- 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- This ink was almost completely dry at 20 seconds, but since it is such a shader, the darkest part where the ink had pooled still smeared. It was completely dry by 30 seconds, making it a pretty average ink.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low- Gold Antiqua doesn't stick around, so if you are looking for a permanent ink in this color, look to the Noodler's line.
- High- This is a highly saturated ink. There was virtually no difference between the first and third swabs.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy- A light gold color, plus not water resistance make for an easy cleaning experience! A couple of runs through water, and my pen was clear.
- High- Insanely beautiful shading in this ink! It went from light yellow to a deep golden brown. Simply gorgeous!
- Medium- This is a steady writing ink. It flowed from the pen with no hard starts or gushes. It would be a great everyday writer!
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
This is a fantastic ink! I loved the shading and sheening. It's a somewhere between yellow and brown, but easy on the eyes. It would be great for letter writing, journaling, or basic note-taking. Not exactly a professional color (I can't see it going over in a law office), but it could work for at school for note-taking or grading paper. I highly recommend trying this out if you are looking for a unique ink!
You can find Robert Oster Gold Antiqua at GouletPens.com in a 50ml bottle for $16 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.
What's your favorite golden brown ink? Leave a comment and let me know!