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Robert Oster Caffe Crema

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#1 julia239

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 22:28

This ink has potential, but the lubrication isn't great.  I felt rushed using it because even brief pauses resulted in false starts.  It really didn't feel like I was using a Robert Oster ink.  This review was done from a sample, so perhaps that affected the lubrication in some way.

The color & shading are interesting.  The sheen is so-so & I couldn't get a good picture of it, but I tried to describe it.  

There is more feathering on the Original Crown Mill than I realized - not very much, but I don't recall there being any when I did the review.  Maybe it settled in to the paper as it dried?

 

 

 

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 22:34

Very nice ink. Thank you for the review.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 23:27

A warm, pleasant color for ink. Is there something one can add to correct the lubrication problem? Did I read somewhere about a drop of dish detergent, or was that for something else?

 

Thanks for the review!


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 01:45

I have this in a rather dry Parker Duofold (and a Pensive Pens custom pen) and I don't have any lubrication issues. The ink runs smoothly and it's wet enough for me. I don't get hard starting issues unless I leave the pen for quite a while without use. Interesting that you're seeing issues but I'm not!



#5 julia239

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 02:34

I have this in a rather dry Parker Duofold (and a Pensive Pens custom pen) and I don't have any lubrication issues. The ink runs smoothly and it's wet enough for me. I don't get hard starting issues unless I leave the pen for quite a while without use. Interesting that you're seeing issues but I'm not!

 

It definitely seemed atypical for a Robert Oster ink; I've never had any problems with any other RO inks.  I edited the review to include that it was done from a sample; maybe the sample was affected in some way that caused the lubrication issues.  I'm glad that you haven't had the same problems; hopefully it's isolated.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 02:38

A warm, pleasant color for ink. Is there something one can add to correct the lubrication problem? Did I read somewhere about a drop of dish detergent, or was that for something else?

 

Thanks for the review!

I don't know about using it for lubrication; I use it sometimes to clean pens when plain water isn't enough.  

I'll check it out.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 02:43

Thank you for your great review. I am not particularly fond of the brown color, though.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 03:28

Since monitors can play tricks on us, can you describe the color or colors in a bit more detail? 



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 04:25

Deep caramel.


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 23:56

I received this as a sample from Vanness with a recent order and like the color quite a bit. You might try a drop or two of Photo-Flo to improve the flow/lubrication. Also, Organic Studios makes an additive called Flow-plus which also increases flow/lubrication as well as suppressing mold growth. Thanks for an excellent review.

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 13:45

Deep caramel.

 

 

The sample I received from Vanness seems much darker, and much less like coffee with cream —more like a chocolate brown.  Perhaps it's a sample that sat for a long time, or something.  I'll have to try it again, now that I see Julia239's nice review.  


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 01:01

 

 

The sample I received from Vanness seems much darker, and much less like coffee with cream —more like a chocolate brown.  Perhaps it's a sample that sat for a long time, or something.  I'll have to try it again, now that I see Julia239's nice review.  

 

Caffe crema (the foamy layer on top of freshly made espresso coffee) would be darker than coffee with cream. To me it looks just like the OPs scans.


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 05:28

Thank you for the review.


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 13:54

 

Caffe crema (the foamy layer on top of freshly made espresso coffee) would be darker than coffee with cream. To me it looks just like the OPs scans.

 

 

Ah, I see.  I was thinking that the Italian "caffe crema" would be similar to the Argentine "café con crema" (coffee with a large dollop of heavy cream on top that you then mix in).  That's why I was expecting something lighter.  



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 15:45



Since monitors can play tricks on us, can you describe the color or colors in a bit more detail? 

Sorry it's taken me so long to reply - I was traveling.  I'm not very good at describing colors, so I used a glass dip pen to compare some other brown colors; if you have any of them, maybe they'll work as a reference.  (Sorry about the quality - cell phone photo.) Caffe Crema is a somewhat lighter brown with a little bit of orange in it; it leans toward golden brown with the orange in it.  It is not a red brown or a green brown.  I would probably call it a caramel color or maybe a toasted marshmallow.

 

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 19:40

Julie, check out this thread: http://www.fountainp...-2#entry3788569.  I copied your photo over to it, and I'd love to see your input.


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Posted 13 February 2017 - 20:38

Julie, check out this thread: http://www.fountainp...-2#entry3788569.  I copied your photo over to it, and I'd love to see your input.

 

Thanks, my first thought is some of the Callifolio line.  My second thought is, "I want to be a professional mermaid."



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 15:40

Really useful review, your handwriting brings out the shading very well. First thought: it does look like coffee with a little creme... In fact exactly what I just had... Coatepec long espresso with carnation milk. Second thought: would I tell this apart from Lie de Thé? And then you compare them, perfect! They are distinct but perhaps not enough to justify it for me... But it's a very nice looking ink.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:03

Amazing review, you have beautiful and mesmerising handwriting. This looks like a lovely ink, I do like the colour but am put off by the dryness/ hard starts you mention. I just don't have time to faff with unwilling inks, what a shame.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:41

Thanks for the review. Interesting color. I immediately thought it was close to Herbin's Lie de thé. Then you posted the comparison and it seems to be different from Lie de thé... My bottle of LdT is much lighter and has more yellow than your writing sample - perhaps Herbin changed their formula (or maybe it's just my monitor).







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