This week’s ink review and giveaway features Blue Velvet Storm shimmering fountain pen ink from the Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy ink series. Robert Oster’s regular line of ink, referred to as the Robert Oster Signature Ink line includes over 120 colors. All 120+ Robert Oster Signature Series ink colors are based on the Australian color palette. The Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy ink series adds even more options to their extensive lineup, all with a shimmer of metallic particles that generate a gold or silver effect.
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All About the Ink Maker: Robert Oster Signature Inks
Pen Chalet enjoys a great partnership with Robert Oster himself, carrying almost 150 of the prolific Australian ink company’s 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, there are two options:
This week’s ink, the Robert Oster Blue Velvet Storm ink, is from the Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmer ink line, one of 23 Shake ‘N’ Shimmer inks Pen Chalet currently carries.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm Ink
Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm fountain pen ink is dark teal, blue-green color that shows up well on paper. The silver sheen isn’t overpowering, it’s a subtle addition that goes very well with the original ink color.
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Our review of Robert Oster Blue Velvet Storm Shake’ N’ Shimmy ink had us searching for all the standout characteristics you want to know before you buy. Run through the list below, so you have all the info you need.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
To keep things scientific…this is where we’ll share the “hows” and “whats” of our ink review. For our review of Robert Oster Blue Velvet Storm shimmering ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen’s tip is comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib.
Don’t forget – different papers and nib sizes will produce different results. Remember to consider this when reading ink reviews!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Robert Oster Use for their Shake’ N’ Shimmy Ink Line?
Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy ink comes in Robert Oster’s standard PET environmentally friendly 50 ml. plastic bottle with a leak-proof cap. Each Robert Oster ink bottle is identical with a simple white label printed with a sample swab of the ink color. Shake ‘N’ Shimmy ink bottles have a silver-colored lid, which makes them stand out amidst Robert Oster Signature Ink Series (non-shimmer inks) that have black lids. Robert Oster keeps their ink prices affordable and avoids waste by skipping extra, unnecessary packaging.
How Much Does Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Ink Cost?
Robert Oster’s Shake ‘N’ Shimmy inks cost more than the Robert Oster Signature Series inks but are still reasonably priced in the mid-range for 50 ml. quantity ink. Look for discounted fountain pen ink prices at PenChalet.com.
How Did Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?
We used the 1-dip test to see how far the ink can write on paper with “1 dip.” We dipped our J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen in Blue Velvet Storm shimmering ink once for each writing sample shown above (“S,” “X,” and scribble lines). This week’s ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples and had a lot of ink to spare.
How Fast Does Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Fountain Pen Ink Dry?
Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 11-13 seconds with medium saturation. 11-13 seconds is a little longer than we like to see for an everyday ink, but shimmering ink generally isn’t used as every day, in the office ink anyway, so we weren’t too disappointed. A shimmering fountain pen ink like this is usually reserved for special occasions and unique projects anyway.
Does Blue Velvet Storm Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?
During normal use, we saw no bleeding. During the heavy saturated cotton swab test, we saw some ever-so-slight bleeding, but only at the wettest point.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Blue Velvet Storm Ink?
During normal use on Rhodia paper, we saw no feathering. When we put Robert Oster’s Blue Velvet Storm Shake’ N’ Shimmy ink to the water test, there was some slight feathering, but it’s not a waterproof ink, so that is to be expected!
How Does Blue Velvet Storm Ink Stand Up to Water?
We included a water test in the review of Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm ink (even though this is not a waterproof ink). For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. The water test resulted in some heavy color smearing, which is typical for a dark ink color. The lines were still clear and legible, although they did show some very slight distortion.
Does Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm Ink Have Good Shading & Shimmering Traits?
Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm ink showed slight possible shading traits, particularly if you are using a nib that allows ink flow variation. (If you’re looking for ink flow variation for shading, we suggest a stub or italic nib). Blue Velvet Storm shimmering ink also showed a nice, subtle silver shimmer effect when properly used. Final Conclusion on Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm Fountain Pen Ink:
Robert Oster’s Shake ‘N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm fountain pen ink is a mid-range priced ink for the 50 ml. bottle size. The beautiful, dark blue-green teal ink color is made by well-regarded (and prolific) Australian ink company, Robert Oster Signature Ink. Inks arrive in simple, but effective (and environmentally friendly) packaging. The dry time was a little longer than we like (more than 10 seconds), but we’re okay with it as this is a shimmering ink, and therefore, typically not an everyday ink choice.
Like other shimmering inks, Robert Oster Shake’ N’ Shimmy Blue Velvet Storm ink is best when used with a large tip pen, calligraphy, dip, or brush pen to get the most consistent influx of the ink’s shimmer. When using shimmering fountain pen inks, we suggest cleaning your pen weekly to avoid any clogging in the nib or feed. If you need a good pen cleaning solution, try Pen Chalet Pen Flush. Happy writing from Australia!
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I love all of the Robert Oster inks I have. This one looks great!
This is a gorgeous color! Perfect for me.
This is so pretty. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
I’ve used Robert Oster inks but not the shimmer one. I’m looking forward to using one!
Any Robert Oster in is worth having and this one is no exception. Great colour!
Interesting effects. I don’t tend to have much joy “getting shimmer”… I must be using the wrong type of paper. Maybe I’ll win this and have better luck (if I write upside down, since it’s Aussie?)
Tomoe river paper or clairfontain paper works really great with shimmers
Thank you for the review! You considered all the ink properties in this ink and I greatly appreciate your honest opinion. I wish the brand sell its 23+ shake ink in sample bottles to purchase the whole set!
It would be nice if you will review more diamine inks
It would be nice if you will review inks for regular paper. Not everyone has an access for fountain friendly paper all day long
Can you review pls more real inks?
I had a typo I meant “teal” inks
My favorite color i colorverse red shift
My favorite color is noodler’s X-feather
Can you review more Krishna inks? They look interesting
Please do more shimmering inks reviews
Can you review please Vinta inks?
This looks fantastic!
Really great ink. Thanks for the giveaway. It would be nice if you will review more colors
(Not only blue and brown) just for diversity
Looks good but I think you should show how inks looks on different papers
Great review, looking forward to buy Robert Oster inks
I adore Robert Oster inks. I only have samples and a bottle of Dragon’s Night – wouldn’t mind to add this one to my collection!
I too love all the Robert Oster inks I have, and I have quite a few of them. My favorite might just be Fire & Ice.
Big fan of Robert Oster. Nice dark blue teal if a bit long to dry. I have not used their shimmering line yet, but will probably will have to soon!
I love Blue Velvet Storm, so I imagine I’d love the shimmering version as well!
For some reason I am loving “Stormy” inks. I tried Summer storm and fell in love. Can’t wait to try this out and add to my collection.
Rob’s inks are among my favorite, and I have several of his Shimmer colors. Would you please review some old inks from Waterman, Parker and Sheaffer?
Please show more Shake n shimmy RO inks!
Robert Oster’s inks are beautiful, and he treats each customer as family!
It’s look very nice but I want to know how he looks on cream-colored paper like lechttrum(I hope I spelled it right)
Nice looking ink which different colors are in the Shake N Shimmer series?
Robert Oster inks are my new obsession. I’ve found perfect matches for my TWSBI ECO mint blue (Morning Shine), and TWSBI ECO transparent blue (Blue Moon). Velvet Storm is another beauty!
I Love TEAL!
kudos, keep up the great work!
I love Robert oster inks, I just went through my sample of Rose Gilt Tyne and was figuring out what to get next. This color is a beauty. Thank you for adding that dry time is longer for shimmers. I never mind because the ink is so pretty.
Also I’ve cleaned my pens multiple times and the shimmer hasn’t come out. I’ve decided I like it that way anyway. but maybe I should try a pen flush
Robert Oster is the King of Blue Ink! He does so many shades so very well. This shade looks like another winner!
I have tried multiple Robert Oster Signature inks and I am impressed. Unique colors with character. This ink looks to be no exception!
The ink look pretty cool. I don’t own any Robert Oster so I want to know: How does the ink preforms on Clairefontaine paper?
Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite color of the Shake N Shimmer line is the Aussie Liquid Gold
Nice ink. Could you review next Diamine Spearmint Diva?
Beautiful ink. Such an amazing color. Thank you for the giveaway penchalet. In my opinion that color is just perfect
Really cool ink. Can you review next a colorverse one?
I love Robert Oster ink! (They are my fave ink brand) the only con is the price. Robert Oster is very expensive (for me at least)
Nice ink but it would be nice if you will also review papers
Being still relatively new to fountain pens, I’ve never tried any of the Robert Oster inks or any shimmering inks… this is a gorgeous one! I love ocean-colored inks and right now my favorite of those is Noodler’s Air Corp Blue Black.
Love the way the blue shimmer really sets off the dark teal ink. Gorgeous!
This teal would look good for my new maroon Parker 51 I got from an estate sale!
I’d love to see some specific reference (in every review, really), if (or not) an ink contains particles of any sort (I assume with a shimmering ink this would have to be the case?) or whether it is p urely dye-based. And if the former, if it presents any problems – potential or actual – for pen-maintenance. Cheers & best,
I haven’t try this brand yet as I’m new to fountain pens collection and I would love to have an ink colour like this that would motivate me to write more often. I hope I’ll get a chance to win this giveaway! The colour is nice and I’d love to add shimmering ink to my fountain pen ink newbie collection. Thank you! 🙂
This looks lovely
I’ve been using Herbin for shimmer, but I’d love to try an Oster with this effect.