As a stationery addict, you might wonder whether I have ever purchased two of the same ink/ pens by accident. I can proudly say no, until a friend of mine mentioned, “wait, is it not Caran d’Ache Saffron the same, if not very similar, to Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin?” That question got me thinking, “well, they are both orange, but what is the difference?”
Thank you for the friendly reminder that propels me to sit down and compare to two. From the ink appearance, yes, the two have striking similarities.
|Saffron in a vial.
If you can translate color into sound, then its timbre is warm timbre, which reminds me of honey amber.
|Caran d’Ache on the left, Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin on the right.
Did I really have oranges of the same shade?
|The Q-tip that did the Saffron swab.
Sometime the true color just does not show!
|Saffron in water.
For some odd reason, it reminds me of diluted iodine.
As usual, I am using Rhodia dotPad as my primary testing paper. The image is not altered or enhanced in any way. From a tester’s point of view, Saffron is definitely more saturated and intense than Pelikan Orange. It is not a better or worse statement, or of which ink are you in the mood for. The drying time is a bit long compare to other inks. This might post as a challenge to lefties, but good ink is worth the wait. One interesting note is on the water resistance test. It is apparent that Saffron is not water-resistant in anyway, but after the water washes off the pigment, you can see the grey undertone.
|Writing sample I: note the gray undertone of the ink
in the water resistance test.
Saffron on nornal copy paper. No fuss!
My random scribbles on normal copy paper.
Though I use a broader nib, still no bleedthrough and feathering.
|Saffron v. Mandarin
Please excuse my amateur attempt on swashes, blame the sudden burst of energy at 3AM.
Personally, I believe both inks are great at their own rights. What is your preference?
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