|Pelikan Edelstein Onyx in Rhodia dotPad.|
I find this ink hard to review, because I'm not really sure what I even want in a black ink. Do I want the deepest, darkest black around, or do I want a more nuanced black, with hints of other colours in it? I really don't know, but I do think that Pelikan Edelstein Onyx might be a good balance between those two extremes. To me, it looks like a neutral black (no undertones of other colours) with a hint of shading, but it is definitely not a deep, dark black. It's probably more of a very dark grey than it is a true black. And frankly, I like it. I don't find it a particularly exciting ink, and I don't love it (I doubt whether I'd love any black ink), but I do like it. And sometimes it is nice to use an ink that's more under-stated and doesn't call too much attention to itself.
|Pelikan Edelstein Onyx in Paperblanks journal with lines from the poem "So Much Happiness" by Naomi Shihab Nye.|
One thing I do love about Pelikan Edelstein Onyx is the flow. It's just perfect for me and my pen (Lamy Safari with an F nib) - very smooth but not too wet. I feel like I could write forever with this ink (well, until it ran out, of course!). It's also a very well-behaved ink - I could see essentially no feathering or bleedthrough even on the cheap papers I tried it on. This is an ink I enjoy using even if the colour is not amazing.
|Not a scan. I was disappointed with the quality of my scans after I uploaded them to Blogger in my last couple of ink reviews, so I decided to try a simple photo instead. I think this worked better.|
Overall, I think Pelikan Edelstein Onyx is a good ink, though if you prefer very deep true blacks you should look elsewhere. If you don't mind your black inks having a bit more personality, then this may be the ink for you! This ink performed very well and was a true joy to write with, so I'm sure I'll be checking out more of the colours in the Edelstein series in the future. An ink this nice combined with a colour that I love sounds like it would be just about perfect.
What do you look for in black inks?
Related reviews: The Pen Addict, Pentulant, Ink Nouveau.