Pelikan M805 Clear Demonstrator Special Edition, M800 18K Fine, inked with Montblanc Midnight Blue

Pelikan M805 Clear Demonstrator Special Edition, M800 18K Fine, inked with Montblanc Midnight Blue

I had the hankering for a new pen this morning and an errand inthe city this afternoon gave me the opportunity to add Pelikan number 49 to my collection.

I have long agonised over the Pelikan M805 Clear Demonstrator Special Edition. Is it a beautiful crystal clear jewel with Palladium trim, or a very, very expensive TWSBI knockoff? I worried about it getting ink stained and the feel of the barrel being quite different to my other M800s.

At the end of the day I could not resist its call.

 

I had no choice of nib, but am happy enough to have another two-toned fine - the third in my collection of M800 nibs. I can't wait however to pair this pen with one of my two full rhodium plated nibs.

I ranked this pen a 1 (being only able to be used with my most trusted inks), so I had to look down the list past my many waiting Noodler's to find a trusted ink. The Montblanc Midnight Blue is deemed trustworthy of use. I do love their shoe-shaped bottles - so easy to fill a larger nib like the M800. 

Pelikan fine nibs aren't as fine as they used to be but this is a good wet writer that needed no adjustment. Montblanc Midnight Blue is a pretty decent Blue-Black that darkens when dry due to iron gall. Do I worry about the iron gall staining? No not really as it is pretty low in concentration and I will be cleaning it out in 12 days.

Waterman Preface Barleycorn Green, Preface 18K Stub, inked with Noodler's Qin Shi Huang

Waterman Preface Barleycorn Green, Preface 18K Stub, inked with Noodler's Qin Shi Huang

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