I’ve purchased this ink on a whim, not knowing what to expect beyond the colour of th eink. I’m pleasantly surprised to find how good a shading ink this is. Like its name, the colour is deep and rich. The dark teal appeals to me a lot. And the dryness is a good fit for my wetter nibs.
Robert Oster Signature
My thanks to Ana of Well Appointed Desk for the ink sample.
Frankly Blue isn’t quite blue. At least to my eyes, it’s bordering on teal. It shades well even in my Japanese fine nib, going from a dark teal to a muted teal. Frankly blue is a dry ink with flair. I really enjoy this colour.
This is Hippo Noto’s exclusive Robert Oster Signature ink. It is named Hippo Purple. At first I thought for an ink named purple, it doesn’t look very purple but Robert Oster Signature had revealed that the brief was for the ink to look like the purplish skin of an actual hippo. Thus, it doesn’t look overwhelmingly purple. Knowing the brief, I believe the colour fits well to its name.
Hippo Purple is a dry ink. It shades subtly. I recommend filling this in a wet pen. Hippo Purple is not quite purple, not quite brown. This is a truly unique colour that I’m having a tough time finding similar inks.
My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.
Robert Oster Motor Oil is a deep dark brown-green colour. And it looks just like motor oil or sludge. This is most definitely not my favourite colour. It looks like a very dark Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho. And it is giving me the Ina-Ho vibes. (I don’t like Ina-Ho.) It shades very subtly with a hint of lighter brown-green surfacing from time to time. It is probably best not to use it in a EF or F nib cause you lose all shading. Plus this is a relatively dry ink. It’s not my kind of colour but it is a rather unique ink.
My thanks to Executive Pens Direct for sending me a bottle of Robert Oster “Shake N Shimmy” Rose Gilt Tynte for review.
Executive Pens Direct is a family run business that sells stationary that runs the gamut. You can find fountain pens and related stationary supplies there.
On to the ink, Rose Gilt Tynte is part of the Robert Oster “Shake N Shimmy” series. Rose Gilt Tynte is a dusty rose colour with silver dust. The colour can be rather light when filled in a drier / narrower nib size. As you can probably tell my TWSBI Mini 1.1mm stub nib is having major issues with the ink but I’ve filled it in a TWSBI Eco with a modded nib and that pen worked just fine. It wrote well in that pen without clogging up. The silver dust isn’t very obvious especially against the dusty rose. As an ink, I enjoy its unique base colour. It foes from a muted pink-purple to a dark dusty purple.
My thanks to Executive Pens Direct for sending me a bottle of Robert Oster Plumb Nut for review.
Plumb Nut is a surprising colour. On the bottle cap where there is a small swatch, it looked purple-grey. When I filled it in my Parker Urban, it was a dark wine red, maybe brown with hints of red. Now in my TWSBI Mini 1.1mm Stub nib it looks pink, it shades very well. But depending on the pen you use, you will get very kind of result. Robert Oster Plumb Nut is one interesting colour.