Paper: Rhodia 80g
Pen: Lamy Safari M
There was a lot of hype surrounding the Edelstein line of inks when they were first released. However, I have been quite disappointed by this ink. Edelstein means ‘gemstone’ in German and I was expecting a bright pop of colour. However, this is a very soft ink, not dissimilar to a more subdued Rhodia Orange.
One of advantage of the lack of saturation is the shading. This is a dramatically shading ink, ranging from a pale orange to a dark pumpkin colour. This is would probably be brilliant in a flex pen. This is a very dry ink and there is no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper nor copy paper. I am generally not a fan of dry inks. so I need to use this in a wet pen to get a moderate flow.
This is not a waterproof ink. It has a relatively quick dry time of around 3 seconds on Rhodia paper. I think it would dry pretty much instantly on more absorbent paper – which makes it a good ink for left handers. There have been no start up problems with this ink.
Something brilliant about this ink is the bottle. It’s a very elegant bottle filled with amber honey coloured ink. I’d definitely show off this bottle.
Bleeding or feathering: None
Overall rating: 6/10