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Robert Oster Signature Ink - Fire Engine Red - A Short Review

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#1 Tootles


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 05:12

Robert Oster Signature Inks are a new line coming out of South Australia and are making enthusiasts sit up and take notice!  They are very competitively priced too.  :D


So, I acquired a handful of these, thus:

  1. Moss
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Deep Sea
  4. Bondi Blue
  5. Fire Engine Red
  6. Yellow Sunset

In the following short reviews the writing samples are created using an Osmiroid B4 italic nib and an Esterbrook 2048 fitted to a standard XT Esterbrook dip-less pen holder. 

All writing is by dipping. More time is needed to discover how these inks behave in cartridges, converters or eyedroppers.


Swabs and comparisons with other inks will be provided later in the week – I’m all out of Q-tips!


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That's a bright and brisk red, a good solid colour.  No shading or sheen.  Reasonable dry times on Rhodia paper.


I like this one, I like it a lot.  It's lighter than Diamine Reds Dragon, but it pops more because of this.

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 05:21

Very nice handwriting

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 06:13

Thanks.  I chose the two nibs for a reason. The broad edge to show the shading possibilities, and the point to represent what I would guess most people use in a work environment.  I'm going to give it a try with a flexible nib when time permits.

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 20:46

Looks pretty cool.

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 23:31

Thank you for the review. I do like this red.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 12:40

Has fire engine red been renamed or dropped? I did not see it on the Robert Oster ebay site.
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