Ink & Pen Notes: Pelikan M805 Stresemann with Montblanc Bordeaux

Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann extra fine nib with Montblanc Bordeaux writing sampleThe Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite made it to my Favorite 5 Modern Pens list back in May when it still had that new pen glow. Montblanc Bordeaux has topped my favorite inks list since I first created a favorite inks list.

This combination has all the ingredients to be a blockbuster, a pen I can’t put down. Yet, I inked the pen up back on July 17th and it took nearly four months to write the pen dry. While it does hold a lot of ink, four months to write dry makes me question its choice as a fav 5 pen.

When I’m using the Stresemann I love it. It’s a great looking pen and it’s a fine writer. Well, not really fine, more like medium despite Pelikan calling this an extra fine nib. And that’s the problem my brain has with this pen. I struggle with this being a wide extra fine nib. I can’t use it in the same ways I use my other extra fine nibs. But when I use it for long writing sessions, where I sometimes use a medium, or even wider, nib I enjoy it very much.

Despite being inked for nearly four months the pen was extremely easy to flush out. It took considerably less time and water to clean than the Conway Stewart I cleaned out at the same time.

I’ll be returning the Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite to the pen case, at least for a little while. As for the Montblanc Bordeaux, I still have a pen inked up with it.

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2 thoughts on “Ink & Pen Notes: Pelikan M805 Stresemann with Montblanc Bordeaux

  1. I struggle w the same challenge. I have an m800 that is an extra fine, that simply isn’t very fine. It is almost as wide a line as the m400 with a bold nib that sits next to it.

    I am going to have to have it ground to a true xf soon.

    • Hi Andrew,
      I may eventually get mine ground down too. I go back and forth with that. When I use the pen I really enjoy it and there’s nothing wrong with the nib except it’s not an extra fine. But I know I’d use the pen more if I got it ground down.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

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