Ink Review #474: Robert Oster Sydney Lavender

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Robert Oster Sydney Lavender debuted at the Sydney Pen Show this year. I was worried I would miss out on a bottle, but Pen Chalet had some in stock! This ink has a broad range of colors in it, from blue to purple, and even some grey in there too.

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The color:

Sydney Lavender is a dark purple with a very heavy blue undertone.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is some beautiful shading, you can see some streaks of the blue undertone.

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Writing samples:

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 shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Barossa Grape, Robert Oster Sydney Lavender, and Robert Oster Purple Jazz. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together. Purple Jazz looks just a bit darker, but has a similar tone to Sydney Lavender.

Pen Saijiki Jakujoya, Diamine Lilac Night, and Sailor Jentle Ultra Marine. Click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had an average flow.

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really like this ink. It is close to RO Purple Jazz, so you probably don’t need both. I think I actually like this one a bit more than Purple Jazz.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink with my affiliate credit from Pen Chalet (if you go to Pen Chalet through one of my links and make a purchase, I get a small percentage in store credit so I can buy more products for review!) All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.