Ink & Pen Notes: Pelikan M805 Stresemann and Montblanc Toffee Brown

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite with MB Toffee BrownI inked this pen up with Montblanc Toffee Brown as the month of May came to a close, so it lasted almost a month in a half. I’m a little surprised since I was under the impression that I did use it a lot, and while it’s a extra fine nib it’s among the widest extra fines that I have. In retrospect, the Maplewood Vanishing Point monopolized many of my days with its XXXF nib. So a month and a half is reasonable for a pen that holds so much ink.

This pen has a rather long name and I tend to shorten it. The official name is Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite.

Montblanc Toffee Brown is among my top five inks, so I like it. The ink performed great, as expected, in this pen. As I mentioned this nib is wider than I like for my extra fines. The nib and ink combine to be a rather wet flow, at least it is considering my preference for drier nibs. This tendency to flow freely means I don’t typically use this pen for my daily note taking but it is well suited for what I call regular or long form writing, such as the draft to this article. The ink was problem free in the Pelikan, no hard starts or skipping.

I’ll flushed out the MB Toffee Brown (quick and easy) and will let it dry out for a day. Then I’ll refill it with Montblanc Bordeaux. It’s my favorite ink and it was the first fill for this pen. Yet of the three inks I’ve used in the pen so far it was the worst performer. Not actually bad, but it failed to meet expectations. So I’ll give it another try so I can see if the ink and the pen just don’t get along or if I simply had the new pen blues.

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