Ink Review #111: Robert Oster Orange Zest

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Robert Oster Orange Zest is a bright red-orange. I have a hard time keeping all of the Robert Oster inks straight, because there are so many amazing colors. I purchased my sample of Orange Zest from Vanness Pens

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The color...

Orange Zest is a bright red-orange with some shading and a little bit of sheen.

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The ink drops show off the little bit of reddish sheen the ink has. 

Let's look at how the ink behaves on good paper first. 

Dry time: 42 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low-medium shading, and low sheen

On Moleskine paper, which is not fountain pen friendly, the ink feathers just a little bit, but does have some bleeding, especially in the flex nib. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Robert Oster Orange. Diamine Orange Zest, and Robert Oster Terracotta. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together. Orange Zest has a lot more red in it than Orange. 

Diamine Blaze Orange, Diamine Sunset, and Montblanc Lucky Orange. Click here to see the orange inks together. I think Diamine Sunset is the closest in color to Orange Zest. 

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Longer writing: 

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point on Tomoe River paper, and didn't have any flow issues.

Overall, the ink is well behaved and is easily cleaned out. I think I prefer Robert Oster Orange over Orange Zest, since there is so much red in Orange Zest.

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