otto hutt gold dust ink review and giveaway

Otto Hutt Gold Dust Ink Review & Giveaway

Today’s Otto Hutt Gold Dust ink review and giveaway features a shimmering ink. Gold Dust is actually a NEW ink added in 2021 here at Pen Chalet from a historic German company.

All About the Ink Maker: Otto Hutt

Otto Hutt is a historic German pen company – they’ve been in business for more than 100 years. Known for their exquisite German craftsmanship of fine writing instruments, Otto Hutt also offers handmade fine inks made especially for fountain pens. Otto Hutt inks are made in Germany and currently come in 5 exceptional colors:

  • Black Night
  • Emerald
  • Ocean Blue
  • Red Roses
  • Gold Dust

This Week’s Featured Ink: Otto Hutt Gold Dust

In today’s Otto Hutt review, we’re getting a good look at how Gold Dust ink performs. In our opinion, Otto Hutt’s Gold Dust ink color is the most unique of their 5 available colors. Gold Dust ink has a gorgeous golden shimmer, while the other 4 ink colors are standard, non-shimmering inks. Today’s ink is a lighter dusty red with a beautiful golden shimmer that comes out easily with a broad or italic nib (and it’s even more apparent when you’re using a dip or brush type pen).

It’s Time: Otto Hutt Gold Dust Ink Review

This week we put Otto Hutt’s only shimmering fountain pen ink through our standard review tests. Ready for the results?

Otto Hutt Gold Dust Ink Review and Giveaway
Read the full Otto Hutt Gold Dust ink review results.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

For our review of Otto Hutt Gold Dust ink we used a French made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on French made Rhodia paper (dot pad). The dip pen has a tip similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib.

Let’s Talk About the Otto Hutt Ink Bottle

Otto Hutt Gold Dust ink comes in a small, round 30 ml. medicine type bottle with simple, elegant packaging. The large-mouth opening means easy filling, which we can all appreciate.

How Much Does Otto Hutt Fountain Pen Ink Cost?

Otto Hutt fountain pen ink is one of your higher-priced fountain pen inks for the 30 ml. quantity. However, you can find it for less at

How Did This Week’s Ink Perform in the 1-Dip Test?

We applied a one dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only one time). Otto Hutt Gold Dust ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with medium to heavy saturation. (One dip per writing sample: “S” “X” and scribble lines, seen above). Of note is the fact that the shimmer could be seen all the way to the end of each line.

How Fast Does this Week’s Featured Ink Dry?

Otto Hutt Gold Dust showed a dry time of approximately 9 seconds. We find this to be reasonably quick for a medium to heavy saturation shimmering ink.

Does Otto Hutt Gold Dust Ink Bleed Through?

We saw very slight bleeding during normal use, and about the same during the heavy saturated cotton swab test – very slight bleeding.

Was There Any Feathering During the Review?

We saw no feathering during normal use, and just very slight feathering during the water test.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

Otto Hutt Gold Dust is not waterproof, and we did see medium color smearing during the water test. However, the lines were still very legible and there was almost no additional feathering.

What About Shading & Shimmering Traits?

We didn’t see a lot of shading traits (not surprising with a medium to heavy saturation with very consistent application). The golden shimmer is some of the best we’ve seen. The shimmer was notably consistent and came out really nicely – especially in combination with a nib that allows ink flow variation (like a stub or italic nib or even better – a brush pen or dip pen). We were using the J Herbin spiral glass dip pen and we saw a dark red color as well as a variety of lighter shades of red and pink.

Final Conclusion on this Week’s Featured Otto Hutt Ink:

In conclusion, this week’s review ink is a higher priced ink (considering that smaller 30ml. bottle size) manufactured in Germany. The packaging is simple, elegant, and includes clear color labeling. The ink has a medium sized, easy to open lid. The ink’s beautiful light red color includes a really great golden sheen and has a reasonable dry time. Gold Dust shimmering ink is one of 5 inks currently available from the historic German company. While the Otto Hutt ink color selection is limited, the inks they offer are high quality and unique. Happy writing from Germany!

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Wendy T
9 months ago

I like Iroshizuku Shin-Kai as an everyday ink.

9 months ago

One of my favourite color combos, looks awesome

9 months ago

Lovely shimmer. Hope the bottle is tall enough that pens won’t be hard to fill as soon as 1/2 the ink is gone.

Michael S. Simon
9 months ago

I appreciate reviews of inks with shimmer to help explain how they work on various papers and/or in different nibs.

Patrick Gardella
9 months ago

Beautiful color! I’d love to try this. I’ve not heard of Otto Hutt either, so it will be a nice addition.

Roy c
9 months ago

Red and gold what’s not to like.

9 months ago

The red-orange ink withgold sheen and shimmer looks wonderful!

9 months ago

Hey, something from Otto Hutt that I can afford! Joke aside, the consistent shimmer is noteworthy. Would love to give this one a try!

9 months ago

This ink looks nice. I’d like to see some grey ink comparisons.