I am always on the lookout for good black inks. Robert Oster recently released his first black ink, Black is Black so I had to give it a try. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.
Black is Black is not a dark black, it’s more of an unsaturated black that leans almost brownish-grey in large swabs.
In large swabs the ink has a little bit of brownish-black sheen.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 20 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Feathering: Low-it had a bit more feathering on Rhodia that other Robert Oster inks I’ve tried.
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.
I used a Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.
Overall, this ink is not a true black to me, it’s almost a dark greyish-brown. It’s rare that I don’t like a Robert Oster ink, but I’ve become rather picky about my black inks, and I’m not sold on this one. I just feel like it’s not as good as a lot of the black inks I already have, and it had more feathering than most of the Robert Oster inks I’ve tried.
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