2018 seems to be the year of Olivine and olive green colors. The 2018 Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year is Olivine and Monteverde has a gemstone collection with Olivine. Faber Castell recently unveiled new colors and guess what? Olive green is one of them. I, myself, am very excited as green is my favorite color so lets see what is happening.
Olivine is one of the most common minerals on earth and is most known as a major rock forming mineral. Olivine can appear in color as olive green, light-green, dark-green, yellow-green and brown. As a gemstone, it is known as Peridot.
I was very anxious to try both Olivine inks together and compare the two. What I found was two very different offerings of Olivine.
Pelikan Edelstein Olivine is a green with much more blue added to it where the Monteverde Olivine is more of a true olive green with more yellow added to it. I found it to be somewhat fascinating.
Both inks behave very well. Both have a nice flow, have nice saturation and shade wonderfully. It really boils down to what color you prefer and what you may have been expecting. I was expecting an olive green color, as that is what I identify Olivine to be. Monteverde hits that color out of the park, in my opinion.
I also need to look at value. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine is a 50mL bottle and is approx $28 here in the U.S. The bottles are gorgeous, however. The Monteverde Olivine is a 30mL bottle and is approx $8 in the U.S. Monteverde wins again.
Everyone has their own opinions and that is great. Mine is that Olivine is an olive green based color and not a blue-green color. Monteverde Olivine wins this by a landslide when comparing Olivine properties. Pelikan Edelstein Olivine is a lovely ink and I like it, it is just not a solid Olivine to me.
This review is based off of my opinions and experience. I do not represent either Monteverde nor Pelikan and I am not being compensated in any way.