Let’s talk Robert Oster Taiwan Blue Ink! One of the most popular blue inks in the Robert Oster lineup, this is definitely an ink that shouldn’t be overlooked. Kind of like how you never put Baby in the corner. You don’t leave Robert Oster Taiwan Blue ink on the shelf. It belongs in your pen! Want to hear more? Good. Because there’s more.
All About the Ink Maker: Robert Oster
Have we mentioned we love Robert Oster around here? His Australian company, Robert Oster Inks, creates a wide variety of fountain pen inks, and they’ve become pretty widely known as dependable inks with good shading traits, and vivid color options. Pen Chalet currently carries close to 150 different Robert Oster ink colors. Most Robert Oster inks are a reflection of the Australian landscape the company calls home. However, Pen Chalet recently released 4 Exclusive Robert Oster colors inspired by Arizona, the USA state Pen Chalet calls home.
All About the Ink Series: Robert Oster Signature Ink Series
This week’s ink is from the Robert Oster Signature ink series. Most Robert Oster inks are in the company’s Signature ink series, but they also offer a variety of shimmering inks in the Robert Oster Shimmy ‘N’ Shake ink series. The shimmering inks introduce a gold or silver sparkle or shimmer to the ink.
This Week’s Featured Ink: Signature Taiwan Blue Ink
Robert Oster Taiwan Blue ink is a bright and vibrant “dark” turquoise color of ink that you might see in the waters off of Taiwan. The deep blue turquoise color is not a royal blue, but it does show up well on paper and we would recommend it as an everyday blue color.
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It’s Time: Robert Oster Signature Taiwan Blue Ink Review
This week we put Robert Oster Taiwan Blue ink through our standard ink review tests. And we’ll share all the details right here!
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 Taiwan Blue ink comes in the company’s standard PET environmentally friendly plastic 50 ml. ink bottle. The simple leak-proof cap is easy to use and offers a great seal. Each bottle is identical, with a simple white label printed with a representation of the color (Taiwan Blue) on the cap. Robert Oster uses no additional packaging, which keeps the cost down for everyone.
How Much Does Robert Oster Fountain Pen Ink Cost?
This week’s Robert Oster ink is a Robert Oster Signature ink. It comes in a 50 ml. ink bottle and is directly imported from Australia. You can find the best price on this mid-range priced ink at PenChalet.com.
How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?
We conducted a 1-dip test with Robert Oster Taiwan Blue 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). Envy ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with lots of ink to spare.
How Fast Does the Taiwan Blue Ink Dry?
Robert Oster’s Taiwan Blue fountain pen ink showed a dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds with medium saturation. And that’s quick enough for an everyday color.
Does Robert Oster Taiwan Blue Ink Bleed Through?
We saw no bleeding during normal use and only saw very slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test (but only at the very wettest point).
Was There Any Feathering While Using Taiwan Blue Ink?
We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia Paper, but we did see some slight feathering and line distortion during the water test. (But that’s to be expected since this isn’t a waterproof ink). The lines were still very legible.
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. We saw heavy color smearing, but that’s very typical for a non-waterproof ink. The lines were still legible (with some very slight distortion and line fading).
What About Shading & Sheening Traits?
Robert Oster Taiwan Blue ink showed some nice shading possibilities with the right nib and penmanship. We also saw a slight red sheen at the wettest point of the cotton swab test (which is unintended, but quite striking just the same).
Final Conclusion on this Week’s Featured Robert Oster Ink:
Taiwan Blue is a mid-ranged priced ink for the 50 ml bottle size of imported ink. The nice, dark turquoise blue ink color shows up very well on paper, and comes to us from well-regarded and prolific Australian ink company, Robert Oster Signature Inks. The quick dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds leaves us comfortable recommending this week’s ink as an everyday blue ink choice. The packaging (if you’re not already familiar with the Robert Oster packaging) is simple and effective. If you’re looking for a dependable, but beautiful blue ink perfect for everyday use, Robert Oster Taiwan Blue ink is a great option. Happy writing from Australia!
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Oh, oh, be still my heart! I really like Robert Oster inks. Never seen a color I don’t like from this line. And so far they work well in all the pens I have tried them in. They flow well and the colors are simply beautiful. This blue looks like another winner for me. Vibrant and that shading is exciting. This one will go on my wish list for sure.
Great looking blue! I’m a big fan of Robert Oster inks and I would love to add this one to my small collection.
Though I only have a small number of Robert Oster Inks, ten, I do find all of them wonderful.
I love this blue. I will have this blue. Forget the contest I’m ordering it.
I’d love to win this. I have several Robert Oster inks, and this would be a great addition.
From Oster to Oysters… I’d like to see some 3 Oysters reviews~
I just added a 3 Oysters to the schedule of upcoming reviews (3 Oysters Delicious Cool Grey) – keep an eye out for it!
Wow, that’s an amazing-looking blue-black! Look at that extreme shading!
Oh boy! I was thinking of getting this ink and I don’t know why I didn’t. Now I’m regretting it. I’d love to add this one to my collection. It’s a lovely color and I love the sheen!
This is a beautiful ink, very similar to Fire and Ice, it is a deep teal and goes well with my Pilot Custom 74 in teal. With an medium nib you see the sheen and the shading and it must be even nicer with an italic or stub nib. This is one of my favorites.
That’s a nice, deep blue/teal!
Just LOVE Robert Oster inks. My favorite blue is Soda Pop Blue, but my favorite inks are all teal or turquoise colors. Can’t wait to add this one to the list!
This one looks like another winner from Robert Oster. The color blows me away. I use Robert Oster and don’t really think about the performance. They always work great, and I tend to notice only problem inks – never a concern with Robert Oster.
I love the sheen on this ink. I also like that it’s more of a turquoise color.
Big fan of Robert Oster, but I don’t have this blue. Here’s hoping! 🙂
I agree with many of the comments. Robert Oster makes some beautiful, well-behaved inks.
Awesome blue-black. Love Robert Oster inks. They even come in recyclable plastic bottles.
I prefer blue inks and I’m still trying to find my go-to ink. I have several waiting to be tried, mostly in the “royal blue” part of the spectrum. But I like the darker tone of this ink (at least it looks darker on my screen), and I’ve heard very good things about Robert Oster inks.
Gorgeous blue. Reminds me a lot of 3 Oysters’ Delicious Blue, but with a more green twinge. Kind of gives me a retro swamp monster vibe; does anyone else see that? Would be nice to see coverage of Korean and Japanese inks with these characteristics, especially 3 Oysters and Sailor.
Wonderful shade of blue…!