It's new releases week, so today we are going to look at Terra Australis, 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.
Terra Australis is a dark brown with lots of shimmer.
There is a ton of shimmer packed into the ink.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 30 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved really well, just a little bit of bleeding in the large swab.
I used a medium Edison Nouveau Premier Seaglass on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow, but I was having a hard time keeping the shimmer consistent. The first sentence had good shimmer, then it would decrease for a few lines until I rotated the pen.
Overall, it's a nice ink. I think in the future I would only really use it in a flex nib. The shimmer is just too hard to keep consistent in the smaller nibs. Give it a try, you might love it.
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