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Pelikan Edelstein Amber (brown): Ink Review

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Pelikan Edelstein “Amber”: a lefty-proof killer shader

Pelikan Amber ink swab

Ink name: Pelikan Edelstein “Amber”
Unit capacity: 50 ml (glas flacon)
Price: ca. 15 €
Price per ml: ca. 0,30 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Standard copy paper
Color  Light brown with some orange tones – darkens quite considerably once drying  Light brown-orange’ish
Saturation  medium  medium-high
Shading  Killer shading!  Very good shading on standard paper!
Feathering  none  none
Bleed-through  none  Might occur on a 2nd pass – but occasionally only
Wetness   moderate  moderate
Drying time  3-5 sec. (!!!)  1-3 sec. (!!!)
Smudging when dry  no  no
Regular smear test  ok  ok
Left-page smear test   excellent!  ok

Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Pelikan Amber on Leuchtturm paper

Handwritten review on standard photocopying paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

Pelikan Amber on standard copy paper

Besides the regular color line of their Edelstein premium ink-series, Pelikan also annually crowns an “ink of the year”, which basically is a limited edition special color. Amber was Pelikans “Ink of the Year 2013”  – and it turns out that it already seems pretty hard to get. Which is a pity, because this ink really is truly amazing in my opinion.

Pelikan Amber is a stunner. Color-wise, it is a really light brown that has some hints of orange to it. It is interesting to watch the ink when writing with it, especially on better paper. As the ink leaves the nib, it can be very bright and opaque – almost hard to read. After a blink of an eye only, once it dries a little, it starts showing its true color, though. Still light, but readable.

The shading of the ink is killer. Rarely have I seen so much of it – even cheap standard copy paper has a hard time absorbing this shade. Still very visible. As the ink is a little on the wetter side, it might be that one experiences an occasional bleed-through here or there on cheaper paper.

Pricewise, the Pelikan Edelstein (which is German for “gem stone”, of which the bottle shape is reminiscent – also all the ink colors are named after gem stones) ink series is a bit above average. Since this ink was a limited edition, it could even be that one finds some rare rests of it for higher prices somewhere on the inter web. I would certainly expect that.

All in all, the ink behaves pretty similar to how I experienced its orange sister, Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin.

As for its ‘leftyness’, Pelikan Edelstein Amber is nothing short of perfect. It literally dries in no time. Never before have I seen an ink drying in about 1-3 seconds. No worries about smudging or smearing. You’re just good to go.

Lefty approved? But hey!


I hope this was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.


  1. Luc Luc

    Yes, I was stunninh ink. Sadly I’ve finished the bottle some time ago and didn’t think about creating some stock when it was available 🙂

    • Scrively Scrively

      Oh yeah. I can really see what you mean. And: the same happened to me. I am left with only one bottle, so I use it sparingly.

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