Hello everyone! Here we are, another week and another ink review! This week’s choice is the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink of the Year 2018. It’s available in limited quantities since we’re already in 2019 so get yours from your favorite retail outlet if you like what you see in the review. 😀
Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! 😀 If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.
If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! 😉
1. Introduction and personal thoughts
Pelikan is one of the oldest fountain pen and ink manufacturers in Europe and they are known worldwide for giving us reliable writing instruments and inks alike. In this part of the world one of the most popular inks is made by Pelikan, the 4001 Royal Blue.
Now you may or may not have known that Pelikan also has a line of premium inks called “Edelstein” which translates to “gemstone” or “jewel” (or “drágakő” in Hungarian 😉 ). Of course each ink is named after a precious stone/mineral from which the ink derives it’s color from. In total there are 16 colors available, with the original 8 standard colors and 8 Ink of the Year colors. Later on Pelikan announced that they’ll include Aquamarine and more recently Garnet in their standard line-up.
The original standard colors are:
The Ink of the Year colors are:
Okay so on to the ink review itself. As always I have used a Rhodia No 16 Dotpad, 80 g/m2 as my paper of choice and as for the pen I went with the Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl with a medium nib.
The ink comes in a high quality box with little foam squares as padding and to keep the bottle safe. Once you take the bottle out of the box you’ll immediately appreciate the high quality looks and feel it has. The cap is made out of metal and it always rotates the right amount so that the Pelikan logo lines up perfectly with the front of the bottle. The craftsmanship on the glass itself is flawless as well. It truly is a premium product and it looks and feels like it too. Check out the gallery below to see what the box and bottle looks like! 😀
Okay, so it’s obvious that the packaging is premium, but as the saying goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” so naturally just because it’s nice to hold and nice to look at, the product itself can still be mediocre or even bad at times. I’m happy to say though that Pelikan Edelstein Olivine is neither of those. I have found the ink to behave really well. It has good flow and nice lubrication, the nib glides on paper nicely as you write. The color of the ink is great too in my opinion but some may find it a bit dark. It’s a nice dark green that actually somewhat resembles the olivine mineral. Be warned though that even though the name is Olivine this ink does not resemble the color of olives! I have heard people complain about this and I’m surprised it’s not obvious that an “gemstone” ink will not look like fruit. The ink also has decent shading properties but good luck getting it to sheen. I have never seen it do it.
I also have used the ink extensively and it doesn’t clog or gunk up the pen (hello orange inks). It was actually my first Edelstein experience since it came out in 2018 and that was the year I started Pennonia. Since then I also tried out Topaz as well (it’s great too). I can definitely recommend Edelstein Olivine to anybody if they like the color of it. The only downside is that it’s not water resistant AT ALL and maybe the price, but that’s debatable since both Graf von Faber Castell and Pilot Iroshizuku are 12€ more while a bottle of Edelstein is 15€. I personally would rather have two bottles of Edelstein than either a GvFB or Iroshizuku bottle if I would be obligated to choose. (naturally I would like to own all ink in the world 😂 especially every color from the Iroshizuku line-up)
Here’s a HEX value for the ink: #304739
2. Writing samples
Here are the writing samples. I used a Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl M with Rhodia 80 g/m2 paper. Click on the images to view them at full resolution (and without WordPress’ JPEG compression).
3. Similar Inks:
You might also consider Diamine Beethoven, November Rain (German market exclusive), Green/Black as well. (Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to edit the Diamine swatches yet, sorry! 🙁 )
4. Extra photos / scans:
5. Products featured:
Thanks for checking out the review! I hope it was helpful and informative! Check back again to catch up on new reviews or hang around in the Pen Addict Slack where I’ll post whenever I make a new one. See you until next time!