Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine Ink of the Year 2016

Pelikan Edelstein is the proof of Pelikan employees marketing efficiency. Beautifully packaged inks bear promise of amazing writing experience. The line is popular all around the world and concurs with the likes of Pilot Iroshizuku or Graf von Faber-Castell.

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The packaging is really impressive.

The outer cardboard box is, more or less, standard. It’s not overisized and made from cardboard.The front panel has a slightly slanted extra facet with a colored panel that corresponds to the ink color inside. Care was also taken to keep ink secure in the box – the pair of styrofoam pads rest between the neck of the bottle and the box.

The bottle itself is reallyreally nice.  The glass is thick, heavy and rectangular but with slightly concave sides. The lettering fits the design. I believe Caran d’Ache Chromatics inks bottles are more interesting, Iroshizuku probably nicer but Edelstein offers great and solid cap.

The inks can be bought in 12 colors, seven standard.

  1. Aventurine
  2. Jade
  3. Mandarin
  4. Onyx
  5. Sapphire
  6. Ruby
  7. Topaz

And 5 LE inks of the year

  1. Turmaline Ink of the Year 2012
  2. Amber Ink of the Year 2013
  3. Garnet Ink of the Year 2014
  4. Amethyst Ink of the Year 2015
  5. Aquamarine Ink of the Year 2016

Sapphire form standard Edelstein line is, in my opinion, the least interesting og the group. It behaves well and has reasonable drying times. However I can’t help but notice it’s incredibly boring and generic. When I look at this ink I just can’t see anything interesting. Sometimes and for some people it can be an asset. For me though it’s unforgiveable sin ;)

Frankly if you like such colors Diamine Sapphire Blue or J. Herbin Eclat de Saphire will be much cheaper and more interesting choices.

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I’ve played for a while with Aquamarine and I’d like to share my view. I didn’t expect to enjoy the color and while I’m not crazy about it, I must say it’s quite interesting, especially in braoader nibs. The ink is fairly waterproof and offers nice and smooth flow – at least in pens I’ve fillied with it. I haven’t observed any bleedthrough or feathering. I’m not sure if I’ll keep the bottle or if I’ll resell it, but this ink is really good.

PS: Be sure to check excellent Namreshnoom review.

Bottle

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Ink Splash

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel

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Water resistance

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Software ID

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Tomoe River, Kaweco Sport Classic, B

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Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B

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Poljet, Graf von Faber-Castell Tamitio, B

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Oxford, Graf von Faber-Castell Tamitio, B

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Mini-comparison

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