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.

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