A couple weeks ago, I received an ENORMOUS blue crate that I had to lug back from the post office because I thought it would be a good day to walk over to the PO and get me mail. Foolish me. Luckily, despite its epic size, the contents are not too weighty. It is the Pelikan Wanderbox #4 which is a project from the fine folks at Pelikan to let the ink wander the world and amass letters written by pen enthusiasts.
Inside the foam-packed crate is a beautiful hat box with a bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst ink and handwritten letters from previous Wanderboxers. It was fun to read through each of the letters and add my own to the pile. Not to mention having an opportunity to try out the Edelstein Amethyst ink firsthand. I filled my one Pelikan M200 with the ink and set to writing my own letter.
The color is a little more reddish than other purple-y inks I’ve tried lately but not in a garish sort of way. Its actually quite regal.
I swabbed the color to add to my collection and there is a distinctly gold halo in the ink color adding to that royal look. I’m thinking I’ll be buying a full bottle of my own soon.
Of the inks currently in my stash, Amethyst most closely resemble J. Herbin Poussière de Lune but the Edelstein Amethyst is a more well-behaved ink. While I love the colors of the J. Herbin standard inks, I often find them too runny for most pens.
Here’s hoping a Wanderbox comes your way soon. This one is off to Arizona on Monday. From there, who knows?
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Oh, I love this! I love the idea of a box of letters going around from here to there and adding to the mix! The color is stunning, especially with the golden hue. I can see why you would want it. Currently, my purple is just plain Pelikan violet, which is a really nice grape purple, but almost zero shading…. Not that I mind too much. I might have to keep this Amethyst in mind.
Can anyone sign up to participate in the Wanderbox program? I would love to have a reason to actually write a letter to someone.
Right now, the Wanderboxes are free floating. If you know someone who gets a Wanderbox, you can ask them to send it on to you but I think the goal was to keep it loose. I hope one wanders your way soon!
Wow, this is a really cool program! I love writing letters!