I have been enjoying exploring different ink brands lately. For quite some time I had happily used Diamine or Pilot Iroshizuku inks as there were so many colour choices and my experiences with these brands had been so good. However in the past few months I have been exploring alternative options and one of the latest is KWZ.
A love of brown/gold inks
Lately I have been enjoying brown or gold inks. J. Herbins Lie de The was a brown ink that caught my eye through social media and an ink I really love writing with. I found KWZ Honey the same way noticing this colour in Instagram photos and from a few online reviews. All reviews were positive but what I really noticed was the colour and shading of this ink so I had to try it out for myself.
The shading on high quality, fountain pen friendly paper is dreamy. You get some gorgeous light golden tones through to darker brown shades. With a broad nib fountain pen you get to appreciate this aspect of the ink.
As this was my first experience with KWZ ink I was intrigued to see how it would perform. It’s a wet ink, dry times are pretty good, a little longer on coated papers and it flows really well. I have been KWZ Honey with a broad nib fountain pen which means that I could really get a feel for the shading and flow of this ink. I have found it to be nothing but enjoyable.
KWZ inks are very reasonably priced at £18 for a 60ml bottle. I ordered this direct from KWZ online as there is currently no UK distributors (I believe this will be changing in the very near future). The process was pretty seamless and I found KWZ easy to deal with over email. Once their distribution improves it will be a lot easier but this buying process doesn’t put me off. KWZ also offer a 2ml sample size for each ink which would be perfect if you want to try out several different colours.
One small thing…
There is a distinctive smell when you use this ink. It’s not offensive but I can’t help but notice it when I write and I can’t quite describe what it is. I believe this smell is completely normal but the scent is distinctive and a little strange.
Coming into Autumn this ink colour is an ideal choice. As the shading qualities are high it’s so much nicer using this in a broad nib fountain pen. Normally I tend to write with a fine or extra fine nibs which can mean I miss out on some of inks best features, and KWZ’s Honey definitely deserves to be used in a wider nib fountain pen to fully appreciate everything it has to offer.