Today I tried my new bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Garnet for the first time. This was given to me by my older brother as part of a trade, and the only direction I gave him was that I wanted a red ink, since I didn’t have a bottle of red in my herd already.
This is not my favorite shade of red, but it is an otherwise very pleasant ink to use. It has good flow and seems to be well behaved on the paper I used, which is a 24 lb inkjet paper but not overly special, like Rhodia or something. Something that it does not have is a good water resistance, though it’s very difficult to find a red ink that does (if I need water resistant red, I’ll stick to something like a Pilot Juice).
So, what’s my final verdict? I enjoy this ink and I’m glad to have it in my collection, but I would not buy this ink for myself. It’s a bit too pricey for what is essentially just a red ink without any special properties. I would probably go for something in the Diamine line since you get more ink for less money without losing any features (except for the pretty bottle) and then you have more options to pick exactly what shade of red you prefer.
This ink was given to me as a gift and I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree if you like.