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KWZ Grey Plum


 This ink was given to me for review by Dromgoole's, and I wasn't sure what to expect from it. The swatch on the box was clearly a dark purple, but you never know what you'll get from the nib. Well, I guess I kinda did, actually. I got a dark, dusky purple that is so dark you could mistake it for a black in some nibs. I like an ink like this. It gives you something that is formal enough to fit in at a serious meeting where you don't want to rock an orange, but you know that it's not a regular black, and that's cool.

Additionally, this ink flows really nicely and it performs pretty well even on bad paper.

Check it out below and let me know what you think in the comments. Or an email. Or whatever. You know.

Oh, and if you want to get this ink, head over to Dromgoole's and let them know that I sent ya. That sort of thing is always nice for a vendor to know.

 Written Review


Copy Paper Test

You can see some mild feathering and a little bleeding on this 20lb paper, but keep in mind that this is some poor paper. You can see the inconsistencies in the fiber even in these pictures.

Inkjournal Tomoe River Edition

That's a good paper, right there. You can see some shine on the ink, here, but it's not a sheen. Just sort of a shine. The purple peeks through more strongly, though.

Inky Fingers Wheat Straw Paper

This is a good paper, and you can see the difference in how this ink looks from a wider and a narrower version of the medium nib. I like it both ways, really. 

Water Test
 Not bad. Not bad.


Video Review

Color Comparisons

Disclaimer: Dromgoole's gave me this bottle of ink for review. All I promise is an honest review, and I don't think that free ink sways me in one way or another. Your mileage may vary, etc, etc.

Monteverde Sweet Life Mango Mousse


I don't love this one. It's a little bit on the dry side, and it's way too light/bright for me. It's just not all that readable on good papers. When you write on crap paper, though, it's better. I've also heard that it's good with brushes and other methods that put lots of ink on paper. In a fountain pen, though, I'm not a fan.

Written Review:


20lb Copy Paper

It's actually pretty good on this bad paper. Very little bleed, and the color is readable.

Ink Journal Tomoe River:

On Wheat Straw Paper:

The Bottle:

Perfectly cromulent little bottle.

Video Review:

Water Test:

Dismal waterproofness, but that's to be expected from a yellow, really.


Color Comparisons:

**I bought this ink. Thanks for the help, Patrons!**

Blackstone Blue Cashmere SuSeMai Ink


This blurple ink was given to me by John from Lemur Ink at the Philly pen show this year, and I had to tell him that I wasn't sure I wanted to take it on. I'm a noted purple-hater. Anyway, it turned out totally fine.

Blue Cashmere is a limited run ink from Blackstone in the SuSeiMai series (Super Secret Ink Maker). A little Googling tells me that this ink was one of the original inks available in powdered form, and that idea didn't work out because it was easier to ship from Australia but more of a pain than people wanted to deal with. I like ink, but I'm not at the "make my ink at home" stage.

Apparently I am at the "use a blurple ink in my orange and teal pen" stage, though, because I really like this one. It's just enough of a purple to not look black or blue, but not enough to spring my "ew, purple" reflex. The flow is moderate, and there's a little bit of shading on coated papers. Not a whole lot on the uncoated stuff, though.

Written Review:

Close Ups:

20lb Copy Paper:

This one is only okay on the 20lb paper, but it performs as well as a roller ball would, so that's good enough for me. It's just better on better paper.

Ink Journal Tomoe River:

On Wheat Straw Paper

Water Test:


Color Comparisons:

Video Review:

**I got this ink for free. It was implied that I'd review it, but mostly it was just to try out and see if it was any good. That doesn't change my reviews, though, and what you see is what I got. YMMV.**