Pelikan Souverän M805 Ocean Swirl

Pelikan launched this very promising pen…

Measurements
Length (capped): 141.3 mm/5.56″
Length (uncapped): 127.6 mm/5.03″
Length (posted): 164.0 mm/6.46″
Diameter (section): 10.7 – 12.0 mm/0.42″ – 0.47″
Diameter (barrel): 12.8 – 13.4 mm/0.50″ – 0.53″
Weight (all): 30 g
Weight (cap): 9 g
Weight (body): 21 g

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  • peter hofmann

    I was torn between that pen and the M605 white transparent. Ended up with the white one. Strange that the nib was not up to “par” especially since the Pelikan material states we hand test the nibs….
    Guess I got lucky with mine, wrote perfectly out of the box.
    Nice pen though!

  • Andrew Feist

    This is something I probably should know: does Pelikan run ink through the nibs when they test them, or just dry write? I would think overpolishing/baby’s bottom would be a bit difficult to test dry, but I can’t say I’ve ever really tested a bunch of nibs to know how that works.

  • Uniotter

    I was very tempted by this pen, and it was a surprise to learn the “ocean swirl” doesn’t necessarily cover the entire body. It definitely would’ve disappointed me to receive one like you have, simply because of my expectations. I’m sure it’s still a beautiful pen, and I’m very happy with the quality of the Pelikan I that I do own (a White Tortoise). Thank you for that very informative review!

    • Mayfly

      I went to a bricks and mortar shop to buy mine today. They had 2 of these in stock. The first colouring had 50% green and 50% black, but *the “strip” on the barrel in no way matched up with the cap*. This made it look awful when the cap was screwed on. Luckily the 2nd pen they had was much more evenly distributed in its colours, and that’s the one I got.
      In short: I got myself (another) great Pelikan, BUT caveat emptor – make sure you can see everything before buying if this appearance issue is likely to be potentially disturbing to you.

  • Andrew Feist

    Also all the Pelikan marketing material I’ve seen says “alternating bright and dark regions” or similar, so what you got is what I was expecting. Granted I tend to stick to just a few places.

    • Andrew Feist

      Oops: just found my Goldspot catalog and I’m wrong: they say “bright spots alternate with dark spots” so that sounds more like just the pattern. Both Goldspot and my Fahrney’s catalog and Goulet say that each writing instrument is “truly unique” so those are probably Pelikan’s words too; not sure if they’re trying to be coy there or actually thinking people are going to take that as “pen patterns will vary”.

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  • Helen

    Good to know about the inconsistent colouring. Mine is temporarily (I hope) in the no man’s land between Deutsche Post handing it over and Canada Post acknowledging that they received it. I can’t say I’m too impressed with Pelikan for their marketing of this one. I will definitely wait until the reviews start coming out before buying another Pelikan the day it goes on pre-order. I did get a wee bit excited about this pen.
    Again, thanks for an informative review.