Ink and Pen Notes: Pelikan M805 Stresemann and R&K Blau-Schwarz LE

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink
Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann with R&K Blau-Schwarz LE ink

For the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann’s second ink I picked Rohrer and Klingner Blau-Schwarz LE ink which is second ink on my current Favorite 5 Ink list. It’s first ink was my favorite on the list but this ink liked the pen better than the #1 Montblanc Bordeaux.

The Stresemann was inked on April 3rd and written dry the last day of May so it lasted nearly two months to write it dry. This ink has already proven that that’s not a problem. At least as long as the pen is used regularly.

I had a few minor issues that I mentioned when I wrote about the performance of the Bordeaux in this pen. I had no such complaints about the R&K Blau-Schwarz ink.

The Blau-Schwarz ink is more free flowing than the Bordeaux. It’s possible the nib smoothed out and broke in a bit as I used it, but it’s more likely this ink just lubricates this nib better. There was no skipping at all. The Pelikan kept on writing until it was out of ink, no skipping and no thinning out until it just plain stopped writing. OK, to be honest there were a couple letters at the very end that were a little thin but those hardly count. While I described the nib, with the Bordeaux ink, as feeling a bit “off”, it feels perfect when it’s writing with the R&K Blau-Schwarz.

My only complaint is completely subjective and I’m not sure it should be a complaint. The extra fine nib is wider and wetter than I typically prefer in my extra fine nibs. Because of this the Stresemann isn’t the best choice for all nib situations. While I do use it to write in my Field Notes there’s significant show through and I write a little bigger than I’d prefer at times. It’s also a little wet for my Hobonichi planner so I have to be extra cautious to avoid accidental smudges and give it time to dry before I close it out. A blotter helps a little, but there’s a lot of smudges in that book. But for flat out writing at my desk the pen & ink are perfect.

The Rohrer & Klinger Blau-Schwarz LE continues its trend of making every fountain pen that uses it even better.

The Pelikan M805 Stresemann was great with the ink but I wanted to try a third ink so I immediately flushed it out and filled it with Montblanc Toffee Brown.