Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

Tanzanite

Tanzanite 3

Tanzanite 2

When Pelikan announced the release of two new Edelstein colors last year, I immediately went for Turmaline but had reservation toward Tanzanite because the latter appeared a bit safe.  It is indeed a safe and reliable color for a professional environment, but the color can be a bit dull.  Though it is named after a gem, the ink color does not have the prominent purple hue which embodies in Sapphire.

Tanzanite is a great work ink because it does not have much shading compare to its other Edelstein siblings, but it also means that document written in Tanzanite will have a better photocopying result due to the consistent saturation.  The dull feeling for this ink derives from its gray undertone and this hue also renders this color less of a blue black.  However, it is difficult to overlook nice flow hence it pairs well with fine and extra fine nibs.

Is there ink that you designate for work?

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9 thoughts on “Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

  1. I agree that this ink seems to lack the pop of other inks in the range that I've seen, but it'd be a nice choice for the office. My co-workers don't like it when I write out quotations in Matador Red 🙂

    For work inks I like to use the Diamine “Deep Dark” series from Cult Pens. They're relatively cheap (at least in the UK), and they've got some nice colour in them (though I haven't used the red one yet) while still being dark enough for business use and copying purposes.

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  2. I have not yet ventured into Diamine ink, besides Mint, so thank you for the suggestion! As for work ink, I have tendency to push my boundary a little by using “borderline” ink, such as R&K Scabiosa that can pass as a black with purple tint in some pens. For a safer work color, Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue is a good choice. Though it is a lighter blue, it is still saturated enough to not have variegated copy results.

    Thank you for reading!

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  3. Interesting, Gray ink has never floated to to the top of my buy list but I like how this one lays down in your samples. I tend to lean towards the brighter dark blues that pop off the paper in my corporate work place. Not enough of my handwritten material gets passed around so I may order me up a sample here.

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  4. Tanzanite might be better described as a darker gray with tint of blue, instead of the other way around 😉 I usually prefer lighter and brighter blue like Pelikan's royal blue, but because Edelstein is like a soft spot for me, I just have to see it to believe it, though I did not feel it at the beginning. You should definitely take advantage of Goulet's November promotion and get a sample or two!

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