Ink Review #258: KWZ Old Gold


We are finishing up KWZ week with KWZ Old Gold. This ink has been on my radar for a while. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Old Gold ranges from a dark yellow to a brown color. It's almost a mustard color.


There isn't any sheen to this ink, it just turns black when a lot of ink is put down. In large swabs it looks a lot more brown than yellow.


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

Feathering: None.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None.

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

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved well, no issues that I noticed.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster African Gold, KWZ Old Gold, and Robert Oster Gold AntiquaClick here to see the KWZ inks together. African Gold seems the closest.

KWZ Honey, Franklin-Christoph Honeycomb, and KWZ El Dorado. Click here to see the yellow inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Copper Vanishing Point (limited edition 2014) on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wetter than average flow. You can see some shading, but not a lot with this nib/ink/paper combo.

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Overall, the dry time was a bit long, but I liked the wet flow. I love using this kind of color in the fall. Give it a try, you might love it.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was sent to me by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.