KWZ Ink- Thief’s Red – is an amazing ink! I have seen this ink pretty recently during London Writing Equipment Show, where I was honored to meet in person Agnieszka and Konrad who are the people behind the KWZ scenes. Luckily, they brought along huge selection of inks, if not all they have. So, it was was possible to try them all, which I did, and among the other beautiful and rich in colour inks the Thief’s Red just step up from the crowd.
I like red inks, but so far I could not find an ‘ultimate red’ which I will really like to use daily. I stick with orange-red inks, but red is a tough call for me. Most I tried are too vivid, scarlet-like red, where many often have too much pink hues (for instance Lamy Red) or other are just to flat and boring. I quite like darker crimson red Diamine 150 anniversary – Carnival, but even so this is not what I am after. The KWZ – Thief’s Red may be ‘that’ ink. I am looking for a nice and saturated red which I could use daily for editing and text corrections.
After Konrad, the name was made, because he heard a story about punishing caught thieves by putting them dressed in bright colors on public view (see his interview with BureauDirect,UK folks). For me this probably would remind the scene just after the Thief was lynched in public without being in custody and sentenced at first place. Personally, I would name this ink the Thief’s Blood instead, but this is possibly just my ‘crippled’ imagination. How about: Thief – Aftermatch ? Ok, Let’s stop this disturbing digresses here.
I would call a KWZ – Thief’s Red ink as ‘proper red’. Is not too bright, but also not too dark. It looks very well balanced. In terms of constitution and numbers of dyes used it does not seem to be very complex too…I may be wrong. In terms of colour, I would place it between Monteverde red and Diamine Carnival, which is slightly darker than KWZ Thief’s red.
This is well saturated and ‘wet’ ink. It flows very well, giving a smooth and pleasant feel during writing no matter what pen you use. The produced line is rich in colour, but because its saturation, there is not much shading. It performs well on most types of paper I tested it. It does not feather, but due to its ‘wetness’ and saturation it my show through on more absorbing or pure quality paper. On smooth, premium, fountain pen friendly paper it works great. Because is water based, then is not water proof at all. This also means, that is easy to clean and maintain afterwards. It also has characteristic to KWZ inks distinct smell of one ink component, which not necessary everyone likes. Konrad is aware about it and as far as I know in a future his inks may be reformulated.
KWZ – Thief’s Red ink looks so fleshy, then if you like horror/gore genre, you will be happy to have one in your collection. If you want to disturb people in the office, neighbors on coming soon Halloween you will have the job done. If you just like pure fresh red, you will be happy as I am, for sure. I was so upset when it turned out that BureauDirect,UK (who will be distributing KWZ Inks in the UK very soon) had non of this ink left. I am pretty sure that whenever it will become available on their website, I will get a bottle or just in case two.
KWZ -Thief’s Red ink gets easily get my: ‘Bad@ss seal of approval‘ stamp.