Ink Review #835: Colorverse Mariner 4

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Colorverse #65 Mariner 4 belongs to Colorverse Season 5 and was included in the August Ink Flight box, the box is still available-you can find it here. Mariner 4 is a lovely dark navy blue with some pretty shading. It comes in a box set with a 65ml bottle of Mariner 4 and a 15ml bottle of Allan Hills.

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The color:

Mariner 4 is a dark navy blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has a little bit of shading.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, nosheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the all nib sizes and had a lots of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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Mariner 4 is similar to Robert Oster Great Southern Ocean. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used an Edison Collier Blue Steel with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow.

Overall, I love navy blue inks. There was a quite a bit of feathering and bleeding in the flex nib, so I would stick to standard nib sizes with this ink.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Ink Journal for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #834: Colorverse Map of Mars

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Let’s take a look at another ink from the August Ink Flight box, Colorverse #63 Map of Mars from Colorverse Season 5 (the box is still available-you can find it here). Map of Mars has a surface tension of 60.5 and a PH of 8.5. This ink is only available in a box set which includes a 65ml bottle of Map of Mars and a 15ml bottle of Mars Attacks.

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The color:

Map of Mars is a gorgeous dark teal.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has some pretty sheen-I can’t quite figure out what color the sheen is though, somewhere between red and black.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, low sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in the broad and flex nib on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the larger nib sizes and had a lots of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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Map of Mars is similar to Diamine Aurora Borealis and Robert Oster Deep Sea (both of which I love). Click here to see the Colorverse inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M600 Turquoise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow.

Overall, I like this ink. I’m a sucker for teal inks and this one is a gorgeous color, generally pretty well behaved and has a nice flow as well.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Ink Journal for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #833: Colorverse Arabella

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The Ink Flight Box is a monthly ink sample subscription by Ink Journal, and they were very kind to send me this month’s subscription. August’s box includes 7 Colorverse inks (the box is still available-you can find it here). The first ink I want to take a look at is Colorverse #51 Arabella from Season 4. According to the card included with the inks, Arabella is a “Bright, ‘DOS prompt’ green named after a space-bound spider. Surface Tension: 76.0 / PH: 7.6”. Arabella comes in a box set with a 65ml bottle of Arabella and a smaller 15ml bottle of Anita.

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The color:

Arabella is a medium vivid green.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has some nice shading and just a tiny hint of pink sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the larger nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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In writing Arabella is pretty similar to Pilot Iroshizuku Fukurokuju from the anniversary set. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Green with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink. I like the little bit of shading and the color but I don’t love that it feathers and bleeds in the flex nib on some papers. I do love the Ink Flight Box-it’s a nice way to try out some new inks each month. Check back later this week to see the other inks from the August box.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Ink Journal for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #832: Vinta Cosmic Blue Kosmos 1955

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Today’s ink is Vinta Cosmic Blue Kosmos 1955. According to Vinta’s website, “In 1865 the Jesuit Padre Faura started the Observatario Meterorologico de Manila to study Philippine and predict the passing of typhoons. This beautiful shimmering ink evokes the image of stars glimmering amidst the backdrop of the Philippine sky.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Kosmos is a pretty medium blue with pink sheen and copper shimmer.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks so pretty-all sheen and shimmer.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, medium sheen, and copper shimmer. There might be some more shading in there, but if there is its hidden underneath all the shimmer and sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the larger nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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Kosmos is very similar to De Atramentis Cyan Blue Copper. I do prefer Kosmos over the Cyan Blue simply because it’s slightly better behaved. Robert Oster Blue Water Ice is also similar, but without the shimmer. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Bonecrusher Studios pen with a Regalia Writing Labs Crossflex nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink did clog the pen often, and I had to prime the feed a few times to make it flow well again.

Overall, I did have issues with clogging in a few different pens, and it was very hard to clean out when I was finished with it. I have a love/hate relationship with shimmer inks. In some pens they look so pretty but they do take some extra work. It is better behaved than some shimmer inks, but not as well behaved as others.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #831: Vinta Pastel Blue Julio 1991

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My middle child is obsessed with unicorns. She’s six and wears unicorns every day in some form from her shirt all the way down to her shoes. If any one ink could look like a unicorn, Vinta Pastel Blue Julio 1991 does. If she could paint herself with this ink she probably would. It’s a pale blue with a strong baby pink tone and silver shimmer. According to Vinta’s website, “Julio and Julia, was a popular show about two magical twins. It went on air in 1991. It was actually created by a French writer Jean Chalopin and the original title was Les Jumeaux du Bout du Monde or ‘Twins of Destiny.’” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Pastel Blue Julio is a pale baby blue with a strong pink undertone/shading and silver shimmer.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off the pink undertone and the silver shimmer.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and silver shimmer. There is a bit of shading in the blue but it’s so pale you have to be really looking for it to see it, and in the flex nib sometimes you can see the shift between the blue and pink tones.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the larger nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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Julio is lighter than Montblanc Miles Davis (which I didn’t think was possible). I don’t have any blue shimmer inks this color, the closest I have (which isn’t close at all) is J Herbin Kyanite du Nepal. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Bonecrusher Studios pen with a Regalia Writing Labs Crossflex nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a dry flow. The color is really interesting-you can see the pink come out in a lot of the letters as well as lots of silver shimmer, but even in the flex nib the color is very pale.

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Overall, I loved playing with this ink, but I wouldn’t use it in anything smaller than a flex nib. It would be a good art ink.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #830: Pastel Pink Julia 1991

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I’ve finally done it-I’ve found an ink the color of cotton candy. Vinta Pastel Pink Julia 1991 is baby pink, the exact color of cotton candy. Since it is a very pale pink with gold shimmer it also looks like a baby shower exploded in the bottle. According to Vinta’s website, “Julio and Julia, was a popular show about two magical twins. It went on air in 1991. It was actually created by a French writer Jean Chalopin and the original title was Les Jumeaux du Bout du Monde or ‘Twins of Destiny.’” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Julia looks just a bit weird when wet, a bit blue and cool-toned but then dries to this warm-tone baby pink. It has gold shimmer and just a hint of blue undertone that shows up in large swabs.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you can see that hint of blue undertone around the edges.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shading, no sheen, and gold shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink did better than I expected-almost no feathering, and most of the bleeding was confined to the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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The closest shimmer ink to Julia is Robert Oster Rose Gilt Tynte. For non-shimmer, Julia seems to be a lighter version of Sailor Jentle Peche (I didn’t think was possible to get lighter than Peche but here we are…), but Peche has a yellow undertone not Julia’s blue. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the pink inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Lamy Safari Pastel Pink with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper to run with the sunrise theme. The ink had a very dry flow and clogged twice just while writing this page.

Overall, it’s sooo pale. Performance-wise it’s very dry and had problems with clogging. I liked it best in the flex nib where it was the most readable, but it did clog rather often-about every paragraph or two. It would be good as a highlighter or art ink. If you need an ink the color of cotton candy or for baby shower art-this is the ink for you.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #829: Vinta Sunrise Hanan

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In general I love yellow inks, but it’s so hard to create good yellow inks that can be easily read. Vinta Sunrise Hanan 1964 is more of a pastel spring yellow. According to Vinta’s website, “Hanan is the Goddess of Morning in Philippine mythology. People often pray to her before the start of the harvest season. 1964 is the year Fernando Amorsolo's magnificent painting ‘The Harvesters’ was completed.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Sunrise Hanan is a cute pastel yellow, the first true pastel yellow I have found. This ink is very pale, and actually looks a bit green when wet.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you can see just a little bit of the green undertone.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink did better than I expected-almost no feathering, and most of the bleeding was confined to the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

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I don’t have any inks very close to Sunrise Hanan, it’s the first real pastel yellow I’ve tried. The closest I have are Diamine Yellow, Delta Yellow and Papier Plume Yellow, all of which are much brighter than Sunrise. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the yellow inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Kaweco Sport Sunrise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper to run with the sunrise theme. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s unique-the only pastel yellow I’ve found so far. It is very pale, I would never use this in anything smaller than a broad or flex nib. I have mixed feelings on this ink-I love that it’s rather unique and I do love yellow inks, but I can only use it in very specific nibs and even then it can still be very pale. It would be good as a highlighter or art ink.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #828: Vinta Maskara

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We have almost made it through all the Vinta Pastel inks I have, and today’s is Violet Maskara 1890. I just realized I misspelled Maskara in the image above, but I’m out of ink so we’re gonna run with it. According to Vinta’s website, “The maskara festival was conceived in part due to the sugarcane crisis in Negros. 1890 was the year the Spaniards split Negros region into two: Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. These regional divisions remain today.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Maskara is a beautiful pale purple. It has an interesting blue undertone. When I first swabbed it I thought it was mislabeled because it’s blue when wet, but dries to a purple with hints of blue mixed in.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you can see bits of the blue undertone.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Maskara is similar to Pen Saijiki Fujifusa, but it’s just a tiny bit warmer. It’s warmer and lighter than Sailor Jentle Fuji-musume. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s a beautiful pale purple. This ink is light in most nibs, so I would stick to broad nibs or larger. Even in the Platinum broad nib I used above it’s still pretty light. If you don’t like pastel inks then I would pass on this one. I enjoy pastel inks so I like it, but I don’t need a full bottle of it.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #827: Vinta Lucia

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Vinta Deepwater Blue Lucia 1952 is another ink from the Pastels collection. According to Vinta’s website, “Dyesebel is one of the most important Filipino comic book characters in Philippine history. It was originally created by the Filipino illustrator Mars Ravelo. Lucia is the name of Dyesebel's mother. She was obsessed with collecting and gazing at artistic depictions of mermaids while she was pregnant, so the baby (Dyesebel) was born with what looked like a fishtail instead of legs. Dyesebel's first appearance in the comics was in 1952.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Lucia is a beautiful medium dusky blue. I love dusky blues and this one is gorgeous.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off the pinkish undertone.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Lucia is similar to Sailor Ink Studio 340, and is lighter than Robert Oster Evening Sapphire and Grey Seas. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M600 Turquoise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really enjoy this ink. Unlike other Vinta pastel inks I’ve tried, I found this ink readable even in an extra-fine nib. The color is beautiful and has some nice shading. I think I need to pick up a full bottle of this ink from Vanness Pens at the San Francisco Pen Show next week.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #826: Vinta Armada

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Vinta Aegean Armada 1944 from the Pastels collection is a really interesting color. It’s green when wet, then dries to a grey with a strong purple tone and a little bit of blue as well. According to Vinta’s website, “Armada is a fleet of warships. Throughout time, we've seen how the multitude of ships on sea can transform its color from grey to blue to everything in between. The biggest naval war in history is the Battle of Leyte in 1944.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample in for review.

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The color:

Armada is a greyish-purple. Depending on the lighting it can look more grey or purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you mostly see the purple, not much grey.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Armada is similar to Colorverse Anti-matter, but it is a bit lighter. In writing it does remind me a bit of Sailor Ink Studio 123, but it has more blue than green in it. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Franklin-Christoph 45 Italian Ice with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, from the Vinta pastel inks I’ve tried so far this one is the most useable. I love that the ink has so many undertones: purple, blue and green, as well as some pretty shading. I think I might need a full bottle of this ink just because the color is so interesting.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.