Ink Review: 4001 Turquoise by Pelikan

This is the second instalment in our "Turquoise & Teal" series of reviews. On first glance this ink appears to be very similar to Lamy Turquoise but on further examination you will notice that it is slightly darker, has less pronounced shading, and feathers a lot more on Field Notes paper.  

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Price / 62.5 ml Bottle $10 US $13 US $14 CAN £7.15
Price / ml $0.16 US $0.21 US $0.22 CAN £0.11
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: Nice shading, not quite as pronounced as Lamy Turquoise but still a feature worth selecting the ink for.
Bleed Through: Field Notes shows a lot of bleed through as well as feathering. Copy paper does much better but still experiences some minor bleed through with wet nibs. 
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Sheen: Very subtle pink toned sheen but it only appears on very heavily pooled areas and likely not in typical writing.
Water Resistance: Totally obliterated. 
Drying Time: Quick drying time, 10 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow.
Cleaning: Easy.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, this ink is made up of cerulean die and nothing else.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

 

Conclusions

This is a pleasing turquoise but it doesn't bring anything to the show that Lamy Turquoise doesn't already address. It also feathers worse than the Lamy ink when used on absorbent papers. It is cheap and is available in a 30 ml variant for only $7.50 from JetPens but you could pass this one by and not feel like you were missing out.

Other Reviews For This Ink

FP Geeks: Inkcyclopedia 
Fountain Pen Physicist