Pelikan 4001 Violet Ink Review01/02/2015
Pelikan has been making 4001 ink since the 19th century. Few companies can make that claim. While the lineup is limited, it covers the most commonly used colors. Readily available and reasonably priced, this is one brand of ink that could be a mainstay for the workplace and a fine basis for a limited collection.
Last month Jet Pens sent a bottle of 4001 Violet for review and it is very aptly named. Straight-up violet that shades and is dry enough to exert a little control over a too enthusiastic nib. (Dang. Is that not the shortest review ever?)
The color has a stronger red component than most inks called violet and from a free-flowing nib, produces a vivid look similar to Waterman Violet. Pelikan is known for inks that are somewhat dry writing, but I was surprised at the amount of shading.
The color and characteristics combine for a vintage look that is very appealing for use in a journal or to add a touch of romance to correspondence. With a dry writing pen, paper color influences the appearance. Ivory paper warms the violet color while stark white reveals a deeper shade.
The Pel website mentions that 4001 ink is designed for its piston-fillers. I don’t know if that means there is a component that benefits that type of filler, but it is something to consider when you fill a vintage Pelikan. It might not enhance performance, but running a fill through your pen from time to time certainly couldn’t hurt.
Note that the 62.5 ml bottle for $10 at Jet Pens is a veritable bargain in the world of ink. Not that I need another bottle, but the turquoise and brown are calling to me though that’s just between you and me. The budget nanny would be appalled.
Most anyone can use an ink that could turn a wet nib into a decent user. Pelikan 4001 Violet has that potential. Plus it’s good for your Pels and probably any other piston-type pen or converter as well. Actually, any of the colors should deliver on that based on the remarks at the Pel website. Toss a bottle into your next pen and ink order and see what you think.