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Ink Review : Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz


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Ink Review : Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz

--- Ink of the Year 2017 ---

 

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In 2011 Pelikan introduced the Edelstein series of high-end inks, available in a variety of colours. The theme of the Edelstein concept is the gemstone – each ink corresponds to the beautiful colour of a gem. The Edelstein line of inks is presented in 50 ml high-value bottles, that are truly beautiful, and worthy of a place on your desk.

 

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In this review I take a closer look at Smoky Quartz, the Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017. This is a limited edition ink, that could be gone in the near future, although it’s not unheard of for Pelikan to change its mind. In any case, with 2017 slipping past, I thought it appropriate to further examine this ink.
Smoky Quartz is a warm brown ink, that spans a broad palette, ranging from very light (the smoky part) to almost black-brown. It is a rather complex mix, with some orange and grey-green undertones, as evident from the chromatography.
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The result is a very fine writing ink, that can handle all nib ranges without a problem. In finer nibs, the ink is more of a light brown, but the broader/wetter your pen, the more the darker brown appearance of the ink comes into the picture. Combine this with some nice shading, and you get an ink that’s worthy of your attention.
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To show you the impact of saturation on the ink’s look & feel on paper, I made some scribbles where I really saturated portions of the paper with ink. This gives you a good idea of what the ink is capable of in terms of colour range. When fully saturated, Smoky Quartz becomes a very dark – almost black – brown.
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Technically, the ink behaved perfectly, with good flow and saturation, and a good contrast with the paper even in the finer nibs. With broader nibs there is some really nice shading that enhances your writing. Overall a pleasurable ink to write with. Drying times are quite reasonable in the 10 second range with M-nibs. Smoky Quartz copes well with a wide variety of paper – and can even tolerate the crappy ones. Only on Moleskine, the ink looks quite ugly, and has noticeable feathering and bleed-through. On other papers the ink behaved impeccably, looking good on both white and more yellowish paper.
Surprisingly, Smoky Quartz is a very water-resistant ink (see water test at end of review). With the droplet test - where I drip water on the paper, and keep it there for 15 minutes – readability remained excellent, with only some minor smudging of the text. With running tap water, a perfectly readable green-gray image of your writing remains, even after a 30-second exposure. Respect! This certainly is an ink you can use in the workplace.

 

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Inkxperiment -Eerie Woods

When using Smoky Quartz for drawing, you can get some interesting results – owing to the orange & green-grey undertones in the ink. In the drawing I used 90 gsm sketch paper, that I completely soaked in water. I then spread a line of Smoky Quartz with a brush, and added some accents with a glass pen dipped in bleach, defining the trees. Final touches around the trees were made by dipping the still wet paper with a Q-tip cotton swab with a tiny bit of Smoky Quartz on the tip.

 

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Conclusion

 

For me, Edelstein Smoky Quartz is one of the best Inks of the Year that Pelikan ever released. It’s a warm brown ink with a broad tonal range, that not only looks nice, but is also very water resistant. This makes it a fine ink for use in the workplace. If you like brown inks, and haven’t gotten a bottle of this ink yet – now is the time. Highly recommended!
my overall score: A+
Technical test results on Rhodia N°16 notepad paper with Lamy Safari, M-nib
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Backside of writing samples on different paper types
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Thank you for a great review. This is one of my favorite inks & I have a lifetime supply. I am ready for the next Ink of the Year.

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Fabulous review and I just love this ink. It's the staple of the M400EF Brown Tortoise I bought not so long ago. (My M800 versoion of the same has Salamander in it, but that's another story.)

The Good Captain

"Meddler's 'Salamander' - almost as good as the real thing!"

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Amazing review, but far too light for me.

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H, fantastic review! Thank you

 

It is my go to for vintage Pelikan.

 

Besides liking the colour I really enjoy how easy it is cleaned from the pen.

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Thanks for the comprehensive review. While Smoky Quartz isn't my absolute favorite brown ink, it's pretty close to the top of the list.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

ETA: @ MsRedpen -- thanks for the tip. I'd been trying to decide what to put in the 1950s era 400, and the OB nib on that pen might really do nicely with that ink (I've been a little cautious about what to put in it, and I think it's only seen 4001 Brilliant Black).

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I really appreciate all the hours of work that went into this review. I am not sure I will buy it, but I certainly have a very good idea of what this ink looks like and how it behaves under various circumstances. Thanks for such a complete review!

 

Erick

 

Using right now:

Parker Duofold "F" nib running Pelikan Königsblau

Leonardo Officina Italiana Pura "F" nib running Diamine Autumn Oak

Click Aristocrat "F" nib running D'Atramentis Cyan Blue-Copper 

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Awesome review. Very thorough, and complete. Thank you.

You have changed my mind about this ink. Going to give it another try.

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Excellent review! Thank you for taking so much trouble to review this wonderful ink.

 

This is certainly one of the my absolutely favourite inks. I have a lot of browns, with a special liking for Diamine Chocolate Brown, Iroshizuku Tsukushi, Delta Sepia, Visconti Brown and Herbin Lie de Thé. But the Pelikan Smoky Quartz is probably even more satisfyingly deep and subtle than all of these. Knowing from hard experience how hard it can be to find Inks of the Year after they have been discontinued, I have now stocked up a large supply that will last many years...

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Excellent review! Thank you for taking so much trouble to review this wonderful ink.

 

This is certainly one of the my absolutely favourite inks. I have a lot of browns, with a special liking for Diamine Chocolate Brown, Iroshizuku Tsukushi, Delta Sepia, Visconti Brown and Herbin Lie de Thé. But the Pelikan Smoky Quartz is probably even more satisfyingly deep and subtle than all of these. Knowing from hard experience how hard it can be to find Inks of the Year after they have been discontinued, I have now stocked up a large supply that will last many years...

Totally agree with you and it is my favourite ink too. Subtle and vast range of tonal variations/nuances (with the right pens and papers of course), elegant flow and lubrication.

 

I hope Pelikan makes this a regular production.

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@lgsoltek:

very little red indeed, I think the green and yellow what you can see in the chromo makes this brown so interesting.

Surely hope Pelikan takes this into regular production as minddance said!

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and namrehsnoom, thank you for this excellent review! Nice drawing too!

 

Thanks! After following a Nick Stewart workshop recently, I’ve decided to try some experimenting with ink drawing. Lots of fun.

 

The ink deserves to become a regular production one. Fortunately I got an extra bottle with the corresponding M200 fountain pen (which is also a beauty). So I’m covered for a while.

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