When I go to Seattle Pen Posse meetups, my friend Matt lets me play with his pens. He often has one inked with KWZ Chicago Blue and after trying it in his pens a few times, I wanted my own bottle. Unfortunately, Chicago Blue was only sold at the 2017 Chicago Pen Show. I was so excited when Chicago Blue was re-released at the 2019 Chicago Pen Show. Luckily for me, my friend was able to pick me up a bottle! I did take a look around online and found out that Vanness Pens currently has some for sale, I think they bought the leftover ink when the show was over.
Chicago Blue is a medium, vibrant blue.
In large swabs the ink has some pretty black sheen.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 20 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.
I used a Edison Collier Steel Blue with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.
Overall, I’m glad I have a full bottle of this ink because I really enjoy it. I love the color and the subtle sheen. It has a nice wet flow and some nice shading as well. If you like the look of this ink, go get some from Vanness Pens while it’s still available.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself (through my friend) and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.