The next ink from KWZ I would like to present is – Azure #3.
Azure #3 belongs to fairly broad family of cerulean blue spectrum, which contains very popular and attractive inks like: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki, Pelikan Edelstein Topaz or Sailor Jentle Souten). This is very rich and well saturated ink. Wet, is similar to cobalt or saphire blue, whereas when it dries the colour becomes more settle sky blue or azure. Because along with the rich blue base, Azure #3 contains bright cyan hues, it truly reminds me a blue lagoon. Absolutely beautiful colour. Compared to other inks in this range Azure #3 is significantly darker than Sailor Jentle Souten, leaning towards inks like Noodler’s Ottoman Azure. This is especially true with wet pens which leave darker juicy and well saturated line. From the second hand, cyan hues are more visible with finer nibs (or when ink was slightly diluted). There is some shading to be obtained with this ink, but is rather gentle and gradual comparing to these inks which exhibit this effect in more dramatic fashion. With more absorbing paper shading is very small and line colour is rather consistent. On a paper, Azure #3 has nice pleasant look. Is not that vibrant and bright as some sapphire inks are. Is rather toned down, having pastel like feel, which makes it comfortable to read. It looks very good on white paper as well as ivory paper, which creates slightly warmer ‘turquoise’ tone.
As many other KWZ inks, Azure #3 performs very well. Is fairly wet and it flows nicely. Very pleasant to use. No problems on good quality paper, however on more absorbing types, it may shows through a bit. Being water based, this ink is not water resistant an and most of it can be washed out from the page.This is especially true with satin paper, whereas on rougher types text is still readable. Easy to maintain, thought. Especially when it comes to the pen cleaning. It has distinctive and characteristic to many KWZ inks smell, which some people like, but some may not appreciate it that much. I personally used to it and I do not mind anymore.
Concluding, KWZ Azure #3 is a very attractive cerulean blue ink, which can be used for day-to-day writing with no hesitation. Is great for personal writing and note taking, but could be use in business either (except its poor water resistance). I will definitely get a full 60 ml bottle of this ink when I finish my Sailor Souten.
Where to get it? You can purchase it directly from KWZ Ink in Poland. Recently, In the UK, KWZ inks became also available also exclusively @ BureauDirect,UK. In Canada you may find them at Knight’s Writing Company as well as Vanness Incorporated in The USA. In Netherlands check the Appelboom‘s shop.
(*) Disclaimer/ I have no affiliation with the all brands and companies mentioned above and this short review reflects only my personal views.