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Ink Battle: Kyo Iro and Colorverse

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No matter how much I try to sample or test an ink before buying it, sometimes that isn’t possible. Because of this, I have some inks that are incredibly similar in color. That’s where “ink battles” come in.

You can assume I have no problems with any ink that appears in an ink battle. I may decide, when using the inks side-by-side, that one performs better, but the point of the battle is to choose a favorite color. I use a pair of similar inks in pens with the same nib, then test them out to see which I like better.

Or, I may find out that, when used with the same nib, they’re sufficiently different to keep them both. Depending on how these “battles” turn out, I may tag some of the posts as ink dupes as well. You can find all of the ink battles posts on the tag page.

This ink battle is between Kyo Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama and Colorverse αTau. Both inks are in a pen with a Jowo M nib. The paper is Kokuyo Sarasara Campus Loose Leaf Paper.

These two inks looked much more similar in my swatch notebook. I almost scrapped this post because they’re so different in pens. But, both are pretty colors, and I thought people might like to see how they compare. They make a great pairing, almost the same hue, but different shades.

Comparing Kyo Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama and Colorverse αTau by writing pangrams on adjacent lines.

I find it interesting that the inks look so different during writing, but appear much more similar in the scribble tests.

While I prefer the vibrancy of αTau, I like that Moonlight of Higashiyama isn’t going to get so dark in wet nibs. For the time being, they both get to stay. We’ll see if I change my mind in the future.

What do you think? Should I keep both? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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