Today’s Robert Oster MudPack Muddy Crown Ink Review features one of the newest Robert Oster inks in the Pen Chalet inventory! I suppose I’ve jumped past a crucial bit of information. Did you already hear that Robert Oster has rereleased one of its most popular collections, the 7-Ink MudPack Series of Robert Oster inks? Read on to see the results from this week’s “muddy” ink review of one of the inks in this coveted collection, Muddy Crown.
All About the Ink Maker: Robert OsterThe folks around here at Pen Chalet love Robert Oster, and the inks made by his Australian ink company, Robert Oster Inks. They have a wide variety of fountain pen inks with a solid reputation for being dependable inks with good shading traits, vivid color options, and stunning (and usable) characteristics. We carry about 150 different Robert Oster ink colors right now in a couple different ink series:
- Robert Oster Signature Inks
- Robert Oster Shake ‘N’ Shimmy Inks
- Robert Oster 1980s Series
- Robert Oster Australis Series
- Robert Oster Cities of America Series
- Special Edition Robert Oster Inks: Like the Special Edition Shake ‘N’ Shimmy NO FIXED ADDRESS fountain pen ink
- Robert Oster-Pen Chalet Exclusive (Arizona themed inks)
- Robert Oster MudPack Series of inks
All About This Week’s Ink Series: Robert Oster MudPack CollectionThis week’s ink, Muddy Crown fountain pen ink, is from the recently re-released Robert Oster MudPack Collection. With the re-release, the inks are now available in individual sale bottles. The MudPack Series contains: • Muddy Bucket • Muddy Dragon • Muddy Sand • Muddy Swamp • Muddy Water • Muddy Wine and • Muddy Crown All the MudPack inks are unique and interesting and easy to now collect one at a time! However, Muddy Crown is the focus of this week’s ink feature. Read on for all the details!
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: MudPack Muddy Crown Ink ReviewRobert Oster Muddy Crown ink is a dusty dark purple ink color infused with a brown tint and slight sheen. ***Wondering where to find the giveaway for the inks in our weekly ink reviews? We used to run a weekly giveaway featuring each week’s ink, but now we have a monthly giveaway day that includes the inks featured in past reviews! ALL of the inks featured in our weekly ink reviews are listed as giveaway prizes during 15 on the 15th: GIVEAWAY DAY with Pen Chalet.
It’s Time: Robert Oster MudPack Muddy Crown Ink ReviewFor our Robert Oster Mudpack Muddy Crown ink review, we put this week’s ink through our standard ink review tests. The ink review results should give you a better idea of just what you could expect from this new release from Robert Oster.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):For our Robert Oster Mudpack Muddy Crown ink review, we used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The J. Herbin dip pen has a tip most closely comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib. As always, remember as you read this review and consider our review results that different papers or different nib sizes may produce different results!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Robert Oster Use for the MudPack Collection Inks?Robert Oster Muddy Crown ink comes in Robert Oster’s standard PET environmentally friendly plastic 50 ml. bottle with a leak proof cap. Each bottle is identical with a simple white label printed with a representation of the color of Muddy Crown. The ink bottles come with no additional packaging, which keeps the cost down. In 2022, Robert Oster has started including a seal on the top of the ink bottle opening underneath the screw on cap to further minimize any ink leaking during shipment.
How Much Do Inks in Robert Oster’s MudPack Collection Cost?Robert Oster’s MudPack inks are a very reasonable mid-range priced ink for the larger capacity 50ml. ink.
How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?We use the 1-dip test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only once). Muddy Crown ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with lots of ink to spare. (Using one dip per writing sample: “S” “X” and scribble lines, seen above).
How Fast Does Muddy Crown ink Dry?During our ink review, Muddy Crown ink showed a dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds with medium saturation. We consider Muddy Crown ink a great everyday ink choice.
Does This Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?We saw no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper and we only saw very slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test (and only at the wettest points).
Was There Any Feathering During the Muddy Crown Ink Review?We saw no feathering during normal use. We did see some slight additional feathering during the water test, but that’s to be expected for a non-waterproof ink.
How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?Robert Oster Muddy Crown ink is not actually a waterproof ink, so you may be surprised that we conducted the water test at all. However, regular readers will tell you that we always put featured inks to the water test regardless of whether they’re designed to be waterproof or not. (We just like having all the information). Our standard water test consists of letting our ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before we run a wet cotton swab over the sample to observe the effect. Here are the results we saw during today’s review:
- Medium color smearing
- Lines still very legible
- Some very slight distortion and line fading