Ink

Review: 3 Oysters Purple Grey

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

3 Oysters is a Korean ink brand that is just starting to surface on my radar. Purple Grey is like its name purple and grey. The purple can be just the barest of hints. 3 Oysters Purple Grey is dry without a doubt. It is an excellent ink to tame wet nibs and for lefties in general. Personally I don’t think Purple Grey is a very unique colour but if you are looking for a dry ink that’s corporate friendly, 3 Oysters Purple Grey will be an interesting choice.

Review: Robert Oster Signature Hippo Purple

This is Hippo Noto’s exclusive Robert Oster Signature ink. It is named Hippo Purple. At first I thought for an ink named purple, it doesn’t look very purple but Robert Oster Signature had revealed that the brief was for the ink to look like the purplish skin of an actual hippo. Thus, it doesn’t look overwhelmingly purple. Knowing the brief, I believe the colour fits well to its name.

Hippo Purple is a dry ink. It shades subtly. I recommend filling this in a wet pen. Hippo Purple is not quite purple, not quite brown. This is a truly unique colour that I’m having a tough time finding similar inks.

Review: Robert Oster Signature Motor Oil

My thanks to Glenn for the ink sample.

Robert Oster Motor Oil is a deep dark brown-green colour. And it looks just like motor oil or sludge. This is most definitely not my favourite colour. It looks like a very dark Pilot Iroshizuku Ina Ho. And it is giving me the Ina-Ho vibes. (I don’t like Ina-Ho.) It shades very subtly with a hint of lighter brown-green surfacing from time to time. It is probably best not to use it in a EF or F nib cause you lose all shading. Plus this is a relatively dry ink. It’s not my kind of colour but it is a rather unique ink.

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Review: Straits Pen Shitty Sepia

My thanks to Sunny for providing me the sample for review.

Another ink from Straits Pen, this time with the humorous name of Shitty Sepia. I really enjoy the naming conventions so far. Shitty Sepia isn’t all that shitty. It shades well, going from a dark not quite black brown to a muted brown with a strong grey undertone. It goes down nice and saturated but dries to a more muted colour. Shitty Sepia is slightly wetter and writes slightly more lubricated than Poor Man’s Sapphire.