My First Look at the Pelikan M205 Star Ruby

Pelikan M205 Star Ruby

I just got the chance to open my new Pelikan M205 Star Ruby, the pink sparkly Pelikan I’ve been waiting for. So, in real life, it’s not exactly the pink sparkly Pelikan I’ve been waiting for. But it’s a handsome, translucent dark ruby red pen that I think will find a lot of fans among those who would never want a more obviously sparkly, or a pinker, pen.

It is different than I expected from online photos. Darker. The sparkles are, I’m told, very visible in sunlight. But I didn’t get to open mine until late afternoon, in the cool light of early fall.

I’ll put up some comparison photos.

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14 thoughts on “My First Look at the Pelikan M205 Star Ruby

  1. Oh, after seeing the reviews from you and Well-Appointed Desk…avoiding this lovely is becoming quite difficult. That’s one lovely bird. Which nib did you choose?

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    1. Medium. I like it as is, or it’s a great base for a narrow stub or architect grind. If you like bouncy nibs you might like the F or EF. The B is broad. The BB is really broad and designed as a highlighter but can be ground down of course. 😊


  2. I love the dark ruby colour of this pen. I’m all for sparkles (have been writing a blog post this morning using a sparkly pink pen, in fact!), but as far as traditional colours go, I don’t think you can beat the Star Ruby. Your description of it as “dignified” is spot-on.

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    1. I’m glad to hear that. While I would have preferred it to be pinker and wilder, myself, I like this one the way it is. And I do think it will be much more popular this way. πŸ™‚

      I also have to point out that in sunlight (or even just bright morning light) that pen would have looked lighter. It is a dark material, with sparkles, so it does change more than most depending on the light. You’ll even note a difference between the photos where the pen is in the shadow of the wrap, versus the ones where the pens are on the table.

      And I should add that I’m not trying to imply that mine is “correctly” exposed in the sense that other people are “wrong.” These are just different choices. In the first two shots, I probably ended up underexposing the material by 1/3 to 1/2 of a stop to hold the whites, because the dynamic range of the sensor is not as wide what we see with our eyes and brain. Which is why the HDR look is so popular, except to me HDR looks fake. But that is what they do in product photos. Plus, many product images aren’t even photos so much as photo-based illustrations. And some pens are hard to photograph. So there’s still no substitute for seeing a pen in person. πŸ™‚


  3. This is another fine post for a quite basic reason: honesty. You simply tell people how you feel about a pen that arrives looking not exactly as expected. That’s a great service to your readers.

    It does bring up an interesting point: this is not the first time in the last few years that I’ve seen the same… confusion over the look of a new Pelikan. The one that springs to mind is a model with a brown, granite-like binde but the cap and blind cap in a… dark blue. The issue was that almost every photo made the dark parts look completely different, and the people who started getting their pens were a bit put out that they didn’t look like, of all things, the photos from Pelikan. It would seem that the company should make every effort to show the pens as close as possible to their true look, including capturing them in different light.

    Ah, buying pens. Such pleasure, such pain.

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  4. I just received an email today that mine will be shipped to me shortly. I’m glad I saw your write-up and photos, so my expectations will be a little more realistic. I think I’ll like it either way, whether in low light or direct sunlight. And I suspect that after more people see it in person, they’ll no longer be worried about it not looking professional or businesslike.

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    1. Agreed. It wasn’t what I expected, but i think a lot of people will like it more this way. And the deep ruby color is beautiful. I’m sure there are parallels that could be drawn to Dorothy’s ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz. πŸ™‚

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  5. Mine is sitting at the post office waiting for pickup but I’m glad to see it’s not as pink as shown in some photos. Great description! Can hardly wait to get it in my hands!

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  6. That is nothing like the other photo’s of this pen that have been doing the rounds! And coupled with your description, that’s a pen I think I might like–quite a lot. What a difference! Thanks for this!

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