Ink Dips: Pelikan Edelstein Onyx

Pelikan Edelstein Onyx and Parker 75 Silver

Ink Dips is a more casual, and potentially evil, ink evaluation than is normal here at Fountain Pen Follies. Instead of carefully evaluating an ink I’m interested in, the point of Ink Dips is instead to blindly pick an ink sample from a box of dullards and discards. Then I ink up that sample in one pen and see what I think. It’s sort of like the feeling you get when you leave for the airport during a snowstorm: you don’t know what’s going to happen, but you’re prepared for it to be painful.

Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. I’m pleased to say that Pelikan Edelstein Onyx turns out to be an awesome performer. It’s a black ink, on the lighter side, and although it is premium-priced, the more I use it, the more I think it’s worth it.

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5 thoughts on “Ink Dips: Pelikan Edelstein Onyx

  1. I adore the look of that pen. Did you try to adjust the wetness of the nib? As far as black ink, I’ve never tried the ones you’ve mentioned here. I have tried Sailor-Kiwa guro, Aurora Black, and J.Herbin Perle Noire. I did love all 3 of them, for a black ink.

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    1. 1. I do, too! I just love this pen, and this ink makes it as great to use as it looks.

      2. No, I never tried to adjust the nib. I just use wetter inks for drier pens.

      3. I have all three of those black inks, too! Perle Noire is my favorite, by a hair, because it’s a bit more lubricated than Aurora Black, but I love both. Those are darker blacks, with great flow, which have been very safe for me. Pelikan Brilliant Black became my go-to because it’s a bit cheaper and works well, and I just refill over and over, rather than switch out to another black ink. 🙂

      Sailor Kiwa-Guro is a pigmented ink, as is the blue Sailor Sei-Boku; I do really like the look of both those inks, as well as Platinum’s pigmented black ink. But I don’t use it much: I now only use pigmented inks in cartridges and in less-expensive pens, because for me they’ve been higher maintenance.

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