Monday, September 27, 2010
First look at the Pelikan Edelstein inks in use
Since the Pelikan Edelstein inks landed in the US last week, there have been a lot of questions as to what these inks are like. There wasn't so much as a q-tip swab to indicate any of the 7 colors, so naturally everyone is curious!
I just recently decided to cut back on sending out hand-written notes with each order, and instead put my time to good use: inking up all of the Edelsteins, testing them, and recording this video for your enjoyment!
I'll give a brief synopsis here in case you don't have the time or ability to watch the video. I know there was a lot of mystery and buzz about how these inks would perform. Just from the marketing materials and the 'hopes' of fountain pen enthusiasts, I think everyone was expecting very vibrant, saturated colors that flow very wet from the pen. This is just not the case. This is what I was expecting, and when I inked up Sapphire for the first time I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed. It's not that the ink or the color is bad, just different than what I expected. Sort of like when you go to take a sip of your soda and it's actually iced tea....not that you don't like iced tea, it's just that you were expecting soda.
The inks are fairly dry writing, with the exception of Aventurine and Topaz. None of the colors are heavily saturated. They're advertised as a 'soft' ink, which I've now come to learn means not heavily saturated. The positive side of this is that the inks have incredible shading, which is highly desired with many fountain pen writing enthusiasts. The inks also perform extremely well on cheaper, more absorbent paper. So if you are forced to use 'crappy' paper at work, these inks will likely perform quite well.
I'm going to be doing a review of each Edelstein ink individually, but this is just a general overview 'reaction' video of my experience after playing with the 6 colors that are in (still waiting on Onyx). Let me know what you think!
Link to YouTube for iPhones and full-screen viewing. 11 minute video.