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Review: Robert Oster Jade

Here’s another Robert Oster Signature Ink that I’ve been using these past few days, thanks to samples sent by Everything Calligraphy. It’s such a pleasant surprise because It’s a very nice, eye-catching shade of green. Robert Oster Jade is exactly how I want a jade-colored ink to be. It’s a  brilliant, vibrant, jade green with expressive shading that mimics the complexity and depth of jade stone.

Robert Oster Jade

My first impression of this ink is that it’s so, so gorgeous. I noticed that it gets a bit darker after it’s had a bit of time to dry, though. Even while it’s wet, it looks like a brilliant shade of green.

Robert Oster Jade

If you look at the swab samples, you’ll see that the lightest part of the swab is a pretty shade of light yellow-green, though not too light as to make it unreadable or difficult to read. Like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, I like how this ink looks really vibrant on the page, and how it flows really well without misbehaving. It flows good without getting all bleed-y on paper. This is a moderate flow, and it dries relatively fast. Around 10-15 seconds on Tomoe River paper with a wet, medium nib. It’s not very water-resistant, though. I think I’ll need a full bottle of this color. I’d love to see more of this in my journal. Here are a few more close ups of the writing samples:

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Robert Oster Jade

Overall, it’s a very interesting color. It flows very nicely, and it’s a pleasure to use. I tried it in my fine-nibbed Sheaffer Tuckaway and it just flowed so beautifully. I love it a lot.

Robert Oster inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Signature Ink – Khaki

Robert Oster

I received a few ink samples of Robert Oster Signature Inks from Everything Calligraphy to review several days ago, and of course I made a bee line for the first green ink that caught my eye–Khaki.

Robert Oster - Khaki

I’m very excited to try this brand of ink because I’ve never tried this before. I inked up my Parker 75 and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the ink looked on paper. At first glance, it looks a little similar to Diamine Safari, except that it’s a bit more golden, or it has more hints of yellow. It straddles the line comfortably between green and brown, and I love the rich, earthiness of the color. It washes quite well too, if you’re thinking of using the ink for that application. It has some shading, though it’s not what I’d call overly expressive. I really like that it flows so well without bleeding through or feathering.

It’s a very well-behaved ink, and I’d put the flow to a moderate to wet. Even when I used it with a fine nib, it just glides on paper. It’s so much fun to use. It dries relatively fast too, between 5-10 seconds in a fine nib on tomoe river paper. It’s not very water-resistant, though. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Robert Oster - Khaki

Overall, I love the color. Not exactly something you can use for work, but it’s nicely saturated enough for everyday writing. I’ve written a few journal entries with my sample, and I’m really enjoying how it pairs so well with cream-colored paper. It’s just so beautiful!

Robert Oster Signature inks are exclusively available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro


My Pelikan M600 had been out of rotation for a few months. I decided to ink it up yesterday and since Syo-Ro looked a bit like a suitable blue green, I decided to try it out. It’s one of those inks that look very different when wet and dry. The photos below will show that. The one on the left is how it looks when it’s wet and the one on the right is when it’s dry.

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When wet, it looks similar to the base color of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, just without the sparkles and the pronounced red sheen. As it dries, the green component of the ink becomes more obvious. It’s a nice teal shade that leans more on the green side. As expected of the Iroshizuku line of inks, this ink performs really well. It dries relatively fast (less than 10 seconds on a wet, medium nib), and flows really good. I would put this at a moderate to wet flow. It’s not waterproof but it leaves behind traces of blue when wet.

It’s an interesting-looking ink, not your run-of-the-mill teal. The shading has some dark blue in it, reddish under some kinds of light. Check out some close ups of my writing sample below:




Pilot has this way of making their ambiguous-looking inks very eye-catching.

Overall, I like this ink a lot because it’s something I can be comfortable using at work while still looking like a unique color. The flow is so pleasant, and it behaves very well. What’s not to like? 🙂

I bought this as part of a set of three small bottles from Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Swab: Diamine Shimmertastic Inks – Golden Sands


I’ve been waiting for these inks to be available locally since it has been released. I had my eye on a particular color of these Shimmertastic inks–Golden Sands. From the writing samples I saw online, I thought that the golden brown base color is very pretty. I ordered this bottle from Everything Calligraphy and it arrived yesterday (with a couple of chocnuts, yay!), much to my excitement. The bottle’s label is pretty, I love it. But the opening of the bottle is almost the same (if not the same) as their 30ml bottles. Sigh, Diamine, would it kill you to widen the opening a bit so my Bexley Corona fits more comfortably? A minor annoyance, this small bottle opening. :-/


Look at those golden particles. Compared with Emerald of Chivor, these micronized gold bits seem to be denser. They clump together near the bottom and it takes a good shaking to disperse them again. It kind of reminds me of the gold particles of Stormy Grey. They seem heavier.


The base color of this ink is so pretty. It reminds me of Diamine Sepia, only a bit more yellow. Maybe it looks more like amber. That kind of yellow-brown makes you look twice, it reminds me of the color of leaves in fall, quite lovely! The shading is gorgeous too. Even without the gold bits, I love the base color of this ink a lot.


I like that the ink doesn’t look gaudy, which was what I was worried of because it’s basically gold on gold. I thought it would make the ink hard to read under some lights, but it turns out that the distribution of particles is pretty good, you can see the character and appearance of the base ink pretty well. Under some kinds of light, the bling shines through…

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It doesn’t make the letters look like they’re written with gold ink, though. You can still obviously see that the base color is a nice golden brown, and that it’s got some expressive shading.


The ink’s flow is a bit on the dry to medium side. I wish that it’s a bit more flow-y, but it’s all good. Compared with Emerald of Chivor, it has more shading to it, although the color doesn’t have EoC’s depth (thanks to the red sheen and gold particles), but it is still a pretty ink. Takes about 10-15 seconds to dry on Tomoe River paper, and it’s not particularly water-resistant. It’s best to use on wet writers with medium or broad nibs. Probably not what you would use for daily writing, this kind of brown is pretty unconventional and not something you can use for official documents. Still, it makes journal entries and personal letters so very, very pretty.

I’ll observe the pen I used with it (a Lamy Studio with a medium nib), and will update this entry if it ends up clogging my pen (highly doubtful). 🙂

Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Ryoku Review


I’ve had this ink for a while but I got so many new inks afterwards that I forgot to upload my review for it. Well, today’s as good a time as any. This ink was a gift from my husband a few months ago. Since I love green inks, he thought I’d like this too. It’s hard not to like these Iroshizuku inks. I’ve yet to meet an Iro ink that did not perform great in pens.


I used this ink with my Faber Castell Emotion (medium nib). At first I didn’t want to put brown pen and green ink together, but Shin-Ryoku has this natural vibe to it. Using it with a wood pen didn’t feel incongruous. Shin-Ryoku means “Forest Green”, by the way. How apt.


Like with all the Iroshizuku inks that I’ve tried before, this one flows so well. it feels like writing with silk. This ink is more expensive than others, but I can say it’s totally worth it. This one’s no exception. It flows so well, and at first glance the ink looks like what you would expect of a “forest green”, but then there are subtle things about it that makes it even more beautiful.


On to the technical little nitty-gritty first. The ink dries moderately fast (between 10-15 seconds, depending on nib grade and paper). It’s not prone to nib creep as far as I can tell. The flow is moderate to medium, it actually feels like lubricated ink.


It’s not waterproof or water resistant by any stretch, but it does leave behind a bluish outline. Not dark enough to be too noticeable though (see the photo below).


In certain kinds of paper and under certain kinds of lighting, it shows tinges of red in the shading. It does show some shading, but I wouldn’t call it expressively shade-y. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:



Overall, it’s a nice, vibrant green that is nicely saturated. I prefer expressively shade-y inks, but this one’s pretty nice too. The red undertone gives it a subtly distinct character.

The great news for people living in the Philippines is that Iroshizuku inks are now available through Everything Calligraphy (nationwide shipping is available). There was a time when the only way to get this ink is through a balikbayan or through international shipping. It’s amazing how times have changed. 🙂

Ink Swab: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor Review


Last week I heard that J. Herbin’s new anniversary ink, Emerald of Chivor, has finally arrived in the Philippines. So I asked my favorite Scribe branch to reserve one for me, and I picked it up last Sunday. I’ve been looking forward to this ink for a while, so I was really excited to try it out.


I only use my bling-y anniversary inks with Lamy pens, but this time I thought I would be adventurous and try it with my Faber Castell Emotion with a medium nib. My first impression (as I waited for the ink to dry and show the sparkly bits), is that the base ink looks gorgeous. It kind of reminds me of Iroshizuku Syo-Ro, but darker. The gold bits on the bottle are also noticeably easier to shake than Stormy Grey. Perhaps the concentration of micronized particles for this color is lower? I’m not sure.


It is a pretty good-looking shade of blue-green, though. The ink flows really wet. I used it on a medium nib and it definitely flows wetter than other J. Herbin anniversary inks that I’ve tried. This review was written on the loose Tomoe River paper I got from www.pengrafik.com, and I must say…wowza! This combination is amazing. I’ve tried the ink on several different papers and of course, you need to get the right combination of nib and paper in order to bring out the sheen more effectively. On most papers, the micronized gold bits get distributed a bit evenly, making it look almost like colored sandpaper. See the closeup photo below of what it looks like on Mnemosyne’s paper.


It’s a bit harder to see the micronized gold specks. With Tomoe River paper, though, the sheen is so pronounced. The letters look like they’re glowing reddish gold, and the areas where the ink pools show more of the gorgeous sheen. The wetter the pen is, the more obvious the sheen. Here’s what it looks like with the pen newly inked:


This was written with my Lamy Safari’s 1.5mm nib. You can see the reddish gold sheen almost covering the dark blue green parts of the ink. The photo below shows my Emotion when it was newly-inked with Emerald of Chivor.


You can see the reddish gold sheen complements the dark blue green base color so beautifully. It actually reminded me of the color of beetles. I can say that it’s my favorite J. Herbin anniversary ink so far.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample above.

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The ink flows super wet, so I’m not sure if lefties who are over-writers will have a difficult time with it. It takes between 25 to 30 seconds to dry. Even if it’s nicely-saturated, it’s not very water resistant. It looks awesome when used with calligraphy nibs, such a head turner. It doesn’t hard-start after being left in the pen, unused for over a day. I’ll update this post if I notice any clogging issues when left unused for a few days.

Overall, I really like the base color of this ink. It’s suitable for daily writing. The sheen is spectacular (provided you find the right combination of nib and paper). Takes a long time to dry, but I think that’s alright. Hat tip to J. Herbin for making another wonderful anniversary ink!

Used in this review:
Pens – Faber Castell Emotion (Medium) and Lamy Safari (1.5mm nib)
Papers – Curnow Tomoe River loose paper (from Pengrafik) and Mnemosyne dot grid paper

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Black Green (Deepwater Obsession)


I got this bottle from Everything Calligraphy because I thought, hey another dark green ink! It is a bit surprising, though. The color isn’t exactly what I would call dark green, but rather a moderately dark moss green.


I loaded it up in my Parker 51, which has a medium nib and is usually a moderately wet writer. My first impression was that it wrote a bit on the dry side.


It also dried up pretty fast (about 15 seconds or less). I think it’s more of a moss green ink because it has some grayish undertones to it. I think De Atramentis Jane Austen and Diamine green black are closer to my idea of a green-black ink. This ink is just not dark enough to be called black-anything.


Anyway, I did like this ink too because it’s a nice shade of green. This strange misnomer aside, I think that this ink’s grayish, subdued shade is quite attractive. It doesn’t pop out of the page, and my first thought when I tried it out was that my dad would have loved this ink.

Being a dry-flowing ink, it’s best to use it with wet writers. It’s not waterproof (it is a standard ink, after all), but it leaves a gray outline on the paper when smeared with water. I like the close up shots of the writing sample, it shows some shading that emphasizes the grayish undertones with the muted green color.

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Used in this review:
Pen – Parker 51 Aerometric, Medium nib
Ink – De Atramentis Black Green from Everything Calligraphy

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Jane Austen


This bottle was part of the batch I preordered a while back through Everything Calligraphy. I have to say that I am soooo happy with the inks I chose for that preorder period. I think this bottle of Jane Austen is my favorite, and not just because it’s a green colored ink (I’ve never met a green ink I did not like).


I generally prefer olive greens to other kinds of green ink. I was a little hesitant about this color at first because I thought it lacked depth and wasn’t very interesting-looking. Then I got it through the courier, inked up my Bexley Corona with it, and I was so pleasantly surprised at how striking this color is.


It is a vibrant dark green. It reminds me of green velvet used for Christmas decors because the color it leaves on the page looks thick and soft. It writes as a very wet, glistening dark green and dries to a vibrant color with beautiful shading. I used this pen with the 1.1 mm nib, it gave me such expressive, beautiful shading that I found it hard to stop writing. It’s like painting with words, really.


The ink behaves well. I’ve been using it for days and the flow is good. I would say it has a consistent moderate flow. It’s not prone to nib creep, either. I like the saturation of this ink. It’s not too much of a dark green that makes it nearly indistinguishable from black unless under certain kinds of light…no, this ink is undoubtedly green. It’s obvious and unapologetic in being Christmas-y green. The shading is a darker shade of green. I like that it doesn’t seem to have pronounced undertones of other colors. It makes the shade look less complex, yes, but that has a certain appeal to it too.

I would definitely use this for daily writing. It’s easy to read, pleasant to use, and dries up really nice without losing its vibrant color, even in more absorbent paper. It’s not waterproof, nor is it remarkably water resistant. it dries a bit slow (20 seconds, more or less). I don’t mind, though, it’s gorgeous! A few close up shots of the beautiful shading:

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Used in this review:
Pen (not in the photos above) – Bexley Corona, 1.1mm steel nib
Ink – De Atramentis Jane Austen from Everything Calligraphy

Ink Swab: De Atramentis Thomas Alva Edison


This ink was preordered a while back through Everything Calligraphy and I must admit that I was curious because I wanted to have an ink with my namesake on it. My mom got my first name from this famous historical personality. Also, it seemed to be a nice dark red ink. It’s a little hard to determine if the color is really good or not based on online swabs because there’s not a lot of it out there. In any case, I still preordered it and when I got it last weekend, I was surprised at how beautiful this ink was.


I paired it with my Cross Century II (medium nib) and it was perfect. The flow was awesome on this pen. My first impression was that it looked similar to Yama Budo but it wasn’t exactly the same. It was also a nice, vibrant shade of magenta but more on the red side. As it dries, it becomes slightly more pink.


Surprisingly, even if the flow is beautifully wet, it dries up quickly. I think lefties are gonna love this. It’s so much fun to use when taking notes because it’s nicely saturated, it flows so well, and it’s not so pink that it’s hard to look at on a page. It’s actually quite subdued in color and when you use it with a wet nib, the shading is pretty dark. It reminds me of rose petals that are a richer shade of crimson towards the middle of the flower.

Here is a comparison between De Atramentis Thomas Alva Edison, R&K Alt Bordeaux and Iroshizuku Yama Budo (in that order, from left to right).


For the kind of saturation it has, the shading is pretty awesome. It gives off a nice color variation because the shading is pretty expressive. Here are a few close up shots of it.

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Overall, the ink is so pleasant to use because the flow is wonderful (I would consider it a moderate to wet-flowing ink). It well-behaved, dries fast, and though it’s not very water resistant it does leave a red outline behind when exposed to some drops of water. I like it especially when paired with white paper. Definitely a must-have for magenta-colored ink lovers.

In this review:
Pen – Cross Century II Medalist, Medium
Ink – De Atramentis Thomas Alva Edison from Everything Calligraphy