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    Cool Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim is a discontinued ink, given to me graciously by a FPNr who had received a whole bottle thanks to the generosity of another FPN member.

    I enjoyed using this ink at first, when inking my trusty Lamy Safari for sketching, taking notes, etc. However, I forgot the pen for about 2 weeks, with the convertor half full. It refused to write even after priming. Finally, I just refilled the pen and it was still sluggish. It was a disappointment to put it mildly.
    The next day, I had the same startup problems but a little priming and the pen was writing well, afterwards.

    I wont tell you how excruciating it was coaxing ink from the dry Osmiroid, but the pen is problematic and is only tamed by very wet and well lubricated inks. However, it gives an idea about the inks inherent behaviour.

    On the positive side for now it has behaved well in Pilot Kakuno.
    I know many rave about the shading of this ink, but for me its a blessing that the ink is unobtanium, as it's also slow to dry.
    I'm sure there are many better options available.

    Let's start by the intriguing chroma:
    Chroma - AP - Oshkosh Denim.jpeg
    Writing samples:
    I decided to take use quotes by indigenous leaders as I assume that chief Oshkosh gave his name to the cities and the denim brand.
    Rhodia- Oshkosh Denim.jpgMidori- Oshkosh Denim.jpegTR68 gr - Oshkosh Denim.jpeg
    Rather well behaved on copy paper, despite what the scan wants you to believe:
    Hammermill - Oshkosh Denim.jpg
    Photo:
    Anderson'sPens - Oshkosh Denim.jpg

    Comparison:
    Comparison Oshkosh Denim.jpg
    Watertest:
    Decent water resistance under running water (10 seconds)
    The minima I let the wateriest to "cure" is 24 hours.
    WatertestOshkosh Denim 1.jpeg
    And finally an art work: A tipi


    Pens used: Pilot Kakuno Ef, Lamy Safari (EF/F/M/B/1.1), Osmiroid Copperplate
    What I liked: Only writing with a broad nib.
    What I did not like: Flow issues.
    What some might not like: Same as above, dryness.
    Shading: Yes.
    Ghosting: Not much.
    Bleed through: Faint.
    Flow Rate: Good when used, awful after two weeks.
    Lubrication: Dry
    Nib Dry-out: Yes
    Start-up: Yes.
    Saturation: Not bad.
    Shading Potential: Good.
    Sheen: No.
    Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed.
    Nib Creep / Crud: No.
    Staining (pen): No
    Clogging: Im not so sure
    Cleaning: Yes.
    Water resistance: Ok
    Availability: Unobtanium

    Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier

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    Default Re: Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    Cool chroma - wouldn't have guessed the yellow. Cool quotes. Love that kitty in his bib overalls! Chief Mouse-friend seems to have a leak in his tepee - let all the rain in...

    Thank you for putting up with the ink's difficulties to show it off in your writing samples and art!

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    Default Re: Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Cool chroma - wouldn't have guessed the yellow.
    Me neither!
    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Cool quotes.
    Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Love that kitty in his bib overalls! Chief Mouse-friend seems to have a leak in his tepee - let all the rain in...
    I tell them all the time, use waterproof ink and there'll be no rain, but they don't listen
    Quote Originally Posted by LizEF View Post
    Thank you for putting up with the ink's difficulties to show it off in your writing samples and art!
    I'm hoping your experience would be different

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    Default Re: Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    I'm all about complex chromas AND bluey-murky inks, and I love the comparison swabs, and Kitteh/Mousie's tipi pow wow. I also like the word Oshkosh. But the fact that this is Unobtainium, low lubrication, and hard-starting, well, I guess this rules it out for me.

    Thanks, Yazeh, for this continuing series. It's like visiting inks without even buying a sample. 👏🏻
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Default Re: Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I'm all about complex chromas AND bluey-murky inks, and I love the comparison swabs, and Kitteh/Mousie's tipi pow wow. I also like the word Oshkosh. But the fact that this is Unobtainium, low lubrication, and hard-starting, well, I guess this rules it out for me.

    Thanks, Yazeh, for this continuing series. It's like visiting inks without even buying a sample. 👏🏻
    Chromas can be sometimes so misleading. Especially this one. It reminds me of TERANISHI inks. But alas it is not. I was disppointed by all those plus long dry times
    It's a pleasure and thanks for your support!

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    Default Re: Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    What a fabulous review. Sometimes it's nice to be able to read one safe in the knowledge that there can be no risk of wanting to buy the ink. In this case, I think it's a particularly good thing because I really like the colour, and would probably want it despite the very obvious drawbacks!

    Thank you as always

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    Default Re: Anderson Pens' Oshkosh Denim (unobtanium)

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    What a fabulous review. Sometimes it's nice to be able to read one safe in the knowledge that there can be no risk of wanting to buy the ink. In this case, I think it's a particularly good thing because I really like the colour, and would probably want it despite the very obvious drawbacks!

    Thank you as always
    🙏 I agree, reviews of ink which are sort of unattainable for me are the best. I can enjoy them for what they are

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