Pelikan M605 White Transparent: It’s No Candy Cane

Pelikan M605 White Transparent with Pelikan Edelstein Ruby

Here’s the thing about the Pelikan M605 White Transparent: it’s elegant and glamorous. It just is. It’s Lara in Doctor Zhivago; it’s Daenerys Targaryen in her coatdress north of the Wall. It’s Fred Astaire, and Cary Grant. Whatever the circumstances, this pen will remain stylish.

Not even red ink can tart up the White Transparent. Oh, I tried. Up there is the pen filled with Pelikan Edelstein Ruby. It’s no candy cane.

Okay, if you hold the pen up to the light, you can make out the red, but even then, it’s not prominent.

Pelikan M605 White Transparent with Pelikan Edelstein Ruby

That’s the barrel placed against a sunny window and blown up much larger than life. As one does in real life …. Right, never.

Well, I kept trying. Next came a green ink. This is Pelikan Dark Green in the White Transparent.

Pelikan M605 White Transparent with Pelikan 4001 Dark Green

The barrel doesn’t really look much different than with the red ink.

If you really want this pen to look wild and crazy, I’m thinking it will take orange, or maybe turquoise. And even then, maybe not.

I am not going there, in any case. This pen has its own style. Why fight it?

Nonetheless, for posterity, here’s a seasonal ink display. Jingle Bells and Ho Ho Ho and happy holidays to all. Otherwise, doesn’t this seem wrong?

Pelikan M605 White Transparent with Pelikan 4001 Dark Green & Pelikan Edelstein Ruby

I’m running back to the gray and blue inks now.

11 thoughts on “Pelikan M605 White Transparent: It’s No Candy Cane

    1. Yes! I wasn’t expecting it either. And that’s a great point about the transparent striations: they must be too narrow. And the white striations are nearly opaque, if you look at the photos with the ink in the barrel.

      I’m not complaining, of course. The pen is a knockout. It may be the most beautiful Pelikan I own. I feel very fortunate I was able to buy one. It’s fabulous.

      Great idea on the TWSBI. I used to own one. Loved how beautiful the ink looked, sloshing around in that transparent barrel. I miss that. πŸ™‚


  1. I was not expecting that. Great little test you did there! Well now you know. You do seem to be quite pleased with this pen. I am happy for you! One of these days I’m going to try out a Pelikan. I’ve never written with one. They are lovely though, that is for sure! Oh and that Pelikan-Dark Green is a nice ink, and it is on my wish list. I’ve never tried the Ruby. I have a 30ml bottle of Wild Strawberry, and that is it for a red.
    I’m just wondering if this is your new favorite pen? Or are all new pens, the new favorite? πŸ™‚

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    1. Good question! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

      Okay. I think the Dialog 3 is the best. The M605 White Transparent is stunning and will be the most sought-after in the future. But the Parker 75 in sterling silver plain is my favorite. All three: πŸ’―. πŸ™‚

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      1. All 3 seem like great pens. You like them better than an Aurora though? I am confused. You think the Dialog 3 is best, but then you say the Parker 75 is your favorite. All 3 are on the top of the list though. I’d have to think really hard about which are my favorite pens. I like them all for different reasons. I like looks, nib, and comfort. I don’t care how pretty it is, if it isn’t comfortable in my hand, I won’t use it much.

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        1. Sorry! I was just trying to answer about my favorite among new pens, as in pens I’ve bought recently. Of those, my personal favorite is the Parker 75. However, I think the Dialog 3 is the best in objective terms; in fact, I think it’s one of the best pens I’ve ever owned. The Pelikan M605 White Transparent is a limited edition, and my hunch is it will be very sought after in the future. All three are beautiful, great pens, and I’m fortunate to have them.

          In terms of all the pens I’ve ever owned, oh hell no. πŸ™‚ I couldn’t even get it down to 10 favorites. πŸ™‚ Maybe 20. I know many people say they have a favorite pen, but my mind just doesn’t work like that. I like all sorts of different pens for different reasons. πŸ™‚

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