Ink Review #785: Robert Oster Velvet Crush


Today’s ink is Robert Oster Velvet Crush. It’s rare that I don’t like a Robert Oster ink, so I hope this one is good as well. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.


The color:

Velvet Crush is a medium purple that leans just a little bit to the red side.



In large swabs the ink has pretty gold sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Velvet Crush is similar to, but lighter than Diamine Grape. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really enjoy this ink. My favorite part is the pretty gold sheen, but I also love how fast 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.