Since its initial announcement, there have been a number of questions about the newly released Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl. Is it more blue or more green? Does the pattern exist all the way around the circumference, or is it mainly in two opposing quadrants with the other two quadrants primarily dark? Mine arrived today, and I thought I'd share a few quick photos to help those still on the fence about the pen. No doubt the material varies from pen to pen, and what my pen shows is no guarantee that others will be the same. All I can do is share my one experience.
As far as the color, that part is easy. It is best described as teal but to my eye leans more blue than green. But when it comes to patterned and dark areas, the answer is clearly….. it depends!
My first reaction when I opened the box in my “normal daylight but not overly bright” home office was one of disappointment. While some of the areas of the pen were gorgeous, others appeared totally dark. While I could get the patterned and dark areas to align along the length of the pen by partially loosening the cap, when the cap was fully tight the areas did not align and this made matters worse to my eye. I took the pen outside and shot the first three pictures on my porch in indirect daylight on a partly cloudy day. This fairly well represents what I saw in my office. But then
I took the pen into an indirectly sunny area of the porch and took the next three shots. The patterned areas popped a bit more, but I still didn’t like the dark areas of the pen. But then as I was
getting ready to return to my office, I happened to pause in the front hall where a beam of sunlight was coming through the window. Yowza! That was the look I wanted! Beautiful pattern all around! My lovely wife provided her able assistance as I took a final two pictures to show the pen in more direct sunlight.
So where, dear reader, does that leave us? I don’t know about you, but I’m still on “it depends”. I love the color and love the depth of the swirling pattern, but don’t care much for the dark areas which appear rather plain. Of course, that is what you see when you look at the ocean, isn’t it? So maybe they named it just right.
I certainly see more good than bad in the pen, but it is a little less outstanding than I had hoped. It will be interesting to see how my feelings change over time. I think I will invest in a bright desk lamp. Your mileage of course may (and no doubt will) vary.