Ink Review #110: Robert Oster Royal Red

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I'm obsessed with Robert Oster inks, so today we are looking at Robert Oster Royal Red. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens

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The color...

Royal Red is a light red with medium saturation.

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First let's talk about how the ink behaves on good paper.

Dry time: 32 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen

On Moleskine paper, which isn't very fountain pen friendly, the ink has some medium bleeding and medium show through. It does ok, but not great, so I wouldn't recommend it for use on cheap paper.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Robert Oster Clay Red, Robert Oster Royal Red, and Diamine Matador. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together.

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Longer writing:

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point on Tomoe River paper. The ink felt a bit dry to me.

Pro's: the shading is nice, and it is easily cleaned out of pens.

Con's: the ink is a bit dry, and a little less saturated than some of the other Robert Oster inks.

Overall, I prefer Robert Oster Clay Red over Royal Red. 

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