Ink Review #303: Colorverse #1 Sunspot


I have heard so much about Colorverse inks in the past few months, so I've been waiting anxiously to try them. I figured I would start with Spaceward Season 1, #1 Sunspot, and work my way through. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending over samples for review.


The color:

Sunspot is a sheeny black. It's a great neutral, but has the sheen to make it interesting.



In large swabs you can see the sheen well, it's a dark bronze.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 60 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shadingmedium sheen, and no shimmer.

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved well.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Franklin-Christoph Classic Black, Colorverse #1 Sunspot, and Papier Plume Black. 


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Conklin Durograph Forest Green on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow. It took a very long time to dry on Tomoe, and was prone to a bit of smearing.


Overall, it has a lovely wet flow, but it does take quite a while to dry. It's nice to see new ink brands being brought into the United States, and I'm excited to try more Colorverse inks.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.