I had seen pictures of the Pelikan M205 around the net and the fact that no-one had one in stock made me determined to get one. My preferred dealer in the UK is Niche Pens I was browsing their site when I came across the 205 and I excitedly rushed off an email to enquire after the price. They didn't have any, so I had a look around the site until I found something that I liked, a Pelikan Souveran 805. It was a lot of money for me but once I had it in my hand I suddenly realised that I was looking at the brand of pen that I could identify with as effective, solid, reliable and useful.
Appearance & Finish
The pen has a black body which is polished. The trim is silver in colour with a silk-screened Pelikan logo on the cap. The pen just oozes quality and style.
The design is very pleasing to look at to me at least. I believe that it is made from acrylic although I am not an expert on these things. The top is screw off. The pen is 14.2cm capped, 16.7cm posted x 13.1mm diameter so it is a large pen from my point of view. The pens feels comfortable to me with the cap posted or unposted, but it seems to have good balance either way.
Nib Design & Performance
Most of my other pens have a medium nib so I decided on a change for this pen and requested a broad from the wide range available. The dealer had had a run on broads so, as I was keen to have the pen quickly, he promised to send a broad and a double-broad when they came into stock. The nib was exactly the opposite of what I had expected. It seemed to be a fine rather than a medium. I tested it against a selection of other pens that I have and the line fell between medium and fine. I knew that this shouldn't be the case but assumed that this one was faulty. As luck would have it a medium nib came up on eBay so I sniped a bid and picked it up for just under 40UKP (80USD) including postage. The nibs are usually 110UKP (220USD) and although I wanted a spare, I didn't want one that badly! The seller got it to me quickly and it was completely different to original nib. Seeing how broad it wrote I decided that an broad might be OK, but a double broad would probably be too wide so I asked the dealer to send me a broad and an oblique broad. In the end I chose the oblique broad. It writes incredibly smoothly. The nib screws out easily if you wanted to replace it. I am very pleased with the nib performance.
The Filling System
This is a standard Pelikan piston filler and I like this system because of the amount I write. It holds plenty of ink, so much more than cartridges or ink converters. The filling mechanism looks as though it is going to be long lasting and reliable.
At 200UKP (400USD) this is a very expensive pen for someone who works part time in an administrative job. I consider it to be excellent value though and I have have wasted much more on much less.
It is rare that anything that I buy excites me as much as this pen did. It was like being a small boy again when the pen arrived. I washed my hands before I took the box out of the jiffy bag and then washed them again before I opened the box. It was like finding the Holy Grail. What a beautiful pen. I had chosen the Souveran because I prefer the silver to gold trim and I was not disappointed in my choice. I have fallen in love with this pen and doubt that I will ever find another pen that I like this much. After the initial glitch with the nib I have settled on thi as my number one pen. If I lost it I would be devastated and have to buy another!
Edited by AndyHayes, 11 June 2007 - 21:16.