12 Days of Inkmas: Day 2 – Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot

Inkmas 2019

Review by Laura Cameron

On the second day of Inkmas, my true love gave to me…

This Christmas I was looking for a rich red to use when addressing my Christmas cards. Spoiler alert: this isn’t it. (It’s still lovely! Keep reading!)

I ordered a sample of Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot (4mL, $2.50)  to audition the ink. While this isn’t my perfect Christmas ink, this is a beautiful brick or blood red. The ink goes down quite red in larger quantities, as you can see on the Col-O-Dex card below.

But coming out of the nib, or in writing, as it dries the ink takes on a decidedly browner tone. When I took a quick sprint through my samples, I found it most closely echoes Birmingham Studio Duquesne Incline Station Red and Mont Blanc William Shakespeare which are both appear as browner reds to me.

Despite not being exactly what I was looking for, I kinda dig this shade so I’ll happily add it to the collection!

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  1. Love that rich, reddish-brown color. I’m always looking for interesting reds. This one will have to go in my ink cabinet.

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