Tag: ink swabs

Review: Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Wow. This is another interesting ink color in the lineup of Robert Oster Signature Inks. Golden Antiqua reminds me so much of Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho, except it’s more saturated (more brown than golden yellow) so it’s easier to read. It also reminds me of the color of wheat. It’s a color that reminds me of so many things in nature. Look at that gorgeous shading too. It’s a very eye-catching ink that makes you want to look closer. My first impression of it was now THIS is what golden brown should look like.

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Among the other Robert Oster Inks, this one is just a teeny-tiny bit dry compared to others. It doesn’t have problems with the flow, but it just feels a bit dryer by comparison to the other inks that I tried. I think it’s pretty impressive that these Robert Oster inks all have great flow, all are pretty well-behaved, and they all have really great, vibrant colors. This is a nice, golden brown ink that somehow seems almost like it’s gleaming, even if it has no shimmer. It has gradations of dark golden brown to light golden yellow, which makes for very expressive shading. It also has the slightest, nearly imperceptible silvery sheen if you use a wet nib on good paper It’s very suitable for regular writing, you don’t have to struggle to read it. It’s nicely saturated without losing its beautiful golden hues. Drying time is pretty short, like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried–a bit over 10 seconds even on a wet medium nib and Tomoe River paper. It’s also not water resistant. I wish Robert Oster will make waterproof inks in the future. I would be so down for that. Anyway, here are a few close ups of the writing sample: Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster Golden Antiqua

Robert Oster inks are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Everything Calligraphy.

Review: Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Now that Fountain Pen Day is officially over (kudos to the staff of SM Aura and volunteers from Fountain Pen Network Philippines for such a wonderful event), I can resume my regular programming. ^_^ Here’s another interesting Robert Oster ink. This one is Dark Chocolate, and it’s such a rich, velvety ink. It’s a purplish brown color, which reminded me of Waterman Havana Brown.

So far, all the Robert Oster inks that I’ve tried are so nice to use in pens. They flow so well and have very vibrant colors. They’re all very interesting. This one is something you can probably use even for work documents, when black and blue inks become a tad boring. It’s nicely saturated and it has such nice shading. It’s not light brown at all, it’s a deep, dark brown. In finer nibs or dry writers, the purplish undertone becomes more apparent.

Like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, this is so well-behaved. No feathering, it doesn’t feel overly wet. It dries up in about 10 seconds, which is relatively fast, even when used with a medium nib. It’s not waterproof or water resistant, though. Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample:

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

Robert Oster Dark Chocolate

The pen I used was a Kaweco Sport with a medium nib. The paper is white Tomoe River.

Overall, it’s a delightful ink. So far my experience with Robert Oster inks has been pretty awesome. Again, thanks to Everything Calligraphy (the local distributor of Robert Oster inks in the Philippines) for the samples.

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 Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Here’s another Robert Oster Signature Ink that I tried last week, Crimson. My first impression was that it didn’t look like an extremely red ink. When it’s wet, it looks more like dark old rose, but it gets darker as it dries.

Robert Oster Crimson

Like the other Robert Oster inks that I’ve been using these past couple of weeks, I find this color to be rather easy on the eyes. It’s vibrant but also a bit muted at the same time. It’s not a screaming, angry kind of red, but a more reserved, muted red.

I really like how it feels in the pen that I used. It flows moderately wet, but doesn’t feel like it’s too wet. It doesn’t bleed or feather much and it’s really well-behaved. It dries pretty quickly (between 10-15 seconds on a wet, medium nib) and has a bit of shading. It’s a gorgeous ink and is really easy to read because it’s nicely saturated and easy on the eyes. It’s not very water resistant, though. I like that like the other Robert Oster inks that I tried, this one’s color stays vibrant on paper even when it’s dry. It doesn’t appear washed out and has a lovely way of popping out of the page. For people who would like to use it in pen and wash drawings, the ink does wash very nicely.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Crimson

Robert Oster Signature inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Review: Akkerman Hopjesbruin

I’ve been hearing about these Akkerman inks for a while, but since they’re not locally available, I never really looked into them. When Stationer Extraordinaire opened a pre-order of these inks, I signed up just to try out the brand. Also, I figured if I didn’t like the ink, at least the bottle would be interesting. Coincidentally, the color I picked matched the pen I bought for my birthday (but I’ll save that for another post). When I got the Akkerman ink that I ordered, I was really happy with the bottle and the box. I love the vintage vibe to everything about it.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

Isn’t that gorgeous? It’s the kind of bottle you’d put on a desk for decorative purposes. The bottle also isn’t just beautiful, it’s also practical. I wish more ink manufacturers will make their bottles with openings that are convenient even for big pens. The neck of the bottle has this ball stopper that makes that portion an ink collector. It will be much easier for your pen to fill up on the last drops of your precious ink if you have an ink collector like this.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

As for the ink itself, I love it a lot. It’s the shade of brown that I really, really like. Reminds me of honey. It’s brown with some tones of yellow, similar to Pelikan Edelstein Amber, but less yellow than that. It’s a lot easier to read.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

I like this kind of brown because it’s less serious-looking than dark browns. Less business-like and more complex and lighthearted. The color is probably not suitable for writing official/work documents, but I’ve been writing my journal entries with it since I got it, I like it a lot. It’s like a mixture of caramel, amber, golden brown, and sepia. It has an aged,warm feel to it. If you try it on more porous paper, it appears darker.

I would recommend using it with a wet writer because the flow is dry to moderate. It also dries up fast, between 10 to 15 seconds on a medium nib. It’s not very waterproof,  but I already expected that. I tried writing on cream-colored paper and oh. My. Gosh. It’s just so gorgeous. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

P.W. Akkerman Hopjesbruin

Overall, it’s an instant favorite! Love at first sight. 🙂

Review: J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Here’s another ink sample I got through Everything Calligraphy. J. Herbin’s Violette Pensee (Violet Thought). It’s a nice violet ink with strong blue undertones. In person, the blue component of the ink is a bit less obvious. It’s really more like a muted purple. It’s pretty easy on the eyes, not an extremely vibrant, highly-saturated purple. I took several photos of it but it always looks more ambiguous on photo than in person.

The flow is pretty good, quite wet actually. It takes a good 25-30 seconds when I used it with my Cross Century II, which is one of my wettest medium nib. There’s some shading to it too. Here are a few close ups:

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

J. Herbin Violette Pensee

Not exactly water resistant, though it leaves a very faint blue line behind.

Overall, I would use this for daily writing. There are some shades of purple that I just can’t tolerate because they look a lot like those stamp pad inks in offices. This is a more muted kind of purple. It flows wet, though. Takes a few seconds to dry. People who are in a hurry to take notes might find the dry time too long. Of course that depends on the paper and the nib that you use.

Ink Review: J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

I got a sample of J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis (Tears of Black Currant) from Everything Calligraphy a couple of weeks ago. I’m not too big on purple or purplish inks, I admit I’m still hung up on Bilberry and J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune but it’s always great to try new ink colors.

My first impression on J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis is that it doesn’t really look like black currant. That would actually be a super cool ink color, though. It looks more like ube.

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

It starts out looking light and a bit too timid, but it gets darker as it dries. It’s not a bold purple, but it’s not too soft-looking either. I’m not sure if it’s just because I used it with a stub, but it doesn’t offer too much shading. Some people will like that, but I like my inks very shade-y.

The flow is pretty wet, and it took about 20 seconds for the ink to dry on Tomoe River paper. It’s not an extremely complex-looking ink, there’s no sheen or distinctly ambiguous undertones. It’s just a pretty shade of soft purple. It’s saturated enough to use for daily writing, it’s not hard to read. It’s a well-behaved ink that takes just a tad longer to dry. It’s also not water resistant. It leaves a very faint blue line behind, but most of the color washed away after a 30 second soak.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

J. Herbin Larmes De Cassis

It’s really like writing with liquid ube. Now I’m hungry. Overall, it’s a pleasant purple ink. The kind that grows on you as you use it.

Review: J. Herbin Rouge Opera

Ugh, these little bottle of J. Herbin inks. It’s like little shots of addictive colors. I tried this sample of J. Herbin Rouge Opera and it’s really solidifying my newfound fascination for pink inks. Pink. Me? Imagine that. I guess stranger things have happened. But I have a few pink inks in my collection, and I love using them for calligraphy. Anyway, back to Rouge Opera.

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

The name means Opera Red, although the color is more like a warm pink. The writing sample was made on Tomoe River paper. I think that’s a really pleasant-looking pink ink. It’s not so hard to read, and the shading is pretty. It’s the kind of pink that pops out of a page, without looking too loud. It’s a nice, velvety pink that would make a lovely shade for a prom dress. It’s not too sweet-looking, like baby pink. It’s also saturated enough for daily writing, though probably not something you’d use for formal documents. I’d totally love to write personal letters with this ink, though. The creative applications such as pen and wash, and calligraphy are pretty interesting.

The ink is one of the wetter pink inks that I’ve tried. I like the flow, it doesn’t feel so dry and it doesn’t bleed a lot either. It’s a pretty well-behaved ink. The drying time is an average of 15 to 20 seconds in Tomoe River paper with a wet medium nib. There’s not much water resistance to speak of. A 30 second soak left only the faintest pink line behind.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

J. Herbin Rouge Opera

I got this sample of Rouge Opera from Everything Calligraphy.

Review: J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

Here’s another J. Herbin ink I’ve always been curious about but never really tried because I couldn’t imagine using an ink that looked so cheerful. Thanks to Everything Calligraphy, I tried a sample of it out and I’ve been enjoying it for a few days. J. Herbin’s Diablo Menthe is a very minty-looking blue ink. I had to use it with a wet writer just so I can really see its color. I can think of a few creative applications for this, but as far as writing goes, I wouldn’t recommend it for daily writing. Unless, of course, you’re into lightly saturated inks for your daily writing.

As far as writing goes, I think this would be useful for making unobtrusive notes on a page, or to write out section headlines/dividers and provide contrast to darker inks. It’s a pretty nice highlighter ink too. If you use wide nibs for calligraphy, it could be a darker shade of mint blue. It dries pretty fast, an average of 10 to 15 seconds. It’s not water proof at all, I guess that’s pretty easy to see.

The ink flow tends to be dry, depending on the nib that you use. Which is why I think it would make a good highlighter ink. It makes a pretty eye-catching ink for drawings, though. I cannot wait to use it in more pen and ink or pen and wash drawing. Here are a few closeups of the writing sample.

J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

J. Herbin Diablo Menthe

Review: Noodler’s Blue-Black Ink

Noodler's Blue-Black

My love for blue-colored inks was an acquired taste. I used to not enjoy blue inks at all. I consider Noodler’s Blue-Black sort of like my gateway drug for the color. I first tried it out when a fellow member of Fountain Pen Network Philippines sent me a small vial of it back in 2014. I liked it so much that when it ran out, I bought several blue-black inks only to be disappointed that they’re nowhere near as saturated and dark-colored as Noodler’s Blue-Black. Perhaps the second best blue-black ink that I’ve tried is Sailor’s blue black, but it’s a completely different-looking ink than this. I’m so happy that Everything Calligraphy asked for our favorite Noodler’s inks, and I was able to suggest this color.

Noodler's Blue-Black

I’m glad that it also did not come in the new plastic bottles. Eventually I know the stocks of glass bottles will run out and I’ll need to make do with the plastic ones, but until then, I will shudder at the thought of them. Noodler’s inks give you great value for money, I think. It’s a big 3oz bottle full to the brim (careful when you first open it) with all that inky goodness. A bottle will definitely last you a while. Noodler’s blue-black is what I like to call a proper blue-black ink, which is to say that it’s leaning heavily into the darker end of the color spectrum. For a highly-saturated ink, it’s still got a lot of character to it. Nice shading, some hints of red under certain kinds of light. It dries up relatively quickly (about 15 seconds) and has a nice flow to it. I would say its flow is moderate. It’s a nice, conservative, very dark blue ink suitable for daily writing. A pleasant surprise is that though it’s not completely water proof, much of the black component of the ink stays on the paper. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

Noodler's Blue-Black Noodler's Blue-Black
Noodler's Blue-Black Noodler's Blue-Black
Noodler's Blue-Black Noodler's Blue-Black

It’s a pretty nice shade of blue. That it’s pretty resistant to water is a plus. I highly recommend this ink for people who like blue ink or for those who aren’t sure if they like blue ink yet so they’re looking for something that isn’t a crazy blue color.

Used in this review:
Pelikan M600, Medium
Elias note pad
Noodler’s Blue-Black ink (I bought mine from Everything Calligraphy)