Pelikan’s “Colossus of Rhodes” fountain pen honours a technical and artistic masterpiece that is unique in terms of size and grandeur. The bronze statue of the Greek God Helios, the worshipped sun God and patron saint of the Aegean island of Rhodes, was worked with exceptional architectonic and artistic skill. Only specially selected materials were used, such as marble for the pedestal, iron for the inner frame and bronze, partially refined with gold, for the outer skin.
The Pelikan fountain pen, which like its historical paragon, is partly made from bronze, combines traditional craftsmanship with the highest degree of design and technical expertise. The valuable writing instrument is presented in an artistically designed case that has a feeling for the stylised harbour of Rhodes where the statue is said to have once stood. The edition number engraved on the filler knob end transforms each pro-duct into an unmistakably unique item. Pelikan has manufactured just 408 of these incomparable writing instruments.
This worldwide limited edition figure is thus a reminder of the founding of the town of Rhodes that took place in 408 B.C. when the three-town states of the island united: Ialysos in the north, Lindos in the east and Kamiros in the west – all three having once been ruled by the so-named grandchildren of Helios, the sun God. They founded the island’s capital on the northern tip and called it Rhodes, thus also giving this sun-drenched and fertile island its name.
About Pelikan Pen
Pelikan is a global brand and was founded in Hanover in 1832. It is a German but Swiss-incorporated manufacturer of premium fountain pens and other writing, office and art equipments. Pelikan is also credited with the invention of the differential-piston filling method.
Pelikan “true” history began with the model “100” and the modified 100N (both fountain pens), which sparked the genesis of the company’s distinctive styling.
The modern-day range includes a popular Souverän (meaning Sovereign) line which consists of the very small M300, small M400, medium M600, large M800 and oversized M1000. A new range of large, modern pens have recently been released called ‘Toledo’, are manufactured in two sizes in Toledo in Spain. The M700 Toledo is the same size as the (new-style) M400 and the M900 is the same size as the M800.
Pelikan Demonstrator Fountain Pens are also a magnet to many users because it was actually being made for salesman to demonstrate the mechanism of the a fountain pen and were meant for a proof set. As a result, Pelikan Demonstrator Pens are one of the most collectible pens sought after by collectors worldwide. For pen users, Pelikan Demonstrator Pen has gain much attention these days with the choice of interesting ink colours which a user can see the colour of the ink within the ink chamber and at the same time knows how much ink is left after use.
Pelikan is also credited for making Pelikan Special Edition Pens and Pelikan Limited Edition Pens since 1993. The first was the Blue Ocean, a transparent ‘demonstrator’ version of the M800 fountain pen.
The tradition of producing several Limited Editions showing German craftsmanship was also complemented by Pelikan Special Editions which are not produced in limited number, but for a limited time.