Ink Review #225: Robert Oster Aussie Liquid Gold


Today's ink is Aussie Liquid Gold, a new limited quantity Shake 'N' Shimmy ink from Robert Oster. Only 100 50ml bottles were made, and each comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Robert Oster. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet, the only retailer in the US to carry it right now. 


The color:

Aussie Liquid Gold is a bright yellow with lots of shimmer.


So far most of the yellow shimmer inks I have seen have had gold shimmer, such as Robert Oster Heart of Gold and Diamine Golden Sands, so it's interesting to see a yellow ink with silver shimmer.


Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and tons of shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved really well.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Golden Sands, Robert Oster Aussie Liquid Gold, and Robert Oster Heart of GoldClick here to see the Robert Oster inks together, Shake 'N' Shimmy inks are at the bottom of the page.


Longer writing: 

I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. The shimmer did clog the feed three times, but I just primed the feed a bit and kept writing. I didn't have any problems cleaning out the pen.


Overall, it's an interesting ink. It feels more spring/summer to me than Robert Oster Heart of Gold, which feels more appropriate for the holidays. Of the two I think I prefer Heart of Gold, but this one is lovely as well. Give it a try, you might love it.

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