Ink Review : Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine (Ink of the Year 2016)
Pen: Lamy All-Star Ocean Blue, M-nib
Paper: Rhodia N° 16 notepad 80 gsm
In 2011 Pelikan introduced the Edelstein series of boutique inks, available in a variety of colors:
- aventurine (green)
- jade (light green with bluish undertones)
- mandarin (orange)
- onyx (black)
- ruby (dark red)
- sapphire (purple-blue)
- topaz (light blue)
The initial offering did not include a blue-black, but in 2012 Pelikan was quick to remedy this, and added tanzanite to the line-up to complete the offering. The overall theme of the Edelstein ink series is the gemstone - each color corresponds to the beautiful color of a gem. The inks themselves are presented in 50 ml high-value bottles, which are truly stunning, and an ornament on every desk.
After releasing the original line-up, Pelikan started the tradition of releasing a yearly "Ink of the Year". These inks are produced for a year only, and quickly become bottled treasures. Once inventories are depleted, these inks are gone forever.
- 2012 : turmaline
- 2013 : amber
- 2014 : garnet
- 2015 : amethyst
The ink of the year 2016 is "aquamarine". Pelikan itself describes the color as "neither blue nor green; it's something in between". This is also the second time that Pelikan turned to its Facebook fans to help choose the color. And I must say - they've chosen wisely. I really like the color of this ink, and - as Pelikan stated - it sits nicely between blue and green. In my opinion, it's very similar to other blue-greens I like:
- iroshizuku ku-jaku : this one remains my favorite, and is a touch more on the blue side
- diamine schubert (music collection) : this one leans more towards the green side
Pelikan Edelstein inks are known to be on the dry side, but this is a wetter ink, with drying times in the 20 second range. It behaves beautifully on a wide range of paper:
- Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time ~20 seconds, no noticeable feathering, no show-through and no bleed-through
- Paperblanks journal paper - drying time ~20 seconds, no noticeable feathering, a ghost of show-through, no bleed-through
- Generic notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time ~20 seconds, no noticeable feathering, a ghost of show-through, no bleed-through
- Moleskine journal - drying time ~10 seconds, no noticeable feathering, show-through and some bleed-through
This definitely is a very well-behaved ink. Water resistance is on the poor side, but still acceptable. The color disappears quickly, but a greyish ghost image of your writing remains, which is still perfectly readable even after 30 seconds under running tap water.
Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine is a very well-behaving ink, even on lower quality paper. Blue-greens are not for everyone, but if you happen to like them, this one is definitely a winner. A stunning color worthy of a gemstone !
My overall score: A