Tragically I’ve been slow to the Robert Oster Signature Ink party. I recently changed that when I picked up some Robert Oster Summer Storm (via JetPens) which is a fantastic blue grey ink that I’m already planning on getting a second bottle of.
The great thing about Robert Oster Signature Inks is that they are hand made and with a focus on being environmentally friendly with their plastic bottles being manufactured in a carbon-neutral facility. For some reason the small swab of ink on the label on the top of the lid really reinforces this hand made feel to me. Not to knock other ink manufacturers, but you just won’t find this on any other mass produced inks. It doesn’t make the ink any better, but it certainly hits home with the message of being hand made and a smaller operation when you notice the different shapes, locations, and sizes of the swabs in pictures found online.
As someone who was (was, as of trying this ink) a heavy blue black ink fan, this Robert Oster Summer Storm blue grey ink was a game changer. I typically like the not quite blue, not quite black look of blue black ink, but it has its tendency to look black many times. This Summer Storm though, its got a fantastic blue grey look that absolutely doesn’t get confused with a straight up blue or straight up grey ink, its clearly a hybrid of the two, and you can even see that upon your first peek into the bottle. The “legs” like on a glass of wine really show how unique and soft of a color this is with clear hints of both blue and grey.
A close up look at the ink swabs above of the Robert Oster Summer Storm really shows the hints of both the blue and grey colors. The swab on the left is a one time swipe with a cotton swab that also shows some overlap, and on the right you see a sample where the ink is swabbed twice for a darker look.
Robert Oster Summer Storm Writing Samples:
I really love the color of this ink, and depending on your computer/phone/tablet and its screen you might be seeing different things here, but its a really great looking combination blue grey ink with a very soft tone to it. It would never be confused with a blue black that can sometimes look way too dark to really distinguish the blue or black nature of the ink. Writing with the wider 1.1mm stub nib, more of the softness of the blue grey shows, while using a more narrow nib like the EF on my Pilot Vanishing Point, it takes on a darker tone, but still not to be mistaken for dark blue or black.
Overall the ink performs fairly well, with minimal feathering and limited show-through on the back of the page. Although these were noticeable on the 90 gsm Clairefontaine paper I wrote on, it wasn’t enough to detract from how much I really like this color and other performance attributes. It feels to me that even with the wider 1.1mm stub nib, the Robert Oster Summer storm writes a little bit on the dry side. Initial pen strokes come out looking a bit more dark and even a hint purpleish on both Clairefontaine paper and Levenger Rhodia Circa paper, but it dries to the more subtle blue grey that I really love. Its a great ink for business purposes that shows a little uniqueness but isn’t too loud. You can grab a bottle here from our sponsors at JetPens, and I’m confident you won’t regret it.