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Vicarious geographic exploration is one of the underestimated joys of fountain pens. Fill a pen with Diamine Sunshine Yellow and you're not that far away from Liverpool, where the Beatles got started and Diamine still makes ink. Intrigued by the economic development of Germany after reunification? Use a pen by Cleo Skribent, made in Bad Wilsnack, a village northwest of Berlin, in the former DDR.

A new ink brand, Robert Oster Signature, transports us to Naracoorte, just north of the Great Australian Bight, or open bay, midway between Melbourne and Adelaide. The name Naracoorte is apparently derived from Aboriginal words for place of running water, or waterhole, which is appropriate. Of the more than 40 inks offered by Oster, half are blues and greens. At least 20 shades of blue-green would be needed just to document the bay.

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Photograph of Great Australian Bight at Nullarbor Plain, by Flickr contributor Michael Middleton, used under Creative Commons license

A sample of Oster aqua was given to me by Amberlea Davis, a prolific ink reviewer and moderator on the Fountain Pen Network. This appears to be the first review of aqua on FPN, though fellow FPN ink reviewer Cyber6 has reviewed two dozen Oster inks, and Visvamitra has reviewed more than a dozen.

Color and Shading
Aqua is what I would call a green-heavy version of teal, a color that I truly enjoy. It shades beautifully, and creates dark halos around a slightly lighter inner core. It's dark enough for many professional environments.

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Range
In addition to blue and green, Oster offers other colors derived from Australian iconography, including Bondi Blue and Barossa Grape. The Coonawarra wine-growing region is nearby, home to Penfolds, Yalumba, and Wynns wineries.

Performance
The ink performs well with a Nemosine Singularity 1.1 mm italic. It flows adequately, is fairly well lubricated, and exhibits no signs of feather or show-through on Strathmore 24-pound, 25 percent cotton ivory paper. It dries in less than 10 seconds, which is probably influenced by the paper absorbency. I'm not detecting sheen, but the halo effect is gorgeous, and sheen may be obtainable on less absorbent papers.

Presentation
Oster inks are available in a 50 ml PET bottle. A plastic resin, PET is recyclable and commonly used in food and drink bottles and jars. The bottle is somewhat tall and narrow, and though the opening is wide enough for nibs, the bottle is a little tall for its diameter, which makes it fairly easy to tip over. Unlike glass, however, PET is lightweight, which is relevant to shipping costs from Australia.

Price and Availability
Oster ink sells for about US $7.50 for a 50-milliliter bottle, which is more than reasonable. Unfortunately, shipping from Australia to the USA is double that. Several bottles could probably be combined for a single shipping charge, however. The inks are currently sold on eBay, though the Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery in Belgium carries them, and I suspect that Oster is exploring other distribution options. In the United States, two other Australian inks Blackstone and Toucan are offered by Anderson Pens and Vanness Pens.

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Conclusions
Robert Oster aqua is a lovely teal color, lighter than the English Diamine teal and the Dutch Akkerman No. 24 Zuiderpark blauw-groen, and greener than the American Noodlers Navajo turquoise. It is ever-so-slightly bluer than Black Swan in Icelandic minty bathwater, a mix of Noodlers inks created by FPN contributor Masque. But certainly close enough for highway work. Since this ink comes all the way from Naracoorte, we'll call it the Riddoch Highway, and we'll dream about a drive through vineyards, farmland, ranches, and timber, on our way to the great, blue-green bay of Australia.

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Re international shipping of multiple bottles, the advice from Rob Oster is that up to 500grms can be shipped for approx AUSD$16. That equates to between 1 - 7 bottles. For enquiries, contact him via email, rather than buy direct from his eBay store. Signature@RobertOster.com.

 

Rob is also looking to hopefully sell via a UK online seller.

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A sample of Oster aqua was given to me by Amberlea Davis, a prolific ink reviewer and moderator on the Fountain Pen Network. This appears to be the first review of aqua on FPN, though fellow FPN ink reviewer Visvamitra has reviewed more than a dozen Oster inks.

 

So.. I guess, what I do is not considered a review at all... :bawl: :bawl:

 

 

Lovely review Bob... I really like your script... :D

 

Robert Oster came out of nowhere and is causing a great sensation... I am quite in love with most of his inks. :wub:

 

I don't have Aqua.. but it looks quite lovely... wondering how close is to Caribbean Sea.. :wub: :wub:

 

 

Thanks for the review..

 

 

C.

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C,

My literature review was clearly insufficient and I stand corrected! Links are now included. Thank you, and most of all thank you for all the contributions you make to the global fountain pen community.

Bob

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CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter | Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

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FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

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Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers

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C,

My literature review was clearly insufficient and I stand corrected! Links are now included. Thank you, and most of all thank you for all the contributions you make to the global fountain pen community.

Bob

 

No worries Bob. ;)

 

 

C.

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Beautiful review!!

 

Oh my, what a striking handwriting you have.

 

This colour is too bright for me. I love Oster inks, now that I have tried them, but I will not add this one.

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Bob, my friend, what a great review. I don't know what I like best... your writing about the history or your writing by hand! I am however more like Visva in that I'm not at all that hot about the colour itself. I never did like teals. "Pure" blues, blue-blacks, red-blues, but not greeny blues are the territories I hunt. Still, I'm convinced that I'll have to get a good handful or two of these inks. Thanks for the beautiful contribution here.

 

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I'm concerned that with all those extra people on Guam, the island will capsize.

 

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Bob, thanks for the shout out.

 

Cyber6 - we do appreciate and notice your wonderful ink enabling!

 

So, Vis, Mike and Cyber6, I liked this ink - a lot. In a wet pen it was stunning and had great sheen. The sheen even showed up on a scan. I'll ask Bob to do a CRV with me so we can each show off this wonderful ink.

 

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So, Vis, Mike and Cyber6, I liked this ink - a lot. In a wet pen it was stunning and had great sheen. The sheen even showed up on a scan. I'll ask Bob to do a CRV with me so we can each show off this wonderful ink.

 

 

 

 

Do you have CAribbean Sea?? Wondering how close.

 

 

C.

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I will look.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:lol: Today I learned that, in addition to people fascinated by pens and inks, FPN is populated by comedians!

 

Bipolar blue in the last stage of illness! Guam tipping into the ocean! Too bright, need sunglasses! History beats color, first time ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews and articles on Fountain Pen Network

 

CHINA, JAPAN, AND INDIA

Hua Hong Blue Belter | Penbbs 456 | Stationery | ASA Nauka in Dartmoor and Ebonite | ASA Azaadi | ASA Bheeshma | ASA Halwa | Ranga Model 8 and 8b | Ranga Emperor

ITALY AND THE UK

FILCAO Roxi | FILCAO Atlantica | Italix Churchman's Prescriptor

USA, INK, AND EXPERIMENTS

Bexley Prometheus | Route 54 Motor Oil | Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater | Robert Oster Aqua | Diamine Emerald Green | Mr. Pen Radiant Blue | Three Oysters Giwa | Flex Nib Modifications | Rollstoppers

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Just stop a moment to consider:

 

The President, all of the country's diplomats, senior judges, elected representatives, and leaders of industry, all on a 209 square mile island.

 

Now that there, as we say in Texas, is a target rich environment.

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