Review Bonanza: Pelikan 4001 Inks + Giveaway

This is the launch of my new ink review format. I hope this is new and improved ink review format with the addition of ink swatches is useful and more readable. There is a giveaway to commemorate the launch. Read on to find out how to join.

Pellikan 4001 ink series is the economical line of Pelikan inks. The price of a bottle of 62.5ml Pelikan 4001 ink is only SGD$3.20 here in Singapore. It is one of the cheapest ink available in Singapore. Below is the review bonanza of the entire line of Pelikan 4001 inks.

Pelikan inks tend to be dry. This is actually one property that I enjoy since I am a left handed writer. However pairing dry inks with dry pens makes for a horrible writing experience. It's all a matter of the right combination. Now onto the reviews below!


Pelikan 4001 Blue Black
Pelikan Blue Black is a fairly run of the mill ink. It is well behaved and has a fairly good dry time. There is some shading visible with the 1.1 stub nib. The ink seemes to have more blue than black. It runs from a dark blue to a grey blue colour. This is an excellent work horse ink for use in the office.

Similar Inks
* Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Kai
* Mont Blanc Blue Black
* Noodler's 54th Massachusetts


Pelikan 4001 Brillant Black
I got this bottle of Pelikan Black from a fellow fountain pen lover. I had such a hard time looking for a brand new bottle. Pelikan Black isn't all that saturated. I would say it is trending towards a lighter shade of black. Though it is a dry ink it works well in most of my pens.

Similar Inks
* J. Herbin Perle Noire
* Noodler's Bernanke Black
* Sailor Jentle Black


Pelikan 4001 Brillant Red
Brillant Red isn't quite red. It tends towards a pink-orange shade. This isn't the sort of red that I would expect coming out of a teacher's red pen. It matches the special edition for Lamy Safari 2014 Neon Coral quite nicely. This isn't a colour that I would use often but it is a happy and fun colour.

Similar Inks
* Diamine Poppy Red
* Sheaffer Red


Pelikan 4001 Brillant Brown
Brown isn't my favourite colour. It is no different with the Pelikan 4001 Brillant Brown. The shade of brown is more saturated than the muted earth tones. The ink shades well and dries easily. It is a workhorse ink that isn't quite as boring as plain old black. I would say this is a well behaved reddish-brown ink for the office.

Similar Inks
* Noodler's Golden Brown
* OMAS Brown
* Noodler's Walnut


Pelikan 4001 Brillant Green
Brillant Green looks exactly as it is named. It is green but not forest green, closer to grass green. It is saturated and isn't overpowered by the yellow in the colour. The packaging of this particular bottle has been updated by Pelikan but the bottle shape is essentially the same. Pelikan Brillant Green has shading quality that's best viewed when used in broader nibs.

Similar Inks
* Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine
* Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Ryoku
* Platinum Mix Free Leaf Green


Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue
Royal blue is a pretty regular well behaved blue ink. It is a muted purple-blue shade. It doesn't particularly seemed very royal to me. There is some shading to it which provides it some character. Personally, this isn't my favourite kind of blue.

Similar Inks
* Diamine China Blue
* Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki
* Private Reserve Naples Blue


Pelikan 4001 Turquoise
This is a delightful ink. It's full of ink and it is in such a wonderful shade! The ink runs from bright almost lumious green-blue to a darker more sombre shade of green. Pelikan 4001 Turquoise has red sheen around the edges of words where ink pools. I really love this ink and I believe it is an excellent addition to anyone's collection.

Similar Inks
* Sheaffer Turquoise
* Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-Iro
* Diamine Eau De Nil


Pelikan 4001 Violet
Pelikan Violet is the purple entry of this series of inks. This ink shades beautifully from dark purple to a muted pink-purple. Dry time seems slightly extended. The colour isn't too great for the office but it will work well with letter or journal writing.

Similar Inks
* OMAS Purple
* J. Herbin Violette Pensee
* Sailor Bungbox L'Amant


I am giving away not one but two complete set of Pelikan 4001 5ml ink samples to 2 lucky readers. This is open to all international and local readers. All you have to do is to follow the instructions below. The giveaway will be closed on 26th January 2014. The winners will have one week to get back to me with their mailing addresses otherwise new winners will be picked. Good luck!

Posted on January 20, 2015 and filed under review, Ink.