Body material: Resin
Trim: Rhodium-plated, silver color
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: 14kt gold, single tone rhodium-plated
Filling system: Piston-filler
Ink window: Yes
Length (capped): 125.5 mm/4.94"
Length (uncapped): 121.4 mm/4.78"
Length (posted): 148.3 mm/5.84"
Diameter (barrel): 11.4 - 11.7 mm/0.44" - 0.46"
Diameter (section): 9.1 - 9.4 mm/0.35" - 0.37"
Weight (all): 16 g
Weight (cap): 6 g
Weight (body): 10 g
Price: $308.00 USD
Where to buy: Pen Chalet
Discount code for 10% off: GOURMETPENS
This Pelikan was presented in Pelikan's standard gift box. It is a firm, coffin-like box with a faux wood base. The grey colored lid is quite snug and it stays on securely. It looks pretty good. There is a creamy leather-like bed on the inside with a faux cream leather pouch, secured by a red plastic Pelikan seal on an elastic.
The Souverän M405 is a smaller pen but it shares the same shape and proportions as the rest of the Souverän series. It's a small, elegant, classy pen. The cap and barrel are round, and both ends are flat with slightly rounded edges. The finial is raised and has a modern Pelikan logo in brushed silver on silver. The clip is attached externally, by a ring around the top of the clip. I love Pelikan's clips - they are perfectly shaped and they suit the pens well. The clip is rhodium-plated and is shaped like (a much more elegant) pelican's bill. It angles up at the end, but sits close to the cap, so it doesn't add much to the width of the cap. The center band at the end of the cap is very simple - not too ornate or obnoxious, which I like. It is engraved with Pelikan Souverän Germany.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The nib is a fine, 14kt gold, rhodium-plated nib. The nib is crisply engraved with 14C-585, F, the Pelikan logo, and some symmetrical flourishes. The nib has a single slit and a round breather hole. A lovely nib, although the two tone Pelikan nibs are exceptionally pretty! I was quite amused by the huge ball of tipping on this fine nib!
M101N Red Tortoiseshell broad nib, all others have been, at the very least, satisfactory, if not exceptional. Alas, I was bound to get one I was not happy with.
This nib does write, but it's more of a medium than a fine. Drying times are average but for a fine nib, it's a bit long (30s). With a bit of pressure, it's on the wetter side. The nib is a little springy, so with some pressure, you can get lines that are medium-fine to broad or so. Oddly enough, the pen passes the free weight test, but it's still just a finicky nib. It feels a bit over polished and like the sweet spot on the giant ball of tipping is really small. Reverse writing was not possible with this nib. With normal writing, the nib would skip and hard start, so it just had to be fixed. I try to review pens without adjusting the nibs, but after this review, a quick grind fixed it right up. The sweet spot was just a bit too small prior to smoothing it out. All we did to get the nib into tip top shape was make it a little wetter and smooth it a little to widen the sweet spot.
After adjustment, the nib was much more pleasant and worked as it should have - no more skips or hard starts, better flow, and it easily handled long and fast writing sessions. A great combination with a piston-filling mechanism!
The clip is nice - not only do I like the shape, I really like how it works. 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.
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 - they're noticeable but not uncomfortable. 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.
PROS & CONS
I very much like the pen itself - the shiny black, shiny rhodium trim, and green ink window makes for a classic Pelikan, and a beautiful color trio. The pen is on the smaller size but works well for me. Larger hands would likely prefer a larger Souverän model - the M800 seems to be the ideal size for most people. I love that Pelikan offers nibs that can be removed very easily so they are interchangeable, and it also makes cleaning up and maintenance of the piston very easy, even for new users.
The nib did not perform as I expected out of box, which was disappointing at this price, however it was something I was able to adjust at home. I would still recommend this pen to others as my experience with Pelikan nibs has almost always been positive.