We’re getting to know 3 Oysters Americano Ink in this week’s review. From the 3 Oysters Delicious Series, this ink definitely has things to say if you give it a chance. Read the full review for all the details!
All About the Ink Maker: 3 Oysters
3 Oysters is a Korean based ink company offering three distinct, unique ink series:
- 3 Oysters Delicious Ink Series: Motivated by Korean food and fashion
- 3 Oysters I.Color.U Ink Series: Inspired by the colors of the Korean capital city of Seoul
- 3 Oysters Hun Min Jeon Eum (HMJE Ink Series: Colors of the orient and Korea
This week’s ink is from the 3 Oysters Delicious Ink Series.
All About The Ink Series: Delicious Ink Series
This week’s ink review features an ink from 3 Oysters Delicious Ink Series. 3 Oysters recently added 4 new colors to their Delicious Series, so the series now includes 14 different color options. The four recent additions are:
- Carmel Macchiato;
- Peacock Blue;
- Peacock Green; and
Pen Chalet is excited to offer a wide selection of 3 Oysters inks, particularly since only a few American retailers carry this fountain pen ink brand. Check out the current inventory of 3 Oysters fountain pen ink at PenChalet.com.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: 3 Oysters Americano Ink
3 Oysters Delicious Americano ink is a pH neutral, water-based ink that is safe for most fountain pens. The deep, dark, coffee ink color has some nice lighter brown traits depending on your penmanship, and the ink shows up well on paper.
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It’s Time: 3 Oysters Delicious Americano Ink Review
This week we put 3 Oysters’ Americano fountain pen ink through our standard ink review tests. Get ready to hear all the details!
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
This week we used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on Rhodia dot pad paper. As always, we want to remind you that different papers or different nib sizes may produce different results!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does 3 Oysters Use?
3 Oysters Delicious ink series comes in a unique mid-sized 38 ml. heavy weighted glass bottle that displays nicely. This heavy weight bottle has a faceted corner designed to allow you to lean the bottle on one edge (balancing on a corner of the bottle) when attempting to fill a pen with the last few precious drops of ink. The 3 Oysters Delicious ink series fountain pen inks have a nice presentation with a professional label. Labeling on the inks is in English and Korean with the ink color highlighted on the box.
How Much Do 3 Oysters HMJE Fountain Pen Inks Cost?
The 3 Oysters Delicious inks are reasonably priced, especially for ink from such a unique and exciting Korean-based company. Check for the latest discounted price at PenChalet.com.
How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?
We use the 1-dip test to see how far the ink can write on paper with “1 dip.” We conducted the 1-dip test using a J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen, Rhodia dot pad paper, and this week’s featured ink, 3 Oysters Americano. We dipped the pen in ink once for each writing sample shown above (“S,” “X,” and scribble lines), and as you can see, it wrote across the page very easily on all three writing samples with ink to spare.
How Fast Does the 3 Oysters Americano Ink Dry?
3 Oysters Americano fountain pen ink had a dry time of about 7-8 seconds with medium saturation, which is very reasonable.
Does This Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?
We saw no bleeding during normal use of this week’s ink. Additionally, we saw no bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test
Was There Any Feathering While Using 3 Oysters Americano Ink?
We saw no feathering during normal use and some very slight additional feathering during the water test.
How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?
For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. This week’s ink isn’t waterproof, and when we ran the test, we saw light color smearing, but the lines remained legible despite some slight distortion and fading.
Does 3 Oysters Americano Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
This week’s ink had some nice possible shading if using a nib that allows ink flow variation (like a stub or italic nib). We saw a dark brown coffee color at the wettest points to a wonderful light brown color.
Final Conclusion on 3 Oysters Delicious Americano Ink:
This week’s ink has a nice price point and we really enjoy the nice range of brown colors accessible through shading. Made by a South Korean ink company, the Delicious ink series features a unique bottle deigned to help you tilt it for a great angle when seeking out the last few drops of ink. The 38 ml. bottle is also heavy weight and great for display. The Americano fountain pen ink showed a reasonable dry time and is safe for use with fountain pens. We recommend it as an everyday ink color. We enjoyed working with another high performance ink from 3 Oysters. Happy writing from South Korea!
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YES! You fixed it! Another great review and of course I’d love to win this ink. I need a new brown as I gave my only one away. (It was scented & I’m allergic to almost every artificial scent)
Victory is MINE! (Kind of – I called in help to get that fixed up for us). 😀 This one is definitely not a scented ink! So that’s good.
Mm… luscious shade!
I love rich, dark brown inks, as long as they don’t look too close to a “weak” black ink! Looks like 3 Oysters got it right!
I have not tried any 3 oyster ink yet but looking forward to it.
Even though this ink looks like coffee, don’t try to drink it 😉
I really like the brown ink. It’s unique, you can use it every day but it’s not tacky.
What could be bad about a coffee colored ink? I own 3 Oysters Mustard, and love it. It shades so beautifully!
Ooooh this looks like a gorgeous brown!!! I have this thing where every brown ink I see I want. I thought my favorite color was gray, maybe I’m wrong.
You might be right (about being wrong :D). Maybe brown is your ink “thing!”
My only 3 oysters ink is Purple gray but now my fingers are itching to snag a couple more..:
Looks like a nice, well-behaved brown. Haven’t tried any ink from this brand yet, but looks promising!
heard that 3 Oysters ink run pretty dry. Looking forward to try it out for myself.
What a nice brown ink!
Its one of the helpful reviews for the Fountain pen starter like me…. Excited to use these….. Would like to see more reviews for Noodlers Inks as well
I have tried the 3 Oysters Purple Gray and loved it… I’m betting that I’ll love this soft cocoa brown too! Would love to see reviews of more of these “delicious” inks 🙂
Love the brown inks! Thanks for reviewing it!