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Pelikan Mandarin (orange): Ink Review

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Pelikan Edelstein “Mandarin”: a yummy shader

Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin (orange ink)

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

  Leuchtturm 1917 Standard copy paper
Color  yummy bright clementine orange – makes you wanna bite into that ink  bright clementine orange – still looks really good even on cheap paper
Saturation  very high  high
Shading  oh yes!  still plenty for the rather absorbent paper
Feathering  nope  no
Bleed-through  nope  on the 2nd pass
Wetness  moderate  moderate
Drying time  5 sec., but probably even safe after 3 sec.  1 sec.
Smudging when dry  no  no
Regular smear test  okay  okay
Left-page smear test  okay  okay

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

Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin_Leuchtturm

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

Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin_Standard paper

Pelikan Mandarin is a hell of an ink. The color is absolutely stunning in my opinion. It is a very bright and yummy looking orange – much brighter and more pure that Diamine Pumpkin for example (which I love for its rather dirtyish-vintage style).

The ink shades really lovely on Leuchtturm paper, but you can still see some shading on cheaper paper. The ink generally performs really well on standard paper, on which other inks normally look rather boring and flat. The only thing you have to be a little careful with on standard paper is bleed-through, which could happen. Not on better paper like the Leuchtturm, though.

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. While it is a premium ink, it is no as expensive as Pilot Iroshizuku, but still almost three times as expensive as the really affordable (but great) Diamine inks. Generally, if you do not write exaggeratedly a lot, I would say it is really worth the money, though.

As for its ‘leftyness’, Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin is nothing less than perfect. It literally dries in no time. No worries about smudging or smearing. There is nothing to add here.

Lefty approved? For sure!


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

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