Ink Review #206: Robert Oster Silver Fire and Ice


It's still Robert Oster ink week here at Mountain of Ink, so today I'm continuing to work my way through the Shake 'N' Shimmy Holiday 4-pack I purchased from Pen Chalet. Today I'm focusing on Silver Fire and Ice, which seems to be Robert Oster Fire and Ice with silver shimmer added. 


The color:

Silver Fire and Ice is a medium blue with a touch of green and lots of silver shimmer.


There is a lot of silver shimmer in this ink. 


The ink drops are nothing but pure shimmer. If you flick the page or bump it too hard the concentrated shimmer spreads everywhere.

Dry time: 25 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper. 

Other properties: Medium shading, medium pink sheen, and silver shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering but other than that the ink behaved well.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Fire and Ice, Robert Oster Silver Fire and Ice, and Diamine Arctic Blue. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, the Shake 'N' Shimmy inks are at the bottom of the page. Arctic Blue has a little less green in it than Silver Fire and Ice does.

Diamine Blue Lightning, Diamine Tropical Glow, and J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor. Click here to see the blue inks together. Both Tropical Glow and Emerald of Chivor are teals, but I still wanted to included them for comparison.


Longer writing:

I used a Pelikan M300 White Tortoise fitted with a vintage 400N nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow. 

The shimmer did clog the feed twice. This ink has a lot of shimmer, much more than Diamine shimmer inks do, so it makes sense that it might clog a little bit more. When the feed does clog, I just prime the feed a little bit and keep writing-no big deal.

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Overall, it's a nice shimmer ink. I like Fire and Ice, so it's nice to have a shimmer version. I'm not crazy about the fact that it's only available in the 4-pack, but that's ok. So far in the Holiday 4-pack I really like Peppermint Candy and Heart of Gold, but I think part of that is that both of them have shimmer that matches the ink (Heart of Gold is gold and has gold shimmer, Peppermint Candy is green and has green shimmer), which is a really nice change from the standard silver and gold shimmer in everything. I think I would like this ink a little bit more if it had blue shimmer instead of the silver. With so much silver shimmer you don't notice the blue ink underneath. Give it a try, you might love it.

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