For the last couple years KWZ and BauerInks.ca have collaborated in producing an ink for the Scriptus Pen Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 2015 was Maple Leaf Red. 2016 resulted in the fabulous Northern Twilight. 2017 produced an ink commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. There were many homages to this event, usually in precious things you could buy, such as commemorative currency, stamps, etc. For Scriptus, it was an ink. A brown ink. Or maybe it's a green ink that wants to be a brown ink. Or maybe the reverse, green that wants to be brown. For this reason alone the ink could be divisive.
The ink has decent flow, and OK lubrication. This particular nib was originally quite problematic, but was worked on my Linda Kennedy of Indy-Pen-Dance to "Binderize" it. It writes much more smoothly now, but some inks can bring out a less smooth writing experience. The 150th shows much more feedback than some other inks. But it's not outside a normal range of expectations. I do get some hard starts when left uncapped for 15 seconds or so. Not very hard, but you lose part of a stroke. It's not as much of a problem as I have with KWZ Baltic Memories at all, just a minor issue. I'm still trying to decide if I like the ink: I think the answer is leaning towards yes.
The Tomoe River image is very good as a representation of the ink showing it's green side. Depending upon the light it can appear more brown or more green. Both MvL images are too dark, but they show the brown side with a bias to the green. The Rhodia images, while a little dark shows the color on it's green side, which is what I see on the paper.
I admit when I first started using the ink last night under artificial lighting the ink didn't seem very interesting. But the same things I wrote last night now appear more brownish-greenish, and more interesting. I know the light is natural now. So will I see things as more green at night? I don't know. As I mentioned in another thread some will call the color "fallen leaf brown" and others "pond scum green". Where you fall on that scale probably will determine whether you'll like the color or not. When placed against a brown ink it definitely appears greenish, and when compared to a green ink, it appears brownish. In value it is similar to many other green inks in middle range. It is not dark like KWZ Midnight Green.
The ink is not waterproof and not water resistant. So if that's an important criteria for you, exercise caution, or buy permanent inks.
I'll have to post the water resistance test and the simple chromatography images later, after they dry.
This ink was limited edition for the Scriptus 2017 pen show. Bauerinks.ca purchased the remainders of what didn't sell at the show. I don't know if there are any bottles left, but they ask interested parties to make an inquiry. I think the biggest issue for those outside Canada will be shipping charges since mailing inks apparently is more expensive there.
Pen: Edison Mina (M-steel)
Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory.
Camera: iPhone 7 using Camera+ app
Edited by white_lotus, 27 December 2017 - 20:43.