thINKthursday – Edelstein Smoky Quartz

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Edelstein Smoky Quartz

Edelstein’s Ink of the Year!
Will you get swept up with Smoky Quartz or will the ink fade away like a puff of smoke.

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smoky Quartz

thINKthursday – Edelstein Smoky Quartz

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

Edelstein is Pelikan’s premium line of inks and every year they produce a limited Ink of the Year. The Edelstein lineup of colors is lacking a brown and Smoky Quartz fills that spot beautifully. Smoky Quartz comes in the standard Edelstein 50ml glass bottle that is one of the prettiest out there. It is topped with a solid metal cap and comes beautifully packaged in a cardboard box. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Logo B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

I don’t know how they got a brown from a name like Smoky Quartz, but it is a beautiful color. In a fine nib, the ink is a rich hickory color that doesn’t display much shading. In a broad nib, the ink shades drastically and it brings with it an assortment of tawny caramel colors. I find that many other browns on the market have a red tint to them, but Smoky Quartz is a gorgeous true brown.

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

Smoky Quartz performed like a premium ink should. The flow was good, there was low feathering and bleedthrough, and it had good dry times at 20-25 seconds. It is a saturated ink, but had excellent shading with a broad enough nib. There was little water resistance but clean up was easy.

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

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thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

I try to not get overly excited when new inks are released; its easy to think the latest color is great just because it’s new. That being said, I really like Smoky Quartz. Besides the great performance, it has an allure about it the more I use it. With a fine nib, it could pass as a business appropriate ink, but in a broader nib you get a nut bowl of browns.

thINKthursday - Edelstein Smokey Quartz

As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.

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Chris

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  • Ron Parish

    Thank you for the review; it was something I had been wanting to see. My budget will not allow buying a bottle of ink for $28 or above, so I have to look for alternatives. No doubt about it, however, this is a beautiful ink. The pen you used in the review is absolutely gorgeous; is it the Pro Gear Earth?

    • Hi Ron! If you’re looking for similar inks at a lower price point, we recommend Diamine Macassar and Kaweco Caramel Brown. Yes, the pen is a Pro Gear Earth!

      • Denise

        Kaweco Caramel Brown really is pretty. But I love the cooler brown tones of this ink. I like Montblanc Toffee brown, but it’s just a bit too “warm” for my preferences. Have to say, I like this one more than I did before I saw your post. I may have to order me a sample or bottle…

        • I agree! I just played with it yesterday and while I normally do not use brown inks, this one is a really gorgeous color and it won me over!

  • Elena

    Smoky quartz crystals are a translucent gray-brown (for the most part) – I figure that’s what inspired the color. Wonderful review as usual!