Ink Review #789: Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine


Do you ever have bottles of ink you get excited about and order, try once then stick it in your drawer and forget about? That’s Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine for me. I ordered it like 2 1/2 years ago, tried it once and promptly forgot about it. I decided to pull it back out and give it another go. It was the Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year in 2016, but was recently added to the standard lineup due to popularity. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.


The color:

Aquamarine is a medium, but slightly murky/dusky teal.



In large swabs the ink has a lot more depth than I saw in writing.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Aquamarine seems like a lighter version of Sailor Ink Studio #664. In writing they look closer than they do in swabs. Click here to see the Pelikan inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Franklin-Christoph 46 Italian Ice with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink, but it’s not one I use often (clearly, since it’s been sitting in my drawer for two years). I like the color, but the flow is a little dry for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.