Category: Ink Swabs

Roundup: Colorverse Limited Edition Voyager I Set

I’ve finished reviewing the four bottles of ink that come in Colorverse’s Voyager I limited edition collection. That was truly an enjoyable set of reviews to write. As an ink set, I like that there’s two greens and two browns, all very different from each other but can be used as partners to complement one another.

There are two inks that dry up with a matte-like texture and more muted, subdued colors (Interstellar Space and Jupiter Flyby) and two that had a more vibrant hue (Pale Blue Dot and Golden Record). The names may be related to Voyager I and space travel, but for the most part, I really don’t think they fit the colors too much.

These are very beautiful colors. Some may be a little bit similar to inks I already have, but for the most part, I think they’re quite distinctive and eye-catching. They’re also well-behaved and have no flow-problems. I’ve included the RGB and Pantone information in the writing sample below. The literature that came in the box provided this information along with ph levels and other things I don’t find particularly useful but others might appreciate. I think that’s a very nice touch, and it certainly appeals to people who like to know even the littlest details about colors. The packaging is very well put together, well thought out. I like that the box uses an attractive combination of all the colors of the inks.

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I like all the colors a lot. Whether I use one ink on a page or a combination of one of the browns and one of the greens, they really stand out and pop on the page. If I really have to pick one favorite, I think I like Golden Record best and Pale Blue Dot a close second. I like that Golden Record is nicely saturated but the shading is very expressive so that the lighter parts of the lines look like they’re glowing orange and the thicker parts are sometimes red and sometimes brown.

This set is a bit on the expensive side, probably because it’s a limited edition and only 1977 sets were made. The 15ml bottles are small and it could really make it difficult to fill pens straight from the bottle, of course there are ways to make it work. The bottles are super cute. The downside is that you need to purchase this as a set, and none of the colors are available individually or in bigger bottles. Is it worth the price tag, I think that depends on whether you like the colors. Personally, I like all of them and there’s not one color that I wish isn’t included in the set, so I guess it’s worth it for me.

Here are the links to the individual reviews:
Pale Blue Dot
Jupiter Flyby
Interstellar Space
Golden Record

As I mentioned in previous posts, I got these inks through Everything Calligraphy. I am not sure if they will offer these inks as part of their regular stocks or if it’s solely on a pre-order basis, though. I hope I can try out other colors from this brand, Schrodinger and Cat looks interesting.

Ink Swab: Colorverse Golden Record

The last Colorverse Voyager I ink that I tried is called Golden Record, and wow it’s pretty gorgeous. It has warm orange and brown hues that remind me of the colors of autumn. It’s pretty striking in person. It’s inks like this that truly remind me of what I like best about fountain pen inks. The color is rich, has beautiful shading, and looks like the strokes have¬† been painted on. Ballpoint or rollerball pens will never achieve shading as gorgeous as this. The lines look like caramel pooling in some spots.

It flows moderate to wet and made my pen just glide on paper. It dries fast, at a little under 15 seconds. The color reminds me of Akkerman Hopjesbruin, but this is definitely more saturated, so the shading shows more varied shades of orange and brown. The contrast between the light and dark shades, together with the red component of the ink make it look like the lighter edges are glowing. It’s super beautiful. Here are a few writing samples. Continue reading “Ink Swab: Colorverse Golden Record”

Ink Swab: Colorverse Interstellar Space

The third ink I tried from the Colorverse Limited Edition Voyager I set is “Interstellar Space”, a puzzling name because the color doesn’t evoke anything about interstellar space. The color is actually an earthy, dusky green.

The ink is really gorgeous, though. I was like “wow, I wish this came in a BIG bottle”. It reminded me of De Atramentis Black Green, but it’s more saturated and has more green in it. It doesn’t have pronounced sheen or dramatic shading, but the color is oh, so delicious. I knew right away it would be a perfect complementary color to Jupiter Flyby.

I love that they both have this matte-like texture after they’ve dried on paper. The colors look striking, and it kind of gives me that vintage-y vibe. Interstellar Space looks like green with a bit of grey thrown in, like camo-green.

The flow is, for me, a consistently moderate flow. I used a Parker 51 pen with a medium nib for the writing sample and journal entry.

It dries moderately fast, at a little over 20 seconds. It’s not water proof or water resistant, and leaves behind a faint green line after soaking a few seconds. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample. Continue reading “Ink Swab: Colorverse Interstellar Space”

Ink Swab: Colorverse Jupiter Flyby

The second Colorverse Limited Edition Voyager I ink that I tried is the Jupiter Flyby. Pretty cool name, and I like that this color is actually quite close to the color profile of the planet Jupiter. This is a pale brown ink, it reminds me of the color of foundation or concealer. When wet, the color if the ink is very different, it’s reddish brown. Almost like the color of rust. When it dries up, it becomes this very mellow shade of brown, which is pretty cute.

The color is a beautiful match to my Kaweco Macchiato. The shading is very pronounced on this ink, and though I find the rust color (when wet) very interesting, I think the color it dries to is pretty nice as well. I would recommend a wet writer for this one because it writes a bit dryer than moderate. The writing sample above was made with my Kaweco pen with a medium nib. So far, I’ve been using it for a week and the flow has been consistent.

I like that it matches really well with Colorverse Pale Blue Dot. It provides a very nice contrast of color and when used together, they really pop on the page.

The ink dries quickly, at a little less than 15 seconds. It has a very subtle (almost imperceptible) green sheen, which you can only see if you use a wet writer. It’s not the most striking ink in the collection, but I like that it’s a nice, delicate brown shade that will go very well with other blue and green inks. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample. Continue reading “Ink Swab: Colorverse Jupiter Flyby”

Ink Swab: Colorverse Pale Blue Dot

Up first in my Colorverse Voyager I series of reviews is this gorgeous teal-colored Pale Blue Dot. To be honest, I picked this first because I thought I would like this color the least. It’s always been a hit and miss for me when it comes to teal ink. Either I really love it or I really want to throw it out the window. That’s the rub about buying boxed sets, you sometimes end up with one color that you don’t like that much, I thought that for this set it would be this color. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it, though.

I was happy to see that it wasn’t too light or bright-colored. It’s a dark teal that leans more towards the green spectrum. It has pretty nice shading, which is quite nice to see in saturated inks. It’s certainly very eye-catching. It’s saturated enough to make it suitable for everyday writing. There’s a slight red sheen but it’s not crazy-sheening on the level of OS inks or RO Fire and Ice.

It dries up moderately fast, at a little under 20 seconds using a wet-writing medium nib on Tomoe River paper. It’s not waterproof or water resistant, it leaves a faint green line behind. It washes nicely with water if you want to use it for drawings. I would put the flow at a moderate to wet, depending on the nib, YMMV. Using it with my medium nibbed Pilot VP was a pleasure. It flowed really well and made the nib just glide on paper.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample…

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Colorverse Limited Edition Voyager 1 Set

I joined Everything Calligraphy‘s Colorverse preorder a few weeks ago and I got the package today. I was really tempted to get Schrodinger & Cat set because…cat. But I thought I liked the colors of this set better. This one’s the limited edition Voyager 1 box set, which was made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager I space probe. Only 1977 sets were made, to remember the date of the launch which was September 5, 1977.

It’s my first time to use any ink from the Colorverse brand. I found the packaging very cute. It came in a colorful box that had little illustrations of the Voyager 1 probe.

It came with some literature about the ink, cute little Voyager-themed stickers, and a gift card. It’s a really nice way to package a limited edition set, I appreciate all the information about both the probe and the inks.

The ink bottles are so cute. I didn’t expect them to be so small, at 15ml per bottle, but I appreciate that Everything Calligraphy priced the set competitively.

Look at that, so cute. ^_^

Aww, cutie. You gotta love how everything about this ink set is well put-together. I have to say, though, that with such a cute bottle comes a very small bottle opening…

You’d probably need to decant this in a bottle with a bigger opening, or just use a thinner pen. You can also use a syringe to fill your pen if that’s applicable.

I am eager to try out these inks and I will write my reviews very soon. I already filled one pen with my first ink, Pale Blue Dot. So far, so good!

I’m not sure when the Colorverse line will be available on the Everything Calligraphy page since this is part of a preorder, but I’m hoping they will put up the other colors for sale soon because I want to try the other colors too. Maybe I’ll get the Schrodinger & Cat next. ^_^ Meow.

Ink Swab: Rohrer & Klingner Sketch Ink Lotte

Rohrer & Klingner Lotte Drawing Ink

Here’s something I bought a few weeks back, it’s a bottle of Rohrer & Klingner Sketch Ink Lotte. It’s a waterproof black ink that I bought specifically so I can use it for drawing. I got it from a friend’s group buy, and I initially thought it would be very dark blue black, but turns out it’s a deep, inky black. I like the bottle that it came in, the opening is wide and comfortable to dip into. I like that little quirky drawing of a girl on the label.

Rohrer & Klingner Lotte Drawing Ink

I’ve been playing with this ink for several weeks already, and my initial impression is that it flows really wet. I used it with one of my wet medium nibs and it just gushed like a wet broad nib. So I went out and bought a Platinum Plaisir with a fine nib and that was a perfect fit for my drawing needs. If you need it for drawing fine lines, I suggest an xf or f nib. The color (in person) is a thick, rich black that has brown undertones. Compared with my favorite waterproof ink, Platinum Carbon, this one looks pretty flat or matte when dry. Platinum Carbon Black looks shiny when dry, so it pops on the page. This one looks more subdued. It is waterproof, I’ve tried layering watercolor washes on it. It also dries up pretty fast, about 10-15 seconds. Photos of the writing sample after the jump. Continue reading “Ink Swab: Rohrer & Klingner Sketch Ink Lotte”

Ink Swab: Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

I’ve had this ink on my wishlist since 2014, but I didn’t really go to Montblanc boutiques to check if they had it. Yesterday my husband and I were walking from Greenbelt 1 to Glorietta and we passed by the Montblanc boutique on the ground floor. We wandered in and I ogled the gorgeous pens on display. My husband bought the ink bottle because, as usual, I was hemming and hawing about getting it for myself. As soon as we got home, I inked up one of my favorite pens with it, my Parker Vacumatic Golden Brown.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

My first impression before I tried the ink was that I loved the bottle. It’s so pretty, and functional too. That portion near the cap functions like a little pocket that catches ink so that your pen can suck it up even if there’s little ink left in the bottle. Sort of like its own ink miser. The bottle’s opening will fit large pens comfortably. The cap is, surprisingly, quite heavy for an ink bottle cap. It’s my first Montblanc ink, so I’m pretty excited to try it out.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

When I put the pen on paper, it was pure pleasure. The ink flowed moderately wet, and it made the nib glide on paper. When wet, it’s the color of espresso. Rich, dark brown, almost a bit reddish. When it dries, it shows off the most beautiful shading. In natural light, it almost looks like there’s a soft fire glowing inside the strokes. The gradation of colors range from a rich, very dark brown, to a reddish, golden brown. Like luscious toffee. Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample.

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

Montblanc Toffee Brown

The closeup shots don’t do it justice at all. It looks really beautiful in person. I think the closest hue to this I’ve encountered so far is Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi, but Toffee Brown has a redder hue. Diamine Ochre is also a little similar, but that has a bit more yellow in it, I think. It’s not water proof or water resistant.

Overall, it’s a wonderful ink! I wrote a whole page in my journal with it right after testing it out and it looks so beautiful on a full page. Like parts of it are softly glowing. I would love to see this in a stub nib. I’ll make a new post about it once I try that out. I think I’ve found my favorite new brown ink.

Review: Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

This past few days, I’ve been using Blue Water Ice in my journal entries. Robert Oster certainly makes eye-catching blue inks. This is a vibrant blue with pink sheen. It’s interesting to look at because the base blue color is light enough and the pink sheen is sheen-y enough for the ink to show a halo around the lines. You can see it on the writing sample above, it’s like the letters have a thin outline around them.

I would recommend using wide nib sizes for this ink for you to truly appreciate the ink’s beauty. I tried using it with a fine nib and the ink comes off as a pale blue. Pretty, but not as pretty as if you use a wider nib, like the one I used here (a cursive italic nib). It’s a saturated ink, but it still shows off a lot of beautiful shading. It’s saturated enough for everyday writing, but it’s not a boring, standard blue. It’s a happy shade of blue that is so vibrant, it pops right out of the page.

It flows wet, and dries about 15-20 seconds (on Tomoe River, with a cursive italic medium nib). It’s always fun to use flow-y inks. Here are a few close up photos of the writing sample.

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Robert Oster Blue Water Ice

Check out Everything Calligraphy for Robert Oster Signature Inks.

Review: Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

A few days ago, I tried out my sample of Robert Oster Plumb Nut. Aside from the little dab of ink on the cap, I didn’t really know what to expect because I’m not sure what a plumb nut is. I used my Sailor Sapporo Progear Slim with a medium nib and (after getting acquainted with the color a bit more) a Lamy Studiio with a 1.5 mm nib. Right off the bat, I like that it’s a pleasant old rose color. It’s a mellow kind of pink, a bit dusky, with a slight hint of purple. It has beautiful deep pink shading, and no sheen. When I first tried it with my Sailor pen, it felt thin, almost watery. It doesn’t bleed or go all over the place, but it felt watery on paper as I wrote, so my nib felt like it’s gliding on the surface of the paper. I reversed my nib to see how it would look like in an xf nib (or maybe closer to a needlepoint) and it flowed quite wet too. I also used it with a 1.5 mm Lamy nib to see how it will hold up with a wider nib.

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

The nib never ran dry, and it showed off the gorgeous characteristics of the ink. Even if the ink’s consistency felt watery, the saturation is not too light. It darkened a bit after drying, but remained a pleasant pop or color on paper. It also dried up pretty quickly at about 10 seconds or so using the medium nib on Tomoe River paper. It’s also not water resistant.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Robert Oster Plumb Nut

Plumb Nut and other Robert Oster Signature Inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.