3 Oysters Hwangto
Just in time for the height of Autumn, 3 Oysters Hwangto is a beautiful vibrant orange.
3 Oysters ink is produced in South Korea and has exploded onto the North American Market. Hwangto is part of a series that reflect the colors of Seoul. The vibrant yellow orange is meant to conjure the wall of flowers in the King’s palace decorated with yellow soil. Hwangto comes in a beautiful 40ml glass square bottle. One of the bottom corners of the bottle is cut away allowing the bottle to stand while tilted so you can easily get the last of the ink. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Hwangto is a wonderfully shading ink that displays a similar range of colors in both a fine and broad nib. At its lightest, the ink is a light marigold color. From there the ink passes through honey and tangerine tones. The overall appearance is a carrot color, with the darkest areas of the ink having a rusty ginger look.
All of the 3 Oysters inks I’ve tried so far has behaved wonderfully. Hwangto has excellent flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It is a moderately saturated ink with good dry times at 20-30 seconds. While it is not water resistant, clean up is easy.
If you like Noodler’s Apache Sunset then I think you’ll love Hwangto . The colors are very similar, but I think the shading and flow are a better with Hwangto. This is a gorgeous and easily readable ink that is perfect for Fall.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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