Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink

Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink Review & Giveaway!

Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink is one of the original Pelikan Edelstein ink colors when Pelikan’s premium line of ink was released about 8 years ago. Since then there have been some fantastic limited edition “ink of the year” colors such as Smoky Quartz, Amber, Garnet, Amethyst and Aquamarine. We are anxiously awaiting this years Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year, Olivine, which will be released later this year. However, sometimes its important to review and look at colors that we may have forgotten about, when we are anticipating the newest or latest and greatest products on the market. Ink is no exception.

Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink is different and unique, compared to most red inks. It is what one might expect a “ruby” ink to be. Being a Pelikan Edelstein ink color, Ruby has all of Pelikan’s wonderful qualities such as smooth writing characteristic, easy on fountain pens, easy to clean, etc. The color is what sets this ink apart. Most red inks are either a bright and vibrant fire engine red or a dark deep red color. However, Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink is a soft red color that doesn’t pop out as most reds. Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink is an inviting, light red with a pink hue that produces a lot of shading and color variation.

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Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink Review

Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink Review

While testing Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink we found the following traits that you may find helpful when picking up your next red ink:

Testing Factors

For this review we used a French made J. Herbin glass spiral dip pen, which has a tip that is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib on Rhodia dot pad paper. Other types of paper may produce different results.

Bottle Sizes

All of Pelikan Edelstein inks come in a fantastic 50 ml. glass bottle that is a display quality ink well. It’s a weighted heavy smooth glass bottle with a large faceted lid that allows easy access and the ability to be placed on its side to gather those last few drops. This alluring bottle truly represents the the quality ink it holds and is one of our favorite designs.


Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink is on the mid to high price range for fountain pen inks. The Edelstein inks retail for just under $30 at $28.00. The price although at the upper end of the mid price inks it is worth every cent due to the quality, bottle presentation and color you get in return.

Dry Time

We found a quick dry time of approximately 4-5 seconds during our review of Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink. This allows the ink to be used as an everyday ink and popular with left hand users. These results were using a glass dip pen on Rhodia paper, and other tips, nibs, and paper may produce longer dry times.

Bleed Through

We found no bleeding at all using Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink on Rhodia dot pad paper, even during the cotton swab and water tests we conducted.


During normal use, we found absolutely no feathering on Rhodia paper. Even during the water test only a very slight amount of feathering was detected and only at the wettest point of the test.

Water Test

We conducted a water test, where we ran a wet cotton swab over a dried ink sample of Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink. This test produced some light color smearing, slight feathering and line distortion, but held up better than most non-waterproof inks we have tested.


One of the best characteristics of Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink is that it has some fantastic shading. The soft red color can be darker with a heavy hand or wet nib and a light pink color when less ink is applied as well as all variations in between.

Conclusion about the Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink

Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink is a must have in the red category of inks due to its unique color. Like all Pelikan Edelstein inks Ruby comes with all the same great characteristics. It is reasonably priced for a premium imported German ink, has great dry time and is a unique “soft” color. Everyone needs a fire engine red color in their ink collection and although Pelikan Edelstein Ruby ink doesn’t fill this category, it is such a unique shade of red. You will love its color for notes, journals, editing or other red ink uses. Happy writing in 2018!

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50 thoughts on “Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink Review & Giveaway!

  1. Allen

    Caran d’Ache infrared still stands as my favorite ink both in presentation and color, but this is a nice red I’d love to add to my desk.

  2. Jeffrey Wang

    My favorite ink is Iroshizuku Kon-peki, which is loved by so many people. I’m planning on getting some limited edition Japanese inks soon, so maybe my ink collection can be more diverse.

  3. Geof Dunn

    I like the fact that the red in this ink is subtle and being an Edelstein ink the quality is a given. I don’t use much red ink but this one looks worth using.

  4. Jessica Ozburn

    This looks like a really nice ink. I really don’t have any reds, so it would be fun to win! Thanks for the chance! I was wondering if you guys would ever review or carry De Atramentis inks?

  5. Jingyi

    I like the softness of the red… Much less on the eyes than some of the other reds I have. Maybe next time review a Monteverde?

  6. Julie

    I have never tried Edelstein ink and am remiss. I’m intrigued by this color. I LOVE red inks but all of mine are blood red or bright red. This is an interesting color. It isn’t pastel by any nature but it’s just not got that je ne sais quoi. . .so I am intrigued.

  7. Ged Alangui

    Great review on this Edelstein. I’ve only tried one Edelstein ink, Sapphire. The red I like at the moment is the Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Red. Thanks for this chance.


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