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KWZ Ink “Honey” (brown): Ink Review

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KWZ Ink “Honey”: an interesting golden-brown wide-spectrum shader

KWZ Ink Honey_ink Swab

Ink name: KWZ Ink “Honey”
Unit capacity: 60 ml (glas bottle)
Price: ca. 8 € (when directly purchased via the KWZ webshop, which is yet pretty much the only place where to get the ink from in Europe) – you gotta add about 4 € shipping for 1-2 bottle(s), or 5 € (3 bottles), or 8 € (4-5 bottles) [i.e. in Europe], so that we can probably say that a bottle will be around 10 € (find an overview of shipping rates in PLN here)
Price per ml: ca. 0,16 €

  Leuchtturm 1917 Standard copy paper
Color  warm golden-brown  antique golden-brown
Saturation  high  high
Shading  a lot of shading – love watching the ink shade while writing (very visible)  still very lovely on cheaper paper, though with less spectrum than on better paper
Feathering  nope  none
Bleed-through  nope  no
Wetness  pretty wet ink  pretty wet
Drying time  15-20 sec.  8 sec.
Smudging when dry  can happen  very unlikely
Regular smear test  so and so  okay
Left-page smear test  not good  okay

Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

KWZ Ink Honey on Leuchtturm

Handwritten review on standard photocopying paper
(scanned @600 dpi with Doxie Flip – click image to enlarge on Flickr)

KWZ Ink Honey on Standard paper

KWZ Ink is probably a lesser know brand compared to the Pilots and Pelikans of this world, since it is basically done by a very friendly couple in Poland, Konrad and Agnieszka. So no massive marketing, production and distribution power – but very well behaved and extremely affordable ink!

The KWZ Ink “Honey” very rapidly advanced to one of my favorite brownish inks right from scratch. I am not sure if the name “honey” does exactly hit the nail on the head, but anyway, the ink certainly is a really warm to antique golden-brown, maybe slightly sepia-ish. I really love the color, because it deviates from the more standard brown inks. It is certainly a more personal ink, like for notes, informal/private communication, and so on.

I love the pretty wide-range shading of the ink. Because the ink is pretty wet, you can almost see the ink floating and pooling as you go along with the writing. One thing that also is very noticeable is the smell of the ink. I don’t exactly know how to describe it, but to me personally it is certainly a pleasant smell on the warm-sweetish side. I do not have a full bottle of the ink (but will certainly buy one) but several smaller samples (will review other colors as I try them out) – and the smell seems to be a common characteristic of all the KWZ Inks as far as I can tell. At least when it comes to the regular inks. I do not have an iron gall sample here (KWZ Ink is also pretty popular for their iron gall inks).

Pricewise, the ink is very affordable. For such an interesting looking, well-behaved ink there really is nothing to complain. The price leans towards the Diamine price-niveau – less than half the price of Pilots Iroshizuku inks for example.

As for its ‘leftyness’, the ink is pretty wet – this gives it a very lubricant and smooth feel when writing it, but takes it’s toll on a slightly longer drying time on better paper. Cheaper paper absorbs it very rapidly – no problem here. On better paper, the ink seems to never really ‘stick’ or sink in, hence, it smears even after days, when you rub a finger across it.

I will still make sure to always have some “Honey” in my ink shelf from now on :-), simply because the color is so beautiful.

Lefty approved? Nah, not really!

EDIT:
As you can see in the handwritten review above, I had initially rated the ink as being “lefty-approved”, but had to revise my rating on May 11th 2016, as after some further writing with the ink it did not hold up to the quality criteria for leftyness when it comes to smudging.

 

I hope this was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.

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