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    Default Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Today I'm reviewing Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink - Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year 2018

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    Pelikan Edelstein Olivine is a dark green dye based ink, that leans quite blue. It could be used as a “standard daily green ink.” I agree with other reviewers when they say it isn't necessarily the Olivine shade we were expecting, and I wish it had been less blue and more yellow, but as it is, it's still a very nice ink to use. I find all of the Edelstein inks I've tried to be very nicely lubricated inks that flow very well across the page. I had no flow problems with Olivine. No difficult starts or skips.

    I found it flowed very well in the pens I used it with and I saw plenty of shading particularly with broader nibs. It looked more saturated with my Pelikan Go! B nib. Lubrication was good enough, and it felt smooth writing across some of the papers I used.


    • Flow Rate: Very good. A little slow to dry.
    • Lubrication: Good.
    • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    • Start-up: Immediate.
    • Saturation: A saturated ink.
    • Shading Potential: Some shading seen.
    • Sheen: None seen.
    • Show-Through:
      • Apica paper
      • Tomoe River 52gsm
      • Silvine lined pad
      • Oxford lined pad
      • Field Notes
      • Royal recycled
      • Hobonichi Techo


    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen
    • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen - easy clean-up with water.
    • Staining (hands): Clean-up needs at least 2 washes with bar soap.
    • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
    • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and has little water resistance.
    • Availability: Available in 50ml glass bottles from many outlets.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    I had high hopes for this ink, colour just isn't for me. Thanks for the review.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketRyan View Post
    I had high hopes for this ink, colour just isn't for me. Thanks for the review.
    You're welcome.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Thanks for the review. I haven't ventured into verdant hues yet but when I do I will have to sample this. I rather like the color.

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    I just got a bottle of this over the weekend. I'm very much loving the subtle shading--olive into black--but I've found it to be achingly dry. Not in a "flow" sense, but rather in a "lubrication" sense. My M-nibbed M120 (green & black, so of course I inked it with Olivine!), which normally glides across the page with most inks, felt like I was dragging it across the page against its will.

    Actually--other than color, obviously--this ink mirrors Edelstein Topaz in just about every respect. At least in my limited, four-day experience with it. I'm going to give it a go in a B-nibbed Sailor tonight.

    Thanks for the review.


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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    I am surprised at the amount of show through. Water resistance was not good either. I had high hopes for this ink as well. I do like the color though. Great review Chrissy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Thanks for the review. I haven't ventured into verdant hues yet but when I do I will have to sample this. I rather like the color.
    You're welcome. I hope you like it when you try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulprit View Post
    I just got a bottle of this over the weekend. I'm very much loving the subtle shading--olive into black--but I've found it to be achingly dry. Not in a "flow" sense, but rather in a "lubrication" sense. My M-nibbed M120 (green & black, so of course I inked it with Olivine!), which normally glides across the page with most inks, felt like I was dragging it across the page against its will.

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    I didn't find it dry when I wrote my original review page, as it flowed well and glided across that paper smoothly enough, but afterwards, when I wrote on the sample papers, I also thought it felt less lubricated than it had when the pen was first filled. I know what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KKay View Post
    I am surprised at the amount of show through. Water resistance was not good either. I had high hopes for this ink as well. I do like the color though. Great review Chrissy!
    You're welcome. I was also surprised at the amount of show through on some of my alternative papers.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Another excellent review, Chrissy. I do quite like the colour of this one.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Thank you for the useful and comprehensive review, Chrissy. Yet another olive green ink that I think I'd like a lot... !
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by Wuddus View Post
    Another excellent review, Chrissy. I do quite like the colour of this one.
    You're welcome. I'm pleased to hear that you like the colour.

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    Thank you for the useful and comprehensive review, Chrissy. Yet another olive green ink that I think I'd like a lot... !
    You're welcome. I hope you like the ink.

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    Chrissy, wonderful review, thank you for the effort you put into this.

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    Chrissy, wonderful review, thank you for the effort you put into this.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kulprit View Post
    I just got a bottle of this over the weekend. I'm very much loving the subtle shading--olive into black--but I've found it to be achingly dry. Not in a "flow" sense, but rather in a "lubrication" sense. My M-nibbed M120 (green & black, so of course I inked it with Olivine!), which normally glides across the page with most inks, felt like I was dragging it across the page against its will.

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    I didn't find it dry when I wrote my original review page, as it flowed well and glided across that paper smoothly enough, but afterwards, when I wrote on the sample papers, I also thought it felt less lubricated than it had when the pen was first filled. I know what you mean.
    Interestingly (or perplexingly) when used in my B-nibbed Sailor it is as lubricated-feeling as you described in your review. That's not by any means a dry nib, but it's far dryer than the M120 I was using it in before. Perplexing indeed. But OMG does it look good coming out of that Sailor!


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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Thank you for the review. I have been reading some of your ink reviews lately and they have been excellent so far.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronp View Post
    Thank you for the review. I have been reading some of your ink reviews lately and they have been excellent so far.
    You're welcome. I'm pleased that you like them

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Hmm, another green that just HAS to make it's way into our house ... thank you (I think!) for the review.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine ink of the Year 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by View from the Loft View Post
    Hmm, another green that just HAS to make it's way into our house ... thank you (I think!) for the review.
    You're welcome.

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