As some of you may know Poland is one of biggest exporters of cosmetics, furniture and fruits. But we also have inks. Or, to be more precise, one ink maker – KWZI. Konrad offers handmade inks in more than sixty colors. I believe it’s fair to say iron – gall inks were refreshed by him. You can check KWZ website here.
Aztec Gold is one of two new inks (the other one being El Dorado). This ink creation process wasn’t harmonious. It was brutal. One of FPNers harassed Konrad to make this ink. Konrad is big guy but when I asked about it he started to shiver and sob. He didn’t want to talk about it. Claudia – it was nasty, it was immoral, it was cold. But…but it all served higher good so who am I to judge you?
Well done 🙂
First let’s look at the bottle.
The ink is wet and gives nice feel even to drier nibs. The color change can be dramatic on some papers. I have a feeling that iron-gall inks are much more sensible to paper and the effect you get may vary a lot between different papers. On scans below you’ll see the ink still looks warm. However I’ve used it to write a letter to a friend on Rhodia cream paper and there the ink looks rather dreary. Maybe I’ll find motivation to write something else on this paper and scan it and post it here to give you an idea what one might expect from this ink on some papers.
It’s water resistant to some degree. After soaking the color will be gone but you’ll still be able to read the text. I haven’t observed any feathering or bleedthrough. Drying time is reasonable.
Ink on kitchen towel
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic, broad nib
Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Kokuyo Myo Campus A5, TWSBI 580, stub 1,1