I didn’t buy the brand new Pelikan M205 DUO out of any other “real” reason than that I thought it looked real cool. The curiosity of the BB nib contributed to the impulsive decision to buy it.
And when it arrived today it instantly begged to be photographed – a luscious sweet, citrus candy in the coolest packaging I’ve seen for a Pelikan. Even if that is a very peripheral matter it is nice if the packaging isn’t ugly or tacky.
This is a clean and functional design whose style that I’d love to see for more Pelikans.
I’ve not been into demos before, but this colour was hard to resist. It comes with a bottle of fluorescent highlighter ink that looks almost radioactive – to borrow my fellow blogger Julie’s (Whatever) expression.
Since I prefer highlighter inks that aren’t fluorescent and also wanted to be able to write “normally” with the pen I inked it up with Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki (Winter Persimmon). I thought the orange-red ink would make a luscious complement to the yellow and I think that was an accurate decision.
The BB nib – have only tried it today – is exceptionally smooth and somewhat stubbish. I don’t (yet) know if I find it broad enough to unseat the Lamy Vista 1.9 mm italic as my primary highlighter pen, but even if it won’t do that it is a luscious little pen that can be used as a regular writing pen. I’ll write a review on it when I have used it a lot more than just one day.
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That would be too sweet to see sample comparisons! Look forward to that, my dear.
How has this highlighter been working for you? I’ve got a Platinum Pretty highlighter and wondering if it needs, uh, upgrading… :)
I use it almost every day with Diamine Sunshine Yellow – the BB nib is very nice, but really a bit too narrow for a highlighter. If one is looking for a broader highlighter I’d go for a Lamy (any Safari etc variant) 1.5 or 1.9 mm nib. I use a Vista 1.9 mm almost every day as well as a highlighter. For me Diamine Sunshine Yellow/J Herbin Buttercup and R&K Helianthus is the perfect highlighting inks. Warm, beautiful and does a good job without screaming as ordinary fluorescent highlighters. :)
Ah! I’m concerned the Duo 205 BB will be too broad for me and here you want broader! I’m pretty happy with Noodler’s Firefly as my highlighting ink. As I will be needing new tips for my Preppy that I use with it… I was thinking about what pen doesn’t need that kind of maintenance hence the Duo 205 interest.
Very good and thanks!
I’ll try to post some writing comparisons for you, so you can compare its width to other nibs. The BB isn’t as broad as it sounds and I must say that the main reason for using it (despite my complaints about it being too narrow) is that the nib is sooo sweet. :)
I like your review and pics! May I ask where did you get it from? I’ve been to several sites and all marked them to ship in December!
Thanks in advanced
I bought it from the Swedish web WWE.penshop.se I think many stores are out of them now since the first batch sold out quickly. Check http://WWW.thewritingdesk.co.uk as well. I have only good to say about these two retailers.
I had just about given up on the Pelikan Highlighter until, as said, December. In fact, I went ahead and purchased the Vista 1.9 with Noodler’s Firefly which I am very happy with.
But then I got a catalog from Levenger that had the Pelikan in it. I checked the website and it appeared to be in stock. I called and spoke to a very nice gentlemen by the name of Freddie. Not only did they have it in stock but at 15% off their normal selling price of $116 but free FedEx Ground Shipping and a leather pen holder. Total cost $98.60.
Well, my M205 arrived a couple of days ago, which I order after adding your review. I have to say it looks even better in the hand than the (great) photos here portray. I went for the broad nib rather than BB and will probably order a BB soon.
It really writes well and is so funky that I seem to reach for it more than any other pen!
Thanks ago an for the review.
Lovely review and beautiful pictures. This is now on my list of must have pens!
Luscious photos as always, Dandelion. I’m not tempted to buy one, but I do like your persimmon & citrus yellow mix. It’s quite the fountain pen orchard…
Thank you :) I guess I lacked a real happy pen. I will use it as a regular pen – the BB is so lovely to write with :)
Nice pictures!! Oh, this is going to make everyone drool for one of these even more. I don’t deal much with pens but I’ve had a lot of people who just couldn’t pass up a pen like this. It’s going to be limited production too, from what I understand. Pelikan is making a set amount (don’t know how many) and that’s it. They should be arriving in the states here in September.
I wouldn’t have thought I’d like this color demonstrator until I saw your pictures. Now I must have one!
I’m sorry if I created a temptation to have it :), but I’m glad you like the pics. :)
I haven’t been able to find one yet in the US.
They haven’t been introduced in the US yet, but I know that The Writing Desk ships (fast and efficient) to the US. You also got the VAT deducted from the price, so it is quite a good deal, I think.
Thank you :D