German brand Pelikan released a new M205 earlier this year, and it comes in an elegant-looking Petrol Marbled finish. We take a quick look at the pen and see how it could possibly fare for newbies and long-time collectors alike.
In person, the Pelikan M205 Petrol Marbled Fountain Pen is simply a beautiful pen. That bit is sure. But the longer you look, the better it gets.
Its blue-green pearly finish wraps around the pen in various intensities, so you might get a side that looks purely black, but not quite when the surface gets some light. The review unit we got had more pronounced swirls from the side, so it was nice to glance at while writing.
This property of the pen makes it a bit difficult to photograph. In strong lighting, you can bring out the shiny part of the pen.
But when you have it on your hand or under not-so-bright lights, it looks a little bit more like this
The pen's cap is in pure black and the ink window is tinted that it can be challenging to see the ink level. Putting it up against the light solves it though.
In case you're curious, here is the Petrol Marbled next to a demonstrator edition of the M205.
It is possible that each Pelikan M205 Petrol Marbled pen has a different marbling intensity on the body, so no two pens might not be exactly alike. This is just a guess.
How it writes
As expected of Pelikan pens, this one writes well out of the box. The Pelikan M205 Petrol Marbled we tried came in a medium nib, which brought out the shading of the Waterman Mysterious Blue we used. Also, the ink color matched the pen's body.
The writing was smooth, aside from the pen being very small and light. No skipping and hardstarting, which my personal Pelikan M205 in extra fine had sometimes. Then again, extra fine nibs tend to be a hit and miss. Keep in mind that pen and ink combination matters a lot. In this case, I put the Petrol Marbled against the demonstrator which was inked with Noodler's Heart of Darkness.
Who is it for?
The Pelikan M205 line and its gold-trimmed sibling M200 offer food next-level at under $200 pen for newbies who want to graduate from the usual starters. They also write pretty write well for steel nibs. Newbies might need to get used to the filling system, however.
With its luxurious aesthetic, the Petrol Marbled is visually appealing enough to merit its bit-higher-than-usual price. That's why this pen is also a good target for those who have been already in the hobby for quite a while. It is light. It has a premium look. You can get a spare gold nib if you don't like steel.
To cap off, if you're after a gorgeous pen that you won't get tired of looking at, the Pelikan M205 Petrol Marbled fountain pen is for you. The pearl finish and blue-green marbling under the shine, makes it worth being a special edition release. Pelikan M205 Petrol Marbled Fountain Pen is available on EndlessPens for an amazing price!
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