Ink Flight #2 Reveal

G'day mates! This month we travel to the Land Down Under to bring you our next Ink Flight samples for March 2017. We reached out across oceans to get in touch with Robert Oster Signature. The Australian-based ink maker is relatively new to the fountain pen ink scene but has quickly won the hearts of many pen enthusiasts.

From word of "nib" and seeing others post on social media about Mr. Oster's inks, it is easy to see why they have become so popular. The colors are beautifully vibrant and tasteful while exhibiting a degree of uniqueness through shading and sheen that make them stand out from the crowd.

Since Robert Oster is relatively new to the US market, we curated a selection of inks that contained some of his most well-known, as well as those that are new. 

Here is a run down of all the colors

Fire & Ice

The signature color of Robert Oster’s line, this remarkable, rich cerulean blue exhibits a fiery red sheen that is similar to J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor, or Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori.

Barossa Grape

The darkest color of this set, Barossa Grape is a dark, yet muted purple ink that might pass for a black at first glance. I had it in a fine point nib, but I would definitely like to try it in a stub or music nib to see if the color lightens up a bit.

Caffe Crema

Fancy a cup of joe while writing your morning reflection? Let the words spill out with this shading ink that has a slight green sheen. This ochre-cappuccino colored ink is one of my favorite brown inks for its high degree of shading and wetness.


Not just any old green, this ink has got a purplish sheen to go with its refreshing hue. Use in a stub, italic or nib with a wet flow for best results.

Direct Sun

Blaze your path across the wilderness of the blank page with this bright, pinkish red color that carries a moderate amount of shading.

Yellow Sunset

Bright, cheery, yet drawing enough contrast to be seen clearly on white paper, Sunset Yellow ought to make you smile. On most high-quality papers, it seems like the edges of the letters develop an orange edge, which helps make the writing stand out on the page.

BONUS Color - if you purchased either Ink Flight Box, you received a BONUS 7th sample, which was Australian Sky. A beautiful azure sky blue with shading.

Here are my personal favorites:

Fire & Ice, Caffe Crema & Australian Sky

And the not-so-favorites:

Direct Sun, Yellow Sunset

currently inked on clairefontaine my essentials grid notebook

The above set of writing samples was done in a Clairefontaine grid notebook.

I'd love to read your thoughts on the second Ink Flight. What did you think of the colors? Which inks do you think you would NEED a bottle of after sampling them? Which ones didn't "do it" for you?

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY Comment below about this set of inks and you will be entered for a chance to win a set of 3 Platinum Preppy fountain pens! As part of our Ink Flight Box for March, we included these sets for enthusiasts to learn the basic skill of converting a fountain pen to an eyedropper. We will pick one random commenter to win the prize on Tuesday, March 21st at 8:30pm.


  • I’d been meaning to try the Fire & Ice for a while since reading about it, so I was thrilled when that was included in the set!

  • I’ve heard a lot about Fire and Ice, but never saw it. Now I saw why people like it so much!

    Chris Mendoza
  • Whatever I win or not, I need to try that Grape color!!! :D

    Stephane Normandin
  • I love Robert Oster inks especially peppermint and of course fire and ice. Lovely person as well who will randomly answer questions posted on the fountain pens Australia Facebook group.

    John D.
  • I’m new to this site and to the collector’s world of fountain pens and ink. I love color, evidenced by my extensive inventory of watercolor tubes, beads to make jewelry and even my many colored sets of table settings to compliment the meal I’m serving. Penmanship, calligraphy and graphics are another passion of mine, all bringing me into a new love affair with beautiful instruments to write with and juicy colored inks! As a fine artist and private instructor for watercolor. The idea of teaching penmanship has turned my head, especially after seeing so many adults with the penmanship of a grade-schooler. I just purchased the Icarus flexible nib pen from Deseratis so I can write with a flourish. The opportunity to try different colors and learn about other products is just what I need! Thank you so much for creating the Flights!!


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