Ink Review #497: Robert Oster Frankly Scarlet

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Today’s ink is Robert Oster Frankly Scarlet. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Frankly Scarlet is an unsaturated dark red.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink turns almost black, but doesn’t show any sheen. It looks much brighter on the Col-o-ring card than it does on Tomoe River paper.

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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: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:

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Robert Oster Burgundy is just a bit darker than Frankly Scarlet.

Longer writing:

 I used a medium Kaweco Al-sport Red on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

I used a medium Kaweco Al-sport Red on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s not my favorite Robert Oster ink since it’s a bit dry, but other than that it’s pretty well behaved.

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.