Right away, we are reassured that the M205 Star Ruby will not actually be very “out there.” It comes wrapped inside the regular, cushy white Pelikan wrap, tied with a ribbon of business-like dark brown.
Photographers will recognize that the photo up there is fully exposed, with the whites kept on the full, but not blown, side. That’s why you can make out the “Pelikan” embossed in the upper corner of the pen pillow. The pen is sitting in the shade of the wrap’s cover, but that’s really how the pen looks out of direct sunlight. The material looks translucent, and is an attractive dark red. I don’t really notice the sparkles unless I hold it up.
Now, below is the same photo, except overexposed.
The whites are blown in this photo; you see no detail in the whites. But finally the Star Ruby material looks lighter and more transparent, and you see its sparkles.
That photo, minus the blown whites, is how I’ve seen the Star Ruby presented online. There isn’t any bad intent behind that, just people trying to see the material better. It’s like holding it up in sunlight.
The sparkles aren’t large, noticeable flakes, as in my Shooting Star of Jonuma; instead there is a multitude of tiny sparkles that look “baked in.” My friend Rick has a Sailor in a dark green with the exact same technique. I’d describe it as less showy but more rich-looking.
In the end, it’s not like a typical sparkly Sailor. It’s definitely not a punk rock pen. It’s just a nice-looking pen, dignified, suitable for work, suitable for your boss or grandparent. If you rotate it in the light, you’ll see the sparkles that are inside the red plastic. It’s attractive either way.
Comparisons are the best way to show its ruby red color. Here is the Star Ruby with M600 Ruby Red and M205 Red Pelikans.
And here it is between the Red and Pink Lamy Safaris.
Here is the M205 Star Ruby with two Pelikans that are super fun, the M605 White Transparent and the M600 Pink.
I really do love the silver trim, and in that photo I think the Star Ruby looks great with the M605 White Transparent, one of Pelikan’s unheralded gems.
But now comes the killer combination: here are my cool M205s, the Olivine, the Star Ruby and the Blue Transparent.
Just like the Olivine, the Star Ruby is darker and more dignified, but a great color. I like how each of these three have something special. The blue is transparent; the Olivine is extra dark and just barely translucent; and the Star Ruby has the sparkles, which you can see most on the cap there.
Is the Star Ruby what I expected? No. But it’s attractive in its own way, and I like it. I think I’ll always want to use it with those other two M205s now.