Ink Review #859: Robert Oster Ocean


Today’s ink is Robert Oster Ocean. Thanks to Vanness Pens for providing this ink for review.


The color:

Ocean is a light turquoise blue.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper there’s a little bit of pink sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, low sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Ocean is just a little bit lighter than Robert Oster Blue Lagoon and Australian Sky Blue. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used an Edison Beaumont Unicorn with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, Robert Oster does a great job on his blue inks, and this is another good one. I do think it’s pretty close to Robert Oster Blue Lagoon and Australian Sky Blue, so I don’t know that I would buy all three-I would probably just pick one of them. You can’t go wrong with any of Robert Oster’s blues.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.