This month, our inky journey continues to Poland, which happens to be the home of Konrad Zurawski, maker and namesake of KWZ inks.
Konrad has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Warsaw University of Technology and has been manufacturing his own inks since 2012. The interest started out innocent enough. As a fountain pen enthusiast, he wanted to increase the saturation in one of his inks. After doing some research into making his own home-made iron gall ink, he started a hobby that would lead to building a world renown brand of fountain pen inks.
KWZ is primarily known for a large selection of iron gall inks, as well as a unique set of colors that sometimes can share a distinct fragrance.
Iron gall inks are new to our Ink Flight, so we wanted to give our travelers a head's up on using iron gall safely in their fountain pen. For more information about iron gall inks, check out our pen safety page, which includes quoted information from Konrad's writing.
Here is a run down of all the colors in this month's flight:
Oh, how sweet it is. KWZ is best known for this golden brown ink with deliciously smoky shading. On a personal note, I was searching for this ink last year at the DC Pen show, but Vanness pens had run out of their 30+ bottle supply on Friday. Yes, it's that popular! I'm super glad I've got a bunch of it, now!
This super wet, saturated electric blue has a mysterious dark purple sheen. It flows like the lapping waves of the deep blue sea. KWZ sometimes numbers their inks to indicate a slightly different formulation of the same color. This #3 is a winner in my (note) book.
This golden yellow is lightly saturated but packs plenty of dramatic shading. It reminded me of last month's Robert Oster Caffe Crema, which was a favorite of mine as well.
This is a refreshing and vibrant spearmint green with a hint of blue. It has a clean scent to it that matches appropriately with its color.
Another fan favorite of KWZ, this ink is a warm, dusty, dark pink that has smoky shading. This is one of those unique hues that you can only find from this manufacturer.
Iron Gall Gummiberry
This rich, saturated purple is a lovely eggplant color that dries darker after sitting on the page for some time.
BONUS COLOR - Iron Gall Turquoise
This "turquoise" is closer to a teal blue that dries darker and carries a noticeable degree of shading.
Here are my personal favorites:
Honey, Brown Pink, Azure #3
And the not-so-favorites:
Iron Gall Turquoise, Menthol Green
As for the surprise mystery item in our Ink Flight Box, we introduced inky travelers to the new Clairefontaine My Essentials Journal. When looking for the utmost best in paper quality for a bullet journal, lab book or work journal, the Clairefontaine has got the good stuff! The "My Essentials" format closely resembles the format of a Leuchtturm "bullet journal" type notebook. It has index pages in the front, numbered pages, a set of perforated pages in the back, inside pockets, page ribbon marker, and a grid inner page format.
To help get you kicked into high gear with a solid journaling habit, we created an accompanying companion guide called "Project Phillip." This downloadable PDF is a 6-page helper in getting into a journaling habit while providing you with tips and prompts to get your mind fluid and the pen primed to write. Project Phillip can be downloaded here.
I'd love to read your thoughts on April's Ink Flight. What did you think of the colors? Which inks do you think you would NEED a bottle of after sampling them? Which ones didn't "do it" for you? What do you think of the journal? If you downloaded Project Phillip, did you print it out and write using some of the ideas? If so, do you think they were useful and helped you write more or better?
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY (USA shipping addresses only)
Comment below with your thoughts on the KWZ Ink Flight and you will be entered for a chance to win a Clairefontaine My Essentials Journal, your choice of cover color. We will pick one random commenter to win the prize on Wednesday, April 19th at 9:00pm. My sincere apologies to our international friends, we will only ship this giveaway to USA addresses.