Ink Review #244: Robert Oster Lemon Grass


Today's ink is Robert Oster Lemon Grass. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens. Lemon Grass is available in 50ml bottles. I had the lettering all done for this post, and then my three year old decided to dump some water on it, so I had to re-do it. Luckily I had enough ink since I accidentally bought two samples of this ink. 


The color:

Lemon Grass is a medium-dark green.


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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper there was some feathering but other than that the ink behaved well. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Jade, Robert Oster Lemon Grass, and Robert Oster Eucalyptus LeafClick here to see the Robert Oster inks together. Out of these three, I think Jade is my favorite. 


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Pelikan Ocean Swirl on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. 


I have noticed that I get the most shading out of inks by using a western medium/japanese broad nib and printing instead of doing cursive. Since I used a Pelikan broad nib, which is really wet, there isn't as much shading as there could be in a slightly drier nib. 


Overall, it's a pretty well behaved ink. I don't love it as much as Robert Oster Jade or Robert Oster Eucalyptus Leaf, but it's still a nice color. Give it a try, you might love it. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.