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Robert Oster Signature Ink Fire & Ice Review & Giveaway!

Robert Oster Fire & Ice Ink: One of the most popular current Robert Oster ink colors on the market is Fire & Ice. Robert Oster Signature ink, which is manufactured and imported directly from Australia, has 68 ink colors and counting. Each color Robert Oster creates is a creation from its Australian heritage, Robert Oster calls labels, “Australian Colors for the World”. Robert Oster, located in Southern Australia in the Coonawarra District is becoming a major player in the highly competitive US and world ink market with its fabulous colors and ink characteristics.

Robert Oster Fire & Ice is a blue color ink, that has its roots in a turquoise based blue color, but is darker than say Lamy Pacific Blue and Waterman Obsession Blue ink and has a hint of green to the color, making it a dark turquoise with a slight teal color. It is quite beautiful and is a very popular Robert Oster ink color.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Robert Oster Signature Ink Fire & Ice we used for this review.

Robert Oster Signature Ink Fire & Ice

Robert Oster Signature Ink Fire & Ice

Please note the following traits we have experienced while testing Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink that you may find useful:

Testing Factors

We used a glass dip pen with a fine tip manufactured by J. Herbin Pen Company on Rhodia graph paper.

Bottle Sizes

Each Robert Oster ink comes in a standard, tall 50 ml. plastic bottle. The color of the ink is represented by the white label on top of the cap with the name of the ink along with a small sample of the actual ink inside. Each bottle comes with a standard gold Robert Oster Signature Ink sticker seal on the front of the bottle. Simple and plain, but effective and we love the ink sample on the lid.


Robert Oster Fire & Ice retails for $17.00 in the United States. This makes Robert Oster ink a low mid range price ink and a good overall value. Robert Oster inks are only available in the US from a select few retailers, including Pen Chalet.

Dry Time

One of the great features of Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink is its quick dry time, which is approximately 4-5 seconds. Not a lightning fast drying ink, but quick enough for everyday use at home, office, journal and note writing.

Bleed Through

We did not experience any bleeding using Robert Oster Fire & Ice with the dip pen. However, at the wettest part of the cotton swab test we did experience some bleeding.


Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink produces nice distinct, crisp lines without any feathering. Although during the water test, there was some feathering with the cotton swab at its wettest.

Water Test

We conducted a water test, where we run a wet cotton swab over a dried Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink sample. This produced significant color smearing and some feathering so the Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink is not a waterproof ink.


One feature that is widely discussed about Robert Oster inks, is their inks ability to produce nice shading with most colors. Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink is one of those colors that will produce some wonderful shading characteristics, especially with a larger or stub nib where the writer can adjust the flow of ink. Done right and you can also get some red color along the edges of the ink.

Conclustion about the Robert Oster Signature Ink Fire & Ice

Robert Oster Fire & Ice is a favorite and for good reason. It’s a beautiful color, quick drying, nice shading, no feathering or bleeding all at a reasonable price. Plus how many products do you own that are made exclusively down under, which is cool in and of itself. You will enjoy writing with Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink from Australia.

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Chaney Tse
6 years ago

Never used Robert Oster before, but Fire and Ice is at the top of the to-try list. Although the sheen is apparently difficult to get on some papers, even some high-quality ones.

6 years ago

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Josh Schroeder
6 years ago

I just inked up a couple of my pens with Robert Oster Peppermint and Fire & Ice. I love the Fire & Ice, especially on a good paper like Tomoe River where the red sheen comes out.

Dan Goldman
6 years ago

This color of Robert Oster is one I would not typically use for daily note taking, but I like it a lot!

Jeff Skopin
6 years ago

This has been on my list for awhile. Tried a sample. Loved it. I ended up going with another shading Turquoise but I’m not happy with it. Woulda, coulda, shoulda

Franznick Michael
6 years ago

I’d love to try the Robert Oster line!

6 years ago

Oh Turquoise inks are my favorite, and I hear this one has a sheen! Would love to get my hands on some 😀

6 years ago

Currently, Fire & Ice is inked in, not one, not two, but THREE of my pens. I love love love this ink. So much so, I want to eat it. The blue is a gorgeous shade, very much an aqua color, but it’s the red sheen that makes my heart leap for joy. Recently I got a cheapo notebook from the drug store and it was amazing, showing sheen like crazy, with zero feathering. It’s qualities were very similar to Tomoe River, at a fraction of the cost. I think it’s because it was made in Vietnam, and maybe they… Read more »

Andrew Mulnix
6 years ago

I’m really looking forward to trying out the Spearmint ink!