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Robert Oster Summer Storm Ink Review.

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Executive Pens sent me the Robert Oster Summer Storm ink to review here on the blog. I have been using it for a few weeks and wanted to share my thoughts. Everything in this review is based on my own opinions.

I have limited experience with Robert Oster inks but they have been on my radar for some time. I was sent Summer Storm along with Yellow Sunset a few weeks back and I have been using the inks in some of my usual fountain pens. For Summer Storm I have this in my TWSBI 580 RB with a broad nib. I chose this pen specifically because I wanted to see as much of the ink as possible.

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The colour.

Summer Storm is a grey-blue-purple coloured ink. There are hints of all three colours that show themselves at different times as you use it. This sort of ink tone has always attracted me. The colour is subtle, dark enough that it can be used in most situations, the formal and informal, but also gives it an edge. Robert Osters Summer Storm doesn't disappoint.

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When writing with this ink it appears to show more grey tones with some hints of a the cool purple and blue undertones. As the ink dries the purple tones really come out which looks great with the broad nib fountain pen. The change when using a broad nib fountain pen is really noticeable.

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There is a nice hint of shading with Summer Storm. The additional ink from your writing strokes shows the depth to the colour.

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If you put a lot of ink down on the page, as you can see in my swatches below, you can see the huge amounts of purple in this ink. Where the ink is heavier the colour is a deep and vibrant purple. However where you have a smaller amount of ink the grey tones really show themselves.

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Writing.

Summer Storm is pleasant enough to write with. It’s fairly wet and gives a nice smooth line. Dry times are comparable to other ink brands. I always tend to be a little tentative when using fountain pen and ink, so really you know what you’re getting.

The one downside I noticed with this colour is that it seemed to dry out in my fountain pen. If I hadn’t used the pen for a few days I really had to scribble to get the ink flowing again. I wouldn't say this is normal, it’s not something I notice with other ink brands I use. It does make me a little conscious of leaving this ink for long periods of time in a fountain pen if it’s not one I use regularly and I am really not sure if I would put it in one of my nicer pens.

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Overall thoughts.

Colour wise my experience with Robert Oster is good. Their shading and tone is really nice. They seem to offer different sorts of colours that you don’t see with a lot of brands and their naming is really good.

I am not a master ink user, I tend to stick with what I like, but these inks do concern me a little in terms of what they’re doing to my pens. This could be a little unjustified, but that’s the experience I have from using the two inks I have so far.

I would like to again thank Executive Pens for sending me this ink to review. Why not check out what they have to offer.

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun ink review

The cute 15ml Pilot Iroshizuku ink bottle

The cute 15ml Pilot Iroshizuku ink bottle

The Pilot Iroshizuku range of inks have always been one of my favourites. They are wet and flow really well in almost any fountain pen and come in a beautiful variety of colours. As with all Iroshizuku inks the presentation and packaging are gorgeous.

Fuyu-Syogun was one colour which had been on my wish list for some time. Fuyu-Syogun’s english name is Old Man Winter which is a very apt description. It’s a subtle ink colour that doesn’t pop on the page. Despite this I have enjoyed the Fuyu-Syogun as a different option for writing to the traditional blues and black inks.

The shading on this grey ink is lovely. It has a blue undertone that makes it different from other grey inks. Kiri-same, the other Iroshizuku grey ink colour, always seems to be a popular choice. It’s slightly darker and probably clearer to write with. However for me the light tone of Fuyu-Syogun and the blue hue make this a winning combination.

I have been using the Fuyu-Syogun in my silver fine nib Kaweco AL Sport - a winning pairing. The colours compliment each other really well. Even with the fine nib size I still get to enjoy the shading that this ink has to offer. In my hand written review below you can see this ink in all its glory on Rhodia 80gsm No 16 Notepad.

There is little I can say by way of negatives for Fuyu-Syogun. For some people it may be too light or too grey. It also could be too costly. I bought this bottle from Jet Pens because I wanted several different Iroshizuku ink colours and due to the cost of the larger 50ml bottles I opted for the smaller, and cheaper, 15ml bottle size. For buyers outside of the US there is the risk of the dreaded customs charge. This however is not a negative of the ink, more the process of buying if you’re outside the US or Japan. If you can invest in a bottle of the Fuyu-Syogun and enjoy grey ink colours I would highly recommend this option.