Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink Review

Edelstein is German for gemstone, and on the box you will find the caption ‘extra soft ink’. To me this is a contradiction. When I think of gemstones, in particular the ruby which this ink is named after – I think this translucent, vibrant, rich deep red and sparkly. When I think of ‘extra soft ink’ the words that come to mind are muted, easy on the eyes, non-staining.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

This ink bottle is a stunner, the thick glass bordering really makes the ink stand out. It just looks and feels expensive. The cap is made from high grade plastic, and the silver pelican logo really pops.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

This bottle feels like it should be placed on on of those solid hardwood desks next to a mont blanc…

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

That being said, this ink is also one of the most expensive… Its only a 30ml bottle and I paid R 220-00 about a year ago. To my knowledge the price has now increased to R 280-00 for the same size bottle.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

I bought this ink fully expecting the colour to reflect the same saturation and hue as when in the bottle. I wanted a rich red, like well rubies. What I ended up getting was a ruby colour but softened, it was lighter and more muted and much less saturated. This colour irritated me and sat unused in a drawer for a good few moths before I gave it another go.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

I’m so glad I did, once I got over the fact that is was a different colour then initially expected I managed to see all the little things this ink offers. The shading in this ink is amazing, even in a fine nib. When you have a juicy nib like the Jinhao X750 or Pilot Parallel you can see a stunning green gold sheen appear as the ink pools, this ink also darkens slightly when properly dry.

Gold Green Sheen

Gold Green Sheen

Additionally writing or reading a whole page of this ink does not tire my eyes out. Weirdly enough, this colour is almost an exact match to the inside of a ripe tomato lol. Not the seed part, but the fleshy part between the seeds and skin. – That’s my story and i’m sticking to it.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

I ended up really enjoying this ink once I got over my initial disappointment. If you looking for a deep, dark, saturated red like I was, then this is not going to be the best choice. But if what you looking for is a muted medium red with excellent shading  and easy on the eyes, then this to me is spot on.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Some basic calligraphy.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Chromatography showing colour components.

Chromatography

Chromatography

Pelikan Edelstein Inks: http://www.pelikanpens.co.za/Outlets

M.

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