Ink Review #643: Robert Oster Smokescreen


Robert Oster Smokescreen is a rather unusual brown. It has a heavy purple undertone, so it’s almost a purple-brown.


The color:

Smokescreen is a dark purpleish brown.



In large swabs a lot more of the purple comes out to play. It reminds me of Robert Oster Claret, which has a very similar tone to it.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer. There is some gorgeous shading, especially in the broad nib.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the flex nib and a bit in the other nib sizes as well.

Comparison Swabs:


Smokescreen is similar to Colorverse Space Laika. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Montegrappa Copper Mule with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, I enjoyed this ink. It has some beautiful shading, and goes from a bright purplish-brown when wet to a dark brown as it dries.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.