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KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink: A Review

Vistula River (Image via    Wikimedia Commons  )

Vistula River (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

I can’t believe that I haven’t reviewed another KWZ ink since I did my KWZ Honey review in . . . 2016! I clearly need to add to my KWZ ink collection, and Walks over Vistula is definitely one that deserves a spot.

The Vistula is the longest river in Poland. This photograph from Wikimedia Commons depicts the beauty of the river.

The ink nicely captures the blues of the river. I can’t decide whether this is a blue ink or a turquoise ink. It’s sort of in between, and it most closely matches other inks that I’ve classified as turquoise. So, I’ll call it a deep turquoise.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Review

You can see from my Col-o-dex card swab, that the color definitely leans toward turquoise. But, more important for sheen lovers is the burgundy/pink sheen. You can see it most clearly in the close up of the swirls and splats.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Swirls
KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Splats

In my ink testing on Rhodia paper, there isn’t much evidence of sheen (but that’s due to the paper rather than the ink). Even without sheen the color is a gorgeous dark turquoise. It’s highly saturated and very wet. It is not a waterproof ink.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Ink Test
KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Rhodia

Walks over Vistula looks terrific in fine, medium, and broad nibs, and you won’t have any trouble with flow since it’s such a wet ink.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Nib Sizes

This is one ink that chromatography does not show off very well. It’s mostly comprised of a light lavender/gray with dark turquoise.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Chromatography

My Handwritmic ruling pen demonstrates all the wonderful characteristics of this ink. It has good shading from lighter to darker turquoise. Where the ink pools, you get lovely purplish sheen. It’s interesting how the MD Cotton paper brings out a different sheen color than the Col-o-dex card.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Big Writing

I compared Walks over Vistula with some other turquoise/blue inks. I expected it to be very similar to Sailor Yama Dori. But in actuality, it is much closer to Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue, including the burgundy sheen, and J. Herbin Kyanite du Népal (without the silver shimmer, of course). Yama Dori is much greener.

KWZ Standard Walks Over Vistula Ink Comparison

You can purchase KWZ Walks over Vistula from Vanness Pens. 4ml samples are $2.50 and a 30ml bottle is $15.00.

(Vanness Pens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on August 16, 2019 and filed under KWZ, Ink Reviews.

Lamy Crystal Agate Ink: A Review

Lamy Crystal Agate Ink Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

The Lamy Crystal Ink line is named after various gemstones and includes eight colors: Agate, Azurite, Beryl, Obsidian, Peridot, Rhodonite, Ruby, and Topaz.

Lamy Crystal inks come in beautiful triangular-shaped bottles with silver caps. The bottles are deep enough that you can get a good fill even with large nibs.

I tested Lamy Crystal Agate on Rhodia Dot paper using Lamy Vistas in various nib sizes. Agate is a gray color that leans toward the green side of gray (unfortunately, I couldn’t capture the green cast to the ink in my photos). It’s fairly light when using fine, medium, and even broad nibs though in swabs it ranges from medium to dark. It’s a dry ink, and it is not waterproof.

Lamy Crystal Agate Ink

On a Col-o-dex card with a dip pen, the ink is much darker, though it does not have much, if any, shading and has absolutely no sheen.

Lamy Crystal Agate Ink Swab

Chromatography reveals a good amount of gray, some lavender, and a tiny hint of blue and yellow. However, despite these other colors, Lamy Agate is a rather flat gray.

Lamy Crystal Agate Ink Chromatography

In a super wide nib (Handwritmic Ruling Pen), the ink has some shading, especially where it pooled, but, again, no sheen.

Lamy Crystal Agate Ink Writing

I am unimpressed with Lamy Crystal Agate. It’s a bland gray with a hint of green. It lacks any characteristics that might set it apart, such as excellent shading, sheen, or color variations. I reviewed several gray inks here, and I recommend Papier Plume Oyster with its beautiful blue-grey tones and nice shading and Kobe #10 Mikage Grey with its deep purple-grey hue, excellent shading, and sheen.

If you want a basic gray ink and don’t mind the green cast, Lamy Crystal Agate is available for purchase from Vanness Pens $16.00 for a 30ml bottle (and, if you hurry, it’s currently on sale for $14.00).

(Vanness Pens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Posted on July 26, 2019 and filed under Lamy, Ink Reviews.

3 Oysters Hwangto Ink Review

3 Oysters Hwangto Ink Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter. And check out her first novel, The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, now available where books are sold!)

I am really digging the lineup of 3 Oysters inks, and the lovely golden yellow of Hwangtowas high on my list to try. Their colors are inspired by the cityscape of Seoul and the bottles and boxes show beautiful Korean designs.

Hwangto means yellow soil, and it refers to the rich clay earth that is believed to purify sacred places and keep bad fortune away. It's a beautiful, saturated color. It's not too pale to read and it shows some gorgeous shading. Chromatography shows it's a pretty pure goldenrod color, with some darker orange added in. It pools in a lovely tangerine color.

3 Oysters Hwangto Ink Bottle

The ink is water and dye based and is specially formulated to be pH neutral. It is very safe for pens. I didn't see any sign of sheen on either Clairefontaine paper or the swatch card. The ink does feel a bit dry, but actually has a longer dry time of around 25 seconds. I saw no bleeding or feathering on any fountain pen friendly paper I used. The ink is not water resistant, but my drip test didn't completely wash away the lines, even when the water was wiped away.

3 Oysters Hwangto Ink

The 38 ml bottles are interesting. They're rectangular blown glass, but one back corner of the bottle is flat, so it can be balanced on that edge. This is supposedly to make it easier to get the last drops of ink out of the bottle, even when you need both hands to hold the pen. It makes me a little nervous, though. It isn't super stable balancing on one corner.

3 Oysters Hwangto Ink Review Swab

This color fits into a noble family of golden-apricot-tangerines. It shares some similarity with Diamine Autumn Oak and Noodler's Apache Sunset, but it's different enough from all the others that you can easily justify adding it to the collection.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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3 Oysters Hwangto Ink Chromatography
Posted on July 25, 2019 and filed under 3 Oysters, Ink Reviews.