Pelikan Edelstien Olivine Ink

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink, 2018 Ink of the Year!

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink is Pelikan’s 2018 Pelikan Ink of the Year! This newest Edelstein ink is the 7th rendition of Pelikan’s “ink of the year”. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink, as well as several other ink of the year colors, are limited edition inks and thus will be available for one year. Edelstein, which means “noble stone” in German, are Pelikan’s higher end inks. All of these inks are rated with great lubrication, medium to high saturation, and are great performers. Remember once these inks are gone, they’re gone, as they are a limited edition.

Pelikan Olivine ink is a deep dark green color. Olivine is actually a dark green crystal, and has nothing to do with olives, as one may expect. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink is much darker than Pelikan’s Edelstein Adventurine ink, and we would say is close to a hunter green. A very wet line will look almost green-black in color and may contain a hint of red sheen. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink looks great on the page. It has great characteristics that make it an everyday ink color for use at home or in the office.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink we used for this review.

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink

We found the following characteristics while testing Pelikan Olivine ink, which you may find helpful.

Testing Factors

For this review we used French made Rhodia dot pad paper with a French made J. Herbin Glass Spiral Dip Pen. The dip pen is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib.

Bottle Sizes

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink comes in the standard Edelstein ink bottle. The Edelstein bottle is a rectangular shaped bottle, with a wide, easy to use, faceted lid. The bottle has concaved sides, which makes for an interesting shape and look. The Pelikan Edelstein bottle, which contains 50 ml. of ink is one of the most visually appealing on the market. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink also comes in cartridges, and we offer it as well in 4ml sample vials.


Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink is considered a luxury ink since it is on the higher end of the price spectrum. It retails for $35.00 USD. However, we have it available for a reduced price of $28.00 USD per 50 ml. bottle, making it more affordable.

Dry Time

We found a very quick dry time of approximately 5 seconds. Of course, your dry time will vary depending on the paper used, nib size used and the stroke of your pen (heavy or light). Regardless, Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink seems to have a very reasonable dry time, making it usable as an everyday ink color.

Bleed Through

During our review of Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink we found absolutely no bleeding whatsoever while using Rhodia paper. Even during the cotton swab test, where we placed a significant amount of ink on paper, there was no noticeable bleeding.


Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink produced very clean and crisp lines, with no feathering at all during normal use on Rhodia paper. During the water test we did experience some slight feathering.

Water Test

We ran a wet cotton swab over an ink sample of Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink after it had dried for about 3 minutes. We found some color smearing and slight feathering. However, the lines remained legible and clear despite the smearing and feathering. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink is not a waterproof ink, but held up pretty well under the water test.


Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink can produce some very nice shading, depending on the users stroke and wetness of the nib. The wetter the line the darker the color. A dryer line can produce a light muted green color, where a wet line may produce an almost green-black. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink can also produce a red sheen with the wettest lines.

Conclusion about the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink

Each of Pelikan’s ink of the year colors are “must haves”. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink is no exception. The dark rich color looks great, has great characteristics, and can produce some fantastic shading. Plus it comes in one of the best bottles on the market! Happy writing from Germany!

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Geoffrey Dunn
2 years ago

Looks like a darker green that I would like. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Mark Nelson
2 years ago

Edelstein, great ink in a cool bottle. I’ve never been disappointed in their inks. Thanks for the opportunity

Andrew Mulnix
2 years ago

Looks like a great ink!

matthew fitzgerald
2 years ago

Nice green.

John Stein
2 years ago

This looks like a great ink!

Sara Hagen
2 years ago

This looks like a green that I’d enjoy having. My favorite green ink is Iroshizuku Shin Ryu-Ko.

eric aycock
2 years ago

I would love to see a review of Pilot Blue/black

Nick Bunch
2 years ago

This looks like a beautiful green. I’m curious and would love to try this out!

Ron Parish
2 years ago

This is beautiful ink. How about taking a manufacturer and do a couple of inks each week, then move on to another one. Just a thought.

2 years ago


2 years ago

This is such a nice olive color.

2 years ago

This ink looks gorgeous. I’m optimistic about its performance on absorbent paper.

2 years ago

I’ve used Topaz and Ruby. These are great inks! Can’t wait to try this one.

Emily jensen
2 years ago

I love these inks, and their beautiful bottles certainly doesn’t hurt!

2 years ago


Genady Osnis
2 years ago

Great green color!

Ethan Ball
2 years ago

My favorite ink is Diamine Syrah

Nardja Segui
2 years ago

Fantastic color!

Cody Hall
2 years ago

KWZ Honey!

2 years ago

I am interested in walnut and iron gall inks.

2 years ago

Beautiful green

2 years ago

Nice color.

Scott DiGello
2 years ago

It looks a little like Noodler’s Green Marine

Jacob Thebault-Spieker
2 years ago

I’d really like to see an in-depth review of all the sheen-y Organics Studio inks!

Michael Solinas
2 years ago

This is a beautiful green!

Tosa Puvapiromquan
2 years ago

Guh! What a beautiful hue! I’m going to have to try this.

2 years ago

This is such a fantastic color !!

Andy Lyon
2 years ago


Dave Danielson
2 years ago

This is right up my alley. Dark and green.

Nathanael Crawford
2 years ago

Looks like a good ink!

Ashley L.
2 years ago

Great detailed review. It’s a gorgeous green. Thanks for the giveaway!

Marko Markolovic
2 years ago

The color looks great.

Ged Alangui
2 years ago

I’m a Pelikan ink fan and this Edelstein olivine is a gorgeous green.

2 years ago

Actually not my colour range, but ‘d love to test that Pelikan Edelstein ink and a green tone.

Would be glad if you could present suitable alternatives for LAMY’s Petrol ink.

Sharon A.
2 years ago

I have Aventurine. This would be another nice shade of green.

Cincu Dan
2 years ago

Pelikan dever disappoint no wonder is the color of the year

2 years ago

Such a beautiful green

Richard H.
2 years ago

My favorite ink is this ink, Olivine!

Mark Junk
2 years ago

Another great review, thank you!

Richard de la Torre
2 years ago

This would be perfect as I’m always in the search for dark greens and not dark teals. Something like Noodler’s raven.

2 years ago

I love how thorough your reviews are! I’d be interested in seeing more Noodler reviews. I haven’t tried the brand yet but I’d like to. 🙂

2 years ago

Nice looking green, in one of the nicest looking bottles too!

Julio Mazariegos
2 years ago

Love the ink and the bottle it comes in

2 years ago

Favourite ink is Diamine Golden Honey.

David Tsang
2 years ago

Very nice!

Patrick E. Tinney
2 years ago

Monteverde’s Olivine is a different color. Maybe a comparison of the two inks.

I know the Olivine group can range from brown and gray through various greens.

Having an August birthday, I love the translucent Olivine known as Peridot (French for Olivine).

Maybe the two inks next to some crystal Olivine or Peridot..

2 years ago

A great looking green

2 years ago

Neutral green inks have steadily grown on me more and more with time. Thanks for the review and give away!

Heather Burke
2 years ago

I love the colour and I love the bottle

Michael Simon
2 years ago

I would like to see reviews of some permanent inks. I need to learn more about them.