Ink Review #561: Robert Oster Honey Bee


Let’s tackle the last ink from the Robert Oster 1980’s collection, Honey Bee. I purchased my sample of ink from Pen Chalet.


The color:

Honey Bee is a medium, mustard yellow. It’s somewhere between yellow and brown, the color of honeycombs.



In large swabs the ink has some pretty shading.


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, a no sheen, and no shimmer. I saw some shading in all nib sizes except extra fine.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a lot of feathering and some bleeding as well.

Comparison Swabs:


Honey Bee is closest to Taisanji Yellow. It’s darker than Aussie Gold but lighter than African Gold. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Kaweco Sport Sunrise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I love the color and shading. It’s a great honeycomb color.

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.