robert oster sedona red ink review

Robert Oster Sedona Red Ink Review & Giveaway

Ready to dive right into the Robert Oster Sedona Red Ink review? Yes, you’re right. We just reviewed a Robert Oster ink last week. Last week’s featured Pen Chalet Exclusive Robert Oster Saguaro Green ink was one of three exclusive inks recently released at Pen Chalet. Many of you were hoping to see more of these lovely Australian-made, Arizona inspired fountain pen inks. And we always aim to please. So let’s take a minute to get to know Pen Chalet Exclusive Robert Oster Sedona Red fountain pen ink a little better.

All About the Ink Maker: Robert Oster

We enjoy a great partnership with Robert Oster. His Australian company, Robert Oster Inks, creates a wide array of fountain pen inks known for their dependability, shading traits, and vivid colors. We currently carry close to 150 of Robert Oster’s popular inks. We recently collaborated with Robert Oster to create three Pen Chalet Exclusive ink colors. While Robert Oster inks are generally reflections of the Australian landscape and scenery, the Robert Oster Pen Chalet collaboration inks reflect the beautiful and unique landscape right here in Arizona. In 2020, we released the 1st of these Australian-made, Arizona inspired inks, Antelope Canyon, and in January 2021, we released three more:

Saguaro Green Ink

Sedona Red Ink

Monsoon Sky Ink

All of the above are inspired by different elements of nature that are uniquely Arizona.

This Week’s Featured Ink: Robert Oster Sedona Red Ink

Robert Oster Sedona Red ink is a beautiful dark majestic shade of dark red, which is reminiscent of the beauty and majesty of the red rocks surrounding Sedona, Arizona (a world-famous city in Pen Chalet’s home state). If you’ve never had the opportunity to see the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, look them up online and then plan a trip to see them in person. The beauty of these red rock formations is a natural phenomenon, bringing people from all over the world to the would-be sleepy little town of Sedona.

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It’s Time: Robert Oster Sedona Red Ink Review

This week we put Robert Oster Sedona Red fountain pen ink through our standard ink review tests. And we’ll share all the details right here! 

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Read the full Robert Oster Sedona Red 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-fine fountain pen nib) and Rhodia dot pad paper.

Let’s Talk About the Robert Oster Ink Bottle:

Robert Oster Sedona Red ink comes in their standard PET environmentally friendly plastic 50 ml. bottle with a leak-proof cap. Each bottle is identical, with a simple white label printed with a representation of the color (Sedona Red). Additional text on the ink swatch label attached to the bottle cap indicates this is a Exclusive. Robert Oster uses no additional packaging, which keeps the cost down for everyone.

How Much Does Robert Oster Fountain Pen Ink Cost?

Robert Oster Saguaro Green fountain pen ink is a reasonably mid-range priced ink for the 50 ml. quantity. 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 Sedona Red 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 different writing samples. The three writing samples include: “S,” “X,” and scribble lines. The test looks for how well the ink performs on paper by showing if the pen runs out of ink before completing a full line). Sedona Red ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with lots of ink to spare. 

How Fast Does the Sedona Red Ink Dry?

Robert Oster’s Sedona Red fountain pen ink showed a dry time of approximately 13-14 seconds with medium saturation; which is a little longer than we like to see for an everyday fountain pen ink.

Does Robert Oster Sedona Red Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. And we saw no additional bleeding during the cotton swab test.

Was There Any Feathering While Using Sedona Red Ink?

We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. We did see some slight feathering during the water test, but since this isn’t a waterproof ink, that’s expected. 

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. This week’s ink isn’t waterproof, and we did see dark color smearing. However, the lines were still legible though they did show some very slight distortion and line fading.

What About Shading & Sheening Traits?

Robert Oster Sedona Red is a darker ink, so there’s not as much shading possibilities, but you will see some with the right nib and penmanship. We saw some slight green sheening at the wettest points.

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

Sedona Red is a reasonably priced ink for the 50 ml bottle size. The nice, dark red color is a deep red (not a burgundy) and shows some possible sheening traits. Made by prolific and well known Australian ink maker Robert Oster, the inks arrive in simple but effective environmentally friendly packaging. The ink has a bit of a longer dry time for an every day ink (approximately 13-14 seconds). Sedona Red ink joins Antelope Canyon, Saguaro Green, and Monsoon Sky as one of the Pen Chalet Exclusive Robert Oster fountain pen inks inspired by our home state of Arizona. Happy writing from Down Under and Arizona! 

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3 years ago

I love this idea of a dark red reminiscent of Arizona’s red rock formations. A resident of Utah, myself, I am familiar with the shades of red as they change throughout the day, and I’m excited about an ink that reflects landscapes from the US Southwest. I like how the ink seems to behave to the water test. While not waterproof, it does seem to be at least water resistant.

Mike Solinas
3 years ago

That is a very nice, deep red!

Fingers crossed!

Zoe C
3 years ago

Gorgeous ink!

Patrick E Tinney
3 years ago

I love Robert Oster inks and I’m always looking for a nice dark red.

Sanne D
3 years ago

Would the sheen show up while writing with a broad nib?

3 years ago

Would love to see some of the Robert Oster Shake-n-Shimmy inks 😀

3 years ago

I just spent the weekend in Sedona. This ink matches the place perfectly!

Jessica Ozburn
3 years ago

I’m loving these exclusive inks! They’re making me want to come visit Arizona!!

Matt yoder
3 years ago

Nice looking red. Lookin forward to seeing reviews of the rest.

Gillian Barr
3 years ago

I love the red rock region of the Southwest, especially Sedona.

Kevin W
3 years ago

Lovely rich red akin to Diamine’s Oxblood or Pure Pens’ Cadwaladr. Would love to give it a go. Our daughter Sidonie is always getting mistaken as a “Sedona”.

3 years ago

I love the dark red color!

3 years ago

What a beauty!! Love the color variation! Haven’t tried this brand yet, but would like to. Lovely color selection. I have a thing for red inks… was actually looking at your website for an ink to coordinate with my Conklin Endura Abalone. So glad I saw this one!!

3 years ago

A nice subtle sheen like this is such a great way to give some flair without overdoing it. Well done again, Robert Oster!

3 years ago

This is a beautiful, deep red ink. I’d love to have a bottle! Robert Oster inks are some of the best!

John Stein
3 years ago

That ink looks amazing!

3 years ago

Now THIS is a red I’m interested in! I wonder if it’s darker than Robert Oster’s Red Candy?

3 years ago

Nice dark red. A little longer than I’d like in a dry time, but still a good color nonetheless.

3 years ago

Is it me, or is it a red with green tinge?

3 years ago

Love Red colors! I might need to try this color! -wrote it down on my wanting list-

3 years ago

Just getting into red inks. I picked up Diamine’s Red Dragon, and use it daily. This one looks great as well!

Mary Hodges
3 years ago

I’m not a big fan of bright red ink, but this color is right up my alley. The sheen is fascinating. Robert Oster should definitely make more USA-themed inks!

Sharon A.
3 years ago

I love dark reds and the green sheen looks great.

Monica T
3 years ago

Beautiful color! Would love to try this ink!

Ann P Hudson
3 years ago

Lovely inks! Would love to try this brand. Wonderful and thorough post! Thanks!

3 years ago

Beautiful ink! I love Arizona! Review Krishna Sandugo!