Late winter/early spring is probably one of the most anticipated time for fountain pen lovers. Lamy usually announces its limited edition Safari and Al-Star, various brands broadcast new products/lines, and new paper goods also start to surface. Pelikan is not an exception. Around this time, it announces its ink of the year. What makes the announcement even more exciting is the competition component, where Pelikan solicits all Pelikan fan’s creative license to mix their choice of ink digitally and vote for the color that makes their hearts skip a beat. If I recall correctly, Amethyst was the first fan-elected color, as a shade of purple was sorely missed in Pelikan Edelstein’s otherwise gorgeous line.
If you have read this blog for awhile, it is obvious that I am a Pelikan Edelstein ink fan. Since 2012 when Pelikan standardized its ink of the year release, I have purchased all but one. Besides the elegantly presented ink flask, I find Pelikan ink friendly to most paper and works with almost all fountain pens I have.
Purple is my favorite color for as long as I can remember. In this context, receiving a batch of purple ink to test out is almost a gift from above. Since this friend is interested in finding a particular shade of purple, having swabs as reference would be helpful. All ink names are written with Rohrer and Klingner glass dip pen, which explains overinked spots. Images below is to give you a sense on the hues of these ink, in case you are interested in taking advantage of Goulet Pens‘ ink sample sales. If you think you have seen doubles from the images below, you are not alone. There are definitely shades that are very similar.
If you want to know more about a certain ink from this swab list, let me know!
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?
Discovery is often made while you are not paying attention. This “discovery” of mine is nothing new, since many pen enthusiasts have probably done it for long time, but I just want to share the finding for those who are interested.
While doing a tedious work project, I meant to reach out to a gel pen of different color to strike out entries I have entered, forgetting that I have pulled out Sailor Fude fountain pen on the desk. As I happily crossed out an entry, I realized, “wait a second, this is not a gel pen!” Looking down at the entry, the broad stroke made by Sailor Fude resembled color blocks made by highlighters. In case you are interested in using fountain pens for as many purposes as possible, using fountain pens with broader nibs (italic and fude nibs will do as well) with a lighter ink can be a highlighter alternative. There are fluorescent fountain pen ink on the market, but if there are inks in your collection that are less saturated and opaque, they are great candidates for highlighting purpose.
|Pelikan Edelstein Amber as an accidental highlighting ink|
|Close up: Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite as the writing ink.|
One of the shortcomings of using fountain pen ink as highlighting ink is if the written ink is not water resistent, then the two ink will blend a bit, as seen in the picture above. When used with gel pens with water resistent ink, such as Uni-Ball Signo DX, the highlighting has a cleaner stroke, as seen below.
|fountain pen ink coupling with gel pen. Not too bad of a result.|
Which new discoveries have you made recently with pens?
I always have a weak spot for Pelikan Edelstein that cannot be rationalized. Whenever the news of a new Edelstein release will make my heart skip a beat. Edelstein is my kryptonite, so to speak. The ink exhibited a spectrum from light yellow to dark Manuka honey color. Some have commented that for an expensive ink, Edelstein is disappointingly unsaturated. The way I look at it is the great shading quality would become less apparent, if the ink has high saturation.
|An overview for the ink and a mini swatch comparison with other similar color ink I have.|
|You can see the wet and dried Amber here. Love the ink pooling sight!|
What kind of qualities are you looking for in a fountain pen ink?