Robert Oster Velvet Storm Ink Bottle

Robert Oster Velvet Storm Ink

Robert Oster Velvet Storm Ink is another new ink color recently released by the Robert Oster Ink Company. Robert Oster has recently released many new colors, each of which are dark colors of Australia such as Smokescreen, Thunderstorm and now Velvet storm. These colors represent the vast diversity of color that Australia represents.

Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink is a dark teal color that has more dark green traits rather than blue. One might consider this ink color a teal-black color or even a green-black as it is very dark and shows up dark with very little true teal color in normal writing. The dark teal color comes out in the color swab and water tests during our review.

Black based colors have been in vogue the last year or so with many ink companies producing an entire black-color based line of inks such as Platinum’s Classic ink colors and Monteverde’s “Noir” series of inks. Robert Oster has not gone to these lengths to produce an entire new series of inks, but continues to come up with new interesting colors with black a dominant feature in the color. We hope you enjoy this latest edition to the Robert Oster ink family, which continues to impress.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink we used for this review.

Robert Oster Velvet Storm Review

Robert Oster Velvet Storm Review

During our review of Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink we found the following characteristics which you may find helpful, when choosing your next ink purchase:

Testing Factors

We used a French made glass dip pen manufactured by J. Herbin on Rhodia dot pad paper for this review of Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink. The glass dip pen has a tip that is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib.

Bottle Size

Robert Oster inks come in simple environmentally friendly 50 ml. ink bottles. The bottles are simple yet functional, containing a small label on top of a ribbed lid with a small ink swatch on top.


Robert Oster Signature Inks retail for $17.00 making Robert Oster ink a mid ranged priced ink. This is quite reasonable realizing that each bottle is imported from Australia. Other Robert Oster ink series such as their Ink Art and their Shake ‘n’ Shimmer inks retail for more.

Dry Time

During our review of Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink we noticed a reasonable dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds. Not lightning quick but definitely quick enough for everyday use, which is typically anything under 10 seconds.

Bleed Through

We found no bleeding during our review of Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink. Even during the water test and cotton swab test we failed to notice any ink bleeding using Rhodia dot pad paper.


During normal use we found no ink feathering on Rhodia paper. During our water test, we did notice some slight line distortion and feathering, which is to be expected with non-waterproof ink.

Water Test

We conducted a water test where we ran a soaking wet cotton swab over an sample of Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink that has dried for about 3 minutes. The results are typical for non-waterproof ink: significant color smearing and some line distortion and feathering.

Shading and Sheening

Many Robert Oster inks are known for their shading traits. With the right nib and handwriting style, Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink will not disappoint. We found quite a bit of shading potential, with dark almost black colors and a lighter sea green teal color coming through and about everything in between.

Conclusions about Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink

Robert Oster Velvet Storm ink is a nice dark everyday color that is possibly unlike many other teal based colors. It has good characteristics, does not bleed on Rhodia paper, dries fairly quickly and is dark enough for everyday use at the home or office. The price is reasonable and like most other Signature Series of Robert Oster inks, has medium saturation, flows well and is easy on your fountain pen. Happy Writing from Australia!

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Brian C
5 years ago

some grey inks!

Eric Anderson
5 years ago

This is very pretty and I want it. that is all. thanks

S. Park
5 years ago

I’d love to see a side-by-side of Sailor Soubuku and Seiboku!

James McCarty
5 years ago
Reply to  S. Park

Yes, this is an excellent idea!

5 years ago

Pleased that you went for a moodier color this time. I’d like to see more inks in this sort of shade that have much higher dry times.

Aaron McVicker
5 years ago

Great color!

5 years ago

That’s a gorgeous color. I have a weak spot for dark teals like this one.

Kevin Stohlman
5 years ago

My fave is the Ernest Hemingway by Organics, the blue black red teal one.

5 years ago

Robert Oster sorta really makes me want to go to Australia… everything must be so vibrant there haha

Jacob Thebault-Spieker
5 years ago

I’d be interested in a review of a panel of “work friendly” inks!

John Stein
5 years ago

I really like their new inks!

Scott DiGello
5 years ago

Nice shade of green

Shaina Vargas
5 years ago

What a pretty color

Mike Solinas
5 years ago

Looks like a must-have to feed my Lamy Petrol pen.

Amy R
5 years ago

Robert Oster does it again! What a beautiful shade.

5 years ago

Love the look of this ink and all of the dark teals. Pilot iroshizuko has some nice ones as well.

Patrick E Tinney
5 years ago

I too have been hooked by the “black based” ink trend. I used blue-black (Skrip) form mush of the seventies, where Peacock Blue was not appropriate.

Lately I have been very taken by various Teals, so I really like this ink.

I love the Monteverde Noir series and if I don’t win this ink I will definitely have to buy a bottle.

Patrick E Tinney
5 years ago

I love the noir series by Monteverde. I used Skrip Blue-black for most of the seventies. I also have a thing about Teal.

If I do not win this ink, I will definitely be buying a bottle.

Marcia Straatmeyer
5 years ago

Am currently using Franklin-Cristoph Midnight Emerald, which is maybe a bit greener? I would love this ink!

Mark Junk
5 years ago

Wow, very nice color!

5 years ago

Really loving Robert Oster Summer Storm and Soda Pop Blue. Need to pick up some Purple Rock and hopefully get lucky in this Velvet Storm giveaway.

Thanks for the chance and for the review, Pen Chalet!

5 years ago

Such a striking color!

Geoffrey Dunn
5 years ago

What a terrific colour! I love Robert Oster inks but only own two so far. This would be great to win. Thanks for the chance!

Athena PN
5 years ago

A lovely, sheeny ink – Robert Oster does it again!

Andrew Mulnix
5 years ago

Love this color!

5 years ago

I just yesterday loaded a sample of this color and I love it. It’s very dark, but when the teal peeks out, it’s really stunning. Robert Oster did a great job. Again.

Ron Parish
5 years ago

First of all, I love Teal inks. Secondly, I would like you to three or four inks at a time in the same color: Teal inks from various makers, orange, and so on.

5 years ago

So beautiful

5 years ago

Fav ink of the moment is MB Le Petite Prince Red Fox. Someone from the local pen meet generously gave me a sample of it and I LOVE it!

5 years ago

Thanks for the sweet giveaway!!

Ged Alangui
5 years ago

Beautiful shade. I want it. My current favorite ink at this time is Iroshizuku kon-peki.

Rachel S
5 years ago

This is a beautiful color. I’ve got my eye on Robert Oster Thunderstorm, Robert Oster Violet Dreams, and Robert Oster Blue Lagoon. Can’t get enough of these darker colors!

Ana G Csiky
5 years ago

Thank you for giving away this lovely, dark and elegant teal!

Ana G Csiky
5 years ago

Thank you for giving away this lovely, dark and elegant teal! It’s the kind of ink color I like to use at work.

Sharon A.
5 years ago

My favorite is Ink is Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo.

5 years ago

This is a wonderful color.

I’d love to see you review Monteverde Permanent Blue in the future, and test for its resistance to water, alcohol, bleach, and acetone.

5 years ago

I am also more interested in work friendly inks like this one.

5 years ago

Another teal ink *grabby hands*

Amanda Erickson
5 years ago

This looks like a great color. My current favorite is Noodler’s Air Corp Blue Black. I think this Robert Oster ink might be one I could use as a substitute.

5 years ago

I love any dark or near-black ink.

5 years ago

Can’t go wrong with a Robert Oster ink. Maybe review some of his brown inks next? Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Will S
5 years ago

Wow. Nice color. Would love to try it out.

5 years ago

I LOVE teal ink and this dark one is a beauty!! I have yet to try an Oster ink – kicking myself!

5 years ago

I’m such a sucker for pretty teals!

5 years ago

What a gorgeous dark teal. Poster really has brought out some lovely colours.

Desmond O'Neill
5 years ago

An intriguing color. The dark teal almost looks like some blue-black inks!