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!
- Papers: Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Inks: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot (4mL, $2.50)
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