Sunday Notes and Links

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite capped on mirrorThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is a repeat from last week. Usually I lose interest in a pen after a week of heavy use so it’s not difficult to have some variety in my favorite. The Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann has been in daily use since I got it two weeks ago. It’s still the pen I reach for to begin my day. The Montblanc Bordeaux ink it’s filled with only makes it better.

Some links of interest…

The First Gorgeous.Ink Give-Away — Gorgeous.Ink // A chance to get some ink samples and a couple fountain pens that don’t get enough attention

Fountain Pen Community – #killwinterwithorange — Reverenced Writing // As I prepare this post on Saturday, a week into Spring, it’s snowing out so this seems appropriate

End #Wanderlust, Begin #Wanderbox – The Pelikan’s Perch

Rotring Core – Goodwriterspens’s Blog // I have (or had) one of these in orange, I still haven’t decided if I like it or not and can’t remember if I still have it or if I gave it away. I guess it is a forgotten pen.

Letter Writing: Stuff That Helps – From the Pen Cup

Pen Habit Q&A #3 – The Pen Habit

Jesse Meyer, Parchment Maker – Quo Vadis Blog

F-C Model 66 Stabilis — Ink&Flour // One of my top 5 pens

Lamy safari BROWN Edition (2015) – kmpn

PrototypesCrónicas Estilográficas

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

This Just In: Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite

Pelikan M805 Stresemann with MB Bordeaux ink bottleThis really isn’t “just in”, I’ve had it for over a week. A glorious week! But as that statement indicates, I haven’t had the pen long enough to give a objective review. This fountain pen still has that new pen glow which is blinding me to any faults. You’ve been warned, if you buy this pen based upon what I write don’t blame me if you find faults in your pen.

I don’t really have grail pens. I’m more impulsive than contemplative and patient. Plus, the Stresemann is a new pen and part of Pelikan’s regular M800 line of pens so it wouldn’t be hard to find. All it would take is money, which can’t be ignored but it’s obtainable. Despite these two points this pen is as close to a grail pen as I’ll get, I just didn’t know it.

I’ve spent time researching Pelikan M800 and M1000 fountain pens. This was typically done at pen shows where I found that the M800 was more my type of pen so I focused on that model. While I do think gold trim and nibs look OK in some pen designs I decided I wanted silver trim for this pen. In the world of Pelikan model numbers this meant a M805 where the “5” meant silver (or rhodium) trim. I didn’t really like the looks of the current models. Too much gold and the colors were nice enough (the green more than others) but not great. Even the models with chrome trim had gold in the nib design. For a pen of this price I wanted perfection. So while I didn’t have a specific pen in mind, I kept looking at pen shows and the usual used pen markets to see if an older pen caught my attention. None did.

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite nib and cap jewelThen Pelikan announced the Stresemann and I knew it was my pen. Still, I waited a week or so since I was hesitant to buy based on only pictures which would naturally make the pen look great. But I eventually placed a pre-order with Classic Fountain Pens (John Mottishaw) for one with an extra fine nib. I considered a custom stub nib but decided to go with the extra fine as a nib I would use in any situation.

The pen arrived the same day as the Long Island Pen Show. I left the show without a pen (in part because the Streseman was my pen budget for the year) but it was still a great pen day. The nib is tuned before shipment so I can’t speak to the out-of-the-box performance of the nib for factory fresh pens but my experience with Pelikan has always been good. I asked for a medium ink flow when using a light touch. This is a little wetter than I would have asked for a year ago.

The pen arrived in a faux leather pouch in a heavy cardboard box. A nice presentation without going overboard. The pen barrel had a couple of smudges on it, something like silicone grease of manufacturing residue. This could have been due to handling when tuning the nib or from the factory. I was able to wipe these off with a microfiber cloth and medium pressure but no solvents needed.

I picked my favorite ink, Montblanc Bordeaux, for its first fill. It’s a piston filler and holds a lot of ink so I’m still on my first fill. The extra fine nib is wider than many of my other extra fines but in line with my other modern western extra fines. I am glad I didn’t pick a fine nib. See the photos for a comparison with my Sheaffer Snorkel extra fine which I had inked up.

Performance has been great but not perfect. After being stored nib up overnight the first stroke was noticeably drier than normal, although not a true skip. The pen has also skipped occasionally when I’m writing fast or at strange angle such as when taking notes on slicker paper. I haven’t had any problems at all when sitting at my desk and writing normally and with proper form.

The ink does splash drops on the nib. Some may not like this but personally I love it and it enhances the pen for me. There’s no ink inside the cap so it isn’t splashing ink around.

I absolutely love the look of this pen. Black or gray pens with rhodium (or any chrome) trim are a favorite of mine. The black and gray stripes vary their looks depending on how the light hits them. Since the black stripes are also translucent the ink level can be checked so the design is both functional and decorative. It’s not a demonstrator, just translucent enough to see the ink level.

I’ve been using the pen every day since I got it and it’s been my main pen each day. It will be awhile (one or two months minimum) before I do a full review but the main difference between this and other M80X pens are cosmetic as far as I can tell. That new pen aura has me calling the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresseman Anthracite my favorite pen. It may or may not keep that title after extended use, but it’s certainly a keeper and for me it is worth the price.

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Sunday Notes and Links

Pelikan M805 Stresemann with MB Bordeaux ink bottleThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination was easily my new Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite fountain pen with an extra fine nib and Montblanc Bordeaux ink. I’ve had the pen a week so it still has that new pen smell and glow. MB Bordeaux is my favorite ink so this combination was a no brainer. My other pens are jealous as I’ve been ignoring them for this one.

Some links of interest…

Moore Specialist – The End Of An Era – Fountain Pen Restoration

Vintage Pen Review: Waterman 52 1/2v Red Ripple – The Pen Habit // This is my favorite pen material and design yet I don’t own a pen with red ripple ebonite

SAILOR – canetas e coisas

Pelikan M205: The Story & Review of My First “Real” Fountain Pen – Write Analog

Poll: The Value of the “W.-Germany” Stamp – The Pelikan’s Perch // My vote is “No” it doesn’t add any value although it does make dating the pen a bit easier. The historical significance does add a big “But” to that no vote and I can see where some might want these pens a bit more than others.

Writefine – A Parker Sub-Brand – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Cesare Emiliano Fountain Pen – Write to Me Often

Four New Pens – Crónicas Estilográficas

8 Reasons Why You Should Write With a Fountain Pen – | edjelley.com

Visconti Opera Typhoon Blue Fountain Pen Review — The Pen Addict

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Ink and Pen Notes: Edison Huron Grande with Extra Fine Nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Edison Huron Grande Extra Fine Nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE inkRohrer & Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink is the standard ink for my desk pens and one is usually always inked up. The Edison Huron Grande was inked up back on December 7th as a eyedropper fill. It went dry once but was immediately re-inked. I decided to clean it out this time and give it some time off.

I’ve never had a problem cleaning this ink out of a pen and this time was no different. It’s one of my favorite inks based on both color and performance. At the moment I don’t have it in and fountain pen and I’m already going through withdrawal.

Despite the size, it’s easily the largest pen in my accumulation, there’s no metal (other than the nib) so it’s nice and light so long writing sessions aren’t a problem.

The fountain pen and ink combine for a nearly perfect writing experience, at least for me. The only problems I had was a couple instances of a drop escaping from the nib when it shouldn’t. It was never on the paper and always when reaching for something with the pen in hand.

 

Sunday Notes and Links

I didn’t pick a favorite ink and pen this week. I used all my inked pens during the week but none rose above the others to grab my attention. A new pen did arrive yesterday and I suspect it will be a favorite by this time next week.

Some links that did grab my attention…

Franklin-Christoph Model 40P Review – The Passionate Penman

Ogami: A Notebook Made of Stone – All Things Stationery

Overpriced — Fountain Pen Economics

Pen Review: Delta Unica – The Pen Habit

Rhodia Clic-Bloc Mouse Pad Paper – The Frugal Fountain Pen

Epic ink test – R3, M2 – Fountain Pen Physicist

A Morrell’s Ink Advertising Pen – Goodwriterspens’s Blog

Sassafras Spring Fling 2015 — Nock Co.

New Pilot Capless Wooden fountain pens – On Fountain Pens

Lamy Dialog 3 – mycoffeepot.org

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.

Ink and Pen Notes: Lamy 2000 And Omas Turquoise Ink

Lamy 2000 fine nib with Omas Turquoise ink bottleI inked up my Lamy 2000 with Omas Turquoise ink back on February 2nd. I wrote it dry today so it lasted just over a month. The Lamy 2000 has a fine nib which was very scratchy when I received it, as I mentioned in my review. But the nib has since been tuned by Mike Masuyama.

The ink performed well in this pen, no skipping or hard starts. Unfortunately the ink is, well, turquoise. It’s not a color I like at all but I did use it enough to write the pen dry. (The ink was included with my Omas pen.)  It was loaded into the pen because its line number in my ink spreadsheet was picked by random.org. I wanted to give the ink a chance so I picked a good pen for it rather than put it in a pen I also wouldn’t want to use.

Considering the light color it provides good coverage on all colors of paper.

The ink flow is on the wet side from this nib. It’s also slow drying and I did have a few accidental, careless smudges.

The ink was easy to clean from the pen. Piston fillers aren’t a favorite of mine when it comes to cleaning, at least when I’m cleaning it for storage and want all ink traces removed. But it was a quick process to remove all traces of this ink from the Lamy 2000.

Sunday Notes and Links

Edison Huron Grande Extra Fine Nib and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE inkThis week’s favorite fountain pen and ink combination is again my Edison Huron Grande with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE. As my other pens run dry I’m left with fewer pens & inks that stand out. So the often used Edison Huron Grande rose above my boredom of constant use. Since I was at my desk a lot this week I often reached for this pen and ink over other choices.

Some links of interest…

15 points – Crónicas Estilográficas // Pilot has a few nib choices

Pen Review: OMAS Ogiva Celluloide – The Pen Habit // A gorgeous pen

Fountain Pen Paper Recommendations – JetPens.com – // Good overview of fountain pen friendly papers. From a retailer so limited to their selection, but they have a large selection. Good info.

How To Seal A Letter Using A Wax Seal — Gorgeous.Ink // I received a wax sealed letter today so this interests me.

Taxonomy: the Uncompetitive Brands — Fountain Pen Economics // The brand taxonomy series is complete, at at least for now. Be sure to check the earlier articles.

A slightly mysterious notebook from Shanghai – All Things Stationery // A weird notebook. At least outside of China according to the comments.

Pilot Parallel Pen – Write to Me Often

Review: Jinhao 3000 – Year of the Tiger — Alt. Haven // A little to gaudy for my taste, but it’s certainly a lot of pen for the price.

Aurora Optima Fountain Pen Review – Hey there! SBREBrown // Another Italian pen, but easier for me to resist than the Omas Ogiva.

Vintage Pen Primer, Part II: The Parker 51 — The Gentleman Stationer // *This was on my list for my first pen show. But once I saw them I couldn’t get into the hooded nib.

Check out all of this week’s links at Fountain Pen Links. If you’re looking for information about a specific pen or ink be sure to visit Pennquod.