Hello, fountain pen friends! Madigan here, reviewing the stunning Rober Oster Gold Antiqua ink. Sarah, our photographer, mentioned that this was one of her favorites when swabbing up the ink, and as soon as I started writing with it, I realized why. It’s a gorgeous color, the closest to gold that I’ve seen in a regular fountain pen ink, with exceptional sheen and shading. If you are a fan of golden brown inks, you have to give this one a try!



Supplies Used:

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:

Ink Similar in Color: 

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!

Write on,