Bright green inks are in general not my favorites to be used for day-t0-day writing. The only exceptions are earthy, ‘rotten’ green inks like for instance Diamine 150 Anniversary Safari, Sailor Jentle Tokiwa Matsu or KWZ Green Gold, which I absolutely admire. The problem I usually have with ‘typical’ green inks is that they rarely look natural. There is always something artificial about them. It simply may be me. However, the one in Kaweco series called – Palm Green I found actually interesting. In my opinion it does not look like palm green, which think is much brighter, but well… To me this ink represents more forest-like green. Slightly muted, and actually natural looking which really positively surprised me. When I used it first time it reminds me Pelikan 4001 Dark Green. Other similar inks: Diamine Woodland Green or Parker Permanent green. To be absolutely honest, if I have to pick the ‘standard green’ in the palette it would be colour very close (or identical) to Kaweco Palm Green. Is not to bright and not to dark, pretty much in the middle of the range.
The ink chromatography shows that along with the core darker green, there are much brighter light green and cyan hues present, which obviously make Palm Green looks a bit more vivid or rich. Some blues may be spotted here as well. For more details please check Matt Armstrong’s (The Pen Habit) timelapse chromatography video, which is pretty cool to watch and give great impression what we are dealing with here.
For the green ink, Kaweco Palm Green is pretty well saturated ink. Similarly to the other inks in the series it feels thin and watery, but the colour of the line is crisp. It gives decent amount of shading or to be more precise colour variation along the stroke. Nothing very dramatic, but I found it adequate. With the flexible nib pen the line was fairly saturated and much darker than when I wrote with medium or fine nib pen. Because is shows a little red/magenta sheen or so called halo effect, on some type of good paper Palm Green, gives a nice looking redish edge to the written line, which adds more depth to your writing, which always looks great. But again, this may be noticed on paper like Tomoe River and usually with pens which gives nice ink saturated line.
The flow is generally good, and I have not had any problems, but with the finer nibs it may feel a bit on the dry side. This leads naturally to question about drying time, which is actually pretty good and quite consistent with the other members of the Kaweco family. On Rhodia paper it takes 10-15 seconds to dry. On copy and/or more absorbing paper it dries much quicker, almost instantly and as expected with wet pens it takes significantly longer, but not drastic. However, it does not smudge afterwards. Except, very cheap thin paper, it performs pretty well in terms of bleeding through, and feathering. Interestingly, it shows some degree of water resistance, where after serious wash on Rhodia Color pad, grey-like component remains and the written text is still readable. To some extent it reminds the effect winch KWZ iron gall inks do, but obviously much less. This of course will greatly depend on paper absorbing properties. From my experiences with the Kaweco inks so far, it seems that all like to penetrate into paper fairly well.
In my opinion this is very decent ink, but still not sure if suitable for daily writing. However, it may works if you are using various pens to highlight important things in the text (for instance annotations, schemes, etc). If you are looking for natural looking forest green, then you should definitely give it a go.
My only concern is relatively high price. 30 ml bottles cost approximately $ 14.0 or £ 12.5 in the UK (I have seen them from 10.49 £…but still this is only 30 ml.)
(*) All comments in this review reflects only my personal views and observations.
For the review purposes, free of charge sample was kindly send by ‘Scribble’ at United Inkdom.