Are you ready to experiment with a new selection of fountain pen inks? November's Ink Flight box presents a new collection from one of our fan-favorite brands. South Korea's Colorverse Ink is no stranger to the Ink Flight program. Their latest edition, titled "Project," departs from their signature science/astronomy themes, bringing a set of ambitious colors that range from the light and shimmery to the dark and sheeny.
Here is a rundown of November 2020's Ink Flight colors -
Colorverse "Shiny Black" Glistening
This rich, black dye-based ink has an enchanting silver shimmer pigment pearl. This color has a deep, purple undertone that adds to the saturated look of this sparkling color. (pH: 8.9)
Colorverse Bluish Green
This dark teal ink has a deep, dark saturation with a hint of black sheen. The color is richer than Colorverse "Map of Mars" and leaning bluer than Pure Pens "Cwm Idwal." (pH: 8.9)
Colorverse Deep Purple
This regal purple has a saturated tone with some shading and a slight hint of sheen. Similar to Diamine Bilberry, this purple is on the cooler side. (pH: 7.0)
Colorverse Dirty Red
This passionate scarlet red ink shades to a deeper burgundy with a touch of sheen. A pinker version of Sailor Manyo Ume. (pH: 8.1)
Colorverse Milky Lavender
Pleasing to the eye and the nib, this soft, medium-toned lavender shades well. I was hoping this ink would be like Troublemaker Milky Ocean and dual shade. Alas, it does not. (pH: 8.3)
Colorverse Clear Cyan
This undersaturated robin's egg blue brings a peaceful presence to the page. It's a light ink that is still readable on the page. (pH: 5.7)
Colorverse "Ornament Yellow" Glistening
Sparkling with red copper pigment pearl, this gold ink emanates cheer. The shimmer helps this gold ink stand out on the page. (pH: 9.1)
Tasting Notes: It makes my job as Ink Flight captain much easier when an ink manufacturer introduces a collection of ink that provides a wide variety of colors. It kills me that the "Project" collection included 8 colors and we had to leave one out. That missing part is "Cotton Blue." Why? We already sent two blues with the turquoise "Clear Cyan" and the dark teal of "Bluish Green." True, blue is the most popular color family for fountain pen ink. However, I feel it is essential to include a variety of all colors into each shipment.
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed Shiny Black. The glistening pigment seems to jump out when contrasted by the rich saturation of the ink color. "Bluish Green" and "Deep Purple" are also enjoyable for their depth of color and slight hint of sheen. While I do enjoy a good, undersaturated ink for its shading, I thought Clear Cyan and Milky Lavender aren't as exciting as last month's dual-shading Manyo inks.
Box Extras: Rickshaw Bagworks Solo Pen Sleeve, Sailor Shikiori Twin-Tip Markers
Rickshaw Bags make the softest pen sleeves, cases, and rolls on the planet! We are thrilled to work with Rickshaw's owner, Mark Dwight, on another exclusive, made-to-order Ink Flight design.
To create the ink splat artwork, we shipped Mark the entire set of Ink Flight samples and told him to "have fun with it." The result is an abstract splat pattern that uses the November Colorverse Project ink samples.
These medium-sized pen sleeves fit most average-sized writing instruments in a snug interior of polyester plush while protecting the outside with durable 420D nylon.
Tucked in the pen sleeve was a randomly-selected Sailor's Shikiori Twin Tip marker. The colors mirror the selection of fountain pen bottled inks in the Shikiori lineup.
Since most of us do not understand Japanese, to identify the Sailor ink color, the last three digits of the item code correspond with the following 26-5207-(XXX); 201 - Shigure, 202 - Tokiwamatsu, 203 - Nioisumire, 204 - Miruai, 205 - Souten, 206 - Doyou, 207 - Yamadori, 208 - Okuyama, 209 - Irori, 210 - Yukiakari, 211 - Wakaguisu, 212 - Sakuramori, 213 - Fujisugata, 214 - Rikyucha, 215 - Kinmokusei, 216 - Chushu, 217 - Yozakura, 218 - Yodaki, 219 - Yonaga, 220 - Shimoyo.
For this month's swag, Mark included a Rickshaw sticker. We matched the sleeve artwork with a special, holographic version of the "I ink pens, therefore I am" sticker.
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Previous Ink Flights (Ink Flight #1 - Noodler's, Ink Flight #2 - Robert Oster Signature, Ink Flight #3 - KWZ, Ink Flight #4 - J. Herbin, Ink Flight #5 - P.W. Akkerman, Ink Flight #6 - Papier Plume, Ink Flight #7 - Platinum Mix-Free, Ink Flight #8 - Franklin-Christoph, Ink Flight #9 - Organics Studio, Ink Flight #10 - Monteverde, Ink Flight #11 - Krishna, Ink Flight #12 - Caran d'Ache, Ink Flight #13 - Rohrer & Klingner, Ink Flight #14 - Blackstone, Ink Flight #15 - Colorverse, Ink Flight #16 - De Atramentis, Ink Flight #17 - Aurora & Montegrappa, Ink Flight #18 - Krishna, KWZ, Papier Plume, Ink Flight #19 - Diamine, Ink Flight #20 - J. Herbin, Ink Flight #21 - Robert Oster Signature 80's Collection, Ink Flight #22 - 3 Oysters, Ink Flight #23 - InkJournal Holiday Blend, Ink Flight #24 - Taccia, Ink Flight #25 - Kyoto TAG, Ink Flight #26 - Kaweco, Ink Flight #27 - April Fool's Surprise, Ink Flight #28 - Pelikan, Ink Flight #29 - Sailor, Ink Flight #30 - Straits Pen Honest Inks, Ink Flight #31 - Colorverse, Season 5, Ink Flight #32 - Inks by Vinta, Ink Flight #33 - Troublemaker, Ink Flight #34 - Monteverde Sweet Life, Ink Flight #35 - Taccia Inks Pt. 2, Ink Flight #36 - Sailor Manyo, Ink Flight #37 - P.W. Akkerman, Ink Flight #38 - Waterman, Ink Flight #39 - April Fool's Suprise II, Ink Flight #40 - Lamy, Ink Flight #41 - KWZ, Pt.2, Ink Flight #42 - Robert Oster, Pt. 3, Ink Flight #43 - Pure Pens, Ink Flight #44 - Kiwi Inks, Ink Flight #45 - Sailor Manyo, Pt. 2 )