This week has been very exciting as Pelikan rather unexpectedly announced two new pens to be released in 2015. The new products coming out of Hanover aren’t limited to pens though as they have also announced the Edelstein (pronounced EY-dell-shtine) 2015 Ink of the Year. This upcoming year will feature Amethyst, marking the twelfth addition to the Edelstein line-up and the fourth Ink of the Year.
If you will recall, this year’s selection is the result of a contest held by the company to allow its fans to design their own ideal color of ink. Amethyst was the winning entry, submitted by Jennifer from Germany who received a Souverän M400 for her efforts. The annual release of an “Ink of the Year” began in 2012 with Turmaline and has continued to follow Pelikan’s convention of styling the Edelstein’s line of colors after gemstones (the German word Edelstein translates into gemstone). The Ink of the Year releases have been limited runs produced only for one years time, a strategy that Pelikan hopes will keep the line fresh and modern. Despite their limited edition nature, the runs seem quite large and bottles often remain available in the retail pipeline well after production has purportedly ended, so there is little need to fear if you have yet to pick up a bottle of a previous year’s release.
Amethyst the gemstone is a violet variety of quartz, considered semi precious and often incorporated into jewelry. It is also the traditional birth stone for February. Amethyst the ink will be a deep purple and available in 50 mL bottles as well as cartridges.