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