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Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Fountain Pen Ink Review


Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Open Bottle

The premium line of Pelikan Fountain Pen ink, branded with the name Edelstein has been an instant favorite ever since I first tried the Aventurine color back in early 2011.  I recently saw on the Goldspot.com website that they came out with a new color, Tanzanite which is essentially a blue black shade…so now we have one of my favorite inks also in my favorite color, making it a no brainer of a purchase.  For full disclosure this purchase came with a small bloggers discount from our friends over at Goldspot.


Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

One of the great things about the Pelikan Edelstein line of fountain pen ink is the 50ml glass bottle that they come in.  Each glass bottle has its own unique shape to it, and the way that the ink sits encased inside kind of floating there has such a great visual appeal.  Because I tend to like darker colors for ink, its hard to see here, but it really does have such a vibrant look to it, the first and main photo in this review showing the uncapped bottle are probably better representations of how vivid the color is.


Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Box

Even the box that the Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite comes in looks great.  The right hand corner of the box is kind of scalloped out and indicates the color of the ink.  Additionally you can see that the word “Edelstein” written in an embossed metallic silver font has a gemstone dotting the “i” which reinforces the branding around the fact that these are all named after gemstones…hence the edelstein name which means gemstone in German.


Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Writing Sample

Each of the Edelstien inks have special ingredients designed to help care for your fountain pen and also provide for an extra smooth writing experience.  So far my writing experience with any of the Pelikan Edelstein ink (including the tanzanite now) has been nothing short of stellar.  There is such a smooth and consistent flow of the ink that comes from the nib when I use this ink that it really does make it seem like the couple of extra dollars for this premium fountain pen ink is really worth it.  In all of my writing with this color and the other colors, I have yet to see any feathering and/or bleeding and have only seen very minor show through to the other side of the paper.

Besides the super smooth feel, there is also the fact that the color is so great.  On a blue black ink like the tanzanite, it doesn’t usually come out on paper as a very vivid ink, however it does have its own very intricate and distinctive look to it.  This ink looks slightly different than some of the other blue blacks I’ve used, as it has more of a stone gray hue to it in my writing sample above.  You can see a difference between writing with it where I used a Pelikan M215 with a fine nib, as compared to the q-tip swab of ink I laid down on the paper where you can see more of the blue shade coming out.  I would imagine that using a wider nib like a medium or bold would get a similar effect, but since I don’t own any fountain pens with larger nibs like that I was not able to test it out.

Overall I’m a huge fan of the Pelikan Edelstein Topaz fountain pen ink because of its outstanding and consistent performance, and the fact that it is one of my favorite ink colors…not to mention the cool looking and elegant bottle that I enjoy having displayed on my desk.  If you don’t like blue black, I highly recommend trying one of the other various colors in the Pelikan Edelstein line to experience the super smooth and well behaved performance of this ink.

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