Amber – Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2012

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.


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 really, really 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

In my opinion Amber is the best ink in Edelstein line. Ok, maybe not the best because this place should, objectively, go to Tanzanite (great lubrication, smoothness, some water resistance and so on, but I’m not crazy about the color). In terms of color though it’s simp[ly fantastic. I used to have a bottle but it’s long gone. Lord Epic sent me a sample so that I can make a review. What can I say. I just hope that one day Pelikan will offer a box with all Inks of the Year in it. Or maybe they’ll make Amber part of standard line? One can dream, right?

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Tomoe River, Graf von Faber-castell Intuition, M

Leuchtturm 1917, Graf von Faber-castell Intuition, M

Oxford, Graf von Faber-castell Intuition, M


3 thoughts on “Amber – Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2012

  1. Looks great. I missed out on this one and it’s one of the few inks I actually wish I had gotten when I had the chance.
    Tanzanite is absolutely stunning, for me in both in its behavior and color as well.


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