In the word of stationary items orange inks have a special place among the other colours. This is partially caused by ink like Noodler’s Apache Sunset which became extremely popular since it was released due to its extreme shading properties. Interestingly, they are popular periodically, and not to much surprise, it usually happens in Autumn, which obviously makes perfect sense…leafs, pumpkins, etc. Frankly, I started working on this review just before Halloween and to be absolutely honest I found it very coincidental, especially when I was carving pumpkins with my daughter.
So, the ink I would like to say something about today is called Sunrise Orange and belongs family of 10 inks so far manufactured by well known German fountain pen company – KAWECO. Fancy ink names are more popular which of course mostly is done for purely marketing reasons. Noodler’s has its Apache Sunset, so KAWECO has ‘Sunrise’. Nothing wrong with that. I believe the name similarity between those two is not accidental either. Both inks have many things in common.
Ok, so what is then the KAWECO Sunrise Orange?
I found this ink interesting. The colour is orange as it says, however this is not that bright and saturated orange like for instance in Diamine Pumpkin, but represents more settle yellowish, organic orange which we seen often in nature, which I like. Analogy to the pumpkin comes again, because Kaweco ink simply reminds me it, or other culinary products made of. Who knows maybe ‘Kaweco – Pumpkin‘ would be more appropriate than ‘Diamine -Pumpkin‘. The colour may remind orange-yellow sunrise too…but I usually miss this, so I can’t say. Wet ink looks almost ‘carmelised’. Comparing to Noodler’s analogue ink, Kaweco Sunrise Orange, is slightly darker, but enough to make a difference. Honestly, Noodler’s Apache Sunset looks like slightly diluted Kaweco ink. I actually prefer the colour of Sunrise Orange over the Noodler’s ink, which to my taste is a bit to light. Sunrise Orange gives nice shading, especially pronounced on less absorbing paper like Rhodia. Shading is quite gradual but and not as dramatic compared to Noodler’s analogous ink. Again, this is a matter of personal taste. Some people love when half of the letter is much darker than the rest, giving interesting visual effect. It may be visually appealing, but the at the same time it may be also very distracting. I personally, prefer gradual change of tonal range within a stroke. I found quite fascinating how colours of the written text with Kaweco Sunrise Orange ink vary from pale yellow-orange with some brown accents towards brighter red-orange tones depending on paper first, and also on nib or pen itself. Some inks looks better with wet flexible nibs, whereas the others with finer and dryer nibs. In case of Kaweco – Sunrise Orange I like how it looks with most nibs and pens I used. Another similar inks are J. Herbin – Orange Indien and Lamy Copper Orange (rev in preparation).
The ink itself is moderately saturated and feels slightly watery and thin. I have noticed that inks with similar saturation and consistency have usually a good shading properties. The writing experience is actually nice and smooth. I have not noticed any hard-start issues. Even when I swapped nibs between tests, the ink flew down almost immediately. Dispite of its watery consistency Kaweco Sunrise Orange doesn’t’ feather. I have not noticed severe bleed through on copy paper, but this of course may sporadically occurs.
Drying time is rather moderate and I would say and really depends on paper properties and its quality as much as how wet your pen is. With Lamy Safari M it takes approximately 10-13 sec to dry on Rhodia, whereas with semiflexible Noodler’s Ahab it takes significantly longer. On well absorbing copy paper or watercolour paper it dries almost instantly with medium or fine nib. Once dry, Sunrise Orange does not smear, which is a big advantage over many Noodler’s inks I use every day. Is not water resistant. However, easy to maintain.
I heard that it may cause the nib creep, similarly to Diamine Ancient Copper, but I can’t confirm it. I had no problems with this inks for the short time being I was playing with. However, if you observed anything suspicious with this in, I would like to know.
Concluding, Kaweco Sunrise Orange is an interesting orange ink which has many in common to famous Noodler’s Apache Sunset. It performs well and the shading it produces is decent. I thinks Kaweco did a good attempt and this ink may be a good alternative to Apache Sunset, especially there where is not easy to find Noodler’s ink. Again, it is not a copy by any mean. It just feels similar. Hopefully, it has some unique features, which makes it memorable. I personally enjoy it and I think it’s pretty cool. Definitely, worth checking, especially if you are into Autumn colours. I like that Sunrise Orange is not too light and pale and not too bright either. Nice warm colour, though.
It may be found as a pack of 6 small cartridges which perfectly fits to smallish Kaweco pens (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 where larger ‘metareview’ of all Kaweco inks will be posted soon.