Sometimes good things come in small packages – or even MINI packages. At least that’s what we’ve found to be true with the Colorverse Mini Series. This week’s review of Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 fountain pen ink will be our 2nd review of a Colorverse Mini ink. At the end of the review, make sure you look for your chance to enter to win the bottle of ink used in this week’s review.
All About the Ink Maker: Colorverse
With over 80 inks on the market, you can safely say Colorverse is a standard in the industry. All of Colorverse’s high-performance inks are manufactured in Korea and come in powerful colors that tend to draw a crowd. Some Colorverse ink series feature “paired” inks with one larger bottle (65 ml.) paired with one smaller bottle (15 ml.) in a complementary ink color. However, their Mini series is one of their recently released ink series that includes single inks. Other ink series that offer single inks include:
- Joy in the Ordinary (30 ml. inks)
- Office Series (30 ml. inks)
- Glistening Ink Series (30 ml. inks)
This week’s review highlights another ink in the Colorverse Mini ink series, Sea Europa #9.
All About the Ink Series: Colorverse Mini Ink Series
Colorverse’s Mini ink series features tiny or “mini” ink bottles in some of their most popular ink colors. This week’s ink, Sea Europa #9, was originally released as part of the Colorverse Spaceward Series that included 12 ink colors. The Spaceward Series was released years ago, and we love that they brought it back in the new “mini” size. In its original release as part of the Spaceward Series, Sea Europa #9 was $36.00, and that’s one of the things we love about the Colorverse Mini Series – you can get your pen inked with the same ink at a fraction of the cost.
Colorverse’s new Mini Series includes 64 bottles of previously released ink colors from several different Colorverse ink series. It also includes three new ink colors, all included in the Johannes Kepler 3-pack: Planetary Motion, Conjecture, and Somnium.
With Colorverse’s new Mini ink series, fountain pen enthusiasts can now buy a small sample size bottle instead of immediately committing to a large 65 ml. bottle of ink or buying a complete two bottle pair. (This is particularly advantageous if your favorite color is the 15 ml. bottle of ink in one of the paired inks). To see the different Colorverse ink series or to see what ink colors are currently available in the Colorverse Mini Series, check the inventory at PenChalet.com.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9
Colorverse’s Mini Series Sea Europa #9 fountain pen ink was originally released in Spaceward Series that contained a 65 ml. and a 15 ml. bottle of ink (in the same color). That’s a total of 80 ml. of ink. With the release of the Mini Series, you can now purchase a much smaller amount. The Mini Sea Europa #9 ink has been extremely popular in the short time we’ve had them in stock. Sea Europa #9 fountain pen ink is a beautiful dark pink salmon ink color with medium saturation. The ink shows up well on paper, particularly for a pink ink color.
*** You’ve done well so far, but don’t stop now. Read the full review. You haven’t even seen Sea Europa #9’s test results yet. We know you love seeing test results. Plus, you could maybe use some practice being patient…but if you simply can’t today, just skip to the end and enter to win the bottle of Sea Europa #9 used for this week’s ink review. Some days just aren’t meant for in-depth studying. We get it).
It’s Time: Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 Ink Review
Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 fountain pen ink got put to the test this week. We ran all our standard tests, and we know you can’t wait to see how it went so…
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
While reviewing Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 fountain pen ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on Rhodia dot pad paper. You probably already know that different papers and nib sizes may produce different results, but it’s always worth noting again.
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Colorverse Use?
Colorverse Sea Europa #9 ink is available in the original pair, which includes a 65 ml. and a 15 ml. bottle of the same ink color. However, the release of Sea Europa #9 ink in the Mini Series means you can now get this ink in the new 5 ml.mini bottle. Colorverse’s new “mini” bottles are identical in shape (just not size) to the 65 ml. and 15 ml. ink bottles, which is a good thing because at this point, we would miss that protruding nub if they tried to take it away from us. The mini bottles have a tiny opening, so Colorverse includes a small plastic squeeze ink filler with each purchase from the Colorverse Mini Series. Mini Series inks come in the standard Colorverse box, using the standard label and same presentation – it’s all just mini.
How Much Does Colorverse Mini Series Ink Cost?
Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 ink is a reasonably priced fountain pen ink for the 5 ml. sample size. Check out current pricing at PenChalet.com.
How Did Mini Series Sea Europa #9 Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?
During the 1-dip test we dip the pen in ink once before putting it to paper to write. The test is intended to show how far one dip can write on paper. Sea Europa #9 ink very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples. You can see the three samples (S, X, and scribble lines) in the review image above. For each of the lines, the pen was dipped in ink only once.
How Fast Does the Mini Series Sea Europa #9 Ink Dry?
During our review, Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 5-6 seconds with medium saturation. That’s a very quick dry time, especially for a medium saturation ink.
Does Colorverse Mini Series Sea Europa #9 Ink Bleed Through?
With normal use of Sea Europa #9, we saw no bleeding. We didn’t even see any bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Mini Series Sea Europa #9 Ink?
We saw no feathering during normal use on Rhodia paper, although we did see some very slight additional feathering during the water test.
How Does the Mini Series Sea Europa #9 Ink Stand Up to Water?
Sea Europa #9 is not a waterproof ink, but we always include a weekly ink review water test. (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 Mini Series Sea Europa #9 ink to the water test, we saw very light color smearing, but the lines were clear and legible (with some slight distortion and fading).
Does Colorverse Mini Sea Europa #9 Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
With the right nib and penmanship, someone well versed in shading will see a lot of possibilities here, with a dark salmon color to light dusty pink. If you are looking for a nib that allows ink flow variation, we suggest a stub or italic nib.
Final Conclusion on Colorverse Sea Europa #9 Ink:
Colorverse Sea Europa #9 ink is reasonably priced. The lovely dark salmon pink color is appropriate for everyday use in the home or office based on its quick dry time (approx.. 5-6 seconds). The ink comes from Colorverse, a very well-regarded ink company, and arrives in their new, standard, mini 5 ml. ink bottle used in their recently introduced Mini ink series full of miniature bottles of some of their most coveted ink colors. Everything about these inks from the ink bottle to the label to the packaging is mini, and you can’t help but love it. Happy writing from Korea!
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