Continuing my journey with KWZ Inks (there are still plenty to be discovered) I picked up one called – Maroon.
Maroon is an interesting colour. The name comes from the French word maroon which means “chestnut”. According to Wiki, the Oxford English Dictionary describes maroon as a brownish crimson or dark red Bordeaux called ‘claret’. Some definitions say that maroon is a mixture of purple and dark red. A ‘chestnut’ looks to me more brown, and most products in maroon I have seen (for instant leather dyes) have rather rich dark red and magenta feel. KWZ – Maroon fits here perfectly. Wet KWZ Maroon had plenty of vibrant dark red colour (it looks like juicy very dark red wine), but when is drying, the magenta hues start to play bigger a role. Personally, I do not see much brown in there. It looks slightly brownish when you write with this ink on cream or ivory toned paper. There is also a pink aspect, visible especially on diluted sample, or areas where produced line is very light. KWZ Maroon seems to be more red than Diamine Oxblood, and much less purple (and also darker) than Noodler’s Mandalay maroon ink. (Please check absolutely spectacular time-lapse chromatography done by Matt Armstrong @ The Pen Habit).
Does KWZ Maroon shade? The answer is Yes and it does. Not massively, but in a good way. The shading is noticeable especially on smooth premium quality paper. On more absorbing the colour looks more uniform. There may be a bit of sheen, but far, far behind inks like Sailor Jentle series or Lamy Dark Lilac for instance.
This is well saturated and wet ink. With wet pens (or nibs) the produced line can be pretty dark, but even that it still shows this pretty color. With finer nibs, the red colour is more pronounced. Similarly, to the other KWZ inks I tested so far, the performance of KWZ Maroon is pretty good. It flows well and in most circumstances problems like feathering, bleeding through do not occur, unless very poor quality copy let’s call it ‘paper’ is used. I would say: not bad at all. Interestingly, I found this ink a just a little bit dryer to write with, comparing to recently reviewed KWZ – Theft’s Red or Azure #3. However, this may be my subjective finding.
Concluding, I really like the rich dark colour of this ink. Is not too red and not to purple – pretty good, solid combination.
KWZ – Maroon comes in 60 ml simple but easy to refill bottles. You can purchase it directly from KWZ Ink in Poland, but recently they started to expend and now their entire range became also available in Europe – exclusively in the UK @ BureauDirect,UK, or in Netherlands @ Appelboom‘s shop. In the USA and Canada I have seen them @ Vanness Incorporated or at Knight’s Writing Company. They may be available elsewhere (where I am not aware) too.
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(*) Disclaimer/ I have no affiliation with the all brands and companies mentioned above and this short review reflects only my personal views.