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Fountain Pen Ink – Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot

What is Astorquiza Rot?  I don’t know…ok, I didn’t know.  I googled it.  According to the Pen Addict review, “Astorquiza Rot is named after Claudia Astorquiza who introduced Robert Oster inks internationally. “Rot” is German for red (I feel really dumb that I didn’t know that).”  I would encourage you to check out their fantastic review for a more in-depth review of the ink.  This was my first experience using a Robert Oster ink which I was excited to try.  Having heard the name and the meteoric rise in the last few years of the brand I wanted to get my hands on their products.  I picked up a handful samples of Robert Oster inks from Goulet Pens and can’t wait to try them out.

Using my usual set up (left-handed on a standard paper notebook) I have been using this ink for a couple of weeks.  I love the color.  It is a rich and deep red that is almost a blood red to my eyes.  Using a TWSBI Eco with an Extra Fine nib it is a quick drying ink that doesn’t feather noticeably.  It looks great without looking like it belongs in a Crayola crayon box.  It seems like a more refined red which has its place just like my much loved Sheaffer Skrip Red.   In summation – I really enjoy this ink and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on all the other Oster inks soon.

Fountain Pen Ink – Noodler’s Georgia Peach

I came across Noodler’s Georgia Peach when looking on JetPens.com Fast-Drying Fountain Pen Inks, page an essential resource for us lefthanded writers.  Having lived in Georgia for my entire life I was immediately drawn to the name.  The color is fantastic.  It is a solid pinkish color, but it readable which is a problem with some colors like this. 

Almost all of my writing is done in my Muji Notebook which is my every day carry and cheap copy paper.  I was using a Lamy Safari with a fine nib.  The drying time wasn’t as quick as I had hoped it would be, but it wasn’t unusable.  It is just really dicey as a lefty side-writer.  Overall I would recommend this to a righty, but for those of us left-handers, I think this is a pass.

Fountain Pen Ink – Sheaffer Skrip Red

Sheaffer Skrip Red or Sheaffer Red is an ink I heard about from the Pen Addict Podcast when they had Mike Matteson from Inkdependance.  He is an established and thorough ink reviewer.  He knows his stuff. On the podcast, he was asked what his favorite Red ink is and he said Sheaffer Skrip Red.  It is a little surprising considering how many varieties of red inks their are to settle on a relatively commonplace ink.

Sheaffer Skrip Red in Lamy Safari

I got a sample from Goulet Pens and put it in my Lamy Safari with a Fine nib. I have to agree with Mike, this is a great color.  It is vibrant without being so “red,” that you can’t use it in day to day use. It is just a fantastic color.  The drying time is a little bit of an issue. Being a lefty stinks when it comes to most inks.  That isn’t Sheaffer Red’s problem, probably more of my writing style.
I would absolutely recommend it.  Again, go check out Mike’s post about it to get a fuller idea about what it looks like and how it handles on different types of paper.

Fountain Pen Ink – J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche

When I got my first TWSBI Eco (Extra Fine) I decided that I needed to have a real bottle of ink to have a real experience of “fountain penning.”  After looking around JetPens for a while, I settled on the J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche.  It wasn’t because I loved the color. The truth is it was because I didn’t want to spend $10+ on an ink that I would probably never finish using!  I’m a little bit of cheapskate.  I settled on the smaller bottle and got to writing.

On the website the color didn’t blow me away, but it had a fast drying time which is my top priority as a lefty writer.  I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the color.  It isn’t washed out like the swab on the JetPen’s website led me to believe.  It is a solid and consistent turquoise blue.  It handles great on my go-to notebook (Muji Notebook) and on copy paper without much feathering or show-through on the other side of the page.  Here is a great review from Matt at the PenHabit.  He is extremely thorough and gives you tons of visual samples of the ink on paper.  If you are looking for a solid ink that is economic and will work on just about any paper I can’t say enough good things about the Bleu Pervenche.

Fountain Pen Ink – Diamine Orange

Let me begin by saying that my habit for pens has gotten worse.  After listening to and dabbing in some cheaper fountain pens, I took the plunge into the lower end the fountain pen world.  Specifically, I got couple of TWSBI Ecos (Extra Fine) and a Lamy Safari (Fine).  I’m a lefty and primarily use a “Side-writer” position for writing.  So I am prone to smearing and smudging naturally.  Almost all of my writing is done in my Muji Notebook which is my everyday carry and cheap copy paper.  The Muji Notebook is a recycled paper so I’m sure that has some bearing on my results with various pens and inks.

Awesome color…terrible drying time.

I recently got some new ink samples from Goulet Pens to see what fit my writing style and fancy.  So I’m going to take some time and let you know what I have thought about those inks.  I’m not a professional anything and surely not a professional ink reviewer.  I recommend Matt at Inkdependence if you want great reviews.  But I’ll sure what I experience.

First up is Diamine Orange.  What a great shade of orange and what a mess when it comes to drying time!  I recently inked up my Twsbi Eco Extra Fine and was stoked to see how this orange ink looked.  I was immediately impressed.  It is a great shade of “orangey” orange.  But using it has proved to be disappointing.  My disappointment is all about the drying time.  Jetpen’s great post on Fast Drying Fountain Pen Inks warned me about their slow drying time, but I tried it anyway and got results that corroborated their evidence.  It handles the paper well, no feathering that I can see, but it drys slowly (10-15 seconds) which is a deal breaker for me.  Here is the best qualified review I have found for it so maybe that will help you if you are thinking about it.