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Enter to Win a Pelikan M400 Courtesy of Massdrop!

Massdrop is back with another generous giveaway. This time it’s the classic Pelikan M400. The giveaway is for one(1) Pelikan M400 in Blue Striated with an extra fine nib. Read on to see how to enter!


MassdropLogoTo be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is create a new account (no credit card info required!) through this link!

If you already have a Massdrop account, you can enter by leaving a comment on this post letting us know you already have an account and what you’d write with your new Pelikan!



Winner announced! See if you won here!

The giveaway will start on Thursday, May 7th and run until the following Friday, May 15th at midnight EST. One entry per person please! Massdrop will be selecting the winners randomly and shipping the prize. Giveaway is open worldwide! Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the giveaway! Here’s some more info on how Massdrop works too.


Pelikan M805 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review

Pelikan M805 Stresemann
Fountain Pen Review

– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink: Sailor Jentle Miruai (Seaweed Indigo)
  • Review Paper: Clairefontaine Classic Notebook

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  • Description: A premium, piston filling fountain pen in black and grey from one of Germany’s most-respected brands.
  • Nib: Broad, 18k gold, rhodium plated
  • Filling Mechanism: Piston with brass components
  • Weight: 28g
  • Measurements: 5.25″ overall, 6.625″ posted, 0.625″ diameter
  • Color Options: Black with striped anthracite grey barrel, rhodium trim

Handwritten Review Scans:


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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!

Check out Pen Chalet for all of your fountain pen needs. They are an official retailer of several of the top brands in the industry and have a great selection to choose from!

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:

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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.

Pelikan M805 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review-15Since 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:

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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.

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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!


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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.

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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


Pelikan M805 Stresemann Fountain Pen Review-2At 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!

Check out Pen Chalet for pricing and options on the Pelikan M805 Stresemann.


Pelikan M205 Highlighter Green – Ink Review

Pelikan M205
Highlighter Green Ink

Handwritten Review

PenLamy Vista, 1.5mm Nib
Ink: Pelikan M205 Highlighter Green
Paper: Kyokuto FOB COOP Dot Grid – B5 (Available at JetPens.com)

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
  • Nice shading


  • Your eyeballs will melt if you attempt to use this for regular writing

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Pelikan M605 Photo Post


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.

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I really love the color scheme of this pen. The silver accents on black, with the green ink window.

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My favorite part about the M605 is the scroll work on the nib. The shape of the nib itself is unique too.

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The clip on the M605 is a Pelican’s head. The eyes up top, and the long beak make up the shape of the clip.

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A slim cap band gives the M605 an understated look.

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Etched Pelikan logo on top of the cap.

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I’m really glad I owned this pen for the time I did, but it helped fund something bigger and better.
Pelikan M605 Fine Nib Writing Sample
Here’s a quick writing sample I did before the pen shipped. Sorry for the photo quality, it was taken on my phone.

J. Herbin – Terre de Feu – Handwritten Ink Review

J. Herbin : Terre de Feu Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Terre de Feu Fountain Pen Ink Review 9PenPelikan Souveran M605 – Fine nib
Ink: J. Herbin Terre de Feu
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 – Top Spiral Bound


  • Unique Color
  • Great Shading
  • Good Performance


  • Unique Color
  • Bottle Shape

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.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the review!

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Gets much darker with more passes. The ink layers quite nicely and is a very capable shader.

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Not as intense as it is in a broader nib, but for being in a German fine, this shades quite nicely.

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This ink compliments my go-to photo background (a tile) pretty well.

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The shading doesn’t get in the way of reading what’s written, but it’s still apparent enough to be noticed.

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Terre de Feu almost looks like a very watered down Oxblood.

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Comparison inks. If anything, it’s closest to the Diamine Oxblood, but much, much lighter.


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