Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz: Ink Review

Hey there, friends! Lydia here, bringing you my first ever ink review! Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz is the new Ink of the Year 2017 and has been highly anticipated around the office. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from a name like “Smoky Quartz” so I was intrigued to get my hands on it.



Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • 20 seconds- I was kind of shocked at how fast it dried. Because it was a darker ink, I was expecting a longer dry time but it was completely dry in 20 seconds.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low – When I dripped the water on this ink, it definitely moved quite a bit. There are still faint lines there, but the majority of the color definitely bleeds when it comes into contact with water.


  • High- I see little to no difference between swab 1 and 3.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy- This ink cleaned right out of the pen with no problems.


  • Medium – This ink definitely gets some interesting color variations in the letters when writing with a medium nib. That was a plus for me. I like a little color variation in my writing.


  • Medium – No flow problems in any of the nibs, even the extra fine.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Stylish box, looks great even as a gift box.
  • The bottle is pretty, would look good on a desk.
  • Nice wide opening in the bottle for easy filling.



Inks Similar in Color: 

This was a nice flowing ink and the color is a pleasing departure from your everyday black ink. It might be good for those looking for a reserved color that still offers some personality. The color reminded me a lot of the Diamine Saddle Brown I used for a Monday Matchup a few weeks ago. It was pleasant and easy to write with. This Ink of the Year is only available for a short time and is limited in quantity so be sure to get yours today!

You can find Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz in a 2ml sample for $2.15 or a 50ml bottle for $28.

What is your favorite brown ink?

Write On, 

2017-10-13T17:56:20+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Ink Reviews|16 Comments
  • David L.

    That’s a beautiful brown!! I wish it wasn’t so much per bottle. Personally, I haven’t used that many browns, but of the few I have used, Private Reserve Chocolate is my favorite.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Great color!

  • Thanks very much for this. Hope it will be in the Swab Shop comparison tool soon.

    My brown favorites are toward gray-black tones, rather than red-orange ones: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-guri and J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil. Seeing these colors above, however, makes me wonder if I’m missing out. Maybe time to go off on that other vector, say, Noodler’s Red-Black….

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Oooo! Turning over a new leaf, Stephen. Very exciting!

  • Kathy

    I’m not a huge fan of brown inks generally, but am buying the Smoky Quartz. I expect that will be my favorite brown. Great review, Lydia!!!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      How exciting, Kathy! I hope you love it!

  • AnneP

    Congrats on your first ink review, Lydia!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Thanks, Anne!

  • MP

    Haven’t really tried any brown inks yet except for Platinum Pigmented Sepia that came in a random Goulet sample. Even though it didn’t appeal to me, as soon as I started using it, I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to trying some richer browns someday.

    Great job on the first ink review, Lydia!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Thank you, MP! It was pretty fun. Can’t wait to do more. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    I have two favorite brown inks, not sure which one I like best. Noodler’s #41 Brown is one, and Noodler’s Burma Road Brown another. BRB is lighter than #41, but something about its odd coloration appeals to me. Not sure if Diamine Ancient Copper comes under the brown category, but if so that is my favorite. Lydia, I love these ink reviews, and am glad to see you getting your nibs wet with your first one! I do like this color, but is is not going to replace Ancient Copper for me.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I’ve heard good things about Burma Road Brown. Ancient Copper too. Quite the reputation for beauty. Brown inks are pretty but they just aren’t for me I think. I’m all about the blues and purples.

      • Tom Johnson

        Lydia, the reason I sampled some browns and bought #41 was that I wanted an ink that looked like an old ancient ink when written on brownish parchment paper. I used wide stub nibs to simulate an ancient scroll or document. Just for fun. I don’t blame anyone for not being interested in them, but Burma Road Brown triggered an urge to try something really different, though I don’t recommend it for many uses. Now I do recommend Antique Copper, it was the rave reviews this ink gets that led to me buying it.

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          Ooooo! That sounds like a fun project!

  • Terry Clyde

    I’m particularly fond of Caroube de Chypre though it probably doesn’t qualify as a brown. And funny thing, when Caroube came out, I was like, “Who in their right mind would EVER purchase such an ugly BROWN ink?” Because I’m generally about blues and purples too.

  • Charles Hogg

    My favorite brown inks: Mont Blanc Toffee Brown and Diamine Chocolate Brown.