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M800 Brown-Black And M205 Star Ruby — 2019 Pelikan Pens



Tom Kellie
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I was on the fence about the Star Ruby M205, but there seem to be nothing but positive comments, so it may come drifting into my flock very soon.

 

~ N1003U:

 

Ever since the M205 Star Ruby arrived on my writing desk, it's been in daily use.

Adding one to your flock in 2020 might be a very nice addition.

Tom K.

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~ N1003U:

 

Ever since the M205 Star Ruby arrived on my writing desk, it's been in daily use.

Adding one to your flock in 2020 might be a very nice addition.

Tom K.

 

 

Thank you. The Star Ruby is now firmly on the purchase list.

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Very nice photo of both red pens! Thank you for posting!

 

Yes, the Star Ruby is definitely going into the Warenkorb for my next order from Fritz Schimpf (who has the boxed set with ink currently at a good price).

 

I have a few M2xx pens already in my flock, and I have made some extra effort to exercise them recently. Although they are not my absolute favorites, I find the M2xx (and the M4xx) posted to be a really nice size for me, and the light weight comfortable for longer writing sessions. Also with a fairly sturdy (and in worst case not too expensive) steel nib, it makes me less nervous to hand an M2xx to a curious novice to try out than say something with an expensive or in some cases irreplaceable gold nib... :P

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I saw the M800 brown-black in person at the Philly Pen Show last weekend. What a gorgeous pen! I'm partial to the tortoises, so it was no big surprise that I loved the color scheme.

 

I picked it up and confirmed once again that, alas, the M800 is not the right size for me. I'll have to wait and hope that the brown-black will appear in an M600 some day.

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~ dascott:

 

Happy New Year 2020 to you and your loved ones!

As far as I understand, the Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind is offered by request only.

It's possible for Pelikan nibs from M and broader.

An F or an EF nib might also be looked at by their nib specialist, but perhaps not receiving an Italic Grind.

I heartily recommend it, as all Pelikans which we're so processed are outstanding writers of the highest reliability.

There are two Pelikan B nib pens with Fritz Schimpf Italic Grinds on my writing desk.

Both write so well that I smile with each use.

Tom K.

Tom, I have taken the plunge and ordered an m805 Stresemann in IB with Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind. Sebastian was most helpful and they are even customising the nib to my writing style, which I had never given a thought to previously. I am looking forward to my first m800 size pen and hoping the custom nib grind will rekindle an enthusiasm for modern nibs!

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Tom, I have taken the plunge and ordered an m805 Stresemann in IB with Fritz Schimpf Italic Grind. Sebastian was most helpful and they are even customising the nib to my writing style, which I had never given a thought to previously. I am looking forward to my first m800 size pen and hoping the custom nib grind will rekindle an enthusiasm for modern nibs!

 

~ dascott:

 

Terrific!

That sounds like an ideal way to begin 2020.

The two Pelikan M800 IB nibs with Fritz Schimpf Italic Grinds, which are on my writing desk, are at the pinnacle of superb writing tools.

Thank you so much for sharing this very good news.

Tom K.

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I saw the M800 brown-black in person at the Philly Pen Show last weekend. What a gorgeous pen! I'm partial to the tortoises, so it was no big surprise that I loved the color scheme.

 

I picked it up and confirmed once again that, alas, the M800 is not the right size for me. I'll have to wait and hope that the brown-black will appear in an M600 some day.

 

Thanks for the post. I have also become a fan of the Brown Black Sourverän and think it would be nice to see it in other models.

 

I bought a brown-black M800 as my first M8xx pen, pretty much for the color. I find its warm tones rather attractive. On the other hand, I am also not 100% convinced about the size/weight of the M800. I too, would like to see this pen in an M600 (and for similar reasons, I am sure there are folks who would like to see it in an M400).

 

From the videos I have seen, it looks like the brown-black stripe material is a similar cellulose-acetate that Pelikan uses in their other striped Souveräns, and the pens seem to run on the same equipment (at least the video tour of Pelikan that Joost Appelboom published on his store site shows the equipment running brown-black binde material on the standard production equipment), so I suppose the appearance of a brown-black in other models would not depend on anything technical, but rather on the confidence of Pelikan that those models would meet sales goals in the long run. I suppose available production capacity also plays a role in when particular models are introduced and whether or not they are going to be "permanent" additions to the product line.

 

I have seen a lot of cynical comments about so-called "special editions", but from a customer point of view, it is nice to have variety, and thinking like a manufacturer, keeping too many color combinations in the standard assortment does get expensive and a logistics hassle. Often you wind up later dropping products that don't sell well, and you have to ask yourself if discontinuing lines is better or worse for customer relations than selling limited runs until they are gone. I suppose making those decisions is how Pelikan marketing folk earn their money.

 

For example, I note that Pelikan was very conservative about adding the black-grey Mx05 Stresemann to the "standard" product line (and I wonder it the M1005 Stresemann will eventually join that "standard" lineup), and I think they take it very seriously. If I remember correctly, a cry went out throughout the land when certain of the red-striped models were discontinued. I suspect it is not easy to discern what is going to be a perennial classic in terms of fountain pen color, and what is just currently trendy.

 

But, I suppose, for those of us who like the Brown-Black stiped model, we can hope for the future.

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