review: kwz ink honey - ink between the teeth

Dec 3, 2018

review: kwz ink honey

I imagine KWZ's golden brown inks are their most famous, right? So let's go in for another one.

KWZ is an ink made by hand in Poland. It used to be an ink you had to order directly from Konrad Żurawski's website, but now you can get it from a number of retailers.

Honey has a sweet smell to it. Some people have likened it to fake vanilla or vanilla extract, but I can't quite pinpoint what kind of scent it is. It's quite a strong smell, so if you prefer your inks perfectly neutral, I would not recommend many of KWZ's inks. I personally don't find it interesting or offensive, though it does make it easier to figure out which pen has this ink in it. Just sniff.

Honey is a golden brown color.
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Honey has a little bit of water resistance. Most of the brown color gets washed away with water, but a bit of the golden yellow stays behind.

The ink dries pretty slowly. It's quite a wet ink, and it takes a little bit more than sixty seconds to dry on Midori MD paper in a medium nib.

I love the shading on this ink. It's definitely much more apparent in broader nibs, but it shifts from a golden yellow to a deep brown that leans a bit orange.
By the way, starting from next week's reviews, I'll be putting everything on Kokuyo Campus High Grade MIO paper instead of Midori MD. I think it falls more in line with the paper people use on a regular basis—it's about the same as Rhodia, though not as smooth—so I think you'll have a better idea of how inks work (and also the pictures are easier to color correct).
Honey shades well on Midori MD paper in the scan, but it's quite wet. Kokuyo MIO can't quite handle it, so it mutes the shading quite a bit.
There's a slight amount of silver sheen on Tomoe River paper. It's a bit noticeable on Midori MD, but it's pretty difficult to see.
I have a couple of golden brown inks. Robert Oster Signature Marrone Mustard is quite similar, though not quite as dark. Diamine Sepia is much too light. Noodler's Kiowa Pecan is more red. KWZ Cappuccino is darker and cooler. SKB Chapo is lighter and cooler.

I've heard that KWZ's golden brown inks have caused clouding in TWSBI plastic. I'm a bit cautious with what pens I put KWZ in. It worked well in my Lamys without issues, and I currently have Honey in my PenBBS 309. After a few weeks I haven't noticed any issues with my pen.

My PenBBS 309 is a wet writer with its Nemosine broad nib. I quite like the pairing; Honey does well in wetter pens to show off the shading.

If your pens run the luxury gamut, I probably wouldn't recommend KWZ inks. They seem like they may cause issues, and I'd rather you be on the safe side! However, if you take care of your pens well and don't let them sit for years, you should be totally fine.

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