Ink Review #834: Colorverse Map of Mars


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.


The color:

Map of Mars is a gorgeous dark teal.



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.


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:


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:


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.