Robert Oster Fire & Ice: Ink Review

Robert Oster Fire & Ice fountain pen ink on white paper

Hey there, ink lovers! Madigan here, bringing you my latest review on Robert Oster Fire & Ice ink. I've come across this ink several times on Instagram and instantly fell in love. The turquoise color plus the stunning sheen make this a stand-out ink, and sure to be one of the most popular colors. It reminds me of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, in terms of color and sheen, but without the gold sparkles, obviously. It would be a really great option if you love Emerald of Chivor but are worried about clogging issues. Read on to see what makes this ink so special.

Robert Oster Fire & Ice fountain pen ink dry time and smear test
Robert Oster Fire & Ice fountain pen ink sample on Moleskine paper
Robert Oster Fire & Ice fountain pen ink on Tomoe River paper

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– 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):

  • Low– 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:

  • Easy– Pretty standard cleaning for this ink, no need to take any additional steps.


  • 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– No hard starts, no gushes. If I was being really picky, I'd say it goes more to wet.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

bottle of Robert Oster Fire & Ice fountain pen ink

Inks Similar in Color:

I love this ink! It was the first Robert Oster ink I filled a full pen of, and let me tell you, I did not want to stop writing. To see it at its best, be sure to use fountain pen friendly paper. You can really see the sheen on Tomoé River or Rhodia paper. It might not be the most work or school appropriate ink, but for letter writing, journaling, or note-taking, I think this is a fantastic option.You can find Robert Oster Fire & Ice at in a 50ml bottle or a 2ml ink sample.What is your favorite Robert Oster ink? Leave a comment and let me know!