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    Default Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

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    Today Iím reviewing a sample of the latest Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year for 2017 Smoky Quartz

    Smoky Quartz is an unusual brown ink.
    When you first write with it you can see that itís an earthy, olive brown, although when itís completely dry it seems to exhibit just a little more red.
    I found it was a nicely wet ink that had really good flow and lubrication while I was writing with it.
    I didnít see any spread or feathering on most of the papers I tried it with.
    With broader nibs it looks much darker.
    It showed through on some of the papers I used. See the pictures.

    Smoky Quartz is nicely saturated, especially with my M nib. It exhibited some shading with the M nib in my Pilot Capless or VP. I didnít see any sheen.

    I found it behaved very well, and I really like it. I didnít experience any clogging or clean-up problems with it. In fact clean-up was very easy. It washes off hands with soap and water.

    It exhibited good water resistance.

    I found it difficult to compare Smoky Quartz with other brown inks that are similar. Many of those that I have are either darker or lighter, with more red, or more grey. The closest ink that I found to match Smoky Quartz is Noodlerís Walnut. So for those of you who really like that colour, but might prefer a different brand, Smoky Quartz is my recommendation.

    It has a really interesting chroma that shows a mixture of several dyes including grey, blue, orange and yellow.

    • This isn't sold as a waterproof ink, but it shows good water resistance.
    • Bearing in mind the review form paper I use is thick with a quite shiny surface at 100gsm, and I used a M nib, this ink dried after 16 seconds.
    • No smear after dry.
    • It has good flow and I found it smooth to write with. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.
    • It is available as a limited edition in either 50ml glass bottles or standard international cartridges.


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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Another great review. Not sure it's for me personally, I only have one brown ink, Diamine Macassar, which I really like.
    Many thanks for the review.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Ah, the chroma is a veritable rainbow. Thanks for the review, Chrissy! It's an... organic brown. One of those that reminds me of what you get when you process grass through a cow... But in a good way. I can't get any sheen from it at all either; I would describe it as matte but not "dusty". I also found it, in my very limited trials, to be a surprisingly quick drier, but I suspect the medium Pelikan M200 nib I was using is uncharacteristically arid.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketRyan View Post
    Another great review. Not sure it's for me personally, I only have one brown ink, Diamine Macassar, which I really like.
    Many thanks for the review.
    You're welcome. I also have Diamine Macassar - a really dark brown.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by grainweevil View Post
    Ah, the chroma is a veritable rainbow. Thanks for the review, Chrissy! It's an... organic brown. One of those that reminds me of what you get when you process grass through a cow... But in a good way. I can't get any sheen from it at all either; I would describe it as matte but not "dusty". I also found it, in my very limited trials, to be a surprisingly quick drier, but I suspect the medium Pelikan M200 nib I was using is uncharacteristically arid.
    Yes it is. You're welcome - yes an organic brown.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Thanks for the review! A very interesting ink. It actually reminds me most of J. Herbin Lie de Thť. Brown, but with a greenish undertone. I would be curious to see the two side by side. I reckon they would be a very close match.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    To my eye, and on limited acquaintance with both, Lie de Thť seems rather lighter and more yellow.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Hm... interesting. I think my Noodler's Walnut is much darker, and your sample (at least on my screen) leans more towards KWZI's Aztec Gold, when dried (not an exact match; a leaning).

    Great review. I'm hoping to find this ink in a shop somewhere so's I can buy it. (Laughs.)
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    For comparison. This is Lie De The on cream Tomoe River paper out of a (fairly) dry pen.





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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    Thanks for the review! A very interesting ink. It actually reminds me most of J. Herbin Lie de Thť. Brown, but with a greenish undertone. I would be curious to see the two side by side. I reckon they would be a very close match.
    You're welcome. I don't have Herbin Lie de Thť

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by ethernautrix View Post
    Hm... interesting. I think my Noodler's Walnut is much darker, and your sample (at least on my screen) leans more towards KWZI's Aztec Gold, when dried (not an exact match; a leaning).

    Great review. I'm hoping to find this ink in a shop somewhere so's I can buy it. (Laughs.)
    My Noodler's Walnut is a sample that a friend sent me, and although it's not a match for Smoky Quartz, it looked like the closest ink that I had available.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Thanks for the review, Chrissy. I'm still on the fence about this one. I think I need to try a sample.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RocketRyan View Post
    Another great review. Not sure it's for me personally, I only have one brown ink, Diamine Macassar, which I really like.
    Many thanks for the review.
    You're welcome. I also have Diamine Macassar - a really dark brown.
    Really suits the tortoise colour Delta dolcevita I have it in currently.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    It actually reminds me most of J. Herbin Lie de Thť. Brown, but with a greenish undertone. I would be curious to see the two side by side.
    I fished out my sample cards of the two - colour is as best as I can get it (at least on my screen).

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by grainweevil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AzJon View Post
    It actually reminds me most of J. Herbin Lie de Thť. Brown, but with a greenish undertone. I would be curious to see the two side by side.
    I fished out my sample cards of the two - colour is as best as I can get it (at least on my screen).

    smokyquartzliedethe.jpg

    Thank you! Looks like Smoky Quartz is a bit more saturated, but very similar tone.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Thanks for the review, Chrissy. I'm still on the fence about this one. I think I need to try a sample.
    You're welcome. In dry writers it comes out lighter. I need to try it out in a really wet writing pen. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Hello Chrissy , Thanks for the excellent review on Smoky Quartz Ink , I am waiting for mine to arrive . I have few Brown ink per below :-

    1. Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri
    2. MontBlanc Toffee Brown
    3. J. Herbin's Lie De The'
    4. J Herbin's 1670 caroube de chypre

    Just wondering how differences is the smoky Quartz compared with current Brown ink that I have .

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Surprised and pleased with this ink; I actually bought a whole bottle straight off.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by Raysclim View Post
    Hello Chrissy , Thanks for the excellent review on Smoky Quartz Ink , I am waiting for mine to arrive . I have few Brown ink per below :-

    1. Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri
    2. MontBlanc Toffee Brown
    3. J. Herbin's Lie De The'
    4. J Herbin's 1670 caroube de chypre

    Just wondering how differences is the smoky Quartz compared with current Brown ink that I have .

    Thanks
    Raymond Lim
    You're welcome.

    I didn't compare Smoky Quartz next to any of those brown inks, but grainweevil and azjon have both compared it next to J. Herbin Lie de Thť to find that it's darker.

    Montblanc Toffee brown is a nice brown, but it's more red than Smoky Quartz.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2017: Smoky Quartz

    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Surprised and pleased with this ink; I actually bought a whole bottle straight off.
    Good for you.

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