Ink Review of Colorverse #53 & #54 Hayabusa


Today we are actually going to take a look at two inks together, Colorverse #53 Hayabusa and #54 Hayabusa Glistening. This duo is a Tokyo 2018 Special Edition, and is a standalone, not part of any of the Colorverse seasons, and we will be giving this set away, so be sure to enter the giveaway below! Thank you to Pen Chalet for sending this set over for review. 


The top of the box shows the ad for #53 and the front shows #54. 


I am thrilled that these inks have better packaging inside. Previous Colorverse inks had no padding inside the box and many broke or leaked during shipping. This packaging is so much better. I love it when companies listen to feedback and adjust accordingly.


#53 Hayabusa is 65 ml, and #54 Hayabusa Glistening is 15ml. I'm not a huge fan of other seasons where the large bottle is one color, and the little one is a totally different color, but I actually like this duo-the large is one color and the small is a shimmer version. I don't use shimmer inks that often anyway, so 15ml of shimmer is a great amount for me.


The color:

Hayabusa is a lovely purple, with a little pop of bright green sheen.



Hayabusa Glistening is just a little bit lighter and has bronze shimmer.

Here are the two next to each other. 53 is a bit brighter and darker, 54 is a bit lighter and has shimmer.

Here are the two next to each other. 53 is a bit brighter and darker, 54 is a bit lighter and has shimmer.



In large swabs there is a little bit of bright green sheen.


Glistening: Bronze shimmer! It's so nice to see different color shimmers besides just silver and gold. It seems to be the same shimmer as used in the De Atramentis Bronze Pearlescent inks, which I will be reviewing in the near future. There is also a bit of green sheen.


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: Low-there was some feathering on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding on Leuchtturm paper.

Other properties: medium shadingtiny green sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen can only be seen in large swabs on Tomoe River paper, not at all in writing.

Glistening properties: The Glistening version behaved the same, except that it had bronze shimmer. 

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering in every nib size as well as some bleeding, so it's not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Waterman Tender Purple, Colorverse Hayabusa, and Lamy Dark Lilac. Any purple remotely close to Dark Lilac I always compare because people always ask to see it. Tender Purple is the closest, Dark Lilac is too warm when Hayabusa is on the cooler side. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together.

Diamine Purple Pazzazz, Colorverse Hayabusa Glistening, and J. Herbin 1798 Amethyste de L'oural. Both Purple Pazzazz and Amethyste have warmer tones than Hayabusa, which is much cooler. You can also see the gold shimmer in the Purple Pazzazz, the bronze in the Hayabusa, and silver in the Amethyste. Click here to see the purple swabs together.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

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I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N nib. There was a little bit of clogging, but not bad. 


Overall, there was a bit of feathering and bleeding, but other than that they are both pretty well behaved. Be sure to enter the giveaway below! 

I am limiting the giveaway to United States only, just because of shipping costs.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links.