Ink Review #434: Colorverse 17 Vortex Motion


It's reader request week! Today's reader request is Colorverse #17 Vortex Motion from Season 2 Astrophysics. This ink comes in a box set with both a 65ml bottle and a 15ml bottle of the same ink. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Vortex Motion is a very dark grey with a heavy blue undertone.



In large swabs the ink appears more of a dark red with lots of black sheen. You can see the blue undertone seeping out on the right side.


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: None

Other properties: No shadinghigh sheen, and no shimmer. You can see the sheen in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper, and most nib sizes on Rhodia and Leuchtturm. It's almost monster sheen, but not quite.

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

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 30 Anti-matter, Colorverse 17 Vortex Motion, and Colorverse 29 Matter. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together.

Organics Studio Arsenic Gray, Birmingham Tarnished Nickel, and Diamine Earl Grey. Earl Grey has a similar tone to Vortex Motion, it's just much lighter. Click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer writing:

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it's a nice dark grey with lots of black sheen, and pretty well behaved too.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain an affiliate link, but is not sponsored in any way.