Mini Review: Robert Oster Fire & Ice Ink

Continuing my series of Tessa-talks-about-the-thing-everyone-is-talking-about-but-a-few-months-afterwards, I’ve had a play around with the much-hyped Fire & Ice Ink by Robert Oster. I’ve called this a mini review, because I’m no ink expert and I can’t give you much more insight other than how it looks and a little bit about how it behaves. If you’re looking for a more thorough insight, I can recommend Susan’s super in depth testing on Pen Addict, and Ana’s review on Well Appointed Desk.

Robert Oster is an Australian ink brand that I hadn’t actually heard of before Fire and Ice came out. The packaging is very simple, but does the job, and I guess the fact that the ink comes in a plastic bottle reduces postage costs. And I also think it has a bit more of a small business vibe, which I like.

The ink itself is really quite incredible and for me has two really interesting characteristics. The first is the depth of colour, which to me seems like magic somehow. I don’t understand how it can switch from the deep turquoise colour to a light, almost sky blue, at the flick of a nib, but I like it!

And the second characteristic is that red sheen. Mmmmm, it’s so good! I seem to always have bad luck getting the sheen to come out in inks. I see other people’s review pictures and wonder what on earth I’m doing wrong, but in the case of Fire & Ice, I had no such problem, that sheen is out all over the place!

I like Fire & Ice because it’s a”normal” enough colour that I could use it every day, but with a little twist to keep things interesting. I’ve only played around with it with a dip pen so far, but plan to ink up a flex nib fountain pen to use it some more. I used it here with the paper that I test all inks on – Clairefontaine Triomphe – and it was perfect, no bleeding, no feathering.

I got mine from Bureau Direct for £14.95 as soon as I saw they had it in stock. I see it’s now sold out though – you’ve got to be quick with this one! iZods seem to have it in stock though.


Everybody is talking about this company. I must get my hands on some of their ink. Great review Tessa.

Posted 12 months ago by Stuart Reply

Thanks for this review, inspired me to try!!

Posted 12 months ago by Marion Reply

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