Review by Laura Cameron
I think last year proved I love purple inks so of course I had to snag another one to try in my last JetPens order. I opted for Robert Oster Signature in Velvet Crush (50mL for $17.00).
Velvet Crush is a bit difficult to capture. The pictures make it look like a blue purple, but on the Col-o-dex card I see a hint of reddish plum in there in the saturated parts.
It shades a bit during writing with different nibs, and in large splotches it sheens with a crazy yellow green.
When I went stash diving for a purple that was close, I found Birmingham Pen Co.’s Vaudeville Regalia was pretty close in intensity and tone. Robert Oster Signature Viola was a bit plummier than Crushed Velvet, and I had thought Diamine’s Frosted Orchid might be a good match but it’s a way too red. I did also compare Diamine’s Purple Dream, but Purple Dream was much darker than Crushed Velvet.
Overall, I was please with this color. I’m still amazed I can try so many shades of purple and not quite duplicate what I have in stash. If you’re looking for a super-saturated sheening purple (say that five times fast) then this one might be a good option!
- Papers: Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Inks: Robert Oster Signature in Velvet Crush (50mL for $17.00)
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