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.
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.
Few of Pelikan’s inks have sparked as much confusion and controversy as 4001 Blue-Black, particularly amongst those of us in the United States where this formulation is currently no longer available. You may be unaware that Pelikan actually has a line of “document proof” inks which covers a spectrum ranging from strong permanence to a more moderate light resistance. Scribtol is their most permanent offering but it is not suitable for fountain pens owing to the composition of the ink (i.e. soot) which can and will harm fountain pen feeds. This formulation should be reserved for dip pens only. Once you’ve moved past Scribtol, you arrive at Fount India. Offered as somewhat of a compromise, Fount India also contains soot though in a lower concentration than Scribtol. You get the same properties of permanence but in a formulation that is able to be used, all-be-it with caution, in a fountain pen. If you employ Fount India in your piston filling fountain pen, you need to take care that the ink never dries out which requires diligent pen maintenance. If the higher maintenance that is required with Fount India has you a little put off, then 4001 Blue-Black may be right up your alley.
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.
Since Edelstein Turmaline debuted in 2012, we have become accustomed to seeing Pelikan release a new ink annually as part of their Ink-of-the-Year series. These releases have been restricted to the relatively newer Edelstein line. In contrast, Pelikan’s much older and mature 4001 line of inks does not often see a new release. According to the company, as of January 2016, that is about to change. In a somewhat surprise announcement to their Facebook page yesterday, Pelikan revealed 4001 Dark-Green. The 4001 line is now well over 100 years old having been dubbed in 1898 and is very well-regarded for its properties, particularly its ability to tame the wet feeds of Pelikan’s pens. Details are sparse right now and it is not entirely clear as to whether this will be a limited edition but I suspect it will likely be part of their standard line-up. If so, Dark-Green will join the eight other inks in the line as well as pink which is only available in cartridge format. I would expect this release to be found in flacons as depicted as well as standard international cartridges. We won’t have to wait long for this one if next month’s release date is accurate. I really like a nice dark green ink for my writing so I’m excited to see just what shade we’ll get with real world use. What do you think of this new release? I look forward to reading your thoughts below.
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.