Robert Oster Sublime
Sublime is superbly seasonal for scribbling your summertime sentiments.
Mr. Oster must be trying to bottle every color he sees because he’s produced another batch of newness. Sublime is a light lime color that goes well with those fresh summertime feelings. Robert Oster ink comes in a 50ml plastic bottle and are also available as 3ml samples. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Safari B, and on Rhodia No 18 blank paper.
Sublime is an ink that changes drastically depending on what size nib you use. In a fine nib the color is a monotone bright chartreuse lime that can be a little difficult to read on white paper. With a broader nib the ink really comes alive. Sublime shades form a light lime to darker Kelly and fern greens. The addition of these darker hues make the ink easily legible and produces a beautiful effect.
Robert Oster inks are one of my favorites because of the range of colors and their consistent properties – and Sublime is no different. The ink had good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Sublime is a very low saturated ink. The dry times were good at 20-30 seconds. I would categorize shading as low/moderate unless you’re using a broad or stub nib. With a broader nib the ink is a beautifully high shader. Clean up was easy. The ink had no water resistance.
Sublime is a fun color but usability is dependent on nib size. I would have a hard time using this in anything finer than a medium nib. The bright lime color just doesn’t stand out enough against white paper. With broader nibs it is a beautiful color that shades well and is easily legible.
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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