Ink Review #825: Pelikan Edelstein Ruby


Pelikan Edelstein Ruby is part of the Edelstein standard lineup, one I’ve been meaning to try for a long time. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a bottle over for review.


The color:

Ruby is a medium red with a slight pink tone.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink turns brown where pooled, but it doesn’t actually sheen.


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: Medium

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

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

Comparison Swabs:


Ruby reminds me of Sailor Ink Studio 530. Click here to see the Pelikan inks together, and click here to see the red inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise with a broad nib on Midori MD. The ink had a slightly dry flow. After about 8 lines I primed the feed a bit because it just felt too dry.

Overall, I like the slight pink tone to it. It does have a bit more bleeding and feathering than I like, but I do enjoy the color. I need to get some of this year’s Pelikan Edelstein Star Ruby so I can see how it compares to Ruby.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.