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Edelstein Ink

Edelstein ink, produced by Pelikan, is a very good performing ink. It comes in a range of vivid colours. Edelstein, translated to english means gem stone, and each of the colours are supposed to correspond to a gem stone colour.

Not only is this a good performing ink but it comes in a great bottle. The glass falcon, hold 50 ml ofink and each bottle has a bit of an unique shape. The bottle of heavy glass feels very good in the hand. Lots of smooth curves. You will like picking up your bottle of ink as often as you can.

The ink comes in a very attrack 50 ml glass falcon that has a very distinct appearance. I am not the biggest gan of the Edlestein ink font logo so sometimes i just have the bottle sit on my desk with the printed side fcing away. The bottle looks great.

Ink of the Year

The company started a great trend. In addition to its standard line of colours, but each year they issue an "Ink of the Year". The ink is available that year until the stocks sell out. In a couple of instances, one of the Ink of the Year will be added to its regular production. For example, Aquamarine, the 2016 Ink of the Year, was added to its ongoing production line.

    • Turmaline (Plum) 2012
    • Amber (Yello)2013
    • Garnet (Dark Red) 2014
    • Amethyst (Purple) 2015
    • Acquamarine (Teal) 2016 - a blue/green cololur
    • Smoky Quartz (Brown) 2017 - lovely flat tone brown ink think dark chestnut brown.
    • Olivine (Olive Green) 2018
    • Star Ruby (Red/Burgundy-Pin) 2019
    • Moonstone (Grey) 2020 - a light/mid tone grey - it dries to a relatively pale colour especially with narrower nibs.
    • Golden Beryl (shimmer ink, yellow-gold) 2021
    • Apatite (2022) a blue/green ink with less blue in the overall blend.

Apatite 2022 Ink of the Year

Pelikan announced Apatite, a blue/green colour, as the 2022 Ink of the Year.

Regular Production Ink

The regular production lines of ink include:

    • Onyx (Black)
    • Tanzanite (Blue-Black) - a very dark blue, with a dark purple tone
    • Sapphire (Blue) - a rich blue with a purple tone
    • Topaz (Turquoise Blue)
    • Jade (Light Green) - light but think light blue/green colour, lighter than Acqua Marine. Good flat finish, no shine.
    • Aventurine (Green) - a mid colour green colour
    • Mandarin (Oranage)
    • Ruby (Red)


Star Ruby

Ink of the Year for 2019, this is a beautify red with a burguncy/pink tone. The ink is a well performing. Good flow. Dries in a reaasonable time and to a flat finish. I don't care for inks with a sheen. They are prone to streaking long after they have been laid on the paper.


This particular ink quikly made its way into my most used inked collected. I like the dark olive green tone of the ink. It looks great and leave a easy to take colour on the paer. Good performance. Dries in a reasonable time. Dries to a flar finish. No feathering or excess bleeding from the ink.


Star Ruby

Star Ruby