Ink of the Year 2015

Mishka unboxes Pelikan's Edelstein Amethyst 'Ink of the Year' for 2015

We have some really really really big news for you!

I have opened a delivery of Pelikan's brand new ink of the year! Every single box of ink came individually wrapped and I got the entire office buzzing. Dominic deeply regrets that he didn't record my excitement....

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst Ink

So what's the story behind it?

Pelikan have a regular line of Edelstein ink and every year they release one colour that is named as the 'Ink Of The Year.'

The 2015 ink is very special because Pelikan launched an online competition where you could go and mix your own ink colours and also vote for creations of others. What a great idea!

The result of this public vote is Amethyst, another gemstone related ink following on from the Garnet, Turmaline and Amber shades from the previous 3 years.

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst Ink

Bottle - It is absolutely stunning. Without a doubt this is the best looking ink bottle out there :) (my fourth...ahem...I can stop collecting any time )

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst Ink

Colour  - The name Amethyst suits it well. It's a dark purple ink and it goes really well with the rest of Pelikan's luxurious range.

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst Ink

Shading - Perhaps one of the most desirable properties. Colour of ink goes from light to dark.

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst Ink

Sheen - This topic reminds me some sort of mythical creature which nobody has seen, but everybody talks about. Amethyst has a strong metallic green one. It only shows on certain paper, under certain light and angle. Once you see it, it's love at the first sight <3

Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst Ink

Pen match -That's easy! Lamy Al-Star Purple. Finding a good ink and pen match makes me happy :) This is a match made in heaven.


Mishka (^_~) & photographer Faisal (^_^)

See more on the Pelikan Edelstein Ink and buy it at Bureau Direct here

6 thoughts on “Ink of the Year 2015”

  • Jules

    I'm sold on the colour Mishka, beautiful. Just out of interest, which size nib did you use with the Lamy Al Star please? I'm intending to purchase (new ink = new pen; of course) and was thinking, fine?

    Thumbs up to this additional website too :)

    • bureaumishka

      Hi - yes, you are absolutely correct! It is Lamy's Fine nib. I have now opted for 1.1mm because this colour shades so well. You get more shading with wider nibs ;) Oh and paper plays a big part too.

  • Nev

    Hi, I was wondering could you share with us what kind of paper (company?) did you write on in this ink review? I'm having a tough time finding a paper on which the sheen is visible...

    • Mishka

      Hi Nev,
      I know exactly what you mean...without the right paper and wet pen sheen is more of a myth.... This is if I remember correctly Tomoe River. Other paper that seems to work is Habana. Tracing paper is great for photographs, but it will take days for ink to dry :) Clairefontaine - especially Triomphe/Rhodia dotpad are OK too. To get the crazy sheen you need pools of ink :) good light and low angles. Hope this helps. Mishka

  • Yuzu


    I like the matching of Al-Star and Pelican's new ink. Is the color of Al-star fountain pen purple or deep purple ?
    As I'm going to buy the Amethyst ink and new fountain pen, so I'd like to know for my reference.
    Thank you very much !

    • Mishka

      Hi Yuzu, thank you :) do you like matching colours too?
      I'd call this a metallic plum purple. Pelikan is actually coming up with a pen that will match this Amethyst ink - yeeey :)

Leave a Reply