Pelikan Edelstein Topaz Review

Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
The bottle is glass and very practical for filling pens.

Specifications:

Manufacturer: Pelikan
Line: Edelstein
Colour: Turquoise 
MSRP: $25
Actual Price: $15-$30
Price I paid: $20 from my local store
Amount of Ink: 50 ml
Cost per ml: 40 ¢/ml at $20; 50 ¢/ml at $25
Where to Buy: $19.83* at Amazon, $22.40 at Goulet Pens, $27.50 at Jet Pens£12.50 from The Writing Desk in the UK, and 13.95 from        La Couronne du Comte in Europe.
 * All prices are the prices at the time of this review's writing on June 17, 2014. 

Qualities:

Bottle: A nice glass bottle; I had no trouble filling pens with larger nibs from it and will reuse the bottle.
Sheen: An easily visible red sheen
Shading: Excellent shading, but it isn't as noticeable as Noodler's Apache Sunset or similar inks
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz with my Visconti Rembrandt
Water Resistance: Fairly water resistant; Words are still legible
Feathering: Minimal
Bleed through: Minimal
Show through/ Ghosting: Moderate
Wetness: Extremely wet
Lubrication: Very well lubricated; pens instantly feel smoother with this ink
Staining: As far as I have seen, this ink does not stain.
Cleaning: The ink cleans out of a pen very easily.
Safe for Vintage Pens?: Yes, I use this ink in my Parker 45 with the original squeeze converter.
Okay on Copier Paper?: Yes, but there is feathering and extreme show through 

Uses for This Ink:


  • Writing Informal Letters - I prefer to use only black for formal letters.
  • Taking notes - how I use Topaz most of the time
  • Calligraphy - The excellent shading makes it fantastic in dip pens or italic nibs.
  • Journaling 
  • Sketching


Pelikan Edelstein Topaz

Writing Sample:

Pen: Visconti Rembrandt
Paper 1: Black 'n' Red notebook paper
Paper 2: Copier paper
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz Writing Sample
Writing Sample on Black 'n' Red Paper Front
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz Writing Sample
Writing Sample on Black 'n' Red Paper Back

Pelikan Edelstein Topaz Writing Sample
Writing Sample on Copier Paper Front

Pelikan Edelstein Topaz Writing Sample
Writing Sample on Copier Paper Back
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
A picture of the writing sample at an angle

Score: 10/10- My favorite ink



Update:

After dneal posted a writing sample of Topaz on FPN, I was inspired to fill my Pelikan M200 with the ink and write on Levenger Circa paper. This combination worked wonderfully, and the shading and sheen became much more prominent. 





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