I love blue inks. There are so many good ones out there that I love, but I still love trying every new blue ink that’s released. KWZ Hawaii Blue was created exclusively for Hippo Noto. A sample of this ink was sent to me by a pen friend for this review.
Hawaii Blue is a pretty medium blue.
In large swabs there is a little bit of shading and some beautiful pink sheen. Like other KWZ inks, this one dries to a slightly slick finish.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 40 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in all nib sizes.
I used a Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow, and is just slightly smeary when freshly dried.
Overall, I enjoyed this ink. It performed well and is a pretty color. Since this ink isn’t currently available, Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue is a good alternative.
Disclaimer: A sample this ink was provided by a pen friend. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.