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I used to have a Pelikan M605 that I got rid of because it wasn’t seeing as much use as I would have liked. As soon as I saw the announcement of the Stresemann, I knew I had to once again add a a Pelikan to the flock. The M805 Stresemann is an anthracite grey striated M805 with silver trim and an entirely rhodium-plated nib. The M8XX series is Pelikan’s second largest pen, right under the M1000 and right above the M600. The size and weight are ideal for me. Many thanks to Ron over at Pen Chalet for sponsoring this review! Read on to see how the M805 held up to regular use!
Make sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the review, featuring 20 full-sized photos of the Pelikan M805 Stresemann!
Appearance & Packaging:
The Stresemann comes in the standard Pelikan packaging. A faux wood and white box. Inside is a nice leather pouch, held closed by an elastic band bearing a plastic Pelikan logo emblem. Packaging doesn’t mean a whole lot to be, but the Stresemann is nicely presented. Inside the box is what really matters. The pen is absolutely stunning. The grey striated barrel has a deep shine and is transparent between the stripes. This allows you to see the ink level remaining.
Since the ink level is visible through the body, there is no need for Pelikan’s signature green ink window on the black pen bodies.The lack of ink window streamlines the body and results in a cleaner look overall. The pen is large, and posting the cap makes the pen larger. Usually Pelikan uses a dual-tone nib, but the Stresemann is unique in that they have implemented an entirely silver, rhodium-plated nib. The large size nib looks wonderful and matches the aesthetic of the pen perfectly. I love the shape of Pelikan nibs and it is accented in this larger pen. The silver trim nicely compliments the grey body and silver nib on the pen.
Nib Performance & Filling System:
I opted for a broad nib, which is quite out of character for me. Admittedly, the tines were ever-so-slightly misaligned out of the box. A quick adjustment and everything was fine. The nib is super smooth and in the middle of the wetness scale. The broad nib is a bit narrower than the Lamy 2000 broad nib I also recently picked up. I’m happy with it, but I’d prefer a bit more ink flow.
The M805 employs a massive piston filler. Ink capacity is great, especially given the amount of ink a broad nib goes through. The piston is buttery smooth and there’s no play in the knob. The brass components inside add some heft to the pen, but it stays balanced. Unscrew the knob, submerge the nib, screw the knob back in, and you’re ready to write. No complaints here!
The M805 isn’t nearly as heavy as I was expecting it to be. For some reason, I had it in my head that this thing was going to weigh me down. It’s quite comfortable in hand, especially when writing with the cap off, unposted. Posting the cap makes the pen a bit unwieldy. The added length and weight towards the back are not the best for my hand / writing style, but for those with larger hands it just might be.
The body of the pen is smooth and without faults. The resin is particularly sleek to the touch. Be careful, as the black is particularly prone to micro scratches. The cap threads are small and unobtrusive, meaning that those who grip higher up on the pen shouldn’t be bothered. The width of the grip section is very comfortable and the gentle taper keeps inky fingers at bay. For long writing sessions, I’ve found no fatigue or cramping due to the shape and weight of the pen.
– Looks extremely classy
– Broad nib is silky smooth
– Weight, balance and shape are comfortable in hand
– Nib tines were slightly misaligned out of the box
At around $640, the Stresemann is most certainly a luxury. It performs well, and the price isn’t simply just for the brand. The components and construction match up to the price tag and it will last a lifetime. Pelikan is a highly-regarded brand and there is tons of heritage and history behind this M805. This pen is not an impulse buy for most, but if you’re in the market for a Pelikan, the Stresemann should definitely be considered!
Notes: For the sake of your eyes, I’m writing this part of the review with a Sakura Pigma Micron. The Pelikan Highlighter ink was released with a special edition demonstrator M205 with a double broad nib. The ink isn’t that great for writing, but it looks and works awesome as a highlighter ink. I have it loaded in my Lamy Vista with a 1.5mm nib and it looks incredible inside the pen. The ink itself does tend to wash away some water-based fountain pen ink, and some gel ink too. It works great with the Pigma Micron’s pigmented ink, and it does a decent job with pigmented fountain pen inks like Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black. This review is a bit different from my typical ink reviews, so see the second handwritten page for how the highlighter works with a ton of different pens. I also happen to like the brightness as compared to two other green highlighters. Check the bottom picture to see how cool it looks loaded into a demonstrator. Thanks for reading!
Fun to use
Bright (!!!) green
Your eyeballs will melt if you attempt to use this for regular writing
I recently decided that it was time to try to sell my Pelikan M605. It’s a great pen, and one of the first things I posted on this site. The pen sold rather quickly through FPN’s Classified section, and it’s off to its new home in Texas. Before I got rid of the pen, I wanted to take some good photos, and since I really liked how they came out, I wanted to share them with you guys.
Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605 – Fine nib Ink: J. Herbin Terre de Feu Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 – Top Spiral Bound
Notes: If you notice that I put “unique color” as both a pro and a con. The ink is definitely a different color from the offerings out there. I didn’t pick this ink out, and it’s not something I usually would. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying it though. It’s especially good (due to the great shading) in a Pilot Parallel 3.8mm, the shading is incredible. It also dries nicely on the page. I would call Terre de Feu (Land of Fire) a medium reddish brown. When you translate the name from French, it does a pretty good job of describing the ink. I particularly like this ink on ivory paper, as it cuts down on some of the red and looks almost like a sepia. Like most J. Herbin inks, the performance is good but the bottle is poorly designed. I like the ink quite a bit and use it on a regular basis. Overall, it’s definitely worth checking out.