Pelikan Souverän, a classic fountain pen that will stand the test of time. The Pelikan Souverän (Sovereign) M800 is without a doubt one of my favorite fountain pens. Launched in 1987 the M800 is often considered a benchmark in the fountain pen world. The pen features a balance of classic style, quality construction, and smooth performance.
There are plenty of reviews of the M800. So I’ll simply tell you what I like about this pen, sans technical details.
The blue-striped sleeve first appeared in 1995. It’s a gorgeous blue with a classic professional look. This pen is dressed comfortably for work or play. Looks wise, it’s a favorite pen to carry, and pairs well with a suit.
The M800 is a solid well built pen. The brass piston has a smooth action and provides a comfortable heft and balance. That same brass piston will last a lifetime.
While the M800 isn’t the largest pen in the Sovereign lineup, it is a large pen that will fill most hands. It’s large enough to be used comfortably when unposted. I personally hate posting pens, there’s always a chance of the cap falling off, or some scuffing on the pen barrel.
The 18k two-tone nib writes wet and the pen has no problem with drying when left uncapped (within reason). Like the other features, this is a larger nib, which writes on the wider side. On average I would say the nibs are about 0.1mm larger than other western manufacturers. A great way to show off the color and sheen in many inks. The nibs are easily removable, replaceable, and customizable.
The combination of size, weight, appearance, and performance make this a nearly ideal pen.