Ink Review #790: Robert Oster Black is Black

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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.

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The color:

Black is Black is not a dark black, it’s more of an unsaturated black that leans almost brownish-grey in large swabs.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a little bit of brownish-black sheen.

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Writing samples:

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

Bleeding: Low-there was a little bit of bleeding in the larger nib sizes on Rhodia paper.

Other properties: low shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Black is Black leans more brown than any of the other black inks I compared it to. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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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.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #789: Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine

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Do you ever have bottles of ink you get excited about and order, try once then stick it in your drawer and forget about? That’s Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine for me. I ordered it like 2 1/2 years ago, tried it once and promptly forgot about it. I decided to pull it back out and give it another go. It was the Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year in 2016, but was recently added to the standard lineup due to popularity. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Aquamarine is a medium, but slightly murky/dusky teal.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a lot more depth than I saw in writing.

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Writing samples:

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: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Aquamarine seems like a lighter version of Sailor Ink Studio #664. In writing they look closer than they do in swabs. Click here to see the Pelikan inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Franklin-Christoph 46 Italian Ice with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink, but it’s not one I use often (clearly, since it’s been sitting in my drawer for two years). I like the color, but the flow is a little dry for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #788: KWZ Chicago Blue

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When I go to Seattle Pen Posse meetups, my friend Matt lets me play with his pens. He often has one inked with KWZ Chicago Blue and after trying it in his pens a few times, I wanted my own bottle. Unfortunately, Chicago Blue was only sold at the 2017 Chicago Pen Show. I was so excited when Chicago Blue was re-released at the 2019 Chicago Pen Show. Luckily for me, my friend was able to pick me up a bottle! I did take a look around online and found out that Vanness Pens currently has some for sale, I think they bought the leftover ink when the show was over.

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The color:

Chicago Blue is a medium, vibrant blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty black sheen.

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Writing samples:

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: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is black on blue ink, so it’s subtler than other inks, but the sheen is visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper as well as in flex nibs on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Chicago Blue is darker than Monteverde Ocean Noir, and has black sheen rather than Ocean Noir’s copper. Click here to see the KWZ inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Edison Collier Steel Blue with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I’m glad I have a full bottle of this ink because I really enjoy it. I love the color and the subtle sheen. It has a nice wet flow and some nice shading as well. If you like the look of this ink, go get some from Vanness Pens while it’s still available.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself (through my friend) and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #787: Robert Oster Hot Pink

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I love magenta inks-I don’t know why since I’m not normally crazy about pink but magenta pinks are lovely. Let’s take a look at Robert Oster Hot Pink. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet. When I first tried this ink I thought it was much warmer. It’s warmer when wet and cools down a bit as it dries.

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The color:

Hot Pink is a medium pink, almost magenta.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty shading.

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Writing samples:

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: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Hot Pink is a little bit lighter than Monteverde Garnet. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the pink inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Blossom Red with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this is a really nice magenta pink. It has a nice flow, great color, and well behaved. It’s a win for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.