Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire

8 Oct

In this month’s Ink Drop, I received a sample of Edelstein Sapphire. I wasn’t very excellent to receive it. I’d been hoping to see a color that was a deeper Sapphire not unlike the old Parker Penman Sapphire. Edelstein is not it. Instead, this is a Sapphire not unlike all other sapphire inks on the market. It’s a purple-blue that looks more like a periwinkle flower than a gemstone.

Still, this color category is appealing to some. To be quite honest, it’s one I don’t mind. I have a couple bottles of J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir and a bottle of Diamine Sapphire for instance. I think the real problem here is the price. Yes, I know Edelstein is packaged in a very expensive looking bottle, but I don’t write with the bottle. I write with the pen! At least Pilot Iroshizuku, for its outrageous price tag, offers inks that are unique in both color and behavioral characteristics.

The Edelstein Sapphire ink ($20) is nice. It flows well and all that, but it really isn’t any nicer than J. Herbin ($9-$10) or Diamine ($12). In short, while it’s nice, it’s not nice enough to pay for the packaging. After all, I don’t keep my inks out on my desk. Direct sunlight is not good for them. It’d just be a pretty bottle sitting in its box, within another box, and up on the shelf. You see where I’m going here?

The Details

  • No feathering or bleeding
  • Great flow and good lubrication
  • Saturation is low to average just like J. Herbin
  • Surprisingly slow drying time at 15 seconds on this card and HP LaserJet 24# paper
  • Minimal shading, but certainly not impressive as advertised (at least not with this wet writer).
  • Not waterproof, and only a little water resistance.

No Affil.

2 Responses to “Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire”


  1. From Ink Links « Blank Journals - October 11, 2010

    […] � Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire  (The Dizzy Pen) […]

  2. Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink – Topaz | OfficeSupplyGeek - February 24, 2011

    […] blue, and even more curious, they call the Sapphire version “blue” and when I look at this review over at the Dizzy Pen, I certainly see more purple there than in my Topaz.  At this point I’m just confused and am […]

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