Uninked and new in box for less than $200 is a ridiculous price for this, and how could I resist?
This is a seriously tiny pen by modern standards. The smallest of the five Souverän sizes, this is Pelikan’s pocket-pen offering, though it’ll never inhabit one of my pockets. It’s far too precious for that!
The M300 is regularly available but the five different M320s were produced as special editions from 2008–10. To my eyes,the Ruby Red has the finest colours, and the translucent cellulose acetate is really quite something to behold…
A larger version of this exists as the M600 Ruby Red special edition, though the cap on that has the newer all-gold finial design. The gold-on-black finial was phased out a few years ago and for a pen that looks like the M320’s older, bigger brother you’ll have to look up the far rarer M620 Madrid from the Cities series, which has a noticeably deeper red in its material.
The nib on mine originally came in a very Pelikan medium — practically a broad — though the tiny 14k two-tone nib had a surprising amount of bounce! The modern nibs I have used on the M4xx/6xx/8xx sizes have all been fairly firm, but the M320 M nib I got was almost as soft as the one that was on the M1000 I tried out once.
It writes absolutely beautifully; I had the nib ground into an extra-fine by John Sorowka. The amount of spring on the nib is great!
Because of its small size and how much tipping it has, it almost functions like a Sailor Naginata-togi nib now! But a comparison with its original incarnation as a medium nib is quite something to behold…
I bought this new & uninked M320 Ruby Red a few months ago, but saved it for Christmas. Such a beautiful colour, and such depth in the resin — plus a surprisingly springy medium nib! I might get it ground into a fine (or EF) for more variation. Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu Paper: Nanami Seven Seas Standard #fountainpens #penandink #pelikan #merrychristmas #m320 #rubyred #pilot #iroshizuku #kosumosu #tomoeriver #nanami #sevenseas #standard #handwriting #cursive #パイロット #色彩雫 #秋桜