We recently introduced Colorverse’s newest ink series: the Colorverse Office Series Ink. We also recently reviewed another ink from this same series, Colorverse Office Blue ink. This week, we’ll be featuring Colorverse Office Series Black fountain pen ink. Read the full ink review for all the details (and don’t forget to take advantage of the chance to enter to win the bottle of ink used for this week’s review!)
All About the Ink Maker: Colorverse
Colorverse manufactures all their inks (80+) in Korea, and they’re well known for creating quality inks in strong colors that are usually presented inside intriguing themes. Several Colorverse ink series offer paired inks (65 ml ink bottle paired with a complimentary 15 ml ink bottle), but this week’s ink is from the new Office Series, which features stand-alone inks.
The paired inks are a lot of fun, but we can also really appreciate Colorverse’s newer ink series featuring stand-along inks. They now have three:
• Colorverse Joy In The Ordinary Fountain Pen Ink (30ml)
• Colorverse Glistening Fountain Pen Ink (30ml)
• Colorverse Office Fountain Pen Ink (30ml)
In recent weeks we shared both a review of one of Colorverse’s Glistening fountain pen inks and one of Colorverse’s Office Inks. And this week we’ll be focusing on the Office Ink Series again.
All About the Ink Series: Colorverse Office Ink Series
Colorverse’s Office ink series is available in single bottles (30 ml), instead of paired inks like some of the other Colorverse ink series. The Colorverse Office Ink Series includes several classic ink colors:
• Blue Black
• Permanent Black
• Permanent Photo Black
• Permanent Navy
Pen Chalet carries a full range of Colorverse inks. In the short time we’ve had them in stock, the Colorverse Office Series inks have been very popular. We’ve had several requests for the Office Series inks in the larger bottle Colorverse uses with their paired inks, but office series inks are not available in Colorverse’s larger ink bottles. To see the different Colorverse ink series or to see what Colorverse ink sample sizes we currently offer, check the inventory at Pen Chalet.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Colorverse Office Series Black Ink
Colorverse’s Office Series Black fountain pen ink is a beautiful, standard, everyday black color that shows up well on paper with medium saturation. Colorverse Office Black has a nice, opaque color with a slight gold sheen with very saturated use. We would describe this black ink as very black – on par with last week’s Van Dieman’s Devil Black and Aurora Black.
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It’s Time: Colorverse Office Series Black Ink Review
For this week’s ink review, we had some fun with Colorverse Office Series Black fountain pen ink. We ran it through all the tests to find different traits and characteristics you want to hear about before adding a new ink to your collection.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
While reviewing Colorverse Office Series Black fountain pen ink, we used a J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib) on Rhodia dot pad paper. (Different papers and nib sizes may produce different results).
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Colorverse Use?
Colorverse Office Series Black ink is a 30 ml. bottled fountain pen ink. Colorverse’s newer single 30 ml. bottle is oval-shaped with a flat front. It’s the new standard ink bottle used for Colorverse’s 30 ml. ink series. The flat front makes it easy to read the sticker listing the ink color, and the wide-mouth opening makes it easy to fill your pen with ink. The Colorverse Office Ink series has a simple, clean (and refreshing) presentation.
How Much Does Colorverse Office Series Ink Cost?
Colorverse Office Series ink is a very reasonably priced fountain pen ink for the 30 ml. quantity. Even more exciting, you can find discounted pricing at Pen Chalet.
How Did Office Series Black Ink Fair in the 1 Dip Test?
We applied a 1-dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper (dipping the pen into the Colorverse Office Series Black ink only once). This week’s ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with ink to spare (one dip per writing sample: S, X, and scribble lines). See the photograph of the samples above.
How Fast Does the Office Series Black Ink Dry?
During our review, Colorverse Office Series Black fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 4-5 seconds with medium to high saturation. This dry tie is very fast dry time (much quicker than the Colorverse Office Blue ink we reviewed last). With this extremely fast dry time, we think Colorverse Office Black ink is perfect for everyday use in the home or office.
Does Colorverse Office Series Black Ink Bleed Through?
We saw no bleeding during normal use of Office Series Black fountain pen ink, but there was ever so slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Office Series Black Ink?
We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia paper, although we did see some slight feathering during the water test.
How Does Office Series Black Ink Stand Up to Water?
This week’s ink is not a waterproof fountain pen ink. However, we always include a water test in the review. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). After putting Colorverse Office Series Black ink to the water test, we saw medium color smearing, which is reasonable for black ink. The lines were still clear and legible, with only some slight line distortion and feathering.
Does Colorverse Office Black Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
Colorverse Office Black ink has some slight possible shading traits if you have a nib that allows ink flow variation. (Consider trying a stub or italic nib if you are seeking ink flow variation). Since this week’s ink is a very dark ink, shading will not occur during normal use. Colorverse Office Black ink is also not a sheening ink, but at the wettest points of the cotton swab test, we did notice a slight gold sheen (mentioned previously). However, the gold sheen was not evident at all during normal use.
Final Conclusion on Colorverse Office Series Black Ink:
This week’s ink, Office Series Black ink, is economically priced. The nice opaque black color is appropriate for everyday use in the home or office based on its very fast dry time (approx.. 4-5 seconds). The ink comes from Colorverse, a very well-regarded ink company, and arrives in their new, standard, smaller 30 ml. ink bottle used in their ink series featuring stand-alone inks. If you’re always on the lookout for a solid black fountain pen ink or if you’ve been hoping to discover a great opaque black ink with a fast dry time, Colorverse’s Office Series Black may need to join your collection asap. Happy writing from Korea!
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