KWZ Inks – Foggy Green is the next very intriguing ink I was kindly supplied by Mishka @ BureauDirect,UK who kindly sent me a little from hers personal bottle, I believe for testing and alos to write some thoughts about it…at lest from my ‘end user’ perspective. I have already revived absolutely stunning Honey KWZ and Turquoise (which is an ‘iron gall’ ink), so so I was very curious about this one, especially if there is always something unpredictable and mysterious about inks done by Konrad Żurawski at KWZ in Poland.
Regular green inks are not my favorite colors, however I really love natural faded earthy colours like Sailor Souten Tokiwa Matsu or Diamine 150 Anniversary – Safari, so for this reason Foggy Green really brought my attention when I received it. KWZ Foggy Green is pretty well saturated dark green and grey ink, which I found difficult to define, since it contains number of different components. You can find there also light green, cyan and blue too. Especially apparent on wet and absorbing tissue. Fairly complex…maybe even too complex for someone’s taste, I would think. Additionally, Foggy Green may looks slightly different on different paper types. I have noticed that on some types of paper it looks more forest- like green, which reminds me to some extent colour of some leafs for pine trees in the gloomy weather in the misty forests nearby town I used to leave. Whereas, on the other it looks more grayish. Grey definitely is noticeable when ink dries.
Personally, I would not recommend to use this ink with very juicy pens/nibs, because the dark colour is so intense that it looks almost like black, however with more standard nibs there is even some degree of shading produced (not massive but noticeable). With standard pens green component is visible better too. Ink flows well and writing experience is nice. Nothing wrong here. It performs pretty well on most paper types I tried with no problems. It may feather a bit on rough cheap paper, but it is very difficult to find ink which does not. Otherwise, not bad at all.
It dries relatively quickly and does not smudge once is completely dry. Is not water resistant at all and few passes of water took away most of it. The positive side is that KWZ Foggy Green is easy to clean afterwards.
In my personal opinion KWZ Foggy Green is a little ‘hit and miss’. Ink behaves very well – no doubt, but I was hoping, that colour will be more pleasing (refined) to my eyes than actually is. This is of course very subjective. However, I believe there are many fountain pen enthusiasts who would happily go for the entire bottle of it. KWZ produces also ink with slightly different shade, called Rotten Green and I will be interested to compare these two side by side first.
…but again if you are into such dark green and muted colours, you can’t do wrong with KWZ inks. I am really looking forward to see more of these exciting inks from KWZ.