Ink & Pen Notes: Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite with Monteverde Napa Burgundy

Pelikan M805 Stresemann (EF) with Monteverde Napa Burgundy bottle

I filled my Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite (EF) with the new Monteverde Napa Burgundy ink back on December 19th. In other words, it was inked up last year. It holds a lot of ink and the extra fine nib conserves ink. But still, I liked the ink and two and a half months seems like a long time. So while I liked it enough, it didn’t inspire me to use it more than other inks.

I wrote the full name of the pen in order to boost the word count since I don’t have much to say. Performance was flawless and I like the color. I had more than a few careless smudges so the ink takes longer than I would expect to dry. The ink was easy to flush from the pen, even after being in a piston filler for over two months. There was no need to remove the nib or take the pen apart and it was quick to clean.

The Napa Burgundy ink is slightly redder and richer than the old Burgundy, an improvement in my opinion. I have the old Monteverde Burgundy in another extra fine nib and there’s a noticeable difference.

The Pelikan 805 Stresemann was always an extra fine, but the from the factory extra fine was more like a wide medium. The nib was ground down to a more traditionally sized extra fine by Dan Smith back in August and has been inked more often than not since then. I’ll give it a short rest to give some other pens a chance to be used. That’ll give me time to decide what my next ink will be. It will be back soon.

The Monteverde Napa Burgundy is a nice ink and I do like it, but it’s not so nice that I’ll miss it in my pens. I won’t hesitate to load it up, but I’m in no rush either.

Pelikan M805 Stresemann (EF) with Monteverde Napa Burgundy writing sample

Additional Reading

I haven’t come across any blogger or forum reviews of this ink, but Goulet Pens published this short video which put the ink on display.

The Pelikan’s Perch reviewed the M805 Stresemann.

3 thoughts on “Ink & Pen Notes: Pelikan Souverän M805 Stresemann Anthracite with Monteverde Napa Burgundy

  1. This looks a pleasing colour. I have been on the look out for a burgundy with a bit more red in it. I have tried Cult Pens’ Deep Dark Red and Diamine Oxblood but both seemed more brown than red to me. I have also tried Mont Blanc Burgundy Red, which can look a bit pinky-brown in a fine or dry pen.

    • Hi rupertarzeian,

      My long time favorite burgundy is Montblanc Bordeaux so I tend to compare everything to that amd nothing is good enough. It’s no longer made but I stocked up when it was discontinued. It sounds like you might like the Napa Burgundy. I tried Oxblood, but you’re right, more brown than red. I find the MB Burgundy red starts with more red then turns a bit more brown after some time in the pen. If you can find it in the UK (I assume from your spelling of color :)) you might try Papier Plume Burgundy. It has a nice red color to it and I like the ink a lot.I reviewed it here.

      Thanks for reading,

      • Thanks Ray. Yes, I am in the UK (London). I agree, the MB Burgundy does darken. We can get Monteverde Napa Burgundy here from Cult Pens online so I may give it a try. I have not come across Papier Plume before.
        Ps. I just enjoyed reading your old post of buying the M805 Streseman Anthracite. I have a blue M800 and the medium nib took a couple of weeks to wear in but is great now. Rupert.

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