Ink Review #219: Robert Oster Rose Gilt Tynte


It's pink week, so it's time for our fourth pink of the week: Rose Gilt Tynte, a new Shake 'N' Shimmy ink from Robert Oster. I have yet to see a true rose gold fountain pen ink, so I'm excited to try this one out today. I even bumped a scheduled ink off of pink week to make room for this one. It was released alongside 6 Limited Quantity Shake 'N' Shimmy inks, fortunately this one is not a limited quantity ink. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet, the only retailer in the US to carry it right now. The bottle is 50ml of ink, which I prefer over the smaller 15ml bottles (from the Holiday 4-pack).


The color:

Rose Gilt Tynte is a gorgeous pale pink, what I would call a rose gold with tons of shimmer.


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

Dry time: 15 seconds-this ink actually dried pretty fast,

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and tons of shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved really well, just a little bit of bleeding in the large swab.

When the ink is wet it looks like a weird pink-brown, but dries to a pale pink. The ink is a bit light, so I prefer it on white paper rather than ivory or cream. It can be hard to read in the smaller nibs, just because it's so light, so take that into consideration. I prefer it in the flex nib on white paper. It convinced me that I need a rose gold fountain pen to match this ink.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Electric Pink, Robert Oster Rose Gilt Tynte, and Diamine Magenta Flash. All three of these have shimmer in them. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, Shake 'N' Shimmy inks are at the bottom of the page.

Robert Oster Cherry Blossom, Robert Oster Pinky, and Sailor Jentle PecheClick here to see the pink inks together. Peche is the closest non-shimmer ink to Rose Gilt Tynte.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Conklin Durograph Forest Green on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow, but I was having a hard time keeping the shimmer consistent. The first sentence had good shimmer, then it would decrease for a few lines until I rotated the pen, so let's try again...


Longer writing x 2:

I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise fitted with a vintage 400N nib on Tomoe River paper. With the flex nib I was able to get much more consistent shimmer. This ink/pen/paper combo is pure magic!

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Overall, I'm in love with this ink. It's so gorgeous in a flex nib. It is a bit higher maintenance, so I would suggest using at least a medium or broad for this ink, but ideally a flex nib. I've never bought more than one bottle of an ink but I'm seriously tempted to hoard at least three bottles of this one. Give it a try, you might love it, or don't, so there's more for me!

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