When I saw a picture of KWZ Maple Red online, I really wanted to try it, but it was exclusive to the 2018 Scriptus Pen Show. I was able to snag a sample from a friend at a pen meetup a few months ago in Seattle (thanks @murberdraws!).
Maple Red is a great autumn red, the color of red leaves in the fall.
In large swabs the color is pretty consistent, just a little bit of shading and no sheen. The ink does have a slightly brown finish as it dries.
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 the larger nib sizes.
Birmingham Carnelian Silk and J Herbin Rouge Grenat seem the closest to KWZ Maple Red. Click here to see the KWZ inks together.
Overall, I like the flow of KWZ inks. Since this ink was only available at Scriptus, take a look at J Herbin Rouge Grenat or Birmingham Carnelian Silk.
Disclaimer: A sample of 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.