Review: M800 Stone Garden (2018)

Pelikan M800 Stone Garden Fountain PenThe Perch may have been quiet recently but I assure you that it has not been idle.  Almost a year’s worth of research on a very interesting topic is coming to a close and I hope to get it out into the wild in the coming weeks.  For today’s post, I wanted to bring you something a little more timely because I know that a lot of people remain on the fence about this one.  I’m referring to Pelikan’s recently released M800 Stone Garden.  Pelikan’s pre-release photos continue to cause consternation amongst potential customers.  In this case, the official marketing photos look more like a computer rendered image than an actual photograph.  With so much of the decision to purchase a fountain pen relying on its visual appeal, inaccurate photos can result in significant buyer’s remorse.  Sadly, that is just how many products are advertised today.  Pelikan’s literature describes the pen as follows;

“Stone gardens are known for their serenity and peaceful effect. The new Special Edition Souverän 800 Stone Garden was created to be symbolic of this special place and the calming influence from life’s hectic everyday pace. The combination of opaque dark blue and the sophisticated marbled structure with blue and brown colors give a noble and elegant look to this series.”

While dark blues and browns are not the palette of most of the stone gardens that I have ever encountered, I’m willing to allow Pelikan some artistic license provided that the pen is able to bring something new to the table.  It has been a very conservative and dichromatic year thus far for the bigger birds as seen with the M815 Metal Striped and the M805 Raden Royal Platinum.  Read on to find out whether or not the Stone Garden can bring some much needed color to this year’s line up.

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News: M800 Stone Garden Special Edition


Pelikan M800 Stone Garden Fountain Pen
As anticipated, news broke early this morning across Europe regarding the next big release out of Hannover.  All I can say is prepare to hear the sound of jaws dropping.  Today we have the Pelikan M800 Stone Garden Special Edition and, if the product shots do it justice, it looks to be a gorgeous fountain pen.  Of course, given the inconsistent track record of Pelikan’s product photography over the last several releases, we’ll have to reserve judgement until we can see some real world pictures.  Still, there is a lot of promise here.  This model follows closely on the heels of the M205 Olivine which just recently entered retail channels and the much more limited Raden Royal Platinum.  The promotional literature for the Stone Garden states; “Rock gardens are known for their soothing effect.  The new special edition Souverän M800 Stone Garden absorbs this atmosphere and offers tranquility in daily chores.”  It is anticipated to be available around mid-October. 

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