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May 27, 2013 - Posted by David to Inks
A bottle of ink is no longer just a product but now an experience, complete with a beginning, middle, and end. Pelikan’s Edelstein Ink Collection fully embraces this truth, inspired by the world’s most enchanting gemstones.
At first glace, you only see the box. The simple design catches your eye and you’re drawn in, intrigued at what lies within. Then you lift the lid, gently pulling her out and marveling at the bottle so carefully crafted for this very ink. Finally, you dip your pen in and feast your eyes on the beautiful color and accompanying shades. Of course, as any ink connoisseur would know, this ending is merely the beginning.
Fountain pens are wonderful instruments that breathe life into each and every writing experience. But even they remain lifeless until you infuse the right ink into their system.
Pelikan just celebrated its 175th anniversary while remaining a revolutionary force in the fountain pen industry. Their first fountain pen featured a signature green body, a transparent ink window, and a screw-fill piston mechanism that was innovative for its time. However, this production of fountain pens did not start until 1929. The true legacy of Pelikan started in 1838 with a color and ink factory.
Located in Hanover, Germany, Günther Wagner eventually took over the company. It was he that imparted to brand the name and symbol, “Pelikan,” using one of the components in his family emblem. This became one of the first ever German trademarks and is still globally recognized to this day as Pelikan continues to hone its craft.
With the introduction of Pelikan’s Edelstein Ink Collection, the class and craftsmanship from their longstanding tradition are clearly evident. The name “Edelstein,” which means “precious stone” in German, is first seen etched on the silver box. Each package has been tastefully color-coded on a single edge accompanied by the name of the color ink.
With one flip of the lid, the box is opened to reveal the iconic Pelikan logo sitting proudly atop the cap of the bottle. Outside of the box, you can feel the gentle curves of the 50 ml glass flacon. Crystal clear and well weighted, the bottle will beautifully adorn your personal study alongside your collection of inks, pens, and paper.
But of course, all this would still be incomplete if it weren’t for the luscious ink. Like the band and setting of an engagement ring, the packaging and bottle are integral to the presentation. However, like the diamond stone itself, it’s the ink that takes the main stage. These inks are specially formulated to ensure extra-smooth writing while optimizing the care and performance of the fountain pen.
As sophisticated reflections of their namesake, each ink is a liquid gem. Labeled as ‘soft’ inks, they are generally low in saturation which leaves a highly desired shading effect. The beautiful collection includes seven regular colors: Aventurine, Jade, Mandarin, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire, and Topaz. Pelikan’s 2013 Ink of the Year, Amber, adds an eighth color that is available for only one year.
With almost two centuries worth of skill and craftsmanship, Pelikan remains committed to quality and is unrelenting in the pursuit of perfection. Unveiling a bottle of ink from the Edelstein Ink Collection is an experience to remember. From the quality box to the sophisticated bottle to the precious ink, each element leaves you mesmerized and in awe. So don't be shy. Proudly show off your liquid gems. And while you're at it, don't miss out on the limited edition Amber ink to add to your collection.
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