KWZ Iron Gall Orange
(reposted from my tumblr. This is my first review on fpn)
Orange is my favorite color and the mystic allure of iron gall is irresistible but note this dries from dark orange to more of a metallic bronze. The water resistance immediately after drying is poor compared to a conventional iron gall but see my attached test over several months (!) that shows the acid will eventually burn in. This ink has a strong sweet smell which bothers me in poorly vented areas though I’m not really noticing it at the moment. As you can see, it has some shading which gives it a faux shiny effect. In a heavier nib (included in the pictures) it will shade much darker but the fundamental color is still metallic brown in my journal after four months.
Keeping this ink sealed and out of sunlight is a must. It comes in an opaque jar. (In one of the other reviews here on fpn, the color had gone slightly off towards green-gold due to exposure.)
While I do not have any to test, I suspect KWZ IG Mandarin is more of a true orange. I like this ink but it doesn’t match my jewels-and-pastels color palette at all.