Ink Review #154: Robert Oster Motor Oil


Today's ink is Robert Oster Motor Oil. This ink came out in the last few months, and it immediately reminded me of Robert Oster Melon Tea, which I love, so I knew I needed to give it a try. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet


The color...

Motor Oil is a dark brown with black sheen.


In large swabs on Tomoe River paper, all you really see is black sheen and dark shading.


Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-only on Tomoe River paper in the swab and flex nib.

Other properties: Medium shading, and medium black sheen

On Step Forward 21 lb copy paper from Staples, the ink behaved great-no problems. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Melon Tea, Robert Oster Motor Oil, and Sailor Jentle Doyou. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together. Motor Oil seems like a darker version of Melon Tea, but between the two I think I prefer Melon Tea. 


Longer writing:

I used a Pelikan M605 White Transparent with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink felt nice and smooth, a little bit on the wet side, but no flow issues. 

Overall, this feels like a darker version Robert Oster Melon Tea, which I think I prefer over Motor Oil. It behaves well, and has a nice flow, I just prefer Melon Tea.

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