Review: KWZ Hawaii Blue

KWZ Hawaii Blue-2.jpg

KWZ Hawaii Blue is Hippo Noto’s exclusive KWZ ink. I got this as an additional order to my Kickstarter order. It was a long wait but that’s a whole other issue.

KWZ Hawaii Blue is a bright blue ink that reminds me of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki. It is a happy colour that pops off the page. Like other KWZ inks I’ve tried, it is well lubricated. It has some slight shading and totally a joy to write with. However, the colour isn’t particularly unqiue.

Posted on November 9, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Straits Pen Poor Man’s Sapphire

My thanks to Sunny for providing me the sample for review.

Straits Pen is a local company that sells fountain pens and related supplies. They have been my go-to place for all things TWSBI because Sunny provides nib grinding services as well. So they have released a series of ink recently and I am fortunate enough to get a sample prior to release.

Poor Man’s Sapphire is obviously named to invoke the similarity between Parker Penman Sapphire and this particular ink. It is a bright blue that shades a little. It is a dry ink so it works well for lefites, just take care not to fill it in dry pens. Also all Straits Pen inks are mixable.

Similar Inks:

Posted on November 2, 2018 and filed under review, Ink.

Review: Franklin Christoph Midnight Emerald

My thanks to Ana of the Well Appointed Desk for the ink sample exchange.

This is my first time trying a Franklin Christoph ink. I must say this ink colour is right up my alley. It is a dark teal colour that shades relatively well. It goes from a deep dark green to a muted grey-green. It is an ink on the drier side of things, making it a good ink for lefties.

Similar Inks:

Posted on October 26, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Montblanc Antoine de Saint Exupery

My thanks to Ana of the Well Appointed Desk for the ink sample exchange.

Montblanc Antoine de Saint Exupery, such a mouthful. It is a dark wine-purple colour. It shades well going from a dark almost black-red/purple to a faded dusty pink/purple colour. Personally this isn’t a very unique ink in my opinion. I’m pretty sure there are other similar shades from other more affordable brands.

Similar Inks:

Posted on October 19, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Robert Oster “Shake N Shimmy” Rose Gilt Tynte

My thanks to Executive Pens Direct for sending me a bottle of Robert Oster “Shake N Shimmy” Rose Gilt Tynte for review.

Executive Pens Direct is a family run business that sells stationary that runs the gamut. You can find fountain pens and related stationary supplies there.

On to the ink, Rose Gilt Tynte is part of the Robert Oster “Shake N Shimmy” series. Rose Gilt Tynte is a dusty rose colour with silver dust. The colour can be rather light when filled in a drier / narrower nib size. As you can probably tell my TWSBI Mini 1.1mm stub nib is having major issues with the ink but I’ve filled it in a TWSBI Eco with a modded nib and that pen worked just fine. It wrote well in that pen without clogging up. The silver dust isn’t very obvious especially against the dusty rose. As an ink, I enjoy its unique base colour. It foes from a muted pink-purple to a dark dusty purple.

Similar Inks:

Posted on October 12, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.

Review: Robert Oster Plumb Nut

My thanks to Executive Pens Direct for sending me a bottle of Robert Oster Plumb Nut for review.

Plumb Nut is a surprising colour. On the bottle cap where there is a small swatch, it looked purple-grey. When I filled it in my Parker Urban, it was a dark wine red, maybe brown with hints of red. Now in my TWSBI Mini 1.1mm Stub nib it looks pink, it shades very well. But depending on the pen you use, you will get very kind of result. Robert Oster Plumb Nut is one interesting colour.

Similar Colours:

Robert Oster Plumb Nut-3.jpg
Posted on October 5, 2018 and filed under Ink, review.