Paradise Blue is Kaweco’s supposedly turquoise ink in the product line they have in an offer.
Initially, I was quiet excited when I got sample of it for review since I really like blueish, cerulean-turquoise inks but then when all excitement was faded and I left with mixed feelings, which I try to explain.
The colour is one of the most intriguing things about Kaweco -Paradise Blue. Is not really a blue ink…for sure, at least once is dry on the paper. I love how it looks wet. It just looks adorable and I can watch it for long time. Is bright, and vivid, and on the swab colour changes dramatically from beautiful rich blue towards bright cyan hues with some hints of green. Lovely. However, when it dries colour becomes more turquoise-like with pretty prominent shaded of green and is much much lighter. Someone may say that is more turquoise than other turquoise inks, but I am not sure if I truly agree with that. There is some ‘minty-green’ aspect to this as well. At least this is how I see it. Interestingly both cameras I used, captured it more blue that it seems to be. The thing is , Kaweco Paradise Blue may show slightly different shades on different paper types and under different light conditions. Quite bizarre. On cream or ivory paper it looks much greener than on white. Paper absorbing properties play role here as well. (for comparison please check Lamy Turquoise, Montaverde turquouise, Noodrer’s Navajo Turquoise). Paradise Blue shades a little but not massively. Shading as expected id more visible on smooth paper.
Kaweco Paradise Blue is not very saturated ink. In my opinion it feels watery, almost ‘diluted’. If flows fine and is quite pleasant to write with, however it can really penetrate paper through (especially rougher types) and be absorbed almost like a sponge. There are two major problems with that. It can bleed through, and on cheap copy paper it does a lot. On copy paper it may feather a little, but on better ones it behaves fine. The second thing, it just looks flat to me. I quite like when ink is standing out. This one unfortunately does not. On Rhodia or other smooth and good quality paper it looks a bit better. The positive related to this is that, being non water resistant, on absorbing paper washed with honest amount of water it stays and is still readable. Not that much on smooth or coated paper where it can be almost completely washed out. Interestingly, Kaweco Paradise Blue stained permanently the clear resin in my Noodler’s Ahab pen I used for writing tests. Not many inks do this. J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hemmatite is another example which does it. It took me a while (much longer compared to another Kaweco inks I tested so far) to clean Lamy Safari I used for other tests too. I was not expecting this, to be absolutely honest.
My verdict. Well, if you like bright and light turquoise inks (especially those with hint of green) you will be happy with Kaweco Paradise Blue. Personally, I really struggle to find sensible application in my life for this ink. It does not fit for any office or business writing exercises (unless you do not care). As a highlighter…well, why not?
Again, I loved to write with this ink using wet, juicy nibs. Fresh it just looks great. When it dries, it starts to look flat and the colour is much much lighter. Not really to my taste. But obviously this is very subjective. Personally, I would rather choose a Ruby red hell, than Paradise Blue.
Ink is available as a pack of 6 small cartridges (aprox $ 3.0 USA, Eur 1.6 and £ 1.75) as well as 30 ml bottles (aprox. $ 14.0, £ 12.5 ).
(*) 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