Pelikan Edelstein Olivine (2018 LE)

Olivine is Pelikan’s Ink of the Year 2018 🙂 I know we already have 2019, somehow I left this one behind… This is my first review of a Pelikan ink, but I’ve used some of them already and I really like them 🙂

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

It’s a dark green, not as olive as you would expect though.

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine
Oxford 80g/m2

Flow – very good – I would say even 5,5/6. It’s more watery and I’d say in the middle of the wet side. As other Pelikans, it’s very reliable. It always starts immediately, can sit in a pen for a while and still not cause any issues.

Saturation – good/very good. It’s a calm ink, not overloaded with colour, very comfortable to use.

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Bleeding – average. There’re only a couple of nearly-bled spots on a copy paper.

Feathering – minimal on a copy paper.

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine
Tomoe River

Shading – medium

Dry time – little better than average, about 20s on Rhodia.

Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

Water resistance – none. There’s nothing left after 5 minutes under water.


Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

It’s not my kind of green, so I wasn’t expecting a lot, but I like it more than I thought I’d be. It’s a great and reliable ink, so I used it with pleasure. I just wish it was warmer, more like Monteverde kind of olivine. If you like the colour and you haven’t bought it yet, you need to catch up! 🙂


  • very good flow
  • good behaviour on different papers
  • calm colour, good for everyday use
  • no maintaining problems


  • lack of water resistance

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