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In the year 1929 Pelikan was the first company in the world to introduce the differentiated piston mechanism. This technique causes the spindle inside the fountain pen to turn quicker than the end piece of the barrel, with the help of two different threads. To this date, this fountain pen exists in many different variations, and though it has been developed in design and technical details over time, the basic mechanism remains the same.

In 1950, the model 400 was launched. With its green-striped sleeve, it has become a world-wide symbol for the brand of Pelikan. In the eighties, the series was baptized Souverän, though popular lore has taken to calling it by its nick-name Stresemann, because the state secretary of the “Weimarer Republik” was famous for his striped suits…

The production of the sleeve is work-intensive. Adhering to a special Pelikan recipe, the raw material cotton is processed through many different steps until it is shaped into a striped sheet. It is then formed into the right shape, cut and sanded with a diamond. Next, the characteristic double clips at the back of the barrel and on the cap are integrated into the material. This is done with the highest precision in order to obtain a virtually seamless transition between the materials. The writing instrument is then polished to a high sheen before the slightly springy clip with its famous, stylized Pelikan is mounted.

The M600 is available in the colours Black,Black/Green, Black/Blue and Black/Red.

The M600 has  a hand-crafted, finely engraved 14 carat gold nib with rhodium decoration · Gold-plated Pelikan clip.

If you love classics, you own a Souverän writing instrument.

Pelikan offers coveted objects of desire: Elegant writing instruments distinguished by a supreme sense of style. Whether as exceptional collector’s pieces, cherished gifts or items of timeless beauty, their spirit will inspire.

Uncommon materials and singular design. Fine writing instruments find admirers among connoisseurs and casual users alike. It’s nearly always love at first sight – or first stroke. Fascination and passion, far more than the sum of its parts. Finely crafted in more than 300 individual steps, a testimony to dedication, precision and perfection. Designed to inspire.

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31 reviews for Pelikan Souverän M805 Black/Anthracite Stresemann Fountain pen

  1. English

    Mickael (verified owner)

    Solid quality and great writing experience on different kinds of paper

  2. English

    Bret Clark (verified owner)

    Incredibly beautiful pen. My first Pelikan, and what I’ve heard about their nibs is very true. One of my smoothest writers. Still figuring out my favorite inks for it.

  3. English

    Ron Eisenman (verified owner)

    This is a great pen, amazing, well build and a beautiful writer , well done~

  4. English

    Mike (verified owner)

    Understated elegance, excellent writer.

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    Ashutosh Mavle (verified owner)

    I love silver trims combined with Stresemann barrel. M nib on M805 is lovely smooth writer. New compact box is nicer that old one. New sleeve design is more practical. It holds two pens without pens rubbing against each other thanks to compartment inside sleeve

  6. English

    Amanda Gouveia

    I’m new to fountain pens and this is better than expected. A lovely addition to the collection. Lovely writing experience.

  7. English

    George Lin

    The pen is great. It give a classic appearance and the nib write excellently.

    The purchase experience was awesome. Appelboom is willing to change the nib size even when the purchase is confirmed. Truly superb!

  8. English

    Dale Kooyman

    I have been looking at the Black/Anthracite Stresemann for years. I finally pulled the trigger, and I am so glad I did. This is a beautiful pen, and with the fine nib, writes perfectly for me. I inked it up with Edelstein Tanzanite, and the pen just floats across the page, laying down such an exquisite line. The Pelikan M series is pricier, but they are worth it if, like me, you were a little hesitant. And this is the best price I have seen for a long time. Finally, a note to Appelboom- great job on the service. I live in Canada, but had the pen within a week. Thank you!!.

  9. English

    T.L. Wright-Brickhouse (verified owner)

    It’s a Pelikan. They are absolutely beautiful instruments with wonderful nibs. I opted for a F nib this time around and for everyday writing it proves to be too wet for my personal preferences. Pelikan nibs are quite a bit broader than their Japanese counterparts or other western nibs for that matter. Outside of that it is an absolutely beautiful pen. I’ve never been disappointed and will add more to my collection.

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    Michael Hein (verified owner)

    The M800s of Pelikan are just rigth. The Stresemann, however, is probably the most classy one (disregarding the M815 metal stripes for a moment) and just an eye catcher. Writing experience is soft and supports fast writing very well. I am leaning to more wetter inks than Pelikan 4001, eg Waterman for an even better writing experience.
    Service and delivery outstanding as usual! Thanks, Joost.

  11. English

    Michael Hein (verified owner)

    The Pelikan M800(5) have just the right size and a great selection of nibs and colors. I ordered a few including additional nibs after great consultancy by Joost.
    The delivery to Switzerland was fast as a lightning, with a personal touch.
    Thank you very much, very satisfied.

  12. English

    MM (verified owner)

    Stellar writing experience with this sturdy and reliable pen. Does not feel heavy at all

  13. English

    Shubhanshu Chawla

    If you’re reading this you probably know all there is to know about pelikan nibs. Just have to say the 800 is the perfect size and the anthracite is probably the smartest pelikan out there

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    This is my second Pelikan M805. The first one is a Blue Dunes edition that I also bought from Mr. Appelboom. The reason I bought a second M805 was because this is really pleasant pen to write with. I like the Stresemann design and I found it very elegant. As for performance, I had no problems. I did used Appelboom’s nib tuning services because Annabelle has done excellent jobs in the past and she doesn’t disappoint. Additionally, I always receive great customer service from Appelboom.

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    Manuel Flojo (verified owner)

    The M805 is my second Pelikan, the first one I bought was the Pelikan M1000 from Appelboom at a very good price. and it is a big pen, also; a wonderful pen to look at and of course to write with. The M1000 has a barrel that, while large, is very comfortable in the hand.. Very happy with the M1000. So when I viewed the M805 Stresemann I knew I wanted it, and I also knew that Appelboom was the only place I wanted to find the M805, and buy it. I like this pen very much, the barrel is just a wee bit smaller than the M1000, and sits in my hand as I write effortlessly across the page. You know this is all personal, you have to write with the pen, and then you’ll know. The good thing about the Pelikan Souveran is the replacement nib size you can buy, I am waiting for the M805 replacement nibs due out soon, so I can buy a Broad nib, and maybe a Double Broad, I like to write BIG, it’s fun for me. A great pen, and Appelboom’s a very good place to buy your pen.

  16. English

    Eric Sleegers

    After a long (but worthwhile) wait I finally received my longed-for Stresemann.
    Although I had expected the stripes to be more pronounced with higher contrast (used to my M805 blue stripes) it is a very classy pen.
    The nib (as with my blue striped) is typical Pelikan, smooth but tad wider than most F-nibs.
    Coming from Joost Appelboom the packaging was 100% spot on!

    I cannot wait to add it to my daily writers.

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    Dwight Jurling (verified owner)

    Having jumped into Pelikan pens with a 1005, this 805 is my second. While I remain deeply impressed by the 1005, the 805 simply fits better for many everyday writing tasks.

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    Jeff Webb

    I have been thinking about purchasing the M805 for almost a year. I should not have waited. The EF nib is smooth as silk. It writes a drier than its larger cousin, the M1000 EF, but still a pretty wet writer. The feel is a nice balance of size and heft, hitting the sweet spot between the M600 and the M1000. A new favorite pen.

  19. English

    Tenicha Wright-Brickhouse

    I love this pen. I have it in EF. It’s not as smooth as my M600, but I love the heft on the M800. Exceptional quality and this company is dynamite!!! The most beautiful packaging and the expedited shipping was splendid. Will be ordering again!! Thank you Appleboom.

  20. English

    Rakesh Varma (verified owner)

    I have a M815 plus M400, M600, each with broad point. Each broad point behaves slightly differently from the others. The M805 in broad is no exception. The M815 has a glassy smooth writing experience, the M805 has a sweet spot. I tried to write with Diamine Shimmer Ink Golden Sands that I wanted to use with this pen. Alas the nib showed hard starts and ink starvation even after flushing and re flushing. Then I filled a safe wet ink…Parker Quink Black and it writes well, though not as smooth as M815. I don’t mind fountain pens that behave whimsically, that is why we love fountain pens and not ball points! 4.5 stars for this pen and Joost’s customer service adds another .5 making it a five star experience.

  21. English

    James Dawson

    I bought this pen from another retailer, but it’s gorgeous. The only thing that bothers my OCD brain is there’s one stripe that’s significantly narrower than the others, but it’s beautiful otherwise. The broad nib lays down a nice line, but it was a bit over polished. Again, that was not Appelboom’s doing. I’d still buy this pen again.

  22. English


    This is a beautiful pen that is classy, and somewhat understated in its appearance. The grey stripes reflect a bit of variation in shading as you rotate it. The medium nib is very smooth and glides across the paper which contributes to a great writing experience. The pen feels good in the hand both posted and unposted. My pen worked great right out of the box and upon its initial inking. The pen came nicely gift wrapped as if it were a present to myself.

    I must add that Appelboom was very responsive to all my emails. I love that in a company. They shipped my pen FedEx and it got to the West Coast, US super fast. I would definite but another Pelikan pen and from Appelboom again. What a great buying and writing experience.

  23. English

    James Poulos

    I received my M805 the other day from Appelboom. I ordered the fine point as my handwriting is less than perfect.
    The pen arrived very quickly and very nicely packaged with some treats from Appelboom. To say that the service from Appelboom is wonderful would be an understatement!

    The pen itself is magnificent and truly a fine point nib. It writes very smoothly and cleanly. I will be using it happily for many years to come. The styling of the pen is classic and it is beautiful. I love Pelikan pens!!

  24. English

    Daniel (verified owner)

    The grey stripes on this pen are very beautiful and classy. The medium nib is flawless and one of the smoothest I have ever experienced. Additionally, I highly recommend Appelboom for any pen enthusiasts in the United States who want a Pelikan from a licensed dealer.

  25. English

    Dominic Pugatsch (verified owner)

    I bought my M805 with a medium nib and Mr. Appelboom sent me a few days later this lovely pen. I use it every day since and it never disappoints!

  26. English

    Alessandro  (verified owner)

    I bought this pen after I bought the metal striped version.

    The stremann it’s a completely different pen from an M815 so it’s cool to have both.

    The pen isn’t too big, it’s light and comfortable i love the translucent barrel tha allows to see the ink level.

  27. English

    Brandon D

    Let me begin by saying that the process from ordering to receipt of the pen was amazing.

    I purchased the Pelikan M805 (EF) online and received it within the week. In my order, I asked for the pen to be checked to ensure that the nib wrote well, and the Appelboom in-house nib specialist was able to take a look and make some minor tweaks to ensure that the nib was perfect. This was confirmed when I inked the pen for the first time; it is absolutely flawless.

    Thank you Appelboom! The care and communication has been unparalleled, and I will undoubtedly be returning for future business.

  28. English

    Alejandro Cadena

    I bought this beautiful M805 Stresemann as my first Pelikan fountain pen. Build quality is excellent, with great eye for detail. I ordered a F nib and had it customized and smoothened, and it glides effortlessly on the paper. I am really happy with this pen!

    Thanks Appelboom!

  29. English

    Dejan (verified owner)

    This is an exceptionally well designed pen both visually and structurally.
    The broad nib I ordered writes smoothly, flawlessly and, being Pelikan, is somewhat stubby, which adds to the character..

    Mr. Appelboom’s customer service is exemplary so the ordering was easy and the shipping was fast.

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    Edwin (verified owner)

    I am a repeat customer of Appelboom. This is a lovely pen that writes smoothly with a fine nib. I would also note that I was pleasantly surprised when the pen wrote immediately even after I was away for two weeks on vacation. I have wondered what an extra fine would be like and may buy an extra nib to have the option to change the nib. Joost was very helpful and responsive.

  31. English

    Mark Brandon (verified owner)

    This is an elegant looking pen that feels good in the hand. It posts well, but is a bit back-heavy when posted, at least for my taste. It is very nicely balanced when not posted. The original Medium nib was disappointing. It was consistently hard-starting, and skipped randomly and repeatedly. I tried two different inks, but the problem persisted. I told Appelboom about the issues. Mr. Appelboom responded quickly, and sent a replacement nib, which arrived (in the States) within a few days. The replacement Medium is splendid. It is smooth and appropriately wet, and writing with it is quite enjoyable. Sincere thanks to Appelboom for prompt and effective service from beginning to end.

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