Pensieve: Pelikan Souverän M800 Tortoiseshell Brown Review
I resisted buying the Pelikan M800 Tortoise when it first came out in 2013, even though I thought it was one of the most beautiful M800s–definitely a nice departure from the usual green striped. I already had two M800s, and I hardly ever wrote with them. So, I didn’t think I needed to buy another one. But, I managed to sell both of my M800s and decided to purchase the Tortoise.
I bought my M800 Tortoise from a seller on FPN, and it was in like new condition. It arrived in pretty unexciting packaging–a silver outer box with the pen in an imitation leather pouch. Sometimes special edition pens come in more spectacular packaging, but, really it doesn’t matter. The pen is the important thing.
My pen came with a smooth but unremarkable 18k two-toned fine nib.
But I wanted something special for my M800 Tortoise. After searching for a while, I found someone selling an Oblique Triple Broad M800 nib and I bought it. I’m so glad I did. It really takes the pen from terrific to extraordinary.
I inked it with Montblanc Toffee Brown, and, as you can see from the writing samples, the nib and ink combo make beautiful lines together.
Although the M800 is a large pen, it isn’t heavy like the older M800s with brass pistons. It weighs 29.3 grams (without ink), and I haven’t experienced any hand fatigue writing with it. I don’t post my pens, but I suspect that posting the M800 would make it feel off balance for me. Capped it is 14.1cm, and posted it is 16.4cm.
The piston filler works great, as you’d expect of a Pelikan. It holds 1.2ml which is good especially with a O3B nib gulping ink. You can see the ink level if you hold the pen up to light, but there isn’t an ink window as on some Pelikans.
The pen is strikingly beautiful. But it is hard to photograph the variegated colors of the tortoise well. Pelikan used orange and brown colors for the resin, but you can also see gray stripes. The cap and piston knob are dark brown, though they look black. The cap top is 24k gold plated with an etched Pelikan logo. The rings are also 24k gold plated.
I’m really enjoying my Pelikan M800 Tortoiseshell Brown. It’s a beautiful pen and the O3B nib is glorious!