I have never tried a Robert Oster ink that wasn't great, so I'm excited to review more Robert Oster inks this week. Today's ink is Soda Pop Blue. At first it reminded me a lot of Robert Oster Blue Water Ice, but there is a difference between the two inks. I purchased my bottle of Soda Pop Blue at Vanness Pens.
I've talked about this bottle before in other Robert Oster reviews, but I still like the bottle. I appreciate that the bottle is tall and skinny, useful for filling fountain pens.
Soda Pop Blue is a medium blue with shading and sheen. Seasonally, I would probably use this ink in the summer.
The ink drops showed both shading and sheen, two things I love in an ink.
Feathering: Soda Pop Blue feathered just a little bit on Baron Fig paper, but did great on the other papers.
Show through: Soda Pop Blue had low to medium show through on all of the papers.
Bleeding: Soda Pop Blue only bled on Baron Fig paper, which is pretty common. About 70% of the inks I've reviewed so far bleed on Baron Fig paper. The ink did great on the other papers.
Other properties: Soda Pop Blue has medium sheen and medium shading.
Inks for comparison, left to right: Robert Oster Blue Water Ice, Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue, and Robert Oster Bondi Blue. Soda Pop Blue looks the darkest, then Blue Water Ice is one shade lighter, then Bondi Blue is one shade lighter than that. If you want to see swabs of all the Robert Oster inks I have reviewed so far, click here.
Left to right: Diamine Asa Blue, Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue, and Noodler's Navajo Turquoise. Here's a link to the swabs of blue inks I have reviewed so far.
I used a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow, and was very smooth. There is some shading and some sheen as well, which makes me happy.
Overall, I really love Soda Pop Blue. It has medium shading and sheen, two properties I love in fountain pen ink. It's saturated, has a medium flow, and writes smoothly. Seriously, give it a try, because it's a great ink.
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