Body Material: Resin
Trim: 24kt gold-plated
Nib material: 18kt bicolor
Ink capacity: ~ 1.2 ml
Nibs: EF, F, M, B
Length (capped): 141.3 mm/5.56"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 127.2 mm/5.01''
Length (posted): 165.3 mm/6.51''
Barrel Diameter: 11.1 - 13.0 mm/0.45'' - 0.51''
Section Diameter: 10.8 - 11.2 mm/0.42'' - 0.44''
Weight (all): 26 g
Weight (cap): 8 g
Weight (body): 18 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
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Like the Burnt Orange, the Grand Place was packaged in Pelikan's standard gift box. The box is pretty solid, with a faux wood-like base, and a matte silver-grey lid. Inside, the soft leathery pouch holds the pen, and it's closed with an elastic and a red plastic seal. The pouch sits on a soft plastic bed. Underneath this, Pelikan includes a Moments of Joy booklet and warranty information. It's a pretty solid box. I don't care much for the packaging, but at least the pouch is useful.
The Souverän M800 is an elegant, lovely pen. I am a fan of the Souverän design, so considering just the model and not the finish, I love it. The pen is relatively large, though not an oversize like the M1000. It has a round cap and barrel, with slightly rounded off ends. It is well proportioned so that it does not look chunky, even though it's large.
What makes the Grand Place special is the beautiful material and colors. The cap and barrel are slightly translucent, especially when held up to the light - some parts are more clear than others, depending on the swirling, but you'll see something. The material is a brown base with tan, light brown, and blue veins swirled through it. It is chatoyant, pearlescent, and truly quite beautiful. I was a bit disappointed that most of the brown appeared dark and on the colder side, and I doubt the black bits helps with that. There are a few swirls that have some red and copper tones, and I absolutely love how those parts look. I wish the whole thing looked like that.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The 18KT bicolor gold nib is an extra-fine. I think the size of the nib suits the pen well. It is a nice, large nib, and there is just a little step from the section down to the nib and feed unit. I love Pelikan's nibs - they're so pretty! The nib is crisply engraved with 18C-750, EF, the Pelikan logo, and some symmetrical flourishes. The nib has a single slit and a round breather hole. I love that the entire nib unit is interchangeable and is so easy to remove.
M800 Burnt Orange with an EF, and while it performed well, it did not thrill me like this one does. This EF writes more like a fine-ish fine. If you are looking for a really serious extra-fine, this might not be it. Since that is not what I care for, this one is very pleasing for me. The nib is quite smooth; not triple broad smooth, but not scratchy or very feedbacky.
I love the extra-fine because I can write really small and tidy with it. People often ask me how and why I use such broad nibs (still no answer for that, I don't know. I just like them.), but having a few very pleasant fine nibs as part of your pen selection is very useful. It does require some precise writing and a little more focus as finer nibs are less forgiving than triple broad nibs when it comes to showing errors in hand writing.
As usual, the piston performs smoothly and without issue.
The clip is nice - not only do I like the shape, I really like how it works, too. It is pretty snug, and the shape at the end lets you slide it on to papers, and into pockets and pouches quite easily. It also slides off of things easily, but it doesn't just fall off on its own. It also looks really sexy sticking out of a pocket.
I very much like the section of this pen, even more than something of similar size like the Montblanc 146. The threads are pretty close to the section, and I find them a little sharp. They do not cut into my fingers, but I can definitely feel them. In writing, I do not notice them because I grip lower, but if you grip higher up on the section, you might be bothered by them. The section doesn't feel slippery to me, and the little flared shape keeps my fingers in place.
Unposted, this pen is quite comfortable. It feels well balanced, fairly light (I use a lot of heavy pens so relatively, it feels light), and not too thick. I find it quite comfortable and easy to use unposted for short, long, and/or fast writing sessions. The cap can be posted by friction, and it does so securely. I think it works - it isn't top heavy, but it's a touch long. I can still use it posted, but I prefer unposted, especially with the EF nib.
PROS & CONS
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I was lent this pen for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review. The pen has been returned to the store!