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Colorverse Extra Dimension & Warped Passages Ink Review

Colorverse Extra Dimension & Warped Passages

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

It seems like it's only been a couple of years since the Colorverse ink brand exploded onto the stationery scene, along with their break-neck pace for releasing gorgeous space-themed inks. I've always wanted to collect all the various ink colors they sell for all the reasons Colorverse make them: They're beautiful colors and they are all based on real scientific concepts and space exploration. It's a dream come true.

Alas, there are far too many inks in the line to purchase them all. But one of the latest batches I've tried out is the Extra Dimension & Warped Passages set. This set contains a large bottle (65 ml) of Extra Dimension and a small bottle (15 ml) of Warped Passages. These colors are both beautiful blues at different ends of the spectrum. Extra Dimension is a dark, almost black, blue, while Warped Passages is a light, dusty denim. The multiverse series are based on concepts of harmony and symmetry, so it only makes sense that these two colors compliment each other so well.

Extra Dimension & Warped Passages

Before going into the behavior and individual characteristics of these inks, I'll start by saying that they both behave very well. The flow is just right, I haven't had any issues with nibs drying out or flow problems after a while of non-use. Cleaning out pens is easy, and I haven't noticed any adverse effects. Like Colorverse claim, these inks are gentle on your pens, and I can attest to that fact.

Starting with Extra Dimension, there are depths to this color that unfold with the right nib. It's largely a blue-black ink with a fair amount of shading, but you can also detect some red sheen in certain light if you put down enough ink. I absolutely love red sheen in blue inks, and the subtle change in color is splendid after the ink dries.

Colorverse Extra Dimension & Warped Passages

Along with the blue-black qualities, you can also pick out some green/teal if the ink is spread out enough. Personally, I wish more of this hue was visible under normal writing conditions. You can really only see it clearly when swapping lots of ink. Perhaps with the right nib, this color would shine.

Dry time is a bit lengthy with this ink, but it isn't excessive. Somewhere between 18 and 24 seconds seems to be the magic time. Don't let the dry time deter you from picking up this ink unless that's a hard requirement for you.

Warped Passages is a color that made me unsure for the first few minutes of use. It's pale, dusty, and unassuming. But when you really look at the depth of the color and (especially) compare it alongside Extra Dimension, this color takes on a whole new quality. Under normal writing circumstances, this feels like a medium blue with great shading qualities. In the bits of shade, you can pick out hints of green, just like the Extra Dimension ink. These hints of green in both inks really delight me, and I'm not sure I'll ever use one of these inks without the other. They beg to be used together.

Colorverse Extra Dimension & Warped Passages Ink Review

While this dusty blue is lighter than its larger sibling, it's still a medium blue that suits office environments well. It shades nicely, giving it a lot of visual interest on the page. I see this ink easily becoming one of my favorites. It's just a shame the bottle is so small!

These, again, are two different inks. Extra Dimension is the larger of the two, coming in at 65 ml. Warped Passages is only 15 ml, which is similar to a few sample vials. Unfortunately, you can't purchase these inks individually. They're meant to be a complimentary set, and I can't agree more. I just wish the two bottles were the same size!

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Colorverse Extra Dimension & Warped Passages Ink
Posted on January 30, 2019 and filed under Colorverse, Ink Reviews.

Colorverse X Opus 88 Horizon Ink Review

Colorverse Opus 88 Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

A few weeks ago I reviewed Colorverse Trailblazer in Space: Strelka and Pushinka ink. This week, I’m reviewing a different series of inks made to match the Opus 88 Picnic fountain pens. The ink I’m reviewing is Horizon, which complements the Opus 88 Picnic Blue fountain pen.

I tested the ink using my brand new Opus 88 Picnic Blue with a fine point (I mean, I /had/ to have the pen to go with the ink, am I right?) on Maruman Septcouleur paper. The ink is a light blue color with very little shading (in a fine point nib) and little color variation in the swab. The ink is fairly dry and is not waterproof.

Colorverse Opus 88 Horizon Ink

On my Col-o-dex card, I used a Nikko G nib. With this nib I was able to get a little shading out of the ink.

Colorverse Opus 88 Horizon Ink Swatch

Chromatography reveals that the ink has virtually no variation whatsoever. It is consistently light blue.

Colorverse Opus 88 Horizon Ink Chromatography

I also tested the ink with some wider nibs: a 2.4mm Pilot Parallel and my Handwritmic Brody Neuenschwander Ruling Pen. With wider nibs, this ink is much more exciting. It has nice shading and a tiny bit of sheen if you look closely.

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Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with Colorverse Horizon. With a fine nib, it is so light as to be almost unreadable. In fact, in my Opus 88 Picnic Blue fountain pen--the very pen the ink is made for--it writes poorly on every kind of paper I tried (including Tomoe River Paper and William Hannah paper). If you want to use this ink, I suggest using it only with very broad nibs.

Tomoe River Paper

Tomoe River Paper

William Hannah paper

William Hannah paper

You can buy Colorverse X Opus 88 Horizon from Pen Chalet for $36.00, which includes a 65 ml bottle and a 15 ml bottle.

(Pen Chalet provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on September 28, 2018 and filed under Colorverse.

Colorverse Strelka and JFK's Dog Pushinka Ink Review

Colorverse Strelka & JFK's Dog Pushinka Ink - Trailblazer in Space Series

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Colorverse’s Trailblazer in Space Series pays homage to animals, insects, and rockets that were launched into space. The Strelka and JFK’s Dog Pushinka set is based on the following story: in 1960, two dogs named Strelka and Belka boarded Sputnik 2. They were accompanied by forty mice, two rats, and several plants, and they successfully orbited Earth eighteen times. Strelka later gave birth to a litter of puppies. One of them, Pushinka, was given as a gift to John F. Kennedy (Dogs in Space).

The Strelka/Pushinka set comes with some pretty fabulous packaging. The outer box has pictures of both dogs with their respective color inks. The inner box is decorated with stars and the solar system.

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In addition to the ink, the box contains some extra goodies: two branded napkins for wiping ink off nibs, a cardboard bookmark, a cardboard pen holder, and stickers.

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Strelka

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The Strelka ink comes in a 65ml teardrop-shaped bottle. It is a bright, peacock blue color with little shading or sheen.

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I tested the ink using a Sailor Cross Point nib on Maruman Septcouleur paper. The ink flows extremely well and is definitely an eye-catching color. It’s a wet ink and is not colorfast.

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My chromatography test showed little variation in color.

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The color is really quite beautiful. But writers (like me) who enjoy shading and/or sheen will be disappointed that Strelka is so flat.

JFK’s Pushinka

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The Pushinka ink comes in a tiny 15ml bottle. Pushinka is a rather odd color that looks tan in swabs. But with a nib it almost looks looks greenish. The ink does not contain any sheen.

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I tested this ink using my Franklin-Christoph medium SIG Flex nib on Maruman Septcouleur paper. It exhibits a tiny bit of shading when you write with it, but is a flat tan color in swabs. It is much drier than Strelka ink, and it is not waterproof.

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The chromatography test indicates that this rather bland color actually contains several interesting hues: gray, yellow, orange, and blue.

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In spite of the cool chromatography, I’m not at all impressed with this drab color, though it does capture the tan colors of Pushinka’s ears and tail. Although the tiny bottle is adorable, it’s not practical for pens with large or long nibs. In fact, I filled the converter straight from the bottle rather than trying to draw ink up through the nib.

This is my first experience with Colorverse inks, and I’m definitely intrigued, even though the colors I tested didn’t have shading and sheen. I love the space themes Colorverse emphasizes, and I hope to try out some different colors in the future. You can purchase this Trailblazer set from JetPens for $33.00.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Posted on September 14, 2018 and filed under Colorverse, Ink Reviews.