Ink Review: Robert Oster Pen Addict Fire on Fire

Ink Review: Robert Oster Pen Addict Fire on Fire

By Jessica Coles

This newest offering from Robert Oster is also the first ink offering from Brad Dowdy (The Pen Addict). After many long years of being asked to create a Pen Addict ink, Brad finally caved to the cries from his fans.  Teaming up with the talented Robert Oster, he has now introduced a new ink to the market with a moniker gently poking at Mr. Oster’s propensity to add “fire” to his inks (alluding to high levels of sheen).

According to Brad, his ink idea was a long and arduous journey that only came to fruition when the perfect name popped into his head one day: Fire on Fire.

Fire on Fire is a nicely saturated orange ink, one that doesn’t sear the eyes but is also dark enough to use every day.

Monteverde Mandarin Orange and Montblanc Lucky Orange are the closest colors in my Col-o-Ring collection.

Sailor Apricot has long been a favorite of mine for this particular orange.  My first thought when seeing the ink was that Fire on Fire would replace Apricot.  However, it seems that they can live harmoniously side-by-side and not compete for this particular spot in my life.

Writing with Fire on Fire is quite pleasant.  I used the TWSBI Eco Burnt Orange with a fine nib (mainly because it is Brad’s fault that I had to get this pen) and a turquoise Conklin with an omniflex nib (recently purchased from another Pen Addict follower) on Tomoe 52 gsm paper notebook made by Birmingham Pens.

Writing on Tomoe cream-colored paper with the fine nib, the color of Fire on Fire is a well-saturated orange that leans towards red, flows well (not particularly wet or dry) and no bleeding or feathering. The fine nib didn’t produce noticeable shading.

The omniflex nib wrote similarly except for the shading.  Here the shading was present even without pressure.

So far everything with this ink was nice.  Pleasant.  Good.  My notebook had been left open on my desk overnight.  When I sat down in the morning, my writing looked quite different.

The previous day had been cloudy and gloomy, no sunlight to speak of.  However, this day the sun was shining through the window – no clouds in the sky.  Simply turning the writing samples slightly in the bright light made it shine a beautiful silver!

Remember, the ink is totally dry.

None of this sheen required large amounts of ink.  It was there in regular writing.

There is no glitter in the ink, but it has an almost metallic look.

I found that the metallic sheen shows up like a halo when the writing is heavier.


Even with a fine nib, the sheen is there.

I love that this ink has such a beautiful sheen that reacts magnificently to bright light.  Both the actual color of the ink (orange) and the sheen color (silver) can be appreciated.

Whether we should thank divine intervention or subconscious whisperings, the Pen Addict ink is now available for purchase through Brad’s website. The first batch of 200 bottles sold out quickly but a second batch will be available soon.  It seems that the pens of Pen Addict fans were more than ready and quite thirsty for this new and particular ink!

Thank you, Brad, for FINALLY bringing us this ink!

DISCLAIMER: All items in this review were purchased by myself. Please see the About page for more details.

Link Love: February is for Letters

Link Love: February is for Letters

New Link Love header this week. I got happy with an X-Acto blade and some safety lined envelopes. I am absolutely fascinated with the safety patterns on the insides of envelopes. Do you ever look at them? Great collage material. There’s a whole Flickr set dedicated to collecting them.



Notebooks & Paper:

Art & Creativity:

Other Interesting Things:

Ink Review: Birmingham Pen Parcel: January 2019

Ink Review: Birmingham Pen Parcel: January 2019

Oops. So, I said last month that the Birmingham Pen Parcel was supposed to be their new “bright” collection. My mistake. This month is the bright collection. Which, I suppose, makes more sense. Last month was not so bright.

I cannot resist the Pen Parcels. The price is right. I love ink. Regardless of whether I like the colors or not, I enjoy getting these inks. And now, with few  (any really) other options for ink subscriptions left, what’s an ink junkie to do?

This month, the set included an orange (Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium), a blue (Wintergarden Snowflake), a green Bob Prince Green Weenie, a red (Herbert Simon Cranberry Nobel) and the oddball – Rodman Gun Gunpowder Tea. Cadmium, Snowflake and Green Weenie are all bright but not particularly unique. Cranberry Nobel is a lovely, deep red. It reminds me a bit of J. Herbin Rouge Opera but not as runny. And, if you were to have asked me to create a red for MontBlanc for their Shakespeare Red Velvet, I would have come up with something closer to Cranberry Nobel, maybe a little darker. And if you want to kill winter with orange, you wouldn’t go wrong with Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium.

Gunpowder Tea is a Matcha Tea Green which, while not being the brightest or most vivid color in the set, has turned out to be one of my favorites.

Birmingham Pen Parcel January 2019 - green comparison

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that my greatest desire is to find the perfect lime/matcha green ink. It has to be dark enough to be legible without losing its luminance. It can’t be too grassy or too brown. Some colors look great in a swatch and then write too lightly or vice versa. Rodman Gunpowder Tea has the potential to be “the green.” It is a matter of time though to be absolutely sure.  As you can see from the swatches above, my search has been on-going.

What is your white whale ink, your Moby-Dick?

Giveaway Winner: Lamy NeonCoral Ink Cartridges

Giveaway Winner: Lamy NeonCoral Ink Cartridges

Thanks to everyone who read the review and entered to win the rare as hen’s teeth Lamy NeonCoral ink cartridges. Our lucky winner today is:



And Veronica, you may be in luck. This year’s Lamy Bronze looks like it may be more orange than brown. It should start to become available in March in Europe and wash up on US shores in late March and early April.

Notebook Review: Midori A5 Color Paper Notebook

For the holidays, Ana gave me a lovely gift a MYO String Tie A5 planner from MochiThings. In a quest to fill it with lovely notebooks, I hit up JetPens in search of A5 notebooks.

The first thing that fell into my cart were the Midori A5 Color Paper Notebooks ($3.25 via JetPens). This fun collection of notebooks was inspired by French macarons. Each notebook has a brightly colored cardstock cover, and the pages inside are a softer shade of the same color (like the cream filling of a macaron). The notebooks are available in a variety of colors: Pink, Blue Green, Purple (pictured), Yellow Green, Yellow and Brown.

The notebooks are A5 size, measuring 5.9″ by 8.7″ (15cm by 22cm). The paper is lined with 6.5mm spacing and each notebook comes with 56 pages of paper. I was charmed by the colors, but I know colored paper can be a deal breaker for some.

The real question for me was whether or not the paper would stand up to all the different pens I use in my planner. I tried everything from Ink Joys to Sharpies to fountain pens that lay down a fair amount of ink, and the paper held up pretty well. There was a bit of bleed through where I colored with my Marvy Le Pens, but otherwise just a bit of ghosting.

Overall, I like these notebooks and I can’t wait to use them. They’re bright and fun, and for a few dollars seem like a pretty good deal to me!

DISCLAIMER: Some items included in this review were provided free of charge by JetPens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Ink Review: Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

Ink Review: Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

Lamy released a collection of new inks they are calling Crystal inks. They are calling this their premium line of inks and charging accordingly, at least in the US where a 30 ml bottle is costing upwards of $18. Compared to Lamy’s standard ink line which features 50ml bottles for $12. This sort of price-to-volume increase seems to be following the same trends that Sailor and other major brands are employing. While I appreciate more ink colors becoming available more regularly through wider distribution channels, the continual price increases can e a little frustrating.

Also, the naming convention being employed for this line of inks from Lamy is also treading on some familiar territory. Pelikan Edelstein utilizes the gemstone naming convention for its annual ink releases and Monteverde also has a line of Gemstone inks. So, Lamy is complicating the already saturated (if you’ll pardon the pun) market of gemstone-related inks.

Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

All of that said, the new Rhodonite pink ink will satisfy the craving of many people who may be hoping that Lamy is keeping Vibrant Pink in its regular line-up. It is. It’s called Rhodonite. The first tip-off was when I removed the bottle from the box (yes, the new Crystal inks come in cushioned boxes) and discovered the telltale gold metallic flakes in the bottom just like Vibrant Pink.

Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

Once I swatched up the ink, I was fairly certain it was an exact match to Vibrant Pink.

Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

I even consulted my in-house color expert (my husband Bob) to come take a look to see if he could spot any differences in the colors. I swatched both of these on the same day so there would be no difference in the colors due to aging, sun exposure, etc. We couldn’t spot any color shifts.

Lamy Crystal Rhodonite

In writing tests, Rhodonite performs as I would expect a Lamy ink to perform. The color shades beautifully, with a hint of the sheen from the gold and the vividness of the magenta pink. This is definitely an ink that benefits from a wider nib. While Rhodonite is more expensive than the original Vibrant Pink, Vibrant Pink was a limited edition color and often times those inks end up only being available on eBay at extortionate rates if you missed the chance to buy it the first time around. So, Rhodonite, is a good alternative.

I am definitely interested to see what some of the other colors in the series are going to be like. It was a fluke that the one I chose was a dead match for Vibrant Pink since I chose a color simply out of a list. So, now you know. If you already own Vibrant Pink and want to try some of the Crystal Inks from Lamy, pick a different color!


DISCLAIMER: Some items included in this review were provided free of charge for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

Giveaway Winner: Moo x Kate Moross Notebook Set

Giveaway Winner: Moo x Kate Moross Notebook Set

Thanks to everyone who entered the Moo x Kate Moross Notebook Set giveaway. Our lucky winner is Sara!

And… because she played by the rules and answered the question (which I read all your entries… so I appreciate when people take the time to answer them. I learn so much about you all!) she is going to get some added bonuses in her package. Happy Monday, Sara!