduction of Star Ruby, the palette appears to have swung from a shade of green to more reddish hues.   This will be the sixteenth gemstone inspired color to grace the line-up.  The forthcoming Star Ruby will join the likes of Turmaline, Amber, Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Smoky Quartz, and Olivine as the eighth Ink of the Year.  Unlike last year’s Olivine, this one was not a fan chosen shade.  While details are just emerging, we can expect availability sometime in March of 2019.

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