Somewhere in the United States of America, three people, two men and an attractive woman standing between them, walk into a cigar smoke-filled pool hall. The bespectacled elder man sniffs the air and says, “Do you smell what I smell?” The younger man looks quizzically sideways and quickly answers, “Smoke?” There’s a slight pause, and then the woman moves her head slightly to one side and with an air of slight exasperation declares emphatically, “Money…”
This particular scene is one of my favourites in the 1986 Scorsese film ‘The Colour of Money”. The particular ink on review here reminded me of that film for reasons of which I remain unsure. It might be the colour of the ink being reminiscent of the dollar bill; it might be the price of the ink; it might just be that I ate something strange earlier. Who knows… Anyway, on with the review!
Presentation: As I’ve not reviewed one of these inks for a while I’ve decided to take my time over the presentation. Pelikan have done a great job of presenting these inks. The outer box is well made from sturdy cardboard stock and has a metallic grey sheen to it. The front panel is nicely detailed with silver embossed writing of the Edelstein brand with its characteristic gemstone over the ‘i’. It also has an angular cut out facet on the right side that is coloured to correspond to the shade of the ink inside. Opening the box reveals an inner sleeve, the top of the cap as well as a pair of styrofoam pads that rest on the “shoulders” of the bottle to help keep it secure in the box.
The bottle itself is even better. The cap is broad and reasonably heavy. It is up there with the best made and detailed combinations of bottle and cap out there. The mouth of the bottle is wide and the body is an elegant rectangular shap. All four sides are slightly concave and the corners are comfortably well-rounded. The front of the bottle is nicely detailed. All in all it is a very design conscious and decorative piece.
On Test: Restful and calming this verdant green ink behaved extremely well on test and is a pleasure to use. The drying time on my stock Rhodia dot grid test paper came in repeatedly quicker than expected at dead on twenty seconds using a quite wet stub nib. In terms of shading there is a load of lovely variation to be seen using this ink. Very pleasing to the eye the range of shades goes from a shamrock green through emerald to a deeper almost bottle green. The good news is that it keeps this ability using a variety of nibs. It’s not a particularly water-resistant ink, so that should be borne in mind if you’re writing something that needs to remain forever.
In the UK these inks come in the premium bracket in terms of pricing. The good news is that they are widely available through both internet and brick and mortar sellers.
Summary: When a shade of ink works it is great. This one is another pleasure to use. The colour is excellent. It’s as good a true green as any other I know, my other favourite mid greens being the sadly now defunct Omas’ Green and Kaweco Palm Green. This one is another lovely, though premium priced, green ink that really stands out on white paper. I think green inks give a somewhat distinguished touch to any letter writing. What do you think?