Category: Ink Swabs

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

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