Ink Review #556: Robert Oster Whisper Red


Today’s ink is a little more unique, Robert Oster Whisper Red. It’s interesting because there aren’t a lot of pastel red inks. I bought a sample of this ink and after trying it, I immediately purchased a bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.


The color:

Whisper Red is a pastel, light red. It’s almost a dusky pink but has a bit more red than that.



In large swabs there is a large range of shading but no 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: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering and bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Birmingham Rose Overture and Platinum Cassis Black seem to be the closest to Whisper Red. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a TWSBI Eco Blossom Red with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I love how unique this color is. It’s a great spring red, which is hard to find. I’m glad I have a full bottle since I think I’ll use it often.

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.