As the patches are neutral gray, their colour on your monitor should also be neutral gray.
Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
Depicts nibs' line-width and pens' relative wetness.
L → R: Sumiko, Eversharp, 330, M200, Phileas & Estie.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Row Height is 8mm.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal, 25% rag.
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
- 'HAPPY!' on Glossy Card.
- Smear/Dry Time on Glossy Paper.
- Smear/Dry Time on HPJ1124.
- Wet Tests on HPJ1124.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Very possible.
- Balances astride the Blue - Turquoise gap with aplomb.
- PET has just enough gravitas for the Conference Room and most peer-to-peer external correspondence, yet sufficiently convivial for internal correspondence.
- It does not project power or authority; rather PET projects energy, clarity and openness. Consequently, Topaz is excellent for peer-to-peer and upward correspondence. (This is Ms Bl-Bk speaking.)
- PET does not have sufficient zip to be used for mark-up, editing, etc.
- Of little use for error correction or grading of assignments.
- A poor choice as a gradient between Dark and Light Blue.
- A good choice for a transitional colour between Blue and aqua / dark cyan.
- In wet narrow nibs it has good saturation, so should be suitable for narrow lines on hard paper, crosshatching, etc.
- The reasonably low smear/dry time allows prompt reworking.
- PET performed well above average on the highly absorbent Royal and Pulp, so may do well on low-cost papers: no feathering or woolly lines.
- Quite robust; what is written should shrug off domestic mishaps.
- A very good choice for hand-written assignments.
- Quite a nice pick.
- This is an easy-reading ink, fleet of foot, which may appeal to those who write tomes, and would like them to be read in their entirety.
- PET is clear and without artifice, yet there are subtle nuances.
- For pro forma business writing, PET will certainly do the necessary, but it may be too nice for such use.
- I have tried a range of various nib sizes and shapes with PET. So far, I prefer mono-line nibs, (I am soooo boring), yet the shaped nibs do nicely. I could easily see using a nib wider than 1.0mm to splash about oodles of PET.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- Just on the dry side of average.
- Not apparent.
- Quite good.
- The narrow nibs ran well on the hard textured G Lalo.
- The pens never became slippery, and the wider nibs remained surefooted.
- None after 3 days.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely.
- Both sides of the page may be used.
- Glossy: 2 - 5 seconds
- HPJ1124: 10 - 12 seconds.
- All legible, can be easily read and/or have light staining from re-deposit of soluble ink.
- Use as-is for work papers & internal use.
- Adjustments to a scanner may drop-out the stain.
- Faint; rounded esters.
- Reminiscent of fresh raspberries. (?)
- Not noticed.
- Specifically denied by Pelikan.
- About average speed; very thorough with plain water.
- No stated prohibitions.
- Mixing is likely to disrupt the balance of PET.
- Should mixing be attempted, if one hears that little 'thlllk' from behind, it may be the fire selector going from full auto to mayhem.
Note: No problems with show- bleed-through, feathering or woolly lines were seen on Staples' eco-friendly white 20 lb bond, Item 813903.
- Latent high torque.
- Reminiscent of going from swimming laps to swimming in open water.
- Can be generated on smooth papers using a range of nibs - not only the wider & shaped nibs.
- When shading appears, it is exquisite. ♡
- No more than expected, given the range of writers.
High Resolution Scans:
- From the Estie on HPJ1124. My link
- From the M200 on Rhodia. My link
- From the Phileas on G Lalo. My link
- From the Eversharp on Royal. My link
Is the name appropriate?
- The only swatch is on the box, which is reasonable.
We have five 3-stage swabs; from top to bottom:
- Private Reserve Tropical Blue
- Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
- Private Reserve American Blue
- Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
- Diamine Kensington Blue.
Note: There is also a passing similarity to Waterman South Sea_ Blue, (hence Diamine Havasue Turquoise), but when ink-on-paper samples are viewed in person, the lack of similarity becomes obvious.
- Waterman, South Sea_ Blue My link
- Diamine, Havasu Turquoise My link
- Comparison : Waterman, South Sea_ Blue :: Diamine, Havasu Turquoise My link
- Crisp white paper.
- Can handle papers with optical brighteners.
- ☠ Avoid combos of dry writers + hard papers. e.g. Figure 5 - Estie onto G Lalo.
- Can't think of any within reason.
- Could work well on any sensible tint, especially from a wet-ish writer.
- As much as I'd like to use-up the Lamy Green, PET will do just fine on pre-printed paper.
- On forms it will separate just enough from the [black] text.
- For typical grids, etc., PET may not be the best pick - perhaps due to the typical colour of ruling / grid lines. (?) Consequently, one may well use WhiteLines with confidence.
- If one prefers shading, then smooth surface harder papers, such as Rhodia & Clairefontaine Triomphe, will not disappoint.
- Otherwise, more a matter of preference over performance - the penny-a-page HPJ1124 was very suitable.
OTHER THAN INK
- 50ml bottle in a box.
- No HazMat warnings.
- A clear heavy glass bottle.
- 75x40xcapped height of 65mm
- The centred round opening is an accommodating 22mm∅.
- The single tank is shallow; the bottle has no filling aids, no sediment collector, no etc. 3xTsk. (Gad Zooks man! Not even as functional as the 4001-series desk-top bottles!! Pelikan forgot to bring their 'A' game when doing this bottle. Eine Gruppe Dummköpfe, das nicht Füllfederhalter benutzen!)
- There is no label, rather a dog's dinner of four typefaces in two colours printed directly on the bottle.
- While bottle labelling is an unsightly debacle, the ink level can be readily determined, so over-immersion / dunking of one's pen may be avoided. Hoorah! Snorkies rejoice! (Their owners too.)
- The hard plastic screw cap has more than adequate grippy bits; and at 15mm is a good height for ease of use.
- The cap seal appears to be a sort of plastic foam.
- The cap is not child-proof.
- Constructed of coated hefty card-stock.
- Includes a fairly accurate swatch.
- Except for the wasteful foam padding, the bottle, cap & box are recyclable / benign.
- High street stationers, back street pen shops, online retailers.
- Note: While the Pelikan 4001 series inks can often be found in art / craft shops, I have yet to see Edelstein inks in such shops.
- I think that PET has the potential to be conjured.
- Only one?? The M200 on the Rhodia.
- Classy but not yet a classic.
- Pelikan knows a thing or three about ink, which is apparent in the writing experience and on the page.
- Those who choose ink by colour alone may be disappointed that PET is not a 'new' colour, but the rock solid performance profile, very satisfying writing experience and reasonable malleability elevate Edelstein Topaz well above pretenders.
- Ah kushbaby, perhaps not up your alley, but give it a fair go. (At least a large sample, yes?)
To be relevant to most members, I make an effort to use papers, pens & nibs that are readily available. For pens, I use those for which I paid $100 or less, new or used; and are factory stock - not customised.
- Sailor Sumiko + TIGP F nib.
- Eversharp Skyline + 14K F nib.
- Sheaffer 330 + steel M nib.
- Pelikan M200 + g-p M200-series M nib.
- Waterman Phileas + steel B nib.
- Esterbrook J + steel 9284 firm signature stub nib.
- For lines & labels:
- Pilot 78G+F nib with Noodler's Lexington Grey.
On these papers:
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal, 25% cotton rag.
- Glossy paper.
- Glossy card.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Scanning resolution was either 96 dpi or 300 dpi; at 24 bit colour.
- As required, scans were cropped and straightened using iPhoto; no other changes were made.
DENSITOMETER READINGS (FWTW)
- Red 85
- Grn 149
- Blu 224
- Lum 151