Green Gold is the another ink I was happy to test thanks to Mishka @ BureauDirect,UK, who kindly share and sent me small portion of this ink (and many other inks too) from her own bottle, so unfortunately, they do not distribute this ink…yet.
As I mentioned in the previous reviews (see my revs of Honey, Foggy Green and Iron Gall – Turquoise) of KWZ Inks are manufactured by Polish chemist Konrad Zurawski, who specialised in Iron Gall inks, but also made pretty impressive collection of ‘standard’ inks too, where according to KWZ website ‘standard’ term means, that such inks are based only on dyes that are easily soluble in water. Recently, KWZ products are gaining well deserved attention and reputation.
OK, so what is a ‘green gold’ KWZ ink? I found this ink very peculiar and intriguing. Referring again to KWZ website, Green-Gold is a blend of slightly rotten bright green with a touch of yellow. I am not sure how ‘rotten bright green’ looks like, but is very unlikely to be a bright anymore, so yes Green-Gold is in general a mixture of toned down earthy green and yellow, but the way it looks vary an depend on many things like wetness of the fountain pen, paper absorbancy and most importantly light conditions. When wet, green tones are more visible. The colour reminds olives or commonly used by US military – olive drab colour. When it dries the yellow tones start to play bigger role and ink exhibits its light brown character. It is very apparent in places where ink was diluted by water. As a final colour we end up with an olive green/ light sandy brown kind of spectrum, which honestly reminds me brown sea weed. There is nothing wrong with brown sea weed at all. In fact I love such colours. However, this particular ink has not much (if anything) to do with gold. It has yellow hues but not a gold with bright metallic sparkling feel I would always reserve for golden colour (see Diamine Golden Sands for instance). In my opinion ink name does not to the justice and actually my be misleading to some people. Interestingly, some traces of bright light blue/cyan are present there too. I found quite difficult to capture its colour as I see it. My cameras I used see it more green than it looks by naked eye. Very interesting. Even if it contains yellow aspects, is still well saturated and easy to read on. It loos really funky in Midori like traveler’s notebooks. It helps to keeps its rustic, traveler’s look.
KWZ Green Gold is fairly wet and well saturated ink. The colour of the text varies from dark rotten green to light sandy brown, depending on pen and nib. It shows some degree of shading but nothing dramatic. It ink itself is very pleasant to use. Ink flows well and writing experience is smooth. I really enjoyed it with all type of nibs and pens I tested it. Drying time is decent, but again this is relatively wet ink. Because this is water based ink, its water resistance (on the paper) is is almost none, but it makes easier to maintain it in the pen. It performs great on most good quality paper types, and also is doing pretty good job with cheap paper too. There may appear some ‘show through’ spots, but again I was quite impressed.
KWZ Green Gold Is not a bright colour (again it has nothing to do with gold), so I would not recommend it to anyone who goes not like earthy faded colours. However, if you into inks like Diamine Safari, you won’t regret it.
Do I like it? Oh Yeah!