Ink Review #731: Robert Oster Bishop to King


I love purple inks, so whenever a new one comes out I try it out right away. My newest purple ink is Robert Oster Bishop to King. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.


The color:

Bishop to King is a dark but vibrant purple.



In large swabs there’s some pretty bronzy sheen.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as some feathering in the smaller nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Bishop to King is a bit lighter than Colorverrse Hayabusa, but a bit darker than Waterman Tender Purple. Monteverde Wisdom has a bit more blue in it. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Galaxy with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, I really love the color of this ink, but the flow is just a bit dry.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.