Çelik Kalem, a major distributor for Pelikan pens in Turkey, follows up their announcement of the M101N Bright Red from yesterday with news of yet another upcoming release. Instead of a pen, their Instagram feed gives us our first glimpse of the Edelstein 2017 Ink of the Year, Smoky Quartz. This newest gem stone inspired color will follow on the heels of the very popular Aquamarine from last year’s limited edition run. It will be the fourteenth addition to the Edelstein line-up and the sixth Ink of the Year.
One day ahead of schedule, Pelikan announced today via their Facebook page the winner of the contest to design the Edelstein Ink of the Year 2018. Submissions were received throughout early May and a colorful array of inks ultimately made it into the top 15. Those lucky designers will receive an Edelstein ink of their choosing. A jury met on May 25th to narrow that field down to just 3 candidates. While it is not clear just which colors made it into the top 3, those winners will each get bottles of the last three Ink of the Year colors. That brings us to today’s announcement. After taking those three and analyzing the feasibility/marketability of the colors, Pelikan has selected an Olive-Green submitted by Johannes from Cologne as the winner of this contest. It seems that the ink has yet to be officially named after a gem stone as they are simply calling it Olive-Green on their Facebook page. Johannes will get a Souverän M400 with his choice of nib for his winning submission. The Pelikan’s Perch sends out heartfelt congratulation to Johannes and all of the top 15 finalist.
In case you haven’t heard, Pelikan is once again allowing its fans to help design an Edelstein ink, this time the 2018 Ink of the Year edition. This is a promotion similar to the one that ultimately gave birth to Ink of the Year 2015, Amethyst. I’m sure that on occasion pen & ink lovers have vocalized their ideas for products that they would like to see companies such as Pelikan bring to market. That said, I’m not sure that I know of many companies that actually empower their fans to design an upcoming mass-market release. Pelikan is not only allowing its fans a shot at designing an upcoming Ink of the Year, they are also giving away prizes and, best of all, the process itself couldn’t be simpler. A color mixer has been made available online that allows you to mix and match hues until you achieve that perfect color which you then upload to a gallery. The process itself is very straight forward and can be done quickly depending on just how much of a perfectionist you are. The only requirements are that you do not duplicate an existing color and that you name your creation after a gemstone (all in keeping with the line’s theme). Designs will be judged by a jury of 10 people, 5 from Pelikan and 5 chosen from Pelikan’s fan base. If being a jury member sounds appealing, you can throw your name in the hat when you register your color. Of course this contest is not open to Pelikan’s employees.
It was almost one year ago today that Pelikan gave us Edelstein Amethyst on the heels of a few new product announcements. Déjà vu. That pattern appears to be repeating itself starting with the news of the upcoming M805 Vibrant Blue which was announced yesterday. Today, Pelikan officially announced the Edelstein (pronounced EY-dell-shtine) 2016 Ink of the Year. Unlike the Vibrant Blue, it appears that this rumor was 100% accurate. This upcoming year will feature Aquamarine, marking the thirteenth addition to the Edelstein line-up and the fifth Ink of the Year.
After having missed out on Pelikan’s Wanderlust project, I feel fortunate to be included in the follow-up Wanderbox project. Being a starting point for one of the boxes (Box #2) means that I have a full flacon of ink and an empty box waiting to be filled and passed along. The day that it arrived, I was actually not expecting it and was pleasantly surprised to come home to a big blue box waiting in my mailroom. It was already adorned with several stickers from far away places, evidence of its prior journey. Not quite knowing what I would find, I was filled with excitement as I cut the ties that helped to secure its contents. Upon opening the lid, I found a large round gift box nestled inside of a styrofoam cradle. The gift box contained a bottle of Edelstein Ink of the Year 2015, Amethyst, as well as some gentle instructions about how to proceed. The directions were simple;
As the current owner of the Pelikan #Wanderbox, you’ve got the unique chance to join in this project by writing a letter and posting it on your favorite Social Media site(s) with the hashtag #Wanderbox! Feel free to add a geotag or your current location. Then place your letter inside the box and pass it on. The next person in this chain should be someone you trust; someone who’s willing to write the next letter.
Earlier this month I wrote about Pelikan’s Wanderlust Project, a concept based around a joy of ink and fine writing instruments, married to social media (#Wanderlust). Three flacons of Edelstein ink were dispatched from Germany to travel the world in large blue boxes. Ultimately, 60 stops were chosen after a review of approximately 200 applications. Cumulatively, the three boxes visited 37 countries over 5 continents covering almost 112,000 miles, a journey that would roughly circle the world four times. The project began in 2013 and today Pelikan hosted an online celebration via Facebook (2pm-4pm UTC+01) in honor of the return home of those “blue boxes.” The letters written by each participant that were returned to Germany (57 in total) were posted individually to the event’s Facebook page along with many photos. The company posed various questions with each post and the letter’s authors were all invited to participate as well. If exploring those wasn’t enticing enough, Pelikan went even further by obtaining 22 sponsors from their pool of retail partners. These sponsors offered up several P200/P205 pens that were given away in a raffle to event participants based on comments left with each post. Over 600 people had affirmed their desire to attend on the event page ahead of the celebration and based on the languages and locations that I observed, it was truly an international event. Winners of today’s raffles will be announced tomorrow, 3/27.
Forty years after the company that we know today as Pelikan came into existence, a new word of German origin came into use; wanderlust. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines wanderlust as a “strong desire to travel.” Perhaps not used as much in today’s vernacular, during 2013 the creative minds at Pelikan conceived an interesting idea for which that word was well suited. A project was born with strong ties to Facebook and social media which they dubbed “Pelikan Wanderlust 2013.” The original concept for this project was to send two bottles of Edelstein (pronounced EY-dell-shtine) ink around the world making stops along the way in the homes of different pen enthusiasts, collecting a hand written letter from each before moving on. Applications were solicited in order to select the participants with an initial vision of making 40 stops across the globe. Based on the feedback received, it was ultimately decided that three bottles would be sent instead of two thereby increasing the ground covered and making for a total of 60 stops. Those chosen to participate in this international tour of ink were notified in early August of 2013 and on August 30th the journey began. Travelling in special blue containers, the first bottle was personally delivered by the Pelikan team in Hannover, Germany. The other two began their trek via the post in Malaysia and Hawaii.
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.