- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- Medium- 20+ seconds is pretty standard for ink. Definitely not quick dry, but it shouldn't cause you trouble if you are writing or turning pages quickly.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low- If you are looking for water resistance, look elsewhere. This one doesn't stay put when water is applied.
- Medium- You can see a difference between the first swab line and the second, but not the second and the third.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy- Pretty standard cleaning for this ink, no need to take any additional steps.
- High- This ink throws a lot of shade! On down strokes you can see stunning pigment pooling and sheen, while on upstrokes, you get a lighter shade of turquoise. If you love shading/sheening ink, you have to try this one.
- Medium- No hard starts, no gushes. If I was being really picky, I'd say it goes more to wet.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 50ml plastic bottle with box and a 2ml ink sample
- The bottle is made from recycled plastic
- Large round opening on this cylindrical bottle
I love this ink! It was the first Robert Oster ink I filled a full pen of, and let me tell you, I did not want to stop writing. To see it at its best, be sure to use fountain pen friendly paper. You can really see the sheen on Tomoé River or Rhodia paper. It might not be the most work or school appropriate ink, but for letter writing, journaling, or note-taking, I think this is a fantastic option.
You can find Robert Oster Fire & Ice at GouletPens.com in a 50ml bottle for $16 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.
What is your favorite Robert Oster ink? Leave a comment and let me know!