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Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover Ink Review & Giveaway

We have JUST enough time to dive into the Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover ink review and giveaway before the big day. Just 2 more days ‘til Christmas! (Am I the only one who hears the Whoville countdown in my head as Christmas gets close? I may have watched the Jim Carrey version of The Grinch one too many times). All Santa’s helpers here at Pen Chalet have been working overtime to ship gifts out all over the world, and if the amount of running and picking and packing and tracking and gift wrapping around here is any indication of the amount of work the “Big Guy” puts in for the 25th, he’s definitely due a nice, long “hangover” on December 26th! Regardless of who, what, or why, if you’ve got trees, lights, and Santas on the brain this week’s ink review is for you!

All About the Ink Maker: Robert Oster

Pen Chalet enjoys a great partnership with Robert Oster himself, carrying almost 150 of the prolific Australian ink company’s inks (available in a wide variety of popular ink colors). Robert Oster Signature Inks and packaging are all toxic-free and nature-friendly. For those who haven’t yet tried Robert Oster Signature inks, you have options:

Robert Oster Signature Ink Series
Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Ink Series
And for a limited time…
Robert Oster Limited Edition Holiday 2020 Ink Series

Additionally, Robert Oster does release Exclusive inks now and then, like the recent Pen Chalet Exclusive Antelope Canyon ink and the NO FIXED ADDRESS Robert Oster ink that benefits the less fortunate. This week’s ink, the Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover ink, is from the Robert Oster Limited Edition Holiday 2020 Shake’ N’ ink series.

The Ink Series: Robert Oster Limited Edition Holiday 2020 Inks

This week’s ink is from the Robert Oster LE Holiday 2020 ink series that includes 4 different ink colors – all inspired by the well known and well loved holiday we like to call Christmas. The four inks included in this Robert Oster Limited Edition series are:

Elf’s Cap
Chocolate Pudding
Silent Nite
Santa’s Hangover

Now, on to this week’s ink, Santa’s Hangover ink from the Robert Oster Limited Edition Holiday 2020 Ink series!

This Week’s Featured Ink: Santa’s Hangover Ink

Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover ink is a nice, soft, relaxed red color with pink undertones. It’s not a vibrant, fire engine red, which is on target since in this particular scenario, Santa’s hung over. He’s not his usual cheery, vibrant, red-cheeked self. Santa’s Hangover red ink shows up well on paper, but is also soft and inviting. It’s definitely a fun fountain pen ink to use for holiday notes, projects and cards! Don’t forget – this is a Limited Edition, so get yours now before they’re gone!

*** If you’re looking for the giveaway…scroll to the bottom. The giveaway link is right at the end of the review. And don’t worry, we forgive you for not having time on hand at the drop of a hat to read our full ink review. But come back and read the full review later, so you don’t miss any important details about this week’s ink.

It’s Time: Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover Ink Review

This week we put Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover fountain pen ink through our standard ink review tests. Read on to see what we found out!

Santa's hangover ink review

Read the full Robert Oster Limited Edition Holiday 2020 Series Santa’s Hangover ink review.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

We used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium fountain pen nib) and Rhodia dot pad paper.

Let’s Talk About the Robert Oster Ink Bottle:

Santa’s Hangover ink comes in Robert Oster’s standard PET environmentally friendly plastic 50 ml. bottle with a leak proof cap. Each bottle is identical with a simple white label printed in the color of the ink. The Regular Edition lid is black, and the Shake ‘N’ Shimmy lid is silver, so it’s easy to tell the two types of Robert Oster inks apart simply by glancing at the ink’s lid. There’s no additional packaging (which is great because it avoids unnecessary waste AND keeps the cost of the ink down).

How Much Does Robert Oster Fountain Pen Ink Cost?

Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover fountain pen ink comes at a reasonable mid-range price for a 50 ml. bottle, especially since it’s directly imported from Australia AND it’s a Limited Edition ink. Check for the latest discounted price at

How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?

We conducted a 1-dip test with Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover ink using a J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen and Rhodia dot pad paper. (For the 1-Dip Test, we dip the pen in ink once for each of three writing samples, “S,” “X,” and scribble lines, to see how well the pen performs). Santa’s Hangover fountain pen ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with lots of ink to spare.

How Fast Does Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover Ink Dry?

Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover fountain pen ink showed a dry time of about 6-7 seconds with medium saturation, which is very reasonable so we recommend it for everyday use.

Does Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia paper. We saw a very, very slight amount of bleed through during the heavy saturated cotton swab test (but only at the wettest points).

Was There Any Feathering While Using Santa’s Hangover Ink?

We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. And no additional feathering during the water test.

How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?

For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. Robert Oster Santa’s Hangover ink isn’t waterproof, however, there was only very light color smearing during our review, and the lines were still pretty clear and legible.

Does the Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

This Robert Oster ink has nice shading possibilities with the right nib and penmanship.

Final Conclusion on this Week’s Featured Robert Oster Ink:

This week’s ink is a very reasonably priced ink (especially for an imported, Limited Edition, 50 ml. fountain pen ink). Santa’s Hangover has a nice, soft red color with a reasonable dry time of about 6-7 seconds. Santa’s Hangover comes from a well-regarded, prolific Australian ink company. The simple, but effective packaging is a popular aspect of Robert Oster inks since it avoids unnecessary waste and keeps the cost of this popular ink low. Get this Limited Edition (one of four) before they’re gone! Happy holidays from Down Under!

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2 years ago

I’ve found that my Rhodia dot pad eats sheen for lunch and makes it disappear, so I wonder if something that shows off a more comprehensive array of ink traits might be better suited for ink reviews; definitely more expensive, but I use Tomoe River or Clairfontaine Triomphe if I’m looking for sheen and shading, etc.

2 years ago

Nice ink!

Julio Mazariegos
2 years ago

Any other Robert Oster ink would be great,they have one of the coolest lines of inks.

George Wayne
2 years ago

This is a strange, muted red, unlike any I have used.

Robert Turnland
2 years ago

I’ve been waiting for the review of RO’s Santa’s Hangover, since you guys had first posted about the Limited Edition Holiday Inks. It has definitely piqued my interest for buying. Thank you for the review. I’ll admit, I like Jim Carrey’s version of The Grinch, better than the original. The new animated one that came out within the last few years is my second favorite. Happy Christmas!

2 years ago

Soft pinkish red ink. Rather apt and in the Christmas spirit. Hope I get to try it out

2 years ago

Love the name of this one and don’t have any red inks in my collection yet. Happy holidays!

John Stein
2 years ago

This ink reminds me a bit of Diamine Oxblood or Red Dragon. It’s dark enough to not be quite as obnoxious as Poppy Red! I like it!

Lisa Hunerlach
2 years ago

I could see this color as a Santa Suit put through the wringer! Catchy name and lovely color. I’d paint some Cuetlaxochitl flowers with it, drying and layering like watercolors. Inku numa style!

Lisa Hunerlach
2 years ago

Yay! I’m the winner this week and will have to make good on my painting promise. I’ll be sure to tag Pen Chalet on Instagram. Thank you!