Stockholm is built across a series of islands, and Pelikan designed this pen to reflect that. The acrylic is a mixture of pearlescent blues, grays, black and I think a tiny bit of yellow, perhaps.
In person, it’s so much more lively and interesting than I expected. It’s dark but not sober. Some of the acrylics reflect the light. It does make you think of water and stone, and the northern climate.
If I were the type of person who became obsessed, this would have been the white whale for me. The Pelikan M600 size is my favorite; blue is my favorite color; and one side of my family is Swedish. This is my pen. But I wasn’t buying fountain pens when this came out, so I missed it.
Which is fine. I’m not the type of person who becomes obsessed. And life is a lot more than fountain pens. I looked for it desultorily, but I didn’t ever think I’d get one.
Then earlier this week, I saw a tweet from Fountain Pen Hospital showing, among other pens, a Stockholm. I picked up the phone to see if they still had it. And they did. A Stockholm with fine nib (my favorite) in mint condition. I could hear my grandmother saying, “It was meant to be.”
And that’s how the perfect present arrived on Christmas Eve. A pure stroke of luck. My beautiful blue Stockholm, out of the blue.