Today we are testing Robert Oster Melon Tea. I purchased my sample at Vanness Pens.
Melon Tea is a cool toned brown with shading. It almost looks bronze to me.
In large swabs, the ink looks even cooler toned than it does in writing.
The ink does have a low level bronze/brown sheen. Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly paper first: Rhodia, Tomoe River and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 32 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On cheaper paper, the ink has just a little bit of feathering, mainly in the flex nib, and some bleeding. If you use a smaller nib size, and don't use the back side of the page, you could get away with using this ink on cheap paper.
I used a Pelikan m400 White Tortoise with a 400N nib, then I switched to a medium Lamy Al-star, on Tomoe River paper. I didn't have any flow issues.
Overall, I really like this one. I think it is a really nice cool toned brown, which is great because most brown inks have a warm tone.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.