Robert Oster Inks: New Addition Roundup

Hey ink friends!

It’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been a year since we started carrying Robert Oster inks. As many as we started out with, Rob has continued to produce so many more new amazing colors. We’re now up to 51 colors! Here’s a quick roundup of some of our new favorite additions since January.

Warning: lots of beautiful inky pictures ahead!

Robert Oster Sublime and Lake of Fire

Robert Oster Green at Night and Black Violet

Robert Oster Caffe Crema and Australian Syrah (formerly Australian Shiraz)

Robert Oster Australian Syrah (formerly Australian Shiraz)

Robert Oster fountain pen inks are available at in 50ml bottles for $17 each, or in our individual 2ml samples for $1.50 each.

Which Robert Oster color is your favorite?

Write On,
Rachel Goulet


2017-10-24T16:55:20+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Ink Reviews|10 Comments
  • PeonyMoss

    How does that red sheen work with “River of Fire” and “Lake of Fire”? I saw on the sample page you need coated paper; do you need to make blots to see it, or will there be a sheen on handwriting too?

    • Tom Johnson

      I’ve used other sheening inks (like Yama-budo). You don’t need to make blots, the sheen occurs when the ink laid on the paper is very wet and does not wick into the paper quickly, like in letters where the ink pools a lot. Best with broader or stub nibs that write quite wet and with flex nibs. Making puddles of inks is a quick way to show the sheen. On more absorptive paper the ink wicks into the paper fibers quickly and dries inside leaving little of the dye on the surface to show sheen. On the coated papers the pooled ink dries without all the dyes penetrating below the surface, leaving a pool of ink that is highly saturated. The concentrated dried dye shows the sheen, which is seen when the light on the ink is at a proper angle (like the rainbow colors of oil on water). Maybe someone can tell exactly why certain inks reflect these colors and others don’t, or what the mechanism of the ink reflecting color is. Often the color is not that of the ink, like blue ink with a red sheen.

      The best sheen I’ve ever seen is when I’ve used artists vellum paper, that translucent thick paper that imitates the old vellum made from skins.

      • Lydia At Goulet Pens

        Great explanation! Thanks, Tom.

      • PeonyMoss

        Thank you!

      • Steve

        Thanks Tom, I’ll give mine a try on various pads I have. Was disappointed my ink sample notebook didnt display any sheen and i’ve been using a noodlers neponset with lake on fire daily for general use and its never appeared, so it could be the crappy paper quality i’m using. Shame that as the photos look awesome and the robert Oster inks are beautiful colours as it is and it seems a shame to not get any of the shimmer happening too.

  • David L.

    It’s hard to pick a favorite! There are so many to choose from! I like Fire and Ice, Tranquility, Bondi Blue, Bronze, and a few others. River of Fire, Lake of Fire, Sublime, and Blue Water Ice I am yet to sample. I hope more keep rolling in!

  • Tom Johnson

    Ow wow, so hard to pick. I’ve been overwhelmed by all of Robert Oster’s inks already, and now these show up. Of these new inks, I like Lake of Fire, African Gold, Cafe Crema, and River of Fire. Great summary Rachel, and fantastic photos, like the inks are right in front of my face!

  • MP

    Lovely! I really want to try Sublime. Black Violet might be a good gift idea for someone I know.

  • Lilith

    Sublime and Lake of Fire are amazing 😍

  • Lake of Fire & Blue Water Ice look incredible. I wish I enjoyed using a less fine nib as a lot of these amazing shimmer style inks don’t show up much in fine/extra fine nibs at least for me.