Robert Oster Fire & Ice: Ink Review

Robert Oster Fire&Ice inkbottle with 2 swabs on a wooden desk background with shells

Robert Oster Fire & Ice is a gorgeous turquoise fountain pen ink with red sheen and lots of shading. This is definitely a fan favorite, check out the review below to learn more!

Robert Oster Fire & Ice Ink Review

Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink bottle with writing review on Tomoe River Paper

Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink review on Leuchtturm paper

Ink Review 

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • 20-30 seconds – 20+ seconds is pretty standard for ink. Definitely not quick dry, but it shouldn't cause you trouble if you are writing or turning pages quickly.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Rating – If you are looking for water resistance, look elsewhere. This one doesn't stay put when water is applied. 


  • Medium – You can see a difference between the first swab line and the second, but not the second and the third. 

Ease of Cleaning:

  • High – Pretty standard cleaning for this ink, no need to take any additional steps. It will stay on your hands a bit longer however!


  • High – This ink throws a lot of shade! On down strokes you can see stunning pigment pooling and sheen, while on upstrokes, you get a lighter shade of turquoise. If you love shading/sheening ink, you have to try this one.


  • Medium – While this does have a longer dry time it isn't overly wet but may feather on less fountain-pen-friendly paper.

 Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • It comes in a 50ml plastic bottle with a minimalist label. This features a wide mouth so it is easy to fill any pen we carry from it.

Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink bottle with writing sample

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Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink is a sought-after ink among fountain pen users. Known for its mesmerizing blue/turquoise color, and its red sheen, this ink works for professional and casual settings. With its smooth flow and consistent performance, Robert Oster Fire & Ice not only adds a touch of elegance to your writing but also adds a little something extra when you least expect it. There's a reason this is a go-to for so many fountain pen users, so grab a bottle and see what you think!

Robert OSter Fire & Ice fountain pen ink with a white paper swab and a swatch of this blue to red sheening ink

Robert OSter Fire & Ice fountain pen ink with a white paper swab and a swatch of this blue to red sheening ink and a bottle

Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink writing sample

This color is available in 50ml bottles as well as our ink samples.