Robert Oster Gold Antiqua
We see if Gold Antiqua is worth its weight in gold, or is better left to gather dust on the ink shelves of history.
Robert Oster is a relative newcomer to fountain pen inks but he’s made a splash in a big way. I’ve reviewed a number of his inks and enjoyed every one of them. In addition to offering a wide variety of colors, the inks tend to have great properties. As we’ll see, Gold Antiqua is no exception. Available in 50ml plastic bottles, the ink is well priced at $16. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear M, Lamy Studio B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Gold Antiqua is an aptly named ink; I immediately thought of the Roman coins I studied in my college years. In a fine nib, the ink doesn’t shade as noticeably, and is a fairly uniform buttery honey color. More shading occurs with a broad nib and that brings in rustier bronze colors where the ink pools.
As with other Oster inks, Gold Antiqua performed very well. The flow was good, and there was no feathering or bleedthrough. Saturation was moderate, but that led to high levels of shading that showed off a nice range of colors. Dry times were normal at around 15-25 seconds, and clean up was easy. The ink didn’t have any water resistance.
If you’re looking for an unusual color, then Gold Antiqua should be at the top of your list. You can get a wide variety of colors out of it depending on what nib you’re using and it’s still easily legible for everyday writing and journaling.
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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