wInksday 8: Robert Oster River of Fire

I’ve decided to stop using the Tomoe River paper for ink comparisons. It’s been discontinued, as previously mentioned, Instead I’m going to start using the Exceed notebook. It’s Wal-Mart’s answer to the Leuchturm and it’s actually surprisingly decent. I’ve used a few of them for meeting notebooks at school. The only downside is there’s a lack of color options (blue, purple, red, and black as of this publication) and I’ll be doing a full deep-dive into it on a FP Friday.

So the votes are in and there was a three-way tie and so I’ll lead off with the Robert Oster River of Fire ink.

Robert Oster is an Australian ink-maker who basically makes inks to order so there’s not a whole bunch of chemical additives added to them. So non-toxic ink, carbon-free plastic from Australia’s Coonawarra district. Here’s a few of their other inks:

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Overall, one of the best behaved inks across papers!

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The shimmer is lost a little bit here, but it retains a lot of the permanence with the water test.

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With the exceed, I feel the sheen that gives its name is best seen here. There’s just the tiniest hint of red. Granted, it’s something that’s better seen in a medium, broad, or stub nib but you can still see some of it here.

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You can find these samples at Robert Oster’s official website or Goulet pens.

Published by obsidianpalms

Hugo Esteban Rodríguez Castañeda is a writer and educator hailing from Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of “…And Other Stories” (2018, La Casita Grande Editores) as well as other short stories, poems, and essays that have appeared in places like The Airgonaut, The Acentos Review, Picaroon Poetry, Neon Mariposa, Mathematician Transmission and the Texas Poetry Calendar. He is a graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso's MFA program and hus fiction has been recommended as part of Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net slates and was longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. He is currently a reader for RUBY Lit and occasionally freelances as a content editor for a publishing company. A fountain pen enthusiast, he lives in Northwest Houston and is most at home at coffeehouses, shopping malls, and mosh pits.

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