Ink Review of Colorverse Martian & Life on Mars

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It’s time to take a look at the last two inks from the August Ink Flight box, (the box is still available-you can find it here) Colorverse Martian and Life on Mars. This ink comes in a boxed set with a 65ml bottle of Martian and a 15ml bottle of Life on Mars.

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The color:

Martian is an interesting burnt orange color, Life on Mars is somewhere between grey and teal. When I compared it to both grey and teal inks, I decided it leans a bit more toward the grey side.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has some pretty shading.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Medium-both inks feathered in all nib sizes on Leuchtturm and the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Medium-both inks bled in all nib sizes on Leuchtturm and the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the all nib sizes and had a lots of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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Martian is similar to KWZ Butterscotch. Life on Mars is a bit more unique-I didn’t have any good matches for it, neither grey nor teal inks came close. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Orange with a medium nib and an Edison Beaumont Unicorn with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper.

Overall, I find the colors really interesting, but the performance just isn’t there for me. It performs well on Tomoe River paper, but 98% of inks do. There’s way too much feathering and bleeding on most papers to justify the high price of the ink. KWZ Butterscotch is a better-behaved alternative for Martian (which stinks because that was a limited edition show ink), but I don’t have a good alternative for Life on Mars.

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.

Ink Review #826: Vinta Armada

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Vinta Aegean Armada 1944 from the Pastels collection is a really interesting color. It’s green when wet, then dries to a grey with a strong purple tone and a little bit of blue as well. According to Vinta’s website, “Armada is a fleet of warships. Throughout time, we've seen how the multitude of ships on sea can transform its color from grey to blue to everything in between. The biggest naval war in history is the Battle of Leyte in 1944.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample in for review.

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The color:

Armada is a greyish-purple. Depending on the lighting it can look more grey or purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you mostly see the purple, not much grey.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Armada is similar to Colorverse Anti-matter, but it is a bit lighter. In writing it does remind me a bit of Sailor Ink Studio 123, but it has more blue than green in it. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Franklin-Christoph 45 Italian Ice with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, from the Vinta pastel inks I’ve tried so far this one is the most useable. I love that the ink has so many undertones: purple, blue and green, as well as some pretty shading. I think I might need a full bottle of this ink just because the color is so interesting.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens 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.