Ink Review: Colorverse 23-24 Photon and Gluon


Colorverse Multiverse Season 3 includes “sets” of inks, with one 65ml bottle of one ink and a 15ml bottle of another ink. This set includes a 65ml bottle of Photon and a 15ml bottle of Gluon, a glistening ink. Samples of these sets can be very hard to come by since the bottles are different sizes. I purchased my sample of Photon from Vanness Pens, and my sample of Gluon from Ink Journal.


Photon is a teal green and Gluon is a sickly green color. It reminds me of the color of stomach acid. Photon looks more green on the Col-o-ring paper than it does on other papers.


Photon is an interesting teal green, with some shading but no sheen.


In ink drops Gluon has some interesting shimmer, but no sheen. I like seeing shimmer inks that have shimmer other than silver and gold. Gluon has copper shimmer, similar to De Atramentis Pearlescent Copper inks.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40/60 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low/high shadingno sheen, and no shimmer/copper shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle, not very plentiful.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering, and some bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 11 Morning Star, Colorverse 23 Photon, and Robert Oster Marine. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together, and here to see the teal inks together. Photon is a bit brighter than both of the other inks.

Noodler’s Army, Colorverse 24 Gluon, and Robert Oster Fizzy Lime. Click here to see the green inks together. Army is a bit more green than Gluon is, and Fizzy Lime is much brighter.

Longer writing:

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise and a Pelikan 400N on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The inks had an average flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise and a Pelikan 400N on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The inks had an average flow.

Overall, they are both pretty well behaved, but do have longer than average dry times. I like Photon but I think there are a lot of teals out there with a similar color. I don’t love the color of Gluon (even though it shades really well).

Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.