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  1. The new Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017 Smoky Quartz has arrived today. We have made a quick comparison with other known brown inks. The color is not as warm/red as the Hazelnut Brown by Graf von Faber-Castell or the Toffee Brown by Montblanc: The closest match we have found is the Diamine Macassar. The Smoky Quartz is a very nice brown ink which is a really nice addition to the Edelstein ink offer. Best regards
  2. The Pelikan Edelstein "Ink of the Year 2015" is Amethyst. From the International Colored Gemstone Association "Amethyst; Its colour is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. The amethyst is extravagance in violet." For purple ink lovers, Amethyst ink is a lovely purple shade. I call it purple rather than violet, as I think violet is usually bluer. From it's really smooth feel on the nib when writing, to it's amazing 50ml glass flacon, it just oozes quality and it's a top class ink. I am advised that it is also available in cartridges, but I haven't seen any for sale in the UK yet. This is what Pelikan say about it: "Every 50 ml high-value glass flacon is unique. The rich weight and soft curves make it a pleasure to hold in your hands. It‘s an ornament on every desk... Eye candy in every detail, a perfect gift for yourself and those you love. Please note our always changing Ink of the Year, which brings a fresh and modern Edelstein Ink color to you – limited to one year only. Product description Exklusive Ink Collection in a precious 50 ml flacon. The Edelstein Ink Collection comprises twelve brilliant colors with a special ingredient that ensures extra smooth writing and care for the fountain pen. The German word Edelstein translates as gem stone, and each color corresponds to the beautiful coloring of a gem." This isn't a waterproof or archival ink. Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib was a Fine, this ink took 20-22 secs to dry It flows quite wet, and lubricates the nib very well. It's such a smooth writing experience. It is currently available in beautiful 50ml glass flacons and cartridges It is available from many B&M shops and online retailers worldwide, but is a one year Limited Edition.
  3. Most of my comments are above. The paper is Block Rhodia No. 18 (size A4, 80g paper). This ink is quite beautiful, I see it as a dark royal tone i.e. slightly reddish in comparison with La Reine Mauve or Murasaki Shikibu (the only other two purples I own right now). It does sometimes take a little starting in my Monteverde Invincia sometimes, but I attribute that more to my being lefthanded than to the ink or pen. Drying time seems good--by the 30 second mark it was totally dry to the touch. Shading is existent but not super obvious like in my other inks (tsuki-yo comes to mind). This will definitely be a regular of mine. I'm glad I hopped on board with this new ink. I know it's expensive, but eh... there's a collector's angle with these inks (and the bottles are gorgeous). I have some more inks coming in the mail, but they are all well known already. Can't wait! This is my first ink review. ETA: Oops, I misspelled "Pelican" in the written review, thinking of the English name for the bird. Oh well. Not the first, nor the last person to misspell the name of that company

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