The 2018 Edelstein Ink of the Year has long been anticipated and Pelikan took the opportunity today via their social media accounts to make the official announcement. You may recall that Pelikan ran a social media contest back in 2016 which allowed fans the opportunity to choose this year’s limited edition color. Over 1,200 suggestions were submitted per the company but Johannes from Cologne was ultimately declared the winner of that contest with an olive-green colored entry. That ink now takes on the official moniker of Olivine in keeping with their gem stone themed line of colors (not to be confused with the Monteverde ink of the same name). This release follows the brown tinted Smoky Quartz from the 2017 limited edition run. It will be the fifteenth addition to the Edelstein line-up, a line that is currently composed of nine regular production inks. It joins the likes of Turmaline, Amber, Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, and Smoky Quartz as the seventh Ink of the Year.
The gem stone olivine derives its name from its typical olive-green color which is derived from traces of nickel. The mineral can also take on a reddish color thought to result from the oxidation of iron. Translucent olivine is sometimes used as a gemstone called Peridot. Based on past releases, Olivine the ink will likely be available in 50 mL bottles as well as standard international cartridges. Pelikan states that retail outlets will have stock sometime around March of this year. Historically, these are made in limited runs so, if you’re a fan, you may want to stock up while supplies last.
I really like the choice of an olive-green tinted ink and am very excited to see how this color will look on paper. It’s not clear as of yet what kind of properties or how much shading, if any, Olivine will have. This is the Ink of the Year release that I’ve been waiting for and am looking forward to picking up a bottle. I also appreciate the fact that this color was born from one of three instances where Pelikan reached out and let its fans have a hand in choosing the color. Such events allow for a unique level of engagement between Pelikan and the pen community.
The bigger question that I have and one that I will put to you here as a poll is, what type of M2xx demonstrator do you think Pelikan will release as a companion to this shade? We have had Amethyst (2015) and Aquamarine (2016) M2o5s with chromium trim as well as the gold-plated M200 Smoky Quartz (2017). It is highly anticipated that Pelikan will continue this trend and release an M2xx demonstrator to compliment its Olivine ink. Please take a moment and respond to the poll below and let me know which type of furniture you’d like to see adorn the presumed forthcoming fountain pen. We’ll likely have to wait until June/July to find out what Pelikan has chosen for us based on past release cycles but it’s always fun to speculate.