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Today I'm reviewing the latest Pelikan Edelstein ink Aquamarine I must admit I thought it would be a lighter shade than it is.

It's a well saturated blue-green teal ink.
I found it quite wet because I could see each line of writing still glistening as I wrote the next line, and I found that it took longer to dry on my 100gsm paper than several other inks I've tried lately.
I really like the colour though, and I found it beautifully smooth in the 3 pens that I filled with it. I had no problems with any dry out or hard starts while I left the caps off the pens so that I could do the swabs and comparisons.
I am aware that it is a similar colour to Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku, but I no longer have that ink. Instead I compared it with Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro, which is more green.
It's water resistance is very good.
I'm sure it will be a really popular colour like the previous Inks of the Year have been.
Thanks to my OH for pressing the camera remote while I operated the piston of the pen. :)
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Thank you, Chrissy for this nice review. :)

 

Is this Teal, lighter than Diamine's? It seems much lighter on my screen.

 

Is there a light sheen, or not?

 

Yes it's lighter than Diamine Teal. I see some light sheen too.

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My cartridges finally came in yesterday so I inked up a pen. I do like this color (I'm a big teal fan), but because it's so similar to Ku-Jaku and, by the looks of this review, Eau de Nil, both of which I own in bottles, I'm having a hard time convincing myself to spend $28 bucks on a bottle when I could get something really unique like, say, Papier Plume Moss Green. :D

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Thanks for the review... and... a nice sign showing that this ink must be pretty interesting... otherwise there wouldn't be three reviews within the one month after its first being issued!

 

Mike

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My cartridges finally came in yesterday so I inked up a pen. I do like this color (I'm a big teal fan), but because it's so similar to Ku-Jaku and, by the looks of this review, Eau de Nil, both of which I own in bottles, I'm having a hard time convincing myself to spend $28 bucks on a bottle when I could get something really unique like, say, Papier Plume Moss Green. :D

That's a good point but as usual we can look at the other side of the coin... for a $28 Aquamarine where you live, I paid only $14 here, whereas my large bottle of Papier Plume Moss Green (for $12 in the States) came in here at the coincidental sum of $28 too.

 

Mike

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That's a good point but as usual we can look at the other side of the coin... for a $28 Aquamarine where you live, I paid only $14 here, whereas my large bottle of Papier Plume Moss Green (for $12 in the States) came in here at the coincidental sum of $28 too.

 

Mike

 

Heh. Interesting how it was nearly exactly opposite!

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Exactly... I've often thought that being an inkoholic, I should rent an apartment not only here in Europe but also in the U.S.. Oops, hang on... gotta haul in Japan too....

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Nice photo Chrissy! I really love this ink. It falls exactly in between Pilot Iro. Tsuki-yo and Ku-jaku--it has the somewhat faded teal bluish character of Tsuki-yo, but is more much more vivid. I haven't tried Diamine Eau de nil, but it looks like it'd be close. Fwiw I got the ink from a pen store in Germany for $19 on amazon with shipping. If it had been more than that, I probably would not have gotten it, but I'm sure glad I did! The perfect combo of green and blue imo.

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On cheap 80g copy paper it is green teal.

On my 90g Clairefountain Velout it is a light blue....on 170 g real slick Avery Zweckform also....a light blue

Opti Premium 100g from Papyrus it is more blue 'teal'.

MK Embossed 'hammered' white ...not marked for grammage but I believe to be 90gin the other two MK papers are 90&95g. ...it is more green teal.

The first few papers I could grab.

 

As Sandy1 proves in her ink tests, of four/five different nibs.....mine was Not a real test of the ink in it's only a one nib test. A slightly different marbled green than the Celebry, Pelikan 38x39x? Both are lacquer coated brass pens. It has that era's 'true' regular flex F 14K nib that matches the Germany pre'98 M400 and 200's....normally a good shading nib.

 

I get some shading with printing, not as much as I wish with cursive...but will check that more.

 

Fairly good but not outstanding shading on the 90g Velout. Outstanding on the 170g...not quite as much on the 100g and ...some on the 80g cheap copy paper, but the feathering takes away from it.

 

My impression is a middling shading ink. Some Edelstein inks are good with shading, some middling like Jade.

Tomorrow I'll check this in daylight....in room light can really slant what is there.

I don't remember the ink now, but under halogen light it was poor, good by natural light.

 

I expect to pay the 'normal' price of @ 14 E here in Germany could be a tad cheaper or 1 E more expensive....I don't have the price in mind of the last time I bought a bottle of Edelstein ink some two years ago. The expensive 6 pack cost E4.95....and I can get a bottle of 4001 for less than that.

Cartridges are now and have ever been super expensive....even back in the day of B&W TV.

 

 

I ordered a bottle....and picked up a six pack of cartridges to test it and in case like the Lamy Dark Violet LE which was too Limited to see the year through. Lamy's LE was last seen in May in it's Lamy only Shop.

 

If Pelikan has run out of Aquamarine.....I've told my B&M to reserve me two cartridge packs. I was late for Freddy with Amethyst....bought the pen....and found out there were no bottled ink left....that was this spring of course. :rolleyes: A day late and an Euro short.

I lucked out and got another cartridge pack of Amethyst....almost as good as having a bottle....almost :( . Should last me a number of years in I don't use cartridge pens often.....still got some Pelikan '90's cartridges with no longer made inks.

I did leave two tins for other folks. I'm not 'real' greedy.

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