Robert Oster Emerald
This week we gaze into the multifaceted green of Robert Oster Emerald.
Robert Oster inks were one of our standout products of 2016 and have quickly become a store favorite. With a large assortment of colors and excellent properties, Emerald holds its own among Oster’s ever growing catalog of inks. Robert Oster ink comes in a 50ml plastic bottle and is competitively priced at $16. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear slim M, a Pilot Parallel 1.5, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Emerald is an aptly named ink; it has a strong green color that sometimes flirts with the subtlest blues. In a finer nib, the ink shaded moderately form a strong true green to a softer pastel emerald. The super broad nib of the Parallel brought out a much darker green that shaded from a dark forest green to a true green.
Like other Oster inks, Emerald performed well in both pens. The flow was excellent and it had low feathering and bleedthrough. It was a moderately saturated ink in a normal writing nib, although it appears much more saturated in the Pilot Parallel. Emerald shaded moderately, with dry times around 20-30 seconds. The ink had no water resistance, but this made for easy clean up. The ink has the capacity to produce a beautiful red sheen, but I was only able to achieve that using a brush or Q-tip.
I usually reach for Montblanc Irish Green when I want to use a true green ink, but I may be rethinking this after my time spent with Emerald. It is a beautiful color that just writes well.
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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