I don’t love teal, or aqua, or the blue-green range in general, but I don’t dislike it. It’s just that the proof of the pudding is in the eating: I have owned many teal inks, but I rarely reach for one.
It’s a popular color range, however. Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine is a good one, now in the regular line. And let’s not ignore the new ink everyone, including me, wants: Lamy Petrol.
But I wasn’t excited to see yet another teal when I swabbed Deep Sea. I put it into my Montblanc 146 with a broad nib without any expectations.
Except a tiny bit of irritation, by association, at the name. Before “Let It Go,” the song that drove parents insane was “Under the Sea,” from The Little Mermaid. The name Deep Sea, unfortunately, reminds me of that impossibly catchy calypso ditty, which I hum every time I write the words “Deep Sea.”
And, hold it right there. Does Ariel’s tail remind anyone else of Deep Sea? Was this all on purpose?!
No, phew. Deep Sea is bluer.
Be that as it may, despite my initial “meh” at another teal, and then my “ugh” at the name, the actual ink turns out to be gorgeous, and special.
Deep Sea is on cream-colored Tomoe River in the photo at the top of the page, and it’s so nice. But allow me to indulge in my favorite thing, an extreme closeup.
Deep Sea has shading to die for, and red sheen that makes even a sheen agnostic like me smile.
Not to mention how gorgeous it is on white paper. Here on Rhodia.
I heart this ink. That’s two (very different) blue-green inks in a week or so I really love. The other being Lake Michigan Summer from Papier Plume. Wow.
And how is Deep Sea on poor paper? Really good! Here’s an extreme closeup of Deep Sea in the Montblanc with broad nib on my everyday Staples Sustainable Earth legal pad paper.
Two extreme closeups, plus a beautiful ink. Oh happy day.
Deep Sea is a teal or aqua ink but not really matched by any ink I know. Here are two inks I picked for comparison.
On the left is Diamine Schubert, which has a similar color, although not as green as Deep See. But Schubert, and while perfectly nice, compares only in hue: Schubert is flatter, doesn’t shade as much, and I can’t remember any sheen.
In the middle is KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise, which is bluer than Deep Sea, but which has the same “wow” factor, since it features gorgeous shading, although probably not the same level of sheen.
I feel the same way about Robert Oster Deep Sea as I did about KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise. And that is: wow. These are both special inks. I got my sample from a generous friend. But Oster’s Deep Sea will be at the Ink Testing Station for anyone going to the Chicago Pen Show, as in fact will KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise.