Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz
Back in the days
When I attended primary school in Holland in the end of the 70s a Fountain Pen was obligatory.
Since I had some troubles with my fine motor skills my parents decided to buy me a Pelikano Fountain Pen which in those days was top of the bill and a serious investment back then.
I always remember what I loved most about that pen. It not only had a nice blue colour, but I really loved the blue ink window. I thought it resembled the blue flashing light on police cars AWESOME
Here is a link to the history of the Pelikano Fountain Pen
School boys fantasies…
Maybe it is that boys never grow up or simply that early youth memories impress…
But I am still in love with Pelikan and I am now the proud owner of 2 Pelikans, the M800 Green and the M800 Stresemann on the left.
My wife was infected with my love for Fountain Pens and is the owner of the M600 and the M400 with 14kt nib on the right
Well and since my wife and I both love Birds and Fountain pens we cannot guarantee that these are the last Pelikans that enter our house
Before I get to the review I want to let you know that I will enter the links to my previous reviews of Pelikan inks at the bottom of this review
Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quarz
Pelikan is famous for it’s 4001 range Which was introduced as in 1901 as an Iron Gall ink. This Iron Gall ink is still available but today there is also a range of Non-IG 4001 inks which all perform well…
Just like a good wine ripens and gets better the 4001 Inks still are a joy to use even after 20 years…
A thing I pointed out in my comparison of a matured and e brand new bottle of 4001 Royal Blue ink
In 2011 Pelikan introduced the Edelstein ink Collection. A more exclusive line of fine inks following the trend of i.e. Iroshizuku Graf von Faber-Castell which already brought more high end inks in luxury bottles.
Well I am glad to tell that Pelikan stayed loyal to his principles. Same as in the 4001-Range where Pelikan brings highest quality at fair prices. It did so in its Edelstein Range…
Giving you finest quality combined with refined luxury …
at fair prices
Well and yes all bottles contain 50 ml.
Pelikan Smoky Quartz
The colour is a lovely medium dark brown. Shading is very nice so is the flow.
If there is a small minor, it is the drying time: The ink is wet and stays in this condition for 10 seconds. That is a thing you must consider if you’re a left-hand writer.
My advice in that case:
Bind your Bottom to a drone and hoover over your writings…. This ink worth the extra effort…
Even if your texts contains a lot of “Male Cows Feces” (sorry I cannot write BullS..t here), your writing will be beautiful when using this beautiful ink
own here are some of the technical specs (as suggested by Ann Finley 2007)
(not copied in but for this ink)
points 1-5 1 = 5=
Fountain Pens: , Kaweco Calligrapy Classic Sport 1,5 Italic, Lamy Safari B nib
Paper: Vleveka Classic Line Paper and ordinary copying paper
Drying time Slow points 2
Flow: very smooth points: 5
Lubrication: wet points: 5
Feathering : None points 5
Bleeding: nada points 5
Shading: very good points: 4
Waterproof: good points: 3
Package: robust yet elegant points 4
Please have a look at the Water test I tested it with an very wet Q-tipp and look at the result. Still very legible. Maybe it does not survive a wet monsoon… but hey it s not a Document ink.
So I will call it Waterproof
This is one of those inks that are even available on the moon. But since it is pretty hard to go to the moon you might consider following adresses
La Couronne du Comte I guess Dennis and Rik would even travel to the moon to get it for you (just pay them a million or 2 ) Well it is safe to say that they do almost everything to satisfy their customers… Considering
Bankers have Rothshield Ink lovers have the Goulet Pen Company. Rachel and Brian carry the almost* largest assortment of ink on earth an it's near surroundings
(*almost Dear Amberlea Davis carries the largest assortment in the universe but is not a seller
Larry Post of Australia is a Great Supplier of Stationary and Artist Equipments. They carry a lot of De Atramentis Inks
The same applies to Singapore based Arters of the utterly friendly Yitpeng and WeetekOng
For me this ink is spot on.
The colour is lovely, in fact together with De Atramentis Ebony and Sailor Jentle Brown this Smoky Quartz is belongs to my favorite browns. It is an saturated shading ink that writes very smoothly. Drying time may be a bit long but since I am a right-hand writer this does not bother me much.
The Bottle is lovely, it is a bit like yin & yang robust yet elegant. An pleasure to my eye when I visit my Ink Cellar, and so is this ink
Links to my reviews of Pelikan inks (work in progress)