Ink Review #634: KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise


Iron Gall inks have come a long way in the past ten years, and I’ve been really impressed with KWZ’s iron gall inks so far. Let’s take a look at KWZ Iron Gall Turquoise.


The color:

IG Turquoise is a dark blue with a green undertone.



The ink dries to almost black, it’s not sheen but has a shiny finish.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Medium

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was bleeding and feathering in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


IG Turquoise is similar to Krishna Monsoon Sky. Click here to see the KWZ inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M805 Stresemann with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, this ink goes a bit against what I know about iron gall inks. In my experience iron galls are a bit dry, but this one is wet, and they tend to be more water resistant, and this one only has medium water resistance. It does dry quickly, similar to other iron gall inks. I didn't have any flow issues, and it’s well behaved. I was constantly surprised by the vanilla smell every time I wrote with the ink, the smell seemed a bit stronger than the other KWZ inks I’ve tried.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.