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Pelikan Special & Limited Editions

Previous Pelikan Limited & Special Editions

We have been selling Pelikan since 2004 and over the years we have had the pleasure of seeing many of their beautiful and unique Special & Limited Edition pens.

All of these were made in limited numbers and are no longer available.

Although we are unable to acquire any more of these exclusive pens, we thought that some of our customers may appreciate a gallery, primarily of those which we have been lucky enough to stock over the years, but also some we have not.

If you are the lucky owner of one of these pens, we would love to feature any photos you may have. It has been difficult to find images of many of them, especially in their packaging or presentation boxes which are often as artistic as the pens themselves. Please drop us an email if you would like to help.

If you are looking to purchase a Special Edition you can view the current models we have available here.




Blue Ocean (1993)

Blue Ocean (1993)

The Blue Ocean Fountain Pen was Pelikan's first Limited Edition and was released in 1993.

Its beautiful deep blue colour, along with it's transparency - a very unique feature at the time - made sure that it was a success. It sparked off Pelikan's many subsequent limited edition pens and collections.

In total, 5000 Blue Ocean Fountain Pens were produced, and 300 sets were also available containing a matching Ballpoint Pen.

Hunting (1994)

Hunting (1994)

Hunting was released in 1994, targeted at the hunting community.

The pen's design is similar to that of the Toledo, with a hand-engraved silver sleeve which depicts a hunting scene. The rest of the pen's body is a beautiful green colour.

In total, 3000 Hunting Fountain Pens were made.

Wall Street (1995)

Wall Street (1995)

Pelikan's Wall Street Limited Edition was designed to target the world of banking and industry.

Initially the intended pen design was pinstripe effect, but following the publication of the successful book "Nieten in Nadelstreifen" - which translates as "Failures in Pinstripe Suits" Pelikan were forced to go back to the drawing board! They came back with a redesigned mottled grey coloured pen, with a small inlaid gold plaque. Its sleek design was popular with managers and bankers and had a professional feel to it.

It was released in 1995 and 2,600 Fountain Pens and 1,900 Fountain and Ball Pen sets were produced.

Golf (1996)

Golf (1996)

Pelikan's Golf Limited Edition pens were designed in 1995.

The lacquer inlaid on the gold clubs design was subject to rigorous testing to determine its mechanical sturdiness and its resistance to the heat of the writer's hand. One test was a scouring test using ceramic chips which lasted for a total of eight hours!

Pelikan's extensive testing paid off, however. The right materials were found and the Golf pens were produced and sent to market in 1996.

They were a limited run of 2500 fountain pens and 2000 sets with a matching ball pen.


Concerto (1996)

Concerto (1996)

The Pelikan Concerto Fountain Pen was originally due for release around the Christmas period of 1995. However, due to complications and negotiations over the use of Beethoven's "Ode an die Freude" ("Ode to Joy") on the design of the pen, and problems encountered during the testing of the pen's materials, production was delayed.

Customers who had already pre-ordered the pen received a personal apology letter from Pelikan along with a CD of Beethoven's 9th Symphony - from which the "Ode to Joy" featured on the pen's design was taken from. For many this increased their excitement of getting their own Concerto and provided another memento and interesting companion piece to their exclusive pen.

Another interesting fact about this pen is that it was never able to be sold in Switzerland. This was due to unusual regulations regarding the hallmarking of the gold-plated sterling silver barrel overlays. The Swiss customs authorities prohibited its importation.

A limited run of 4000 fountain pens were produced, and finally reached the market in 1996.

1000 Years of Austria (1996)

1000 Years of Austria (1996)

Pelikan produced this Limited Edition to commemorate Austria's 1000th Jubilee in 1996. The design was, naturally, entrusted to an Austrian national - Herr Professor Gustav Peichl, an esteemed architect.

The finished pen was presented to an audience of 100 special guests in the Emperor's Pavilion, located in Schönbrunn's Zoological Garden, Vienna.

The pen numbered 1/1000 was auctioned off with the money raised being donated to charity. 700 (or 699) of the pens were supplied to Austria, with another 150 to Germany, leaving just 150 going to the rest of the world.

Genesis of the Olympiad (1998)

Genesis of the Olympiad (1998)

Pelikan designed this pen to commemorate the first ever Olympic Games, held in the year 776 B.C. - for this reason, only 776 pens were made.

The olympic games were founded on the ideal of fair competition and in the belief that the spirit should be cultivated in parallel with the maximum possible development of the body. The first 13 Olympiads featured only one event, the onestadium race. This remained the most prestigious event despite all the others added in later times.

The pen features a depiction of three runners as its motif, which was taken from an historical terracotta amphora. The cap and filler knob of the pen are also terracotta red coloured - giving a nod to the pen's inspiration piece.

It was released in 1998, and just 776 pens were available.

Daedalus and Icarus (2001)

Daedalus and Icarus (2001)

The success of Pelikan's Genesis of the Olympiad pen led them to turn again in 2001 to Greece for inspiration - this time to its mythology with the story of Daedalus and Icarus.

Humankind's age-old dream of being able to fly is the central theme of the Daedalus and Icarus Myth.

The fountain pen was made in a transparent delicate light blue colour, symbolising the skies into which the father and son escaped from Crete. The figure of Icarus is made of silver, and 800 pieces were made to honor the 8th Century B.C. when Homer first referred to this saga.

The Spirit of Gaud (2002)

The Spirit of Gaudí (2002)

Antonio Gaudí is one of the most famous Spanish architects, and 2002 marked the 150th anniversary of his birth. Pelikan celebrated this with a special edition, reflecting his unique architectural style.

His most famous work is the "La Sagrada Familia" cathedral in Barcelona - declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Construction was started in 1906 and is still ongoing - now completely funded by donations and money raised from entrance fees. It is pure art nouveau style.

The design of the pen reflects the undulating shapes of La Sagrada Familia's facade, as well as it's cast iron potals - forming a stunning filigree of sterling silver, putting it in an altogether different league from Pelikan's other Limited Editions up to that date.

Worldwide only 1000 pieces were produced.

Hercules (2004)

Hercules (2004)

To mark the 2004 Olympic Games, two unique fountain pens were created. One was 'Athens' in the Cities series, and the other was 'Hercules'.

This demigod of Greek mythology is universally known for the twelve labours which he had to carry out for Eurystheus, king of Tiryus. However, he is also at the basis of many other traditions. He used to be recognised as the patron god of the earth, as well as the original of all life: water. The celestial milky way is supposed to have come into existence when he was still an infant, and his father Zeus transformed him into a star constellation after his death.

The colours and pattern of the fountain pen and its lavish packaging attempt to express these elements.

Hercules was first mentioned in the 8th Century B.C. and for this reason only 800 pens were produced.

75th Anniversary Pen (2004)

75th Anniversary Pen (2004)

Drawing on the good tradition of refined writing, on the occasion of their 75th anniversary, Pelikan developed a prestigious fountain pen.

The "Anniversary Pen" spans the period from 1929 to 2004 with the most striking details from the models released during this period and interprets this space of time with elegance, function and the finest materials in their own very individual way. It is the skiful and elaborate craftsmanship, which has succeeded in creating a harmonious combination of the noble materials white and yellow gold. The striped band is a typical Pelikan characteristic and is made of 18 carat gold. Its glass panel offers a view of the technically perfect plunger mechanism and the patent number registered in 1928.

A further special detail is the precisely manufactured and traditionally hand engraved gold nib with the Pelikan logo, which is also found on the cap head. The engraved "75" on the cap and the barrel immortalises the anniversary in a particularly appealing fashion. And not least, the edition number on the gilded area beneath the glass panel is your guarantee of its extraordinary worth - with a limited edition of just 75 pieces, the "Anniversary Pen" is a real rarity and in every respect a "pièce de résistance" of its time.

Caelum (2005)

Caelum (2005)

Our Solar System: a spectacle of evolutionary power which has lasted for millions of years and is the home of our existence.

This unique creation in the middle of the infinity of the universe now comes into the world as a new creation - in the form of the limited edition ""Caelum"" (in English, "the heavens"). Derived from the average 58 million kilometre distance at which Mercury, the first planet of our solar system, orbits the sun, the limited edition ""Caelum"" is limited worldwide to 580 writing instruments. This limitation and the union of the finest components and materials, masterfully combined using traditional artisan skills, make the limited edition "Caelum" a masterpiece from Pelikan.

The limited edition "Caelum" is a spectacular creation full of astonishingly staged details of our solar system. The masterfully hand engraved 18 carat gold nib, decorated throughout with rhodium, is just the tip of this impressive masterpiece. The top of the cap symbolises the sun shining over everything, its brilliant golden rays engraved into the cap of the "Caelum" towards which the nine planets of the solar system stream. At the foot of the cap, likewise in the form of the finest engraving, begins the fascinating representation of all nine planets, from Mercury to Pluto, which is continued passionately on the barrel. On the back, along the entire length of the cap and barrel is a gilded band, with the names of the sun and all the planets, crossed by the finely symbolised planetary orbits. Barrel, cap and grip are framed in fine sterling silver and painted cosmos blue such that many distant stars and planets from other galaxies can be seen as tiny points of light.

The spectacular case of this writing instrument is designed in the shape of a transparent vaulted sky.

The Caelum Fountain Pen was produced in 2005


Blue Planet (2006)

Blue Planet (2006)

The limited edition "Blue Planet" fountain pen represents a unique creation that impresses with perfect workmanship and unique details. Like the spectacular view onto Earth from space, the planet shines in the brightest blue on the barrel made of repeatedly varnished sterling silver.

Life on earth has been unfolding in all its unimaginable variety for some 540 million years. The fountain pen recalls this figure, being produced in a limited edition of 540 instruments.

This new star that has appeared in the universe of writing instruments emanates an almost ethereal elegance and a quality of the utmost preciousness. The cobalt blue front section is adorned with a gold-plated sterling silver ring. Into the sleeve, which is also of sterling silver, a detailed depiction of the earth with its oceans of shining blue is engraved with the highest artistry, standing out against the anthracite black background of outer space. The filigree pattern of clouds above the earth is embedded into the protective layer of clear varnish, and is applied with the finest airbrush technique.

The overall impression is harmoniously complemented by guilloched lines of longitude and latitude on the filling knob and the tip of the cap. And of course the 18-carat gold nib, written in by hand and adorned with elegantly curving rhodium embellishments, shines too.

This beautiful writing instrument is presented in a bright blue cube.

Kyokko and Gekko (2005)

Kyokko and Gekko (2005)

Kyokko (Sunlight) and Gekko (Moonlight) are Raden fountain pens, handmade with mother of pearl particles. Raden is a traditional Japanese decorative craft used for lacquer ware and woodwork.

Kyokko

Kyokko translates as sunlight and is made with the abalone shell from Japan Sea. As the size of the abalone is small, the parts used for Raden is limited. It is one of the most colourful abalone parts that reflect rainbow colours.

The abalone shell is placed on the ground and flattened with a hard stone into very thin sheets. These sheets are cut into narrow strips and then affixed to the coating of lacquer around the cap and the barrel of the M800 fountain pen.

Once again, it is coated with lacquer, and then the surface is polished. The Pelikan logo is drawn with the famous Maki-e technique, surrounded by matching colours of particles of the abalone shell.

Gekko

Gekko means moonlight in Japanese. This fountain pen is made with the Australian abalone shell. Though the size of this abalone is big, the blue colour part of this abalone is small. So it is necessary to select the best blue colour parts.

The abalone shell is placed on the ground and flattened with a hard stone into very thin sheets. These sheets are cut into narrow strips and then affixed to the coating of lacquer around the cap and the barrel of the M800 fountain pen.

Once again, it is coated with lacquer, and then the surface is polished. The Pelikan logo is drawn with the famous Maki-e technique, surrounded by matching colours of particles of the abalone shell.

In 1929, Pelikan registered the patent for the piston mechanism, a new fountain pen filling system. This technique, refined and updated, is still used today. The Pelikan models Kyokko and Gekko are masterpieces with finely-chased 18 carat gold nibs accentuated with rhodium décor.

Each fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The Kyokko & Gekko set was released in the year 2005, and was available in a limited edition of only 200 sets worldwide. The pens were not available separately.

Silver Screen (2009)

Silver Screen (2009)

"Moving Moments on Celluloid... Captured for Eternity."

This exclusive fountain pen, limited to a run of only 420, pays homage to more than 100 years of film history. Celluloid in this new Limited Edition Silver Screen pen represents that used in early motion pictures.

In 1887 Hannibal Goodwin developed the roll film utilizing celluloid as a new photographic medium which laid the foundation for the film industry. And, in doing so, he created much more than just a new film imaging material: he made it possible to share moments of joy and laughter, all through the magic of movies. It wasn't until the advent of celluloid that stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe or James Dean became world famous. But the beginning wasn't easy: the films were originally fused with cellulose nitrate and were extremely flammable, almost bursting into flames upon contact with heat. A dangerous characteristic that was finally eliminated with the refinement of film material in the 1950s.

Hollywood's development into the film center of the western world began in 1911. Shortly after the opening of the first film production company on the West Coast, many studios moved from New York - the original epicenter of the industry. The mild climate, consistent daylight hours and freedom from the regulations and constraints of the New York Motion Picture Patents Company made the Greater Los Angeles community attractive to the film industry. The triumph of the West Coast film industry over that of the East Coast began and heralded a new era of Hollywood movies and stars. From the era of black & white, silent films, through the talkies and on to the special effects of today's blockbusters, no other industry has evolved as quickly as the Hollywood dream factory. The Walk of Fame is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hollywood: on Hollywood Boulevard more than 2,000 flagstones with stars commemorate the celebrities of show business from times both current and long past.

Like "Modern Times", "Casablanca" or "Gone with the Wind", the Pelikan Silver Screen Limited Edition is a classic icon, made for eternity. A ring of genuine celluloid in the shape of a filmstrip encircles the shaft and four red rubies pinpoint the center of each artfully incorporated palladium-plated star. These elements combine to commemorate the epic moments of Hollywood cinematics. Classic black along with sterling silver enhancements provides a timeless elegance. Strictly limited: the serial number of each Limited Edition Silver Screen fountain pen is engraved and marked on the filling handle.

The "Silver Screen" fountain pen was released in 2009 and was limited to 420 pieces.