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  1. (this is an expanded, more detailed version of the quick opinion I previously posted in the Colorverse thread) Here is a quick review of Colorverse’s Voyager 1 ink set - their first limited edition set, limited to 1977 copies –1977 being the year Voyager 1 was launched. The set consists in 4 bottles of 15ml of ink. The inks: Golden Record is a very nice, vibrant dark orange ink that gives a dramatic shading. The beautiful, rich colour is reminiscent of gold as much as it could be of bronze or amber. It’s a dark colour and therefore very legible. It’s very close to Monteverde Fireopal, it just leans on the brown side where Fireopal has more red. I love it Fresh out of the pen, Jupiter Flyby is a lovely red/ burgundy brown. And then it dries And it turns to a muted brown, with red undertones mostly visible when you put more ink (see the swatch on the right) or wash it (water test on the left). ‘Jupiter Flyby’ does have good properties; wet, light but nice shading, lovely light green sheen, some water resistance… and a killer name. I’m sure it will get some love – it’s just not a colour for me. Pale Blue Dot is, despite of is name, a teal - and teals are my fancy. It’s on the greener side of teal, but less green - and less bright - than its regular edition colleague Morning Star. It has some shading, no sheen, little water resistance. Interstellar Meh Space is a rather light (when writing), faded camo green. It doesn’t inspire me, to say the least, so I’ll just let the pictures do the description. If you’re into its grey-green colour, I could see this as almost an everyday writing ink; light but legible, special without looking too wild. Additional and general comments about the set: First, look at these four inks together; they ARE a set, I think they are a very good match and complement each other very well on a sheet of paper. But I have to admit I would question the choice of colours, though, with regards to the Voyager theme. A 'space' set without a proper blue or blurple feels like something is missing?.. I get the Golden Record (also reminiscent of the golden foil the NASA likes to put on their gear) and the Jupiter red-brown, but I'm not sure I get why the pale blue dot is teal and space is green (in my yellow submarine). Don't get me wrong I probably prefer this set like this, without a blue in there, because again these colours are a great match, and I’m not a fan of blues, but i just feel a slight dissonance with what the theme would evoke. In terms of packaging, as usually with Colorverse; great, superlative, over-the-top box and papers, with cool graphics and lots of slightly geeky Voyager-1 data, which fit the 'commemorative' and special edition bill well.. Because all these bottles are of the same size, the box feels less empty than the 65+15ml sets. Coloverse inks definitely come in the cutest ink bottles in the universe ... however the bigger pens' sections won't fit in. The freebies (stickers etc.) are always a nice addition, even if I still don’t know what/ how/ when/ if I will use them. ^ This is SO cool; I love having the RGB, pantone, PH info This set is a limited edition which nowadays is a nice way to say that it’s going to cost you. And it does. $50 the set, add shipping, for 60ml of ink in total. All in all that's around a dollar per ml of ink. Which is a lot, I think. I'm certainly happy I bought this set, and I enjoy these inks, in particular Golden Record, of which I'd happily buy a 'full bottle' if it were not a limited edition. But the next special edition inks would have to be ferociously attractive for me to spend that much for that little ink (or so I say now). Last point: I ordered the set directly on the Colorverse website. the Colorverse team's service is fantastic. Being a European living in Asia, I enjoy seeing the cultural differences between both sides – and embrace both; I enjoy what I get when I get it. I didn’t get a personalised email thanking me 50 times for my great choice and my support, but I got a standard order confirmation – basically a chart- and 65 minutes later (yes; sixty five), a shipping confirmation and tracking number. And my inks in my mailbox 2 or 3 days later. What a stellar ( ) service.





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