Edelstein Olivine is a tasty treat as Pelikan’s 2018 Ink of the Year.
Each year, Edelstein adds a new ink to their line and the 2018 “Ink of the Year” is Olivine. Although named after the mineral and not the fruit, Olivine is a beautiful piney olive color. Edelstein ink is produced by Pelikan as their higher-end ink. The ink comes in a gorgeous 50 ml glass rectangular bottle, with a cap sporting the adorable Pelikan logo. This review was done with a Conklin Duragraph EF, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Edelstein usually does a fantastic job with their Ink of the Year, and they’ve hit another home run with Olivine. The ink appears similar in both a fine and broad nib. At its lightest, the ink is a ferny pear green that shades to an olive green. In the middle of its range of colors the ink is a fairly true green. At its darkest the ink is a deep pine green.
Pelikan inks tend to run on the dry side, but I found Olivine to have good flow. There was no issue with feathering or bleedthrough and the ink produced a moderate amount of shading. Dry times were good at 20-30 seconds. While the ink had no water resistance, clean up was easy.
This ink has been in my daily rotation since we received it, and that’s not likely to change. I tend to like muskier greens, but Olivine hooked me right away. It’s easily legible, has great properties, and is a hue that I personally like a lot. While it may not be appropriate for every workplace, it’s a fantastic color for all your other writing needs.
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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