Today we’ve got a Robert Oster Ink Review featuring 4 of the newest inks to join the Robert Oster Signature Ink Collection. We got them in the hands of one of our guest reviewers so you could get a good idea about what they were capable of before adding them to your ink collection. Read on for more details about these fantastic new Robert Oster inks: Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind.
All About the Ink Maker: Robert Oster Inks
If you’re a fan of fountain pens or inks, you must already know Robert Oster. But just in case, we’ll throw a bit of info about this popular Australian ink maker your way. Robert Oster offers a wide variety of inks inspired by their home, Australia. (However, you WILL notice that there is a series of exclusive Robert Oster inks inspired by Arizona (the home of Pen Chalet). These Robert Oster fountain pen inks are only available at PenChalet.com, and they resulted from a series of partnerships between Robert Oster and Pen Chalet). But today we are going to feature a Robert Oster ink review from one of our guest reviewers (@claire.scribbleswithinks) focusing on 4 new inks added to the Signature Ink Series by Robert Oster.
All About This Week’s Ink Series: Robert Oster Signature Ink Collection
Robert Oster has an extensive offering of inks. At Pen Chalet, we carry around 150 fountain pen inks created by Robert Oster, and it’s one of our most trusted and well-liked ink brands. If you’re interested in one of Robert Oster’s inks, you can choose from several different ink series including:
- Robert Oster-Pen Chalet Exclusive (Arizona-themed inks)
- Robert Oster Signature Series
- Robert Oster Aussie Ten Dollar Bill Series
- Robert Oster Limited Edition Holiday Series
- Robert Oster Drinks No. 1 Series
- Robert Oster Shake N Shimmy Series
- Robert Oster Special Edition 7th Anniversary Series
- Robert Oster Special Edition NYC USA Ink
There are so many options to choose from – that’s part of the fun of Robert Oster inks. This week’s featured inks are from the Robert Oster Signature Series, which is the largest ink series from Robert Oster. Read the rest of the Robert Oster ink review for more details!
All About This Week’s Chosen Inks: Robert Oster Ink Reviews
In today’s Robert Oster ink review, we’ll check out four inks. Robert Oster Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind inks were released right as we moved from 2023 to 2024. Inspired by the four elements they’re named after, these inks may. not have made it onto your radar because everyone gets so distracted right around the New Year. Here’s a quick peek at the “shades” of each of the inks you’ll see in more detail below.
Wind ink is a dual chroma standard ink in blue with a foot strongly in the “blurple” camp.
Earth ink is a dual chroma standard ink in browny green.
Water ink is an interesting blue that leans grey-green with a multi-colored shimmer varying from silver to blue through light green.
Fire ink is a mid-yellow standard ink.
*Wondering where to find the giveaway for the inks in our weekly ink reviews? We used to run a weekly giveaway featuring each week’s ink, but now we have a monthly giveaway day that includes the inks featured in past reviews! ALL of the inks featured in our weekly ink reviews are listed as giveaway prizes during 15 on the 15th: GIVEAWAY DAY with Pen Chalet.
Now for all the details from our guest reviewer, @claire.scribbleswithpens , who was kind enough to give all four of them a good look so we could share her findings with you. Read on for Claire’s take on each of these four Robert Oster Signature Series inks!
It’s Time: Robert Oster Wind Ink Review
This is Robert Oster Wind ink, a dual chroma standard ink in blue with a foot strongly in the “blurple” camp. My experience of Robert Oster (RO) inks has largely been that they’re drier than a camel’s hoo-ha … particularly if they are shady and/or multi-chroma. This is NOT the case here. This is a wet ink….not horrifyingly, paper ruiningly, feathering mess wet, just …wet. Which means it does flow beautifully, although in a broad nib (B nib), it’s very fire hosey…something a lot of people will love. TR68 old handled it fine. I suspect a more aborbent paper would feather though.
In writing, there is a clear hint of purple, which my photos have sadly not captured, but is definitely here. In pooling, the pink undertones are obvious, and this is also clear when mixed with water. Bleach lifts the ink, too, even in saturated pools, which is nice.
Ink Comparisons: Robert Oster Wind ink is similar to Milky Ocean but not even close to as dry. Especially in pooling. In writing, it’s closer to Cotton Blue but a bit paler.
VERDICT: OK, this is a beauty for writing and arting. And in my favorite area of the blue section. I love it.
Pen used: @benupen Above The Clouds Minima B
Robert Oster Ink Review: Earth Ink Review
This is Earth, a dual chroma standard ink in browny green – perfectly named then! As stated before, historically, I’ve found RO inks have largely been drier than my sense of humor … particularly if they are shady and/or multi-chroma. This is not the case here. This is another wet ink… and again, it’s not problematic for TR68 (old ofc), and it does flow beautifully. Again, I’d exercise caution if you use absorbent paper and Broad nibs. Anyway.
In writing, I found it to be super shady (more so in the wider nib) in a murky green colour. Bleach lifts the ink too, which is great for arting.
With water a RAFT of colour chroma presents. Just look at the banner close up…green…pink…brown..yellow, even teal! This will be a super fun ink to art with.
INK COMPARISONS: Robert Oster Earth ink is more brown than Amamoyoi but more green and saturated than Kelp. And it’s more everything than weakass W.Willow. It’s not a dupe in my collection.
VERDICT: OK, whilst this isn’t remotely in my preference colour-wise, it is a lovely ink, and I will likely use it for rating.
Pen used: This (my sole) kit pen is made from 2,000 year old preserved Bog Oak found at Roman Vindolanda. What could be more perfect for the Earth theme? (Fitted with a #5 Bock titanium in an M or B). Who knows which since Bock doesn’t label them.
Robert Oster Ink Review: Water Ink Review
Ooooh this ink is interesting. Robert Oster Water ink is blue that leans grey-green with a multi-coloured shimmer…it varies from silver to blue through light green, and under light, the change totally replicates water to my eyes.
The flow is spectacular….yep you read that right SPECTACULAR. It’s semi-wet with shimmer that doesn’t quit or clog…it just works. It doesn’t need agitation. I wrote half an A5 page of close-packed cursive scribble and didn’t agitate once, and the shimmer was there in every word. Just wow.
There is some shading under the shimmer, but frankly, who cares when the shimmer works like that! In the smaller nib, the colour seemed more grey/green than blue to me, which was interesting. With water, the chroma is beautiful with blue and pink and green. I struggled to lift it with bleach, but I didn’t try high concentrations.
INK COMPARISONS: I don’t have a dupe for this. It is close to the recent Inkvent Blizzard but has more green and the varied shimmer. It’s a paler shade than the Teal of Steamboat.
VERDICT: I LOVE THIS INK and, frankly, am seriously impressed.
Pen used: @benupen Talisman M nib
Robert Oster Ink Review: Fire Ink Review
This is Fire, a mid-yellow standard ink. It is another wet ink that flows well, but perhaps not quite as wet as the previous three.
There is no shading, which is probably for the best in an ink this shade. There is also no chroma, which again isn’t really surprising. I struggled to lift this one with bleach in the pooled areas.
INK COMPARISONS: It’s hard to create a unique ink in this area as it’s not an easily used colour being so pale and all. This is closest to the two in the picture but also isn’t far off Ferris Wheel Press buttered popcorn ink, perhaps with a less dusky shade, hence not including it.
VERDICT: If you don’t have a yellow ink, this would be a good one for your ink collection. I do have a couple I like, so wouldn’t need this as well.
Pen used: Ritchie in Bird of Paradise B
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