Ink Review #207: Robert Oster Summer Storm


We are almost at the end of Robert Oster ink week, so today's ink is Robert Oster Summer Storm. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens


The color:

Summer Storm is an interesting color. When wet it looks like a dull grey, and after it dries it becomes a bit more blue. After about ten minutes it becomes purple. I think the name is a perfect fit for this ink-grey to blue to purple, just like the sky during a summer storm.


The large swab really shows off the blue undertone.


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

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering but other than that the ink behaved well. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Lilac Night, Robert Oster Summer Storm, and Nemosine Alpha CentauriClick here to see the Robert Oster inks together. Summer Storm is a little bit lighter and has a little bit more blue than Alpha Centauri, but not as much blue as Lilac Night.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Twilight Pilot Vanishing Point on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

The image above was taken after the ink had been dry for about an hour. The photo below was taken just after the ink dried. You can see below that the ink looks a lot more grey, and in the image above it looks much more purple. I love that the ink changes color, it makes it much more interesting.

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Overall, I really like the color. It is a bit light, but I actually don't mind that. It would be a great color to use in the late winter or early spring. It shows some great shading and is an interesting color. Give it a try, you might love it. 

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