Ink Review #171: Robert Oster Crimson

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I forgot to post yesterday's review last night so you get two reviews today. Crimson is another red made by Robert Oster. I purchased my ink from Vanness Pens

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The color:

Crimson is a dusky, muted red. 

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In ink drops the ink looks a bit brown when pooled, but doesn't actually show sheen. 

Dry time: 44 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen, no shimmer.

On 20 pound copy there was a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib and some feathering as well. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Royal Red, Robert Oster Crimson, and Robert Oster Lipstick Red. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together. 

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Longer writing:

I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

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Overall, the ink is well behaved but I'm not crazy about the dusky color. I prefer my reds to be more vibrant. If you like the color give it a shot because it is pretty well behaved. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #170: Diamine Firefly

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Continuing with the Diamine 2017 Shimmertic collection, today's ink is Diamine Firefly. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Firefly is a bright vibrant orange with gold shimmer.

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The ink drops are pretty much all gold shimmer. Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly paper first, Rhodia, Tomoe River and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there is some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, gold shimmer.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of bleeding and some feathering. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Inferno Orange, Diamine Firefly, and Diamine Caramel Sparkle. Click here to see the Diamine inks together (the Shimmertastics are at the bottom of the page).

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Longer writing:

I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N nib on Tomoe River, then switched to a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, the ink behaves pretty well, but I'm just not crazy about the color. It's just not for me. If you love the color, give it a shot because it is pretty well behaved and has some nice gold shimmer.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.