It just so happens to be that I bought my first Pelikan (an all black M805) at the exact moment that the M800 tortoise was sold. Yet for some stupid reason I decided to get the boring black pen. Worst decision ever now that I look back on it. And so I -along with many other pelikan enthousiasts- have been begging for a re-release ever since.
I've reviewed a bunch of Pelikan products here over the past couple years, but the only Souverän model I hadn't tried out yet is the M400 size. Because all the Souverän pens are generally quite comparable, I'll try to stick to the differences between other models in this post. If you want to read more about Pelikan pens, go check out my other Pelikan Reviews.
M800 Burnt Orange).
A special treat for the tortoise brown is that you can get one with the quite-hard-to-find Italic Broad nib, so I obviously went for that one. To my biggest surprise, it was perfectly tuned out of the box (seems like Pelikan upped their QC game in the last couple years?), it's a crisp stub with good line variation. The crispness comes at a price of having a very small sweetspot, meaning you can't rotate the pen or it'll skip and scratch. It may take some practice to hold correctly, but t's a joy to use when you get the hang of it. The flow is on the wet side, as we're used to from Pelikan, but paired with their slightly drier edelstein inks it makes for a balanced match.
Retail price, because this is a smaller model, is actually quite reasonable. In the US they go for 380 USD, here in Europe they retail for 325 EUR (that's still with VAT!), and of course you can get an additional 10% off with the discount codes provided by the blog's sponsors!
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