Ink Review #251: KWZ Confederation Brown


We are finishing up new releases week with KWZ Confederation Brown, which was a Scriptus Pen Show ink in 2017. Thanks to @penthusiast_oscar on Instagram for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Confederation Brown is a dark brown with a green undertone.


When pooled, this ink turns a dark shiny black. After 24 hours the ink drops were still wet. A lot of people ask about the ink's smell. KWZ inks have a vanilla scent to them, and I noticed it when filling the pens. When writing, the only time I noticed the smell was when I was using a flex nib that was putting down a lot of ink.


Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved pretty well, just a little bit of feathering.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Bronze, KWZ Confederation Brown, and PenBBS 132 American Volunteer Group. Click here to see the KWZ inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M400 White Tortoise on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow, which I love. I really liked this pen/ink/paper combo.


Overall, I like the wet flow this ink has. If you love this ink but can't get it anymore since it was a limited edition, give Robert Oster Bronze a try. 

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was donated by a @penthusiast_oscar for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.