Earlier today, Pelikan announced via their Facebook Page that the Edelstein Ink of the Year for 2016, Aquamarine, is to be added to the standard ink line-up. The photo’s caption reads, “Aquamarine is back.” The announcement corresponds with the International Day of Happiness, a UN sanctioned celebration designed to promote happiness in the world around us. This breaks with the prior tradition of making the Edelstein IOTY editions available only as limited runs that were forevermore unavailable once stock ran out. I’m not certain why Aquamarine was chosen over any of the other limited editions that have come before it. I know that there are many out there, myself included, that would love to see inks like 2013’s Amber make a come back. Does the permanent resurrection of Aquamarine make you happy? Click the link below to participate in a poll about which limited edition colors you would like to see make a come back and don’t forget that next spring promises to bring us an as yet unnamed shade of olive-green.
As a Pelikan enthusiast and collector, I try to keep on top of the used pen market in an effort to stay apprised of the current trends in pricing. This has allowed me to understand at least some of the factors that drive prices either upwards or downwards. If you have done similar, I’m sure that you have come across sales of Pelikan pens listed as rare, very rare, or (my favorite) ultra rare. To a new collector or user who doesn’t know any better, these descriptions may seem fitting for the price being asked. More commonly though, these “tags” are applied to run of the mill models with sellers asking top dollar for pens that are in no way extraordinary. Perhaps this is being perpetrated by a shrewd salesperson that is trying to eek every penny they can out of their listing or perhaps it is someone who genuinely knows no better and gets caught up in the pricing frenzy that sometimes seems to grip the secondary market. Many features may be used to drive a sale but one in particular has recently been on my mind. What I refer to is the cap band engraving denoting the country of manufacture as either “W.-Germany” or “Germany.”