Ink and Pen Notes: Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with Pelikan Edelstein Garnet

Franklin-Christoph Model 02 with needlepoint nib and Pelikan Edelstein Garnet ink

I loaded up the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a Pelikan Edelstein Garnet ink cartridge in the final days of 2015. The pen lasted this long both because it’s a thin needlepoint nib that’s stingy with ink and it was red ink, which I don’t use for long writing sessions. It would still be going if it wasn’t for a mechanical failure caused by physics.

When I picked up the pen last Friday I heard a rattle. It didn’t take much investigating, since the pen is translucent, to see that the ink cartridge had come loose. There were a couple ink drops splattered around, obviously fresh from when I just picked up the pen. It wasn’t a huge mess, but since the cartridge was about 75% used I decided to completely flush and clean the pen which meant tossing the cartridge. I store the pen nib up in a wooden pen stand on my desk. About a month ago I moved it to a new location on my desk where I typically reach over something (iPad, laptop, etc…) and drop the pen into the the pen stand. Only an inch or two but eventually gravity and physics conspired to loosen the cartridge. To compound the problem this is a pen I use several times a day when I’m at my desk and I return it to the holder after each use. I can’t that claim either the pen or cartridge are defective or poorly made. A little match has me “dropping” the pen roughly 80 times since I mode the pen stand. (FYI – neither the pen stand or the end of the pen show any signs of this abuse and I do buy my pens to use them.)

I use a needlepoint (or other thin nib) and red ink for two main purposes. Marking up documents and highlighting other notes. These days I mark up PDFs more than paper documents, so while this pen is used frequently it’s usually only a few words at a time. The Garnet color is bright and easily readable. The needlepoint is a Mike Masuyama grind from Franklin-Christoph so it’s no surprise that it’s flawless. It’s a smooth writer although being such a thin nib it requires a light touch to avoid stabbing the paper. It doesn’t like rough paper or paper with a high fiber content. My natural use for this combination is cheap copy paper, Doane Large Jotters or Write Notepads wire-bound notebooks, all of which perform well with this combination.

I was going to ink up the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 this morning but realized two things – I’m up to 13 inked pens and I rarely mark up paper documents anymore which makes this pen combination less useful. So for now it stays in the pen case until I decide what to do with the pen. The translucent orange pen begs to be eyedropper filled although I’ve yet to do so. I’ve found the rough interior (in other F-C pens) to be a royal pain to clean which makes me reluctant to do so. Yet I hate the look of a converter inside. While I’m not a fan of seeing the cartridge inside, it’s a more uniform look without the gleam of chrome so I’m OK with it. I may try a few small converter fills to test a few inks with this pen to pick a long term ink as an eye dropper fill. I like the pen too much to let it sit in storage. While my tastes change over time, it’s my current choice as the best looking Model 02.

I also like the Pelikan Edelstein Garnet ink and will use my remaining cartridges. Although I’m not such a fan that I’ll buy a bottle or even more cartridges.

Ink & Pen Notes: Nexus Minimal with Medium Nib and Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

Namisu Nexux Minimal fine nib with Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire ink cartridge

I reviewed the Nexus Minimal fountain pen back in May so I won’t repeat what I wrote about the writing experience. The pen skips so I kept it inked at the time, planning to smooth the nib. Instead I wrote it dry. Well actually, there was a little writing and a lot of evaporation.

While I did use the pen occasionally and didn’t check the ink level I’m convinced there was significant evaporation as there was close to half a cartridge left when I did the review.

I won’t be re-inking the Nexus Minimal fountain pen until I’m ready to smooth the nib.

Ink and Pen Notes: Caran d'Ache Geneve with Kaweco Red and Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite

Caran d'Ache Geneve medium nib

Now that my Caran d’Ache Geneve review is finished I decided to flush the pen, even though I’ve been trying to write my pens dry. As I said in the review, the pen is a nice pen and a nice writer but it doesn’t grab my attention. I know I’d always be picking one of my other pens to use.
I had been using Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite (also a cartridge) before the Kaweco Red and I had some annoying skipping problems with the ink. It was so annoying I swapped the ink.
I inked the Geneve with Tanzanite on Dec. 6th and in Dec 12th I got tired of the skipping and swapped it for a Kaweco Red cartridge without cleaning the pen.
The pen wrote well with the Kaweco Red cartridge. It’s your basic good nib with your basic good ink. Nothing spectacular but a problem free writing experience.

I take the photos with the pens shows any all signs of use, I don’t clean the nib or the photos. The macro shots sure do highlight all the dirt and dust. But the pen was writing just fine before the photo shoot.

Ink Notes: Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Cartridge

Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite cartridge tin

For the second week in a row I’ll be reviewing an ink cartridge. It’s another Edelstein ink – Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite. The cartridges for this review were provided by Goulet Pens.
I’m not a fan of blue inks, but blue-blacks can get my attention and even make my favorite 5 inks list. My first reaction when I used this ink was “meh”. It performed OK but just one of many blue-blacks. It’s grown on me over time. Like the Edelstein Aventurine ink it’s well behaved so it starts off with a likeable personality.
An ink called Tanzanite might be expected to have a violet look to it but I don’t see any in this ink. Although there is some purple dye on the paper towel when cleaning the pen. The ink color is growing on me and I like it better on some papers than others. Personally I like it’s looks better on non-white papers.
There’s just a little bit of shading. This isn’t really noticeable with my typical thin nibs unless I look closely.
In addition to the color varying based on the paper it also varies based on the nib. Wider nibs have a bluer color while the thinner nibs have more grey. Considering I like grey but not blue it’s not surprising I prefer the ink’s color with thinner nibs. This is most noticeable in the swab where all that ink looks more blue than I’ve ever seen when the ink comes out of the pen. It’s no wonder I didn’t really like the color at first since I started with the wettest, widest nib so the ink was on the blue side.
The ink dries quickly, especially on the Doane paper I use most of the time. Smooth Rhodia paper takes longer to dry but it’s still acceptable. It’s not really waterproof but it wasn’t completely washed away. There wasn’t any noticeable feathering and no bleed-through on any paper I used. The line it puts down is consistent and true to the nib size.

Pens Used

The pens used for the writing samples where used just long enough for the sample, then the cartridge was moved to the next pen. The Edison Collier with an extra fine nib was used for a couple of days as was the Franlkin-Christoph Model 25 with a medium stub nib. Both pens wrote flawlessly, no skipping or false starts. The Franklin-Christoph sat unused for an enforced five days and wrote immediately when the nib touched the paper.
The cartridge went dry earlier than expected due to a leak in the Faber-Castell eMotion. After writing the Rhodia sample about half the ink leaked into the cap. The problem was completely unrelated to the ink. But the end result was the cartridge was only in the Collier for a few days.

Wrapping Up

The R & K Blau-Schwarz Limited Edition remains my favorite blue-black ink although it is limited. Second place has a lot of contenders, depending on my mood (my current mood has MB Midnight Blue in second place). Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite is a little faster drying than most, so it will probably get some use and would be a good choice if drying time is a priority. It really is a nice ink but I don’t see it kicking any of my other blue-blacks to the curb. It is fun seeing how the color varies depending on the paper or nib.
Thanks again to Goulet Pens for providing the Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite cartridges.

Additional Reading



Ink Notes: Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine Cartridge

Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine cartridge tin

This review is a little different in that I used cartridges for the review rather than bottled ink or a sample. I wanted to try some Pelikan Edelstein inks, but I didn’t want more bottles of ink but wanted more than a sample. So when the cartridges became available I took advantage of the opportunity. Cartridges cost more per milliliter but are less money out of pocket. Cartridges will also dry out over time, unlike bottled ink (at least ink in glass bottles). I picked Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine as my first cartridge since I’ve been itching to try a new green ink.
The Edelstein cartridges are long international so at 3 ml per cartridge that works out to about $0.44/ml. The six cartridges come in a nice tin and are protected by tissue paper inside the tin.
Aventurine is a nice bright green that has enough saturation to stand out with my preferred thin nibs. With wider or wetter nibs there’s some very nice shading. Pelikan is known for dry writing inks but Aventurine has good flow and I wouldn’t consider it a dry writing ink.
The ink is pleasant to use. I didn’t encounter any noticeable feathering or bleed-through with my common nibs and paper. With the wet Retro 51 medium nib I did encounter some feathering with cheap copy paper. There was also some show through with this nib and paper but no bleed-through.
The ink also dries fast. Considering how wet the ink looked when it hit the paper I was surprised it dried so fast. It was especially fast on Doane Paper (Jotter and writing pads) which is great for me since that’s what I use most. Drying time was longer, but very acceptable, on Rhodia paper.
I did notice that the ink as noticeably darker every morning when I first used the pen. The color returned to normal after a sentence or two. It remained darker even after the ink dried. Normally the ink brightens up just a bit as it dries.
I realize green ink is a negative is some countries and green isn’t a business ink. Despite that, I find the ink pleasing to look at when writing all day and used it as my daily driver for several days. I quickly ran through about 3/4 of the cartridge in my Franklin-Christoph Model 25 with a medium stub nib.
The ink barely leaves a trace after the water test, but it did leave a trace. But if you spilled a beer on your plan to make millions you could probably read enough to make about half that.
I show some swab comparisons in the gallery. While not an exact color match, I would use this ink the same way I would use Montblanc Irish Green. MB Irish Green is my bright green of choice although Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine would replace it if I didn’t already have a bottle of MB Irish Green. I don’t like it so much more that I would buy a bottle before the Irish Green is gone. I’ll have no problem using the cartrisges before they dry up.

Pens Used

The Franklin-Christoph Model 25 with a medium (0.9 mm) stub nib was inked up for a couple of weeks and was used as my daily writer for several days during that time. Except for the previously mentioned starting off dark each morning the ink was problem free. There wasn’t any skipping or false starts. I didn’t have any problems flushing this pen when I was done. This is one of the fastest and easiest ink flushes I’ve had in a long time.
The other pens shown in the writing samples were inked only long enough to do the writing samples. I moved the cartridge from pen to pen and gave the ink about 5 minutes to reach the nib. The Retro 51 was the only one that needed a little more time but it found the nib with just gravity.
Since there was still a little ink in the cartridge I decided to move it to my Franklin-Christoph Model 29 with a fine nib rather than waste the ink. Like the other pens flow and color depth is good.

Wrapping Up

Like I said, if I didn’t already have a bottle of MB Irish Green then Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine would be my bright green ink of choice. I like the colors equally but the Aventurine wins based on drying speed and shading.

Additional Reading

Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine – Handwritten Ink Review |
Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine – The Fountain Pen Network
Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink – Office Supply Geek
Ink Review: Pelikan Edelstein Overview Ink – Goulet Pens Video overview of six Edelstein inks. Aventurine is shown at 7:40