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Pelikan Edelstein Ink


Pelikan Edelstein Ink was introduced in 2010 and caused an immediate stir over the attractive bottles.

Pelikan Edelstein Ink

Pelikan Edelstein Ink

Handsome bottles are nice but ink counts more. Ryan at The Pear Tree Pen Company did a good thing and sent sample vials so I could get a firsthand look. Unfortunately, my swatches were difficult to scan and got set aside for lack of a decent image. This week new scans captured the colors better so here is my long-delayed post.

Pelikan Edelstein Ink Swatch

Pelikan Edelstein Ink Swatch

The image above is decent except that Sapphire really is a purple-blue and a nice one at that. The other colors look fairly accurate if more pale than what you would get from a nib. I used a watercolor brush on Strathmore Windpower Sketch paper to get a better sense of the range.

Without a brown or true red, Edelstein isn’t a full spectrum line but the colors currently available do comprise a useful palette. In fact the colors are more vibrant than any online swatches I’ve seen. If you prefer a single manufacturer, this is a simple group that would do the trick.

Wondering about other properties? Nothing disappointing here. Coverage is good with no bleed-through or feathering even on a paper like Windpower that can have the latter issue. Shading seems pen-dependent and there is no outlining. Flow is good but not especially lubricating. This isn’t Iroshizuku but I don’t favor that brand in a Pelikan. The half dozen Pels I’ve used were fairly free-flowing and seem well-matched to Edelstein. My opinion of Peikan pens is subjective so do rely on your own experience.

Edelstein has outperformed my expectations though at $20 per bottle, premium ink attractively packaged should be a given. On that score Pelikan has delivered.

For an in-depth review of Edelstein Ruby, head over to CarpeDavid.


Highlighter Highlighted


An Art Brown email finally tempted me to click through to the brilliant Pelikan fountain pen highlighter. If I needed one, the M205 Duo would be my first choice.

Pelikans are very easy to clean and well built so the pen fits my basic criteria. Pel ink has been around for ages and is good quality. But in this case it’s the perfect combination of a see-through pen paired with a vibrant ink that makes this duo so stunning.

Whether it reminds you of candy or fruit or something else entirely, it’s a lively pair that would not get ignored. Isn’t that what using a highlighter is all about?

Pelikan M205 Duo Hilighter

Pelikan M205 Duo Hilighter


Edelstein Ink Is Now Available


Art Brown now has the new Edelstein Ink from Pelikan in stock. Other dealers may as well so get your order into your favorite purveyor if you are an inkophile who wants to be first on your block to try the new product.

Since I am on an ink diet, I would love to know your opinion of Edelstein. If you write an online review, do post a link in the comments so we can all read what you think of it. Thanks!

UPDATE: 9.23.2010 17:13 PDT Just found out that Pear Tree Pens has its shipment of Edelstein in hand. Others do, too.


Pelikan Edelstein Ink Now Available


Art Brown is now shipping the new Edelstein Ink from Pelikan. At $20 per bottle it certainly qualifies as a premium product. Below is a piece from the announcement that explains what makes this ink special. Of course the ‘flacon’ (fancy word for bottle) is unique, too.

The Edelstein Premium Ink Collection is comprised of seven brilliant colors with a special ingredient to ensure extra smooth writing and high-performance care for your fountain pen.

UPDATE: 9/17/2010 @ 16:51 PDT – Although unconfirmed it appears that Art Brown is not yet shipping Edelstein Ink. Unfortunately, the store closed today before I knew there was an issue. If this is accurate, Art Brown should have placed a banner or other caveat stating the ink would be available soon rather than allowing customers to think it was in inventory.

From some of the comments here as well as info gathered from other sources, the ink should be available from retailers quite soon, perhaps in just a matter of days. Check your usual ink dealer for availability. Maybe you can even find a few additional items to order with your Edelstein. A pretty demo (clear) pen might be just the thing to show off your new jewel-toned ink.

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