We passed on feedback to Pelikan that we would like to see the BB nibs continued when they first told us that they were going. We also suggested a 1.1mm italic for the whole Souveran range and the M200.
The UK distributor told us a couple of months later that Pelikan had offered to make a batch of M800 and M805 BB nibs and asked if we could agree to buy a 'bulk load' off them to justify the production - we did agree. We were not aware of anyone else getting them too as the impression we got was they were being made for us...
The UK distributor must have ordered more than just our batch as they held some in stock after our delivery which other UK retailers can now buy then, it seems.
I do not know the situation with overseas retailers, but perhaps the demand caused further production! If this is the case, then brilliant, we have succeeded in persuading Pelikan to continue to offer the nibs that customers are still looking for!