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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine: Ink Review

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine ink splatter with fountain pen.

Hello ink lovers! Madigan here, reviewing the new Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year Aquamarine. Following in the footsteps of the gorgeous Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst, this year's ink is a deep turquoise. I absolutely love it! It is well behaved, unexpectedly dark and has plenty of shading to boot. Read on to find out more.

Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine fountain pen ink review, written with a Lamy Al-Star on a Rhodia Dotpad.
Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine fountain pen ink review, written with a Lamy Al-Star on Tomoe River and Moleskine paper.
Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine fountain pen ink review, written with a Lamy Al-Star on a Tomoe River paper.

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):
  • Medium- This ink has a pretty standard dry time. Under 30 seconds is by no means quick drying, but you should be ok to take notes with it and not worry about smudging when you turn the page.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):
  • Low- While this ink is a darker shade, it doesn't stand up to the drip test. The color stayed on the page but the lines disappeared. Look to another ink if you want staying power.

Saturation:
  • Medium- While there were definite fluctuations in color between the first and second swabs, there was no difference between the second and third.

Ease of Cleaning:
  • Easy- Although this ink has a darker shade, it washed easily off the nib for cleaning.

Shading:
  • High- The shading in this ink is fantastic. Like some other similar teal ink, the color variation is fantastic. It looked especially good in the broad nib.

Flow:
  • Medium- This ink has a great flow. No worries about hard starting here.

Unique Characteristics:
  • Special Edition- This is a limited run! Since it's their Ink of the Year, it won't be around forever.

Packaging and Aesthetics:
  • Beautiful 50ml bottle and box. Also available in Standard International Long Cartridges and 2ml ink samples. 
  • Bottle has a large opening making it easy to fill.
  • The box is beautifully designed and pleasant to look at.
Inks Similar in Color:

Summary:
This ink is great! It's a tad darker than most other teal/turquoise inks I've tried, which makes it unique. I don't know if it is possible to have enough Turquoise ink-- they are all so different. And for the shading alone, I think this one is at least worth trying. Additionally, this ink is dark enough to pass muster at work but fun enough that you'll want to write with it. It would be great for taking notes in school or journaling.


You can find Pelikan Edelsetain Aquamarine at Gouletpens.com in a 50ml bottle for 27.50. Grab a pack of cartridges for $9.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $2.50.

Do you like turquoise ink? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Write on,
Madigan

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